July 7

U.K.

The latest Statement from Hampshire County Council provided to Hampshire Against Fluoride
‘It is a matter of public record that Hampshire County Council has opposed fluoridation with regard to the impact that it has on the residents of Hampshire.

We are currently in a process of legal argument with Public Health England and it would be inappropriate for me to say more at this point- other than we have not yet seen a legal argument in favour of the view that Public Health England can implement such a scheme’

U.S.A.

June 27

TRAVERSE CITY  Mich.

Council has agreed to put decision on continuing fluoridation to a  public with elections in November, after thirty people spoke at a Council meeting,  mostly against fluoridation, but including a group of .concerned dentists and public health officials’.

BOYNE CITY, Michigan

 If residents of Boyne City wish to vote on whether their water system should be fluoridated, they’ll have to collect enough petition signatures to do it.

During the non-agenda public comment portion of Tuesday’s regular semi-monthly Boyne City  Commission meeting,  the commission voted 3-2 against putting the question on the November ballot. The vote was split the same way on May 13 when the commission voted to discontinue fluoridating the city’s water supply.

The decision came on the heels of extensive public comment from health officials on one side imploring the commission to continue adding fluoride to the water system as a means of bolstering dental health and others on the other side voicing concerns

 Kalama Washington

 [ a city in Cowlitz County, Washington, United States. population  2,344]

The Kalama City Council on Wednesday will consider letting voters decide whether to continue adding fluoride in the town’s drinking water.

Kalama has received nationwide and even worldwide attention since city leaders began debating the mayor’s proposal to eliminate fluoride.

 

Jul 04

Gloucester MA

Gloucester seems to be another fluoridated city where fluoridation is being challenged. The letter to the Gloucester Daily Times is worth reading in full.– see Letters’ page

 

June 28

Park Rapids Minnesota,

[a city in and the county seat of Hubbard County, Minnesota],

An article entitled A conundrum is brewing over municipal water systems. suggests a campaign here from Jan Jorgensen, a local dentist.

Most of the text is taken from a leaflet ‘put out by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, of which Jorgenson is a member’. The IAOMT, which also has  a UK branch (IAOMTUK)  is an organisation of dentists and other professionals, that is strongly against mercury in fillings and fluoride in water. More details will follow as available.

 

DALLAS

Osteopathic physician, entrepreneur, and strong FAN supporter, Doctor Joseph Mercola, summarises the position to date on his site, included in a wider article underlining his support for  the case against fluoridation:

 

Dallas is on the Verge of Ending Water Fluoridation

Dallas is among the latest US cities considering whether or not to renew a three-year, $1.8-million contract that provides their drinking water with fluoride. Set to expire January 1, 2015, if Dallas ends fluoridation, it will become the largest city in the US to stop fluoridating its water.1

Earlier this year, in May, there was a shift in attitudes in the Dallas city council meeting regarding water fluoridation. Despite the fact that anti-fluoridation activist Regina Imburgia had spoken to the Dallas city council several times before with no response, at the May meeting three of the 15 council members finally agreed with Imburgia’s message that water fluoridation in the city deserves a closer look.

The media picked up the story with the Dallas Observer covering the issue at length, in both column and blog formats, not only citing a recent concerning study about fluoride health risks (see below) but also calling out Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd for engaging in unprofessional behavior (like name-calling) against anti-fluoride activists.

Then, on June 11, retired chemistry professor Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) testified before the Dallas council. His 3-minute (plus questions) expert testimony can be seen in the video above (and it’s time well spent if you’re new to the issue of water fluoridation). Dr. Connett said:

“I was impressed by the willingness of the councilors to listen to me and to ask important questions. This augers well because we have to beat this nonsense one open mind at a time.

I was also very impressed by the local organizers. In addition to my testimony, with only a few days notice, they were able to pull together a public meeting, which over 40 people attended including 3 local dentists.

Like many other cities right now the decision to end fluoridation in Dallas may well hinge on events happening elsewhere, like the potential for a legal challenge to fluoridation in Canada as outlined by a leading lawyer in Canada before the Peel regional council in Ontario on June 26 and the ending of mandatory fluoridation in Israel.”

 Gloucester MA

Letter:  Fluoride hazards outweigh its benefits

July 4

I feel compelled to respond to the letters brushing off the concerns of water fluoridation as “scare tactics,” “hysteria,” and those who oppose water fluoridation as “fanatics.”

I have spent hours researching fluoride. I have been in touch with Dr. Phyllis Mullenix PH.D., who researched fluoride at the Forsythe Dental Institute, and who inadvertently discovered fluoride to be a dangerous neurotoxin. She was gracious enough to provide me with a copy of her latest published research.

But the pro-fluoride people don’t want to talk about the dangers of ingesting fluoride, how fluoride passes through the brain barrier wall, how 41 percent of adolescents suffer from dental fluorosis nationwide or how, in March 2014, the Lancet Medical Journal published research putting fluoride in a similar category to lead, mercury and arsenic, or how the EPA’s own Union of Scientists and Engineers do not support water fluoridation.

Pro-fluoride advocates want to talk about tooth decay, so I will share a study by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) which shows no correlation between fluoridated water and a decline in tooth decay.

Released on June 21, 1988, the $3.67 million nationwide study examined 39,207 U.S. schoolchildren ages 5-17 from 84 different geographical areas. Of the 84 areas, 27 had been only partially fluoridated or fluoridated for less than 17 years.

Age-adjusted tooth decay rates for the permanent teeth of children were determined for each of the 84 areas which were then listed in the order of increasing tooth decay rates. The listing showed clearly that there was no relation between tooth decay rates and fluoridation. Ironically, the lowest tooth decay rate reported in the survey occurred in a non-fluoridated area.

The average number of decayed, missing, and filled permanent teeth (DMFT) per child was 2.0 in the fluoridated areas, 2.0 in the non-fluoridated areas, and 2.2 in the partially fluoridated areas. The percentage of decay-free children in the fluoridated, non-fluoridated, and partially fluoridated areas was 34 percent, 35 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

he NIDR did not report the results of this study, but that is another issue and I want to keep the focus on fluoride.

Thankfully, we have the non-profit Safe Water Foundation who is responsible for getting these results published. There are many other studies showing similar results but I chose the NIDR because they are the go to for dental research.

So, rather than listen to the views and opinions of dentists and pro-fluoride advocates, look at the science. Modern research shows over and over again that the dangers of ingesting fluoride far outweigh any benefits it may have.

TRACEY J. CHIANCOLA

Gloucester

NEW ZEALAND

Hamilton

SWANZ Inc is surprised Justice Kos did not grant Interim Relief to delay fluoridation in today’s hearing against the Hamilton City Council in the Hamilton High Court.

‘The Judicial Review is only 10 ½ weeks away on 9th September and it makes little sense to restart fluoridation now if it simply has to stop again very soon.

The reasons the Council stopped fluoridating twelve months ago were because the Council decided there was insufficient compelling evidence of benefit and considered there were real risks of harm. These reasons still exist’

 

June 29

Christchurch

Here is the sort of thing FAN-NZ have to contend with in defending Christchurch, currently the largest unfluoridated town in NZ

Lack of fluoride puts Christchuch kids at risk

Christchurch four year-olds have on average 95 percent more decay in their baby teeth than children from Wellington of the same age, a University of Canterbury health sciences postgraduate researcher has found.

Arthi Veerasamy says compared to all major cities in New Zealand, Christchurch is the only major city without water fluoridation. Christchurch nine year olds have on average 80 percent more decay in their permanent teeth than Wellington nine year olds.

Owing to the pressure from anti-fluoridation campaigners, fluoridation was stopped in some areas Canterbury region, including Ashburton in 2002 and Timaru in 1985. A dental health survey in October 2000 showed 60 percent of Christchurch people did not support water fluoridation.

Voxy June 29

29 Jun

Meanwhile..

 Fluoride Free NZ calls for the MOH to provide any evidence that ending fluoridation has caused an increase in dental caries rates in any New Zealand town/city where fluoridation has ended.

A recent Official Information Act request (OIA) regarding the effect of ending fluoridation in Ashburton has shown that there have been no detrimental effects on dental health, in fact, the opposite is true. Since Ashburton stopped fluoridation in 2002 there has been a small, steady improvement in dental decay rates, a far cry from dire consequences proclaimed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and district health boards in the lead up to last year’s referenda in Hamilton, Hastings and Whakatane.

Since 1986 fluoridation has stopped in Timaru, Tauranga, Matamata, Kaitaia, Ashburton, Taumarunui, New Plymouth, Waipukurau and Hamilton. Yet MoH statistics online do not show an increase in dental decay in any area over these years

 

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Tanzania

July 4

And, finally..

Where fluoride in the water is treated as a serious danger to health and where there is official concern without a single word of ‘benefits’. Refreshing, if not a little strange.( Could we produce  cow bones filters more cheaply than Reverse Osmosis?)

Water ministry ‘solves’ fluoride problem:  Says crushed cow bones remove excessive amounts in water  Technology to be used in most affected areas this financial year

At last the ministry of Water has come up with the long awaited solution to concentration of fluoride in water, a health hazards to people consuming the liquid.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Eng Bashiri Mrindoko said the government has found a new technology to minimise health hazards caused by excess fluoride in water.

“This is one of the ministry’s efforts to address health problems caused by fluoride. We are going to start investing the technology in the affected areas in the country,” noted Eng Mrindoko.

He explained that the technology involves the use of crushed cow bones which will be put into water through the use of special household de-fluoridation units. He said the technology will only be applied at household levels as well as in institutions, so as to reduce costs.

He said drinking and cooking with water that has large amount of fluoride is what affects human health, hence using the water in other economic or domestic uses does not affect one’s health.

“It is estimated that one to three millimeters of the processed cow bone can drastically reduce the amount of fluoride in water,” he explained.
He said the technology is expected to be implemented in the 2014/15 financial year, focusing on the most affected regions.

 Kilimanjaro and Arusha, the most affected regions in the Northern zone as well as Mwanza (Magu district), Singida and Manyara regions,  produce water with an average of 4.5milligrams to 10milligrams of fluoride while the international standards states that only 1.5milligramms of fluoride is ok for human consumption.

For her part, Director of Water Quality Services Division, Eng Nadhifa Kemikimba said a huge amount of fluoride in water causes health problems mostly to children aged between two days and five years.

The effects include having brownish teeth (Dental fluorosis), development of rickets (Crippling fluorosis) and skeletal fluorosis.

She added that a survey carried out in 1980s found that almost all water sources in the country have an excessive amount of fluoride, though the quantity differs from one area to another. She noted that the cow bone technology is a result of research which was conducted by the ministry’s researchers since 1990s.

“Consumption of water with 1.5 to 3milligrams of fluoride is likely to cause dental fluorosis, concentration of 4 to 10 milligrams of fluoride results to skeletal fluorosis while water with 10 milligrams of fluoride and above causes crippling fluorosis which means bones joints tie up and cause immobility,” she urged.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

 

 

This week’s featured video link

 

 37 minutes of (very) visible campaigning interspersed with facts. Enjoy!

 The Girl Against Fluoride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=691MWdumuWk

 

 

 

 

U.K.

 

The latest Statement from Hampshire County Council provided to Hampshire Against Fluoride
‘It is a matter of public record that Hampshire County Council has opposed fluoridation with regard to the impact that it has on the residents of Hampshire.

We are currently in a process of legal argument with Public Health England and it would be inappropriate for me to say more at this point- other than we have not yet seen a legal argument in favour of the view that Public Health England can implement such a scheme’

 

U.S.A.

 

June 27

 

TRAVERSE CITY  Mich.

 

Council has agreed to put decision on continuing fluoridation to a  public with elections in November, after thirty people spoke at a Council meeting,  mostly against fluoridation, but including a group of .concerned dentists and public health officials’.

 

BOYNE CITY, Michigan —

 

 If residents of Boyne City wish to vote on whether their water system should be fluoridated, they’ll have to collect enough petition signatures to do it.

 

During the non-agenda public comment portion of Tuesday’s regular semi-monthly Boyne City City Commission meeting,  the commission voted 3-2 against putting the question on the November ballot. The vote was split the same way on May 13 when the commission voted to discontinue fluoridating the city’s water supply.

 

The decision came on the heels of extensive public comment from health officials on one side imploring the commission to continue adding fluoride to the water system as a means of bolstering dental health and others on the other side voicing concerns

 

A conundrum is brewing over municipal water systems.

 

 

 

Park Rapids, like most American cities, is mandated by law to add fluoride to its water. Seventy percent of all water supplies in the U.S. have fluoride added.

 

 

 

Kalama Washington

 

 [ a city in Cowlitz County, Washington, United States. population  2,344]

 

The Kalama City Council on Wednesday will consider letting voters decide whether to continue adding fluoride in the town’s drinking water.

 

Kalama has received nationwide and even worldwide attention since city leaders began debating the mayor’s proposal to eliminate fluoride.

 

 

 

Jul 04,:

 

Gloucester MA

 

Gloucester seems to be another fluoridated city where fluoridation is being challemged. The letterto the Gloucester Daily Times is worth reading in full.– see Letters’ page

 

 

 

June 28

 

Park Rapids Minnesota,

 

[a city in and the county seat of Hubbard County, Minnesota],

 

An article entitled A conundrum is brewing over municipal water systems.suggests a campaign here from Jan Jorgensen, a local dentist.

 

Most of the text is taken from a leaflet ‘put out by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, of which Jorgenson is a member’. The IAOMT, which also has  a UK branch (IAOMTUK)  is an organisation of dentists and other professionals,that is strongly against mercury in fillings and fluoride in water. More details will followas available.

 

 

 

DALLAS

 

Osteopathic physician, entrepreneur, and strong FAN supporter, Doctor Joseph Mercola Dr Mercola summarises the position to date on his site, included in a wider article underlining his support for  the case against fluoridation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas is on the Verge of Ending Water Fluoridation

 

Dallas is among the latest US cities considering whether or not to renew a three-year, $1.8-million contract that provides their drinking water with fluoride. Set to expire January 1, 2015, if Dallas ends fluoridation, it will become the largest city in the US to stop fluoridating its water.1

 

Earlier this year, in May, there was a shift in attitudes in the Dallas city council meeting regarding water fluoridation. Despite the fact that anti-fluoridation activist Regina Imburgia had spoken to the Dallas city council several times before with no response, at the May meeting three of the 15 council members finally agreed with Imburgia’s message that water fluoridation in the city deserves a closer look.

 

The media picked up the story with the Dallas Observer covering the issue at length, in both column and blog formats, not only citing a recent concerning study about fluoride health risks (see below) but also calling out Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd for engaging in unprofessional behavior (like name-calling) against anti-fluoride activists.

 

Then, on June 11, retired chemistry professor Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) testified before the Dallas council. His 3-minute (plus questions) expert testimony can be seen in the video above (and it’s time well spent if you’re new to the issue of water fluoridation). Dr. Connett said:

 

“I was impressed by the willingness of the councilors to listen to me and to ask important questions. This augers well because we have to beat this nonsense one open mind at a time.

 

I was also very impressed by the local organizers. In addition to my testimony, with only a few days notice, they were able to pull together a public meeting, which over 40 people attended including 3 local dentists.

 

Like many other cities right now the decision to end fluoridation in Dallas may well hinge on events happening elsewhere, like the potential for a legal challenge to fluoridation in Canada as outlined by a leading lawyer in Canada before the Peel regional council in Ontario on June 26 and the ending of mandatory fluoridation in Israel.”

 

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Hamilton

 

SWANZ Inc is surprised Justice Kos did not grant Interim Relief to delay fluoridation in today’s hearing against the Hamilton City Council in the Hamilton High Court.

 

‘The Judicial Review is only 10 ½ weeks away on 9th September and it makes little sense to restart fluoridation now if it simply has to stop again very soon.

 

The reasons the Council stopped fluoridating twelve months ago were because the Council decided there was insufficient compelling evidence of benefit and considered there were real risks of harm. These reasons still exist’

 

 

 

June 29

 

Christchurch

 

Here is the sort of thing FAN-NZ have to contend with in defending Christchurch, currently tthe ;largest unfluoridated town in NZ

 

Lack of fluoride puts Christchuch kids at risk

 

Christchurch four year-olds have on average 95 percent more decay in their baby teeth than children from Wellington of the same age, a University of Canterbury health sciences postgraduate researcher has found.

 

Arthi Veerasamy says compared to all major cities in New Zealand, Christchurch is the only major city without water fluoridation. Christchurch nine year olds have on average 80 percent more decay in their permanent teeth than Wellington nine year olds.

 

Owing to the pressure from anti-fluoridation campaigners, fluoridation was stopped in some areas Canterbury region, including Ashburton in 2002 and Timaru in 1985. A dental health survey in October 2000 showed 60 percent of Christchurch people did not support water fluoridation.

Voxy June 29

 

29 Jun

 

Meanwhile..

 

 Fluoride Free NZ calls for the MOH to provide any evidence that ending fluoridation has caused an increase in dental caries rates in any New Zealand town/city where fluoridation has ended.

 

A recent Official Information Act request (OIA) regarding the effect of ending fluoridation in Ashburton has shown that there have been no detrimental effects on dental health, in fact, the opposite is true. Since Ashburton stopped fluoridation in 2002 there has been a small, steady improvement in dental decay rates, a far cry from dire consequences proclaimed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and district health boards in the lead up to last year’s referenda in Hamilton, Hastings and Whakatane.

 

Since 1986 fluoridation has stopped in Timaru, Tauranga, Matamata, Kaitaia, Ashburton, Taumarunui, New Plymouth, Waipukurau and Hamilton. Yet MoH statistics online do not show an increase in dental decay in any area over these years

 

 

 

.

 

Tanzania

 

July 4

 

And, finally..

 

Where fluoride in the water is treated as a serious danger to health and where there is official concern without a single word of ‘benefits’. Refreshing, if not a little strange.( Could we produce  cow bones filters more cheaply than Reverse Osmosis?)

 

Water ministry ‘solves’ fluoride problem:  Says crushed cow bones remove excessive amounts in water  Technology to be used in most affected areas this financial year

 

 

At last the ministry of Water has come up with the long awaited solution to concentration of fluoride in water, a health hazards to people consuming the liquid.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Eng Bashiri Mrindoko said the government has found a new technology to minimise health hazards caused by excess fluoride in water.

“This is one of the ministry’s efforts to address health problems caused by fluoride. We are going to start investing the technology in the affected areas in the country,” noted Eng Mrindoko.

He explained that the technology involves the use of crushed cow bones which will be put into water through the use of special household de-fluoridation units. He said the technology will only be applied at household levels as well as in institutions, so as to reduce costs.

He said drinking and cooking with water that has large amount of fluoride is what affects human health, hence using the water in other economic or domestic uses does not affect one’s health.

“It is estimated that one to three millimeters of the processed cow bone can drastically reduce the amount of fluoride in water,” he explained.
He said the technology is expected to be implemented in the 2014/15 financial year, focusing on the most affected regions.

 Kilimanjaro and Arusha, the most affected regions in the Northern zone as well as Mwanza (Magu district), Singida and Manyara regions,  produce water with an average of 4.5milligrams to 10milligrams of fluoride while the international standards states that only 1.5milligramms of fluoride is ok for human consumption.

For her part, Director of Water Quality Services Division, Eng Nadhifa Kemikimba said a huge amount of fluoride in water causes health problems mostly to children aged between two days and five years.

The effects include having brownish teeth (Dental fluorosis), development of rickets (Crippling fluorosis) and skeletal fluorosis.

She added that a survey carried out in 1980s found that almost all water sources in the country have an excessive amount of fluoride, though the quantity differs from one area to another. She noted that the cow bone technology is a result of research which was conducted by the ministry’s researchers since 1990s.

“Consumption of water with 1.5 to 3milligrams of fluoride is likely to cause dental fluorosis, concentration of 4 to 10 milligrams of fluoride results to skeletal fluorosis while water with 10 milligrams of fluoride and above causes crippling fluorosis which means bones joints tie up and cause immobility,” she urged.

 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s featured video link

 

 

 

 37 minutes of (very) visible campaigning interspersed with facts. Enjoy!

 

 The Girl Against Fluoride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=691MWdumuWk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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