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News and articles from mid-May to date from around the world
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- 1. U.S.
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- 4.New Zealand
- 6. Medical and scientific
- 7. A joke
From the United States
Boyne City, Michigan May 14.
Boyne City to discontinue water fluoridation
BOYNE CITY — After more than an hour of discussion — some of it very impassioned — Tuesday, the 13 May, Boyne City Commission voted 3-2 to discontinue adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.
Health concerns are what drove both sides of the debate.
The matter came up for discussion earlier this year when, during a city budget meeting, city commissioner Laura Sansom asked about discontinuing the practice citing her concerns about possible adverse effects health from the fluoride in the water. Several week’s later commissioner Derek Gaylord brought the matter up near the end of a regular city commission meeting, and wanted to make a motion right then to discontinue the practice. At the time, the commission held off on action to give city staff time to research the matter and for word to get to residents that the commission was considering such a move..
People in the audience raised concerns that high fluoride levels may have an adverse affect on cognitive development in children, that the chemically derived version that is added to the water can have many negative health effects in the long-run, and that by adding fluoride to the water system, it denies people the choice of whether they wish to ingest the substance or not.
Both mayor Ron Grunch and commissioner Tom Neidhamer said that discontinuing fluoridation of the city’s water supply is a mistake
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia June 4
Well reasoned article in the Chestnut Hill Local , by Beverly DeCer, RN, a local resident, the founder of Fluoride Free Philadelphia, a grassroots advocacy organization which is sponsoring a free public meeting on Monday, June 16, about the pros and cons of fluoridation in municipal drinking water.
“Fluoride has been labelled as carcinogenic, a neurotoxin, endocrine-disrupting protoplasmic poison, but we continue to pump it into our water… Is fluoridation a hoax? Yes…. There is also a “cognitive dissonance” which makes our psyche unable to accept that our government/medical hierarchy could be promoting a policy that is harmful. Now with social media and access to information, people are waking up quickly.”
Valparaiso, North West Indiana, May 16,
The city’s water has been fluoridated for about 60 years, but a committee has been formed to help determine whether that should continue to be the case.
Utility Director Steve Poulos announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s Utilities Board that Board President Dave Bengs will serve as chairman of the fluoride committee, which also will include board member Mark Thiros, Councilman Tim Daly, Kevin Steele, Jennifer Waldo, Jon Schoer and Dr. Judith Harrington. Harrington is a neuropsychology specialist.
Poulos said he expects the committee to be able to make a report by the end of August or early September.
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Members of the Valparaiso Fluoride Commission and Valparaiso City Utilities were pictured taking a tour of the Flint Lake Treatment Plant
“Valparaiso was one of those pioneers fluoridating their water,” said Shihua Chen, the city’s water operations manager and laboratory director. Fluoridation began in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945 and came to Indiana at South Bend, Huntington and Indianapolis in 1951, with Valparaiso starting in 1952.
Now, a computer system adjusts for water flow and puts 0.3 gallons of hydrofluorosilicic acid — the fluoride compound Valparaiso uses — into every 120,000 gallons of water.
Gary Foreman, media producer and documentary director responded to a subsequent editorial with a guest commentaryFluoridation’s time is ending. Summarised below:
The Times’ editorial regarding the fluoridating of Valparaiso’s water in the future did get one thing right. The answer to this important question is getting easier. Many of us who have done the research believe that once the scientific facts are revealed, fluoride will eventually fall the way of asbestos, mercury and lead. What Valparaiso is addressing is a combination of ethics and future risk management.
Should a public municipality be in charge of an individual’s oral hygiene? And if fluoridated water is in everything from processed foods to taking a shower, then managing the dosage is absolutely impossible.
The real junk science regarding fluoride is the copy-and-paste statements made by propagandists from 60 years ago, and still being advanced by those who are unwilling to do the real research. We deserve better.
Healdsburg, San Francisco June 2
The decision on whether Healdsburg should end its more than 60-year practice of adding fluoride to the water supply will go to the voters in November.
The Healdsburg City Council voted unanimously to place the controversial measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. If approved, it would end the only government fluoridation program in Sonoma County.
A Rohnert Park group spearheaded the effort, seeking and collecting the more than 1,000 signatures needed by city law. “We’re very pleased,” said Dawn Gallagher Stroeh of Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, which has also been battling efforts by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to add fluoride to its water supply, “When it comes down to it, we want to have a choice. .”
Healdsburg is the only city in Sonoma County that adds fluoride to its water, but the Sonoma County Water Agency has been studying whether to fluoridate its water, which is delivered to Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Windsor, Sonoma, Valley of the Moon and Marin
County Members of the City Council, including Mayor Jim Wood, a retired dentist, have voiced their opposition to the measure in the past. “A yes vote on this would be a no vote for what the city has been doing since 1952,” said Shaun McCaffery, the vice mayor.
Illinois May 14
I could not find the WGEM News report Mercola refers to, but similar remarks have been made before. It’s worth reading this reaction from the well known alternative health adviser and purveyor.
Some Illinois dentists are reportedly worried that their patients’ decision to drink bottled water in lieu of fluoridated tap water means they’re not getting enough of this verified poison on a daily basis.
The report, which was published by WGEM News out of Quincy, Illinois, includes so many misnomers and widely propagated fluoridation myths that it would be laughable… except that it’s entirely serious – and probably going to spur some people to unnecessarily think they “need” to get fluoride from their tap. So let me set the record straight. Your body doesn’t need fluoride anymore than it needs rat poison (and did you know that rat poison is another common use for fluoride?).
Ontario, Canada May 23
This article, headed Board supports fluoridation across Ontario is worth reading for its comments
(See picture above)
Medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn holds up a picture of a child’s teeth. Lynn said water fluoridation prevents tooth decay and is a safe practice. Others disagree.
The local board of health has directed Dr. Hazel Lynn to support a motion next month that will call on the province to require that all municipal drinking water systems in Ontario contain Health Canada-recommended levels of fluoride. The resolution, sponsored by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, is to be debated and voted on at an Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) annual general meeting June 3 in Richmond Hill.
Owen Sound, which has been adding fluoride to its drinking water since 1965, will be holding a plebiscite as part of the Oct. 27 municipal election that will ask voters if they support discontinuing water fluoridation in the city.
The Grey-Bruce board of health already voted this spring to support the Simcoe Muskoka health unit’s motion, but Lynn said it will have more “oomph” if it is supported by all health units through alPHa.
Comments included the following:
1. . Under the current Fluoridation Act of Ontario, water fluoridation is a matter for local municipal councils to decide, not the province. The motion described in the above article will go nowhere, as well it should. Obviously, its supporters are intellectual dullards. Likely drank too much fluoridated water.
2. They have to toe the party line of Health Canada and the province. Here we go again. The same picture, the same story, the same agenda. In all fairness though, If someone paid me 300K a year ? I might say anything too, even if I didn’t believe it
3. We are dealing with bureaucrats with very little intelligence and No willingness to respect the individual rights.
4.This picture with Hazel Lynn is nothing else than a primitive stint to scare people into compliance
5 Fluoride is neurotoxic
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Holland, R.I. Fluoride inhibition of protein synthesis. Cell Biol. Int. Rep. 1979 3:701-705
Jope RS. Modulation of phosphoinositide hydrolysis by NaF and aluminum in rat cortical slices. J. Neurochem. 1988 51:1731-1736.
Kay AR, Miles R, Wong RKS. Intracellular fluoride alters the kinetic properties of calcium currents facilitating the investigation of synaptic events in hippocampal neurons. J. Neurosci. 1986 6: 2915-2920.
Varner JA, Jensen KF Isaacson RL. Toxin-induced blood vessel inclusions caused by the chronic administration of aluminum and sodium fluoride and their implications for dementia. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1997 825: 152-166.
Mullenix PJ, Denbesten PK, Schunior A, Kernan WJ. Neurotoxicity of sodium fluoride in rats. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 1995 Mar-Apr;17(2):169-77.
Varner JA, Jensen KF, Horvath W, Isaacson RL. Chronic administration of aluminum-fluoride or sodium-fluoride to rats in drinking water: alterations in neuronal and cerebrovascular integrity. Brain Res. 1998 Feb 16;784(1-2):284-98.
Varner JA, Horvath WJ, Huie CW, Naslund HR, Isaacson RL. Chronic aluminum fluoride administration. I. Behavioral observations. Behav Neural Biol. 1994 May;61(3):233-41.
Zhao LB, Liang GH, Zhang DN, Wu XR. Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence. Fluoride 1996 29:190-192.
Li, XS, Zhi JL, RO. Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children. Fluoride 1995 28(4):189-192.
Luke JA. Effect of fluoride on the physiology of the pineal gland. CariesResearch 1994 28:204.
Oberon, New South Wales, May 26
FOLLOWING strenuous opposition to a recommendation to add fluoride to the town water supply, Oberon Council have voted to leave the water alone.
The recommendation before council was that council, as the water supply authority, make an application to the director general of NSW Health to fluoridate the Oberon town water supply.
It was noted that NSW Health would fund the capital costs of the required infrastructure.
Anti fluoride campaigners turned out at the meeting to reinforce to councillors that Oberon residents did not want fluoride added to their water supply.
Veronika Cvitanovic presented a petition to council with 672 signatures and said the overall consensus was that it was a waste of money and most of the water would go down the drain.
Anti fluoride campaigner Chris Freeman said they will continue with their campaign in regards to oral hygiene in the Oberon community.
Banana shire, Queensland, May 12
But this is typical of Australian news, without any hint of an objection. No, the name is real.
BANANA Shire Council advises the public that a fluoridation project has been completed with the financial assistance of the Queensland Government.
Fluoridation of water supplied to the Biloela and Thangool townships commenced on the May 9 and the water supplied to Moura and Banana townships commenced on May 8.
Mayor Ron Carige said that the Biloela water supply previously contained fluoride for many years and confirmed that the Australian Dental Association had written to the council congratulating them on the fluoride project.
From New Zealand
Hamilton, May 26
Latest stage in the Hamilton saga , with an added twist
Safe Water Alternative NZ Inc’s application for an interim hearing on Hamilton City Council’s decision to put Fluoride back into the water will be heard on Friday 20 June 2014.
The interim hearing will take place at the High Court in Hamilton and begin at 10am. At this stage it is unknown whether a decision by the judge will be made on the day or at a later date.
The date for the substantive court case will be set after the interim hearing has finished.
Hamilton City Council is opposing the application and $50,000 was set aside in the draft 2014/15 Annual Plan to meet this cost.
A group of Hastings residents opposed to fluoridation have taken to tapping directly into the city’s bore supplies to stockpile untreated water.
At a referendum last October, 63 per cent of voters elected to keep fluoride in the Hastings district’s urban water supply.
But in a bid to appease residents who want access to fluoride-free water, staff are proposing spending about $28,000 on public unfluoridated water “filling stations” at two bore sites: Eastbourne Street and Frimley Park. The bore sample taps were used by council staff to test the water and were not intended for public access.
Angela Hair, of the Fluoride Free Hastings group said ” We’re happy that people will have, hopefully, an option to be able to get fluoride-free water,”.
May 27 Wellington
Anti-fluoride campaigners who addressed the Greater Wellington Regional Council during hearings on the council’s draft annual plan, once again questioning the compulsory fluoridation of the region’s drinking water, have called for a regional tribunal to question the practice
The council supplies water which has been fluoridated to meet levels recommended by the Ministry of Health to improve dental health. The water goes to Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Porirua.
People were absorbing fluoride at a level that failed to account for factors such as age, weight or individual tolerance, dentist Stan Litras argued. Lynn Jordan said a tribunal or special review was preferable to a referendum which would be costly to ratepayers. Councillor Nigel Wilson said he supported the idea of a tribunal given the division of views on the topic.
Over 200 comments were shown on nz.stuff.nz site:
June 4 Palmerston
And some more borers
A proposal to spend $15,000 so people who want fluoride-free water can fill containers from one of Palmerston North’s artesian bores has drawn scorn from both sides of the debate.
The city council spends just over $40,000 a year adding fluoride to the city’s water supply. The council received a $10,000 report last year outlining the issues around fluoridation, and decided to take no action until the outcome of an appeal against a High Court ruling that councils were acting lawfully by fluoridating water.
But in response to submissions, council staff have suggested installing taps at two bore stations in the city where those who opposed drinking fluoridated water could collect from an untreated supply.
The committee of council yesterday recommended adding $15,000 to the coming year’s budget to provide the fluoride-free water from just one of the artesian bores.
Crs Adrian Broad, Leonie Hapeta and Tangi Utikere voted against the proposed extra spending.
Fluoride Action Network spokeswoman Mary Byrne said the Council should take responsibility for acting on evidence that opponents had provided that showed fluoride was harmful, and that any benefits it had for dental health came from brushing with fluoride toothpaste, not from swallowing it. Offering taps where people could get water without fluoride “if they are really all that bothered” sent a message that the council was not taking the issue seriously.
Letter questioning the recent rejection by the IMO AGM of a motion calling on the Department of Health to reverse its current policy of public water fluoridation (IMT, May 14) published in the . Irish Medical Times , not freely available to non medics.
From the world of science and medicine
Extract and summary of article by Jon EvansThe dangers of fluoride toothpaste: Detecting fluoride anions in urinary stones
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Dietary minerals Toothpaste can possibly raise the risk of getting urinary stones. That’s the rather troubling finding of a new ion chromatography method for determining fluoride concentrations in the stones.
Urinary stones are small crystal particles that can form anywhere in the urinary system, from the kidneys to the bladder. They are produced when the urine becomes saturated with dietary minerals, especially calcium and magnesium, which then form crystals. This saturation can result from the ingestion of large quantities of these minerals in foods or from the urine becoming highly concentrated due to dehydration.
Although calcium and magnesium compounds, particularly calcium oxalate, are the main components of most urinary stones, they can also contain a wide range of other compounds, including uric acid, cystine and fluorides. Furthermore, the precise composition of a urinary stone can help to reveal how it formed in the first place, and thus how to prevent any more urinary stones forming in the future.
Ion interference While several techniques are available for detecting the major components of urinary stones, they aren’t always sensitive enough to detect many of the minor compounds, such as fluorides. Now, however, chemists from Russia and Australia, led by Pavel Nesterenko at the University of Tasmania, have shown that ion chromatography (IC) can form the basis for just such a sensitive technique, able to detect fluoride anions at concentrations as low as 0.004mg/L.
High fluoride concentrations Using these two approaches to remove any potential interference, Nesterenko and his team then analysed 20 urinary stones taken from patients at a Russian hospital with ion chromatography and conductivity detection. They detected fluoride ions in 80% of the stones, at concentrations of 0.01–4.0mg per gram of stone.
Just for fun.. seriously, folks..
Would anyone vote for MORE fluoride – this is how it can be done!