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This could not surely be about fluoridated Birmingham? See if you can make sense of the last bit.
300% rise in kids needing op to have rotten teeth out
The West Midlands has seen a 300 per cent rise in children being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in what a senior dentist described as a “massive parenting failure”.
Figures revealed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed in the West Midlands in 2010-11 there were 456 children aged under 10 admitted to hospital with tooth decay. But in the last year 1,444 kids were admitted – a rise of more than 300 per cent.
Research shows in 2010-11 there were 120 under-fours admitted to hospital for tooth surgery in the West Midlands, but that figure rocketed by 353 cases last year.
Three years ago the total number of people under the age of 19 needing to go to hospital for surgery was 996. Last year it was 2,074. In 2010-11 there were 6,000 hospital admissions for tooth decay in the West Midlands of all ages. In 2013-14 that had risen to 7,883.
In Birmingham officials said the fluoridation largely meant that teeth were better than surrounding areas, although there had been a minor rise. Birmingham’s director of public health, Dr Adrian Phillips, said: “In addition to fluoridation, parents have a big role to play.” Officials pointed out that in 2012/13 there were 20 times more hospital admissions recorded for non-fluoridated Manchester 5 to 9 year olds than for those in fluoridated Birmingham. Fluoridation costs the city £180,000 per year
A report in the Lancet that found fluoride is a neurotoxin contains no new data and is of no relevance to Ireland, the Dáil has been told.
Independent TD Clare Daly asked Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White for his view of the report, which was published in March, and whether he would move to cease adding fluoride to our water. Mr White said the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health assessed the study by scientists from the Harvard Medical School cited in the Lancet report, which claimed an effect on children’s IQ at very high levels of naturally occurring fluoride.
“They were found to be of no relevance to Ireland, given our regulated fluoridation levels. The view of the expert body is that the overall design of the studies is poor and they do not provide evidence of any effect on children’s IQ from either high or low fluoride levels.”
He said the Harvard study contained no new data, and that “Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine continue to support water fluoridation as a safe public health measure.”
City Council to debate motion on ending public water fluoridation
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL are expected to debate a motion at tonight’s meeting calling for the immediate cessation of public water fluoridation.
The motion is put forward by Sinn Féin’s Chris Andrews who said he believed there would be strong support. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Andrews said that when he was running for election it was one of the issues that was being raised by residents on the doorsteps.
The motion follows six town councils and two county councils who have already passed motions calling for the immediate cessation of public water fluoridation in Ireland this year.
These include the abolished town councils of Bantry, Macroom, Kinsale, Cobh, Balbriggan and Wicklow and the county councils of Laois and Cork.
“The rebel county has already passed this motion, they are really leading the way on this and we should follow suit,” said Andrews.
A new study is looking at how Calgary’s decision to pull fluoride from drinking water is affecting children’s teeth.
Dental exams will be performed on hundreds of students from grades 1 and 2 at Calgary schools. The results will be compared with children in Edmonton, where the water is still fluoridated.
A researcher from the University of Calgary is investigating children’s teeth roughly two years after the city pulled fluoride out of the drinking water. (iStock)
While more and more Canadian communities are opting to get rid of fluoride, most studies on the subject are out of date, McLaren says.
The research project will run until June.
Alberta Health Services plans to present the findings at that time to Calgary’s city council.
Entrepreneur creates non-fluoride anti-cavity mouth rinse
Starinse, a non-fluoride mouth rinse that has been designated by Health Canada as effective in fighting cavities, is one of the latest inventions of McMaster Innovation Park. (Erin Obourn/CBC News)
Joon Kim wanted to keep his one-year-old son Talen’s teeth healthy.
He couldn’t find a cavity-fighting product that didn’t come with a “do not swallow” warning — and found mouth cleansers on the market without fluoride didn’t actually prevent tooth decay. So, he made one himself. Starinse is the product of McMaster Innovation Park, a partnership with Dennis Cvitkovitch, member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, and six months of Kim working out of Williams Coffee in Hamilton.
It is currently available in seven natural food stores around Mississauga, Milton, Toronto and Oakville, and is available for purchase at the product website. It retails for $9.99.
Starinse’s main active ingredient is xylitol, a natural sweetener used for people with diabetes, but that also has been shown to prevent tooth decay.
Starinse tastes sweet, but unlike many children’s toothpastes, which taste like bubble gum or strawberry candy, it is safe to swallow without a warning on the package — while also having an anti-cavity Health Canada designation.
Reminder and update on Peel
The challenge: “In short, if an Ontario resident can properly present the scientific and medical evidence to an Ontario court, there is a reasonable possibility that an Ontario court would declare the Fluoridation Act and municipal fluoridation programs in Ontario to be unconstitutional and thus invalid. Should that occur, then there is also a real possibility that the Region of Peel would be held legally liable to residents in a lawsuit for harm caused by artificial fluoridation”.
The Peel council, in response, voted to defer a move to reopen the issue until September when the region’s legal staff will present an opinion on Hasan’s arguments.
Council tackles flouridation question Monday
In addition to picking which politicians they can swallow, Prince George residents will also get an opportunity to have a say about their drinking water in this November’s election. During Monday night’s meeting, city council will be asked to approve the wording of November’s referendum question gauging community support for fluoridating city water.The question, as proposed, reads: The city of Prince George currently fluoridates its water supply. Are you in favour of the city of Prince George fluoridating its water supply?
In February 2013, council decided to put the issue to a referendum as part of a series of decisions stemming from the core services review. Ending the long-standing practice of the city’s chemical fluoride injection system could save $50,000, according to the KPMG report..
Prince George is one of a handful of B.C. communities that continue to fluoridate their water. One of the remaining holdouts is Fort St. John, which put the issue to a referendum in 2011 where they voted to keep the fluoride.
According to the Community Charter, council isn’t beholden to any referendum opinion.”. Coun. Brian Skakun said he plans to put forward a motion on Monday night that would make the referendum result carry more weight.”We’re asking for community input on something important and if it’s not binding why even have it on the ballot. I think people need to know as a result of saying ‘Yes,’ this is what’s going to happen, or as a result of saying ‘No,’ this is what’s going to happen,” he said. See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local/council-tackles-flouridation-question-monday-1.1211705#sthash.ErWZLHux.dpuf
MEADVILLE — “People need care. They need care, not fluoride.”
That is one of the many points Clean Water Meadville was trying to convey to the public on Saturday during a petition-signing event at the Market House.
Sometime this year, the Meadville Area Water Authority will vote on the subject of water fluoridation for Meadville and portions of Vernon, West Mead and Woodcock townships.
Clean Water Meadville is against the move and was seeking the support of residents during Second Saturday festivities.
“It’s not safe,” said Beth Chandler, a member of Clean Water Meadville, of the motion to add fluoride to Meadville’s water. “We’re trying to get the word out that we don’t want fluoride.”
Chandler said it isn’t fluoride that residents need, but rather regular dental maintenance, which she said many individuals can’t get because of insurance reasons. “It’s care they need,” Chandler said. Clean Water Meadville will be back at Second Saturday on Aug. 9 for those wishing to sign the petition.
Battle over fluoride in water heats up in Kennebunk
Kennebunk is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 10,798 at the 2010 census
KENNEBUNK — The Board of Selectmen heard differing opinions on fluoride in the town’s drinking water last week and has scheduled an upcoming special meeting to continue discussions.
Resident Janice Hanson and others are working to place a warrant article on the November ballot that would ask voters to remove fluoride from the water system.
Hanson called fluoride a neurotoxin that is “in our water supply and administered to us as an unregulated drug.”
Voters in 2002 supported fluoridating the water provided by the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District, which provides water to Kennebunk and the surrounding towns of Kennebunkport, Wells, Arundel, Ogunquit, and portions of York and Biddeford.
Four of those seven towns would have to support placing the question on the November ballot prior to Aug. 5 in order for it to be placed on the ballot, said Norm Labbe, superintendent of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District. The question also has to go before voters during a gubernatorial or presidential election, he said.
But dentists who attended last week’s meeting say there is a reason for fluoride in water and that there are benefits. “I urge you not to change your mind about fluoridation. You probably have a nice set of teeth because of it.” said dentist Joe Kenneally, who lives in Kennebunk.
The continuing stolry of …
Group wants fluoride back in the public water supply.
That’s after Boyne City leaders ended the 40-year fluoridation program in May.
The group “Citizens United for Dental Health” is organizing a petition-drive to get the question on the November ballot.
Tom Veryser, the President of Michigan Community Dental Clinics, is a dentist and Boyne City resident. says he’s shocked with the city commission’s vote “I was aghast that in the 21st century a local municipality would ignore 60 years of science and positive experience with water fluoridation in this country,” Veryser says.
The pro-fluoride group sent mailings this week to every registered voter in Boyne City. They’ve also planned two open house events next week to collect signatures.
and Traverse City
At the same time, a different group wants to do the opposite in Traverse City.
“Fluoride Free in TC” want to force a vote to ban water fluoridation there, after Traverse City commissioners re-affirmed the practice last month.
Both groups need to turn-in signatures by the end of July.
TRAVERSE CITY — Ben Hansen , of the group Fluoride Free TC, succeeded in getting petition language approved by the city attorney. Hansen now has until July 29 to collect 527 valid signatures from registered city voters to put the question on the November ballot.
Fluoride is added to the city drinking water because it’s proven to prevent tooth decay. But anti-fluoride groups contend a wide variety of unproven harms from the fluoridation process. Hansen failed to convince city commissioners to stop adding it to city water and now seeks to persuade voters.
Hansen said so far he’s alone in collecting signatures because most volunteers to circulate petitions are not registered voters in the city. For the rest, he can’t find clipboards large enough to hold his over-sized petitions.
The petition language lists how an ordinance will read if adopted by voters, but both the words fluoride and fluoridation are consistently misspelled.
Council votes for referendum on fluoridation
16July Press Release: Rotorua District Council
Rotorua District Council has voted to hold a referendum to determine residents’ views on whether the district’s water supplies should be fluoridated.
The decision was taken this morning [Weds 16 July] at a meeting of the council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee. In a close vote the committee resolved to support a referendum on the fluoride issue and to make the referendum result binding on the council.
Officers will now work on preparation of a report to be presented to the next Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting on 13 August., to provide information on timing options for holding the referendum, voting procedures and a range of other process details and information
Anti-fluoride campaigner loses case
A anti-fluoride campaigner has lost his court case to have a conflict of interest declared for a councillor who voted in a tied fluoridation poll in 2010.
Mike Woods said he would not take the court action any further, but he would continue his work in the fluoride debate.
“We have a rock-solid case against fluoride,” he said today.
In his decision the judge said before the 2010 vote councillors were warned of their responsibilities to have an open mind in doing their duty on the council. A fair-minded observer would not think Chapman would have ignored the advice, the judge said.
The council filed submissions in the case but did not appear at the hearing. Chapman did not take part in the case. The parties had agreed that no costs would be awarded.
Council supports remits
Nelson ( City in South Island, NZ)
The Nelson council yesterday discussed three proposed remits about earthquake prone buildings, fluoridation in water supplies, and reorganisation of local authorities.
The council supported a remit that the director-general of health, instead of local authorities, should decide on water supply fluoridation. The mayor said she would listen to the fluoridation debate, but would likely support it.
“I find it quite extraordinary that that decision is left to councils,” she said.
Councillor Brian McGurk backed her, saying fluoridation was a health issue rather than a local government issue.
25 minute interview with Bill Edmundson
Is fluoride safe?
This video was taken by someone who works at a water treatment plant and wanted people to see what is being put into the water. ( 2 min.)