This week we are devoting the first part of the news to an extract from the recent bulletin from the Fluoride Action network, as it covers recent events in both Canada and Ireland. Some of it has already been included in earlier SWIS news, but it is an excellent summary, with some useful links. (please send a comment if the any links do not work, particularly the audio recording, and I will attempt to find an alternative route.)
Fluoridation on the Ballot in Canada
A number of communities in Canada are voting on fluoridation today
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Prince George, British Columbia
Sparwood, British Columbia
We will have a full breakdown of the Canadian and U.S. fluoridation voting results in the next bulletin.
Another Domino Falls in Ireland
Ireland is the last remaining country in the world with a nationwide fluoridation mandate, but likely not for long. On Monday, November 10, the Kerry County Council unanimously passed a motion opposing public water fluoridation. The motion states: “that Kerry County Council will write to the Government calling for the cessation of public water fluoridation.” The unanimously vote received cross party support and was passed without any disagreement amongst the councilors.
This is the fifth major Council to adopt a similar resolution this year and comes just weeks after Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country passed motions along with Cork County Council and Laois County Council doing so earlier in 2014. These councils represent approximately 1.5 million residents.
According to local campaigners, “One Fine Gael Councillor who wished to remain anonymous said the job of Irish Water was not to medicate the Irish populace but to deliver clean and safe water.” We couldn’t agree more!
Also in Ireland, a great article was published in the October edition of Ireland’s Dental Magazine written by documentary producer Marcus Stewart. It’s a great introduction to the fluoridation issue and a strong science-based rebuttal to the typical pro-fluoridation attacks. The article starts on page 20.
Ireland Teleconference Audio
November’s International Fluoride Free Teleconference explored the amazing fluoride-free momentum building up in Ireland. This call was a great opportunity to hear how campaigners were able to successfully get the two largest city councils in the country, as well as the largest county council, to pass resolutions calling for an end to fluoridation in Ireland. The call was a wonderful learning opportunity for campaigners around the world, and featured activists Mary Hilary and Ciarnan Mallory (www.fluoridefreewater.ie), Owen Boyden of Fluoride Free Towns (http://fluoridefreetowns.com), holistic doctor Tony Hughes, and journalist Ciarna Sherlock. Don’t miss this inspirational and educational experience, download the audio today and listen at your leisure: CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO
Other news from the U.S.A.
The anti-fluoride movement is gaining steam in the U.S. And with celebrities like Ed Begley Jr. and Rob Schneider on board, how could it fail? But the debate over whether fluoridation benefits communities’ dental health or amounts to the forced medication of the masses isn’t why Oklahoma towns like Lawton, Purcell, and Fairview stopped adding the chemical to their water.
Fairview city manager, said a few years ago, a tornado damaged the city’s water treatment equipment, leaving them without a way to fluoridate the water. It would be costly to replace the equipment.
In Lawton, officials chose to stop fluoridating the city’s water last year for cost and infrastructure reasons.
Purcel stopped fluoridating the water after an equipment failure that would be expensive to replace.
Another version, suggesting this is State health department inspired story.
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City could be the next Michigan town to put the issue of water fluoridation on the ballot. Fluoridation opponents are vowing to take their fight to Traverse City even after an unsuccessful effort in Boyne City.
Ben Hansen said his group – Fluoride Free in TC – still wants to put the issue before Traverse City voters next year.
“We intend to be on the ballot in November 2015 and between now and then, we’ll be working on two things … building a network of like-minded supporters and educating the public,” said Hansen.
The first also thanks to FAN:
Dr. Hans Video
There is a great new video of Dr. Hans Moolenburgh, MD, a General Practitioner, explaining what he and other doctors saw when the Netherlands started fluoridating the drinking water, and why they campaigned to successfully end the practice forever. You can also see Dr. Moolenburgh discuss infant exposure to fluoride in this video appeal to the American Dietetic Association from a few years ago.
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Kids Eat Too Much Fluoride From Foods, Studies Show
Press release from: New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc
Kids ingest excessive fluoride, studies show, not just from toothpaste, but from their foods, making water fluoridation unnecessary and unsafe. University of Indiana researchers analyzed foods typical three- to five-year-olds eat and found diet significantly contributes to children’s daily fluoride intake. This and many other studies show, children risk dental fluorosis from their food, alone(3a-L). “…because the prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow or brown permanently stained teeth) appear to be increasing, there is a need to quantitate all potential sources of fluoride exposure,” report Jackson, et al, in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (1).
Jackson found fluoride in McDonald’s french fries, Aunt Millie’s Homestyle Buttermilk White Bread, Iron Kids Bread, Lay’s Baked and Ruffles potato chips, Heinz and Hunt’s Ketchup, twelve different soda brands, fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, dairy products, nuts, seeds, fats, oils, sugars and sweets.
Fluoride ingestion overdose or dental fluorosis (permanently discolored teeth) is a huge American problem with up to 48% of school children sporting dental fluorosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Dental fluorosis is very expensive to cover up and is rarely covered by insurance.
Between the ages of 15 and 36-months, children’s front teeth are most fluorosis-prone. To avoid tooth yellowing the National Academy of Sciences (2a) advises fluoride intake from all sources (food, air, water, toothpaste, medicines, and supplements) for the following age groups: · infants up to 6 months old – less than 0.01 mg (one hundredth of a milligram) · babies from 6 – 12 months – less than 0.5 mg (half a milligram) · children from 1 to 3 years old – 0.7 mg (seven tenths of a milligram) · children from 4 to 8 years old – less than 1 mg
Children’s toothbrushing introduces 0.8 mg fluoride into their mouths, averaging 0.6 mg swallowed or absorbed from two brushings.(2b) One quart of fluoridated water contains approximately one milligram fluoride.
Despite the scientific evidence that America’s children are fluoride over-dosed, dentists via well-organized political oral health coalitions convince too-trusting or maybe PAC-hungry legislators to promote fluoridation and dose children with even more fluoride, wasting precious tax dollars and endangering children’s health and teeth. Many ill health effects are also associated with fluoride ingestion See: www.FluorideAction.Net/health And there is no dispute that too much fluoride actually causes teeth to decay. (7)
“The American Association of Pediatric Dentists’ recent deal with Coca Cola(8) further illustrates dentistry’s unfamiliarity with or disregard for the medical literature,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. U.S. children are over-fluoridated(4); while soda still erodes their teeth(5). Fluoride can’t prevent soda-eroded teeth(6). “To prevent cavities, we should improve child nutrition, remove soda machines from schools and reduce fluoride exposure by stopping water fluoridation,” says Beeber.
Modern science shows that fluoride ingestion does not reduce tooth decay. Fluoride absorbs into the tooth by topical means alone. However, studies show that dentists are not familiar with this new fluoride science. See: tinyurl.com/Yoder
References: (1) Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2002 Oct;30(5):382-91, “The fluoride content of foods and beverages from negligibly and optimally fluoridated communities,” Jackson RD, Brizendine EJ, Kelly SA, Hinesley R, Stookey GK, Dunipace AJ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=Pu… (2) Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride (1999) Institute of Medicine a) page 302 b) page 296 (3) a) J Am Dent Assoc 1999 Nov;130(11):1593-9 Assessing fluoride levels of carbonated soft drinks, Heilman JR, Kiritsy MC, Levy SM, Wefel JS. b) J Am Dent Assoc 1997 Jul;128(7):857-63 Fluoride concentrations of infant foods,Heilman JR, Kiritsy MC, Levy SM, Wefel JS c) J Am Dent Assoc 1996 Jul;127(7):895-902 Assessing fluoride concentrations of juices and juice-flavored drinks,Kiritsy MC, Levy SM, Warren JJ, Guha-Chowdhury N, Heilman JR, Marshall T. d) J Clin Pediatr Dent 1991 Fall;16(1):38-40 Fluoride levels and fluoride contamination of fruit juices, Stannard JG, Shim YS, Kritsineli M, Labropoulou P, Tsamtsouris A. e) J Public Health Dent 1995 Winter;55(1):39-52 Sources of fluoride intake in children, Levy SM, Kiritsy MC, Warren JJ. f) Behrendt A, Oberste V, Wetzel WE. (2002). Fluoride concentration and pH of iced tea products. Caries Research. 36(6): 405-410. g) Fein NJ, Cerklewski FL. (2001). Fluoride content of foods made with mechanically separated chicken. J Agric Food Chem. 49(9):4284-6. h) Turner SD, et al. (1998). Impact of imported beverages on fluoridated and nonfluoridated communities. Gen Dent 46(2):190-3 i)Stannard JG, et al. (1991). Fluoride Levels and Fluoride Contamination of Fruit Juices. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 16(1):38-40 j)ASDC J Dent Child 2001 Jan-Feb;68(1):37-41,10 Fluoride content of infant formulas prepared with deionized, bottled mineral and fluoridated drinking water,Buzalaf MA, Granjeiro JM, Damante CA, de Ornelas F. k) J Public Health Dent 1999 Fall;59(4):229-34 Fluoride intake by infants,Fomon SJ, Ekstrand J. L) J Dent Res 1992 Jul;71(7):1382-8 Fluoride intake from beverage consumption in a sample of North Carolina children, Pang DT, Phillips CL, Bawden JW. (4) Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2002 Jun;30(3):199-209, “Esthetically objectionable fluorosis attributable to water fluoridation,” Griffin SO, Beltran ED, Lockwood SA, Barker LK. (5) a) Soda Pop, Powdered Beverages, and Increased Caries Risk in Young Children Error! Bookmark not defined., S.M. LEVY, J.J. WARREN, B.A. BROFFITT, J.M. EICHENBERGER-GILMORE, and P.J. STUMBO, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA abstract presented at 2003 International Association of Dental Research annual meeting iadr.confex.com/iadr/2003SanAnton/techprogram/abstract_25… b) Associations between sugared soda consumption and permanent tooth caries, Heller et al, iadr.confex.com/iadr/2001aadr/scheduler/schedulerpaper.cg… (6) Caries Res 2002 Jan-Feb;36(1):75-80, “Fluoride is unable to reduce dental erosion from soft drinks, Larsen MJ, Richards A. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=Pu… (7) “Dentistry, Dental Practice and the Community,” by Burt and Eklund (8) “Pediatric Dentists Accused of Selling Out to Coke,” www.cspinet.org/new/200303041.html The New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation provides information about fluoride science rarely reported by the media New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc PO Box 263 Old Bethpage, NY 11804 www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof Contact: Paul Beeber, JD, President firstname.lastname@example.org