AUGUST 4

  • This week international news is from Canada, USA, Australia andNew Zealand
  • Natural News’ Research: Contamination of US Water supplies The results of an important survey with comments from the lead researcher are shown as a separate page and will be added to the Resources section.

  • U.K.

Project to tackle Bradford’s tooth decay problem

A PROJECT to tackle tooth decay in the Bradford district with the worst track record in the region for the disease gets under way next week.

The Bradford and Airedale district has 46 per cent of five year olds with tooth decay – compared to an average of 33 per cent across the Yorkshire region.

In an attempt to reduce that, Bradford District Care Trust is running a Fluoride Varnish Programme Awareness Week starting on Monday.

The procedure involves applying a flouride varnish to youngsters’ teeth and in conjunction with brushing and a health diet can help to safeguard them from decay.

Clinical Director at the Care Trust Swarngit Shahid said: “Research shows that Fluoride Varnish is highly effective at reducing dental disease if applied twice a year directly onto the tooth surface, in addition to regular tooth brushing.

“Children taking part in the Fluoride Varnish Programme have the potential to be free from tooth decay when combined with healthy eating and regular tooth brushing. This is a great opportunity for parents to find out more about the programme and for more children to become involved.”

 

  • CANADA

  • Cranbrook
  • Jul 25,
  • The City of Cranbrook is preparing for a November 15 municipal election, and part of that will include a referendum on fluoridation of the water supply. Since 1966, Cranbrook has added fluoride to the water supply in the form of hydrofluorosilicic acid.
  • The city put out information on the referendum recently with the notice that it will host a public open house with Canadian health experts on both sides of the fluoride debate talking about the subject. The exact date, time and location will be announced in early September, but it will likely occur in early October.The actual referendum question will be: “Are you in favour of Council adopting City of Cranbrook Cease Fluoridation Bylaw No. 3799, 2014, which authorizes stopping the addition of fluoride to the municipal water supply effective January 1, 2015?”In the referendum, a “yes” vote means you are in favour of eliminating fluoride, while a “no” vote means continuing to add fluoride.http://www.dailytownsman.com/breaking_news/268604282.htmlCranbrook is one of six communities in the province that still adds fluoride to the water supply, which accounts for three per cent of the population of the province. The other communities are Fort Saint John, Prince George, Sparwood and Terrace. Prince Rupert is listed as a community that adds fluoride, but according to its website currently doesn’t as it needs to upgrade the fluoride system at some point. Owen Sound

    July 26

    Owen Sound will decide which act to address the plebiscite on fluoridation

    It is now a waiting process regarding whether the plebiscite on fluoridation in Owen Sound will be addressed under the Municipal Elections Act or the Fluoridation Act.

    Owen Sound residents will have the opportunity to answer a question on flouridation during the October 27th civic election.

    This was decided by Council on March 17th, however the original question stated “Are you in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride in the municipal drinking water?”, which some residents felt was a double negative question.

    Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn says the City’s choice was to do a plebiscite, and they can do this under either act. Doctor Lynn points out it is recommended if you have more than one municipality involved, that you use the Municipal Act, and she feels it is a much clearer question and it is more democratic.

    The Municipal Elections Act requires at least 50 per cent of eligible voters to vote.Under the Municipal Act — the question would be: Should the municipality fluoridate the municipal water; either yes or no.

    While the Fluoridation Act does not require a minimum of 50 per cent of the electors to cast a ballot for the results to be binding.

    http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=67923

      

    U.S.A.

    Fircrest, Bellingham, Washington

     July 26

    Another letter sparks a long series of comments, mostly anti, and some reasonable.

    http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/26/3769604/it-would-be-foolish-to-end-fluoridation.html?sp=/99/122/

     

Farmington continuied

July 29

Council discusses fluoridation of water

FARMINGTON – There were strong opinions expressed on the issue of fluoridation of drinking water during a public hearing held prior to the start of regular session at the Farmington City Council meeting Monday.

The hearing – which lasted more than an hour – had seven individuals expressing the reason for their position.

Out of the group, four expressed their wishes for the city to discontinue the practice of water fluoridation – using data from studies showing possible health side effects from fluoridated drinking water to the idea that citizens should be able to decide on their own to ingest fluoridated water.

Mayor Stuart “Mit” Landrum said it comes down to finding out what is best for the community when it comes to fluoridating drinking water.

While the hearing was just for discussion, Ward I Councilmen Larry Forsythe and John Robinson both expressed they would be in favor of discontinuing fluoridation, while Ward III Councilmen Darrel Holdman and Dennis Smith said they would be in favor of continuing.

The council will discuss the matter further during an administrative services meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 18.

http://dailyjournalonline.com/farmington-press/news/local/council-discusses-fluoridation-of-water/article_5a27dda2-7f1e-5cd2-aa2f-fe866d4e984b.html

 

Dover, Maine 

July 29,

A politician comes out aqgainst fluoridation and wants the coucncil to revisit it. Extract:

I support City Councilor Cheney in willing to revisit “an old fight” to use or not to use fluoride in Dover’s drinking water.

■ Fluoride is the only drug that is forced as mass medication of the population with no control of dosing. 
■ Fluorosis affects nearly one in every four Americans ages 6 to 49. It is most prevalent in those ages 12 to 15. The vast majority of cases are mild, and only about 2 percent are considered “ 

In summary after a wee bit of knowledge in my research, I suggest that it’s time for a committee to come together to end debate and plan to revisit fluoridation periodically,

 Donald Andolina, Dover . Candidate for NH Representative
 http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140729/GJOPINION_0102/140729424/0/SEARCH

 

Kennebunk.Maine

July 31

Several articles have appeared, including one neeeded to explain the convuluted political process that means that it cannot be discussed for another two years. (At least , they will not have to wait twenty yeras as the UK law now demands) – and there seems a determination to use the time to build the support needed.

KENNEBUNKPORT — The Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen was scheduled to discuss a proposed warrant article asking voters to consider removing fluoride from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells Water District July 24, but learned the proposal is no longer moving forward.

Residents have taken the proposal to a number of the seven towns within the KKWWD and would need at least four of those towns to support placing the question on the November ballot in order for it to move forward. A total of seven towns receive water from the district — Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Wells, Ogunquit and parts of Biddeford and York.

Kennebunkport Town Manager Laurie Smith said that organizers requested the agenda item be removed from the board’s meeting, stating that “the other towns were not voting to bring it forward.”

“We would not need to act on this until the next gubernatorial year,” Smith said.

The topic of fluoride has sparked debate at meetings in recent weeks with proponents of its removal saying it is a “pollutant” and local dentists saying there are benefits to fluoride in drinking water.

Micky Bergman, one of the organizers behind the proposal for a warrant article on the November ballot, said separately that it “became obvious that due to the timing of the process and the lack of fluoridation awareness, we were not going to meet our objective.”

“Some selectmen seemed genuinely amenable to the idea of allowing a warrant article, while others felt pressured and were resistant to making any decisions. We wanted citizens to have the opportunity to make an informed vote at this time,” Bergman said. “Fortunately, fluoridation is being challenged in many other communities in the U.S. and Canada, so there is a great deal of awareness now. Inevitably, this controversy will result in an informed citizenry that will bring an end to this unethical practice. I have every confidence that two years from now customers of the KKWWD will demand it.”

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140731-NEWS-407310313

Aug 1

Fluoridation vote delayed until 2016

So here’s how i t works…

AKENNEBUNK- KENNEBUNKPORT- ARUNDEL— Residents of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District will not vote in November about whether the water should continue to be fluoridated. The matter cannot be voted on again until 2016.

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District is one of the largest districts of its kind in the state, providing service to a population that reaches more than 70,000 people in the summer months. The district includes the aforementioned three towns, plus Ogunquit, Biddeford, Arundel and York.

For fluoridation to stop, the majority of those towns (at least four) would have had to vote to put the question on their November ballot. A majority decision would then require the minority towns to also put the question on their November ballot, said Norm Labbe, superintendent of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District. The towns would have to vote to include the ballot question by Aug. 5—90 days prior to the gubernatorial election. The measure can only be voted on during a presidential or a gubernatorial election.

Advocates who wanted to see the question put to voters have withdrawn their request in response to the lack of support among the seven communities within the district. The boards of selectmen in Kennebunk and Arundel chose not to move forward with the question at their recent meetings. The Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen, recognizing that there is no chance for a majority among the towns, followed suit.

“It takes four towns to place it on the warrant in order for the question to be brought forward at the election. Because the other towns did not vote to move it forward, we would not get the four towns needed,” said Laurie Smith, town manager of Kennebunkport at the July 24 board of selectmen meeting.

Last month, the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen voted to schedule a last-minute town meeting on July 22 to allow public input on the matter before deciding whether to include the question on the November ballot. That meeting was cancelled less than a week later.

http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2014-08-01/Front_Page/Fluoridation_vote_delayed_until_2016.html

July 31

From Canada to Kennelbunk

 This support seems to have  been in vain but is intersting to note the refeErnce to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 

To the Editor:

Good day selectmen and officials of Wells, Kennebunkport, Arundel, York and Ogunquit,

As you know, endorsement by an organization does not constitute scientific proof. For example, the American Dental Association (ADA) has long promoted mercury fillings as safe, while ignoring mountains of contradictory evidence. The ADA strongly supports fluoridation as well.

There is a preponderance of evidence showing that ingested fluoride, even at the recommended “safe” concentration, causes numerous long-term health effects.

Our city, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, has fluoridated its drinking water for the last 40 years. However, we are confident this is about to change.

As a catalyst to change, we have issued a rigorous scientific rebuttal that proves the incompetence and deception of Alberta Health Services in their promotion of artificial water fluoridation.

The same arguments and tactics are used by ALL fluoride-promoting health authorities and dental organizations, so this information is of utmost importance and relevance to you as well.

I ask you to do your due diligence in researching this topic thoroughly and conscientiously so you can take a principled stand for the health of your communities.

Sean Fife

www.fluoridefreelethbridge.com

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140731-OPINION-407310335

 

Salina KS

Fluoridation issue to be on November ballot, July 31,

Saline County Clerk Don Merriman said Thursday that workers in his office were able to verify the signatures of 988 registered Salina voters on a petition asking for a public vote on whether the city’s water fluoridation ordinance should be rescinded, so the issue will appear on the November general election ballot. Read more… Saline County Clerk Don Merriman said Thursday that workers in his office were able to verify the signatures of 988 registered Salina voters on a petition asking for a public vote on whether the city’s water fluoridation ordinance should be rescinded, so the issue will appear on the November general election ballot.

The city has been adding fluoride to the water since 1968. Salina’s latest consumer confidence report shows that in 2013, the city’s water had fluoride levels between 0.54 and 0.64 parts per million. – See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/fluoridation7-31-14#sthash.MwBIf5l9.dpuf http://www.salina.com/news/fluoridation7-31-14

 Also 40 second audio report  

http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/health-news/9096-salina-next-to-consider-water-fluoridation-repeal

Phoenix, AZ

July 29

A radio show introduces a forthconmng interview with Paul Connett with a few biographical details

Tune in to the Gillette Nutrition Show with Guest, Paul Connett to Learn About the Harmful and Toxic Effects of Fluoride

Get the real truth on fluoride and how it is very damaging to the body, especially the endocrine system. Healthy teeth come from a healthy diet, not fluoride. Tune in on Monday, July 28 at 4pm, Listen in as I interview Paul Connett, an expert on the dangers of fluoride and one of the founders of the Fluoride Action Network.

Paul Connett has researched the literature on fluoride’s toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 18 years. He helped found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) see http://www.fluoridealert.org. He has given invited presentations on the dangers of fluoridation to legislative and research bodies and local communities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the US. This has included invited presentations in 2003 to both the US EPA and the US National Research Council.

In 2010, with two other authors he published the book, The Case Against Fluoride… (Chelsea Green), which contains 80 pages of citations to the scientific literature. As of June 2014 there has yet to be a scientifically referenced response to this book.

http://gillettenutrition.com/
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2086603#ixzz39LN8p1bX

 

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

July 31,

Council approves fluoride resolution

The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday adopted a resolution stating its opposition to a plan to add fluoride to the city’s water supply.

A law passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2011 requires any city that serves more than 5,000 residents to add fluoride to its drinking water. Eureka Springs purchases its water from the Carroll Boone Water District, which is preparing to comply with the state law.

The resolution adopted by the council asserts that the state law requiring fluoridation conflicts with other state laws protecting the health of Arkansas residents. The resolution will be sent to the Carroll Boone Water District Board.

http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/2105746.html

  National news

 The sodium fluoride added to U.S. water supplies is contaminated with the toxic elements lead, tungsten and aluminum, a Natural News Forensic Food Labs investigation has revealed.

Natural News acquired “pure” sodium fluoride from six chemical manufacturers in China . Strontium and uranium were also found in substantial quantities in some samples, raising additional questions about the purity of industrial fluoride used for water fluoridation.

Deytails of the research and comments of the leasd rfesearcher are  inmcluded under ‘

Resources’

AUSTRALIA

Hunter, New Sourh Wales

July 28

Upper Hunter Shire Council will vote tonight on fluoridating the water supplies of five local communities

The council undertook a six week campaign to educate and consult with locals about water fluoridation. The information was made available from NSW Health, the Australian Dental Association and other authorities through the council website and displays at council offices.

When written submissions closed earlier this month 11 had been received, with five in favour of fluoridation and six against.

Council’s Works and Technical Services Committee has recommended a move to fluoride in Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa, Cassilis and Murrurundi

 

National

Aug 1

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is inviting public comment on the merits of water fluoridation.

Current NHMRC advice recommends that water be fluoridated at the level of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, which it says balances the benefits of reduced tooth decay with the occurrence of “dental mottling” or fluorosis.

Chief Executive of the NHMRC, Warwick Anderson said the call for published scientific articles was the first step in a comprehensive review process to ensure that NHMRC’s advice was based on the most current evidence.

“Once this stage is complete, an expert working group will prepare a draft Information Paper summarising the evidence,” he said. “This will be released for public consultation around September 2015.”

The deadline for submissions is 22 August 2014.

http://www.psnews.com.au/aps/Page_psn420f5.html

 

NEW ZEALAND

One  reactions to last week’s proposal tro dictate fluoridation centrally, and some pro fluoridation propaganda with an authorative response by a group of dentists.

July 29

 Putting fluoride in Hutt water may spark ‘riots’

Petone residents would “riot on the street” if fluoride were added to tap water – which might happen if the Ministry of Health takes over fluoridation decision-making from councils.

Petone and neighbouring suburb Korokoro get their tap water from the same aquifer that feeds the artesian water fountains in Buick St.

There was an outcry in the 1990s when Hutt City Council suggested adding fluoride to the supply and the reaction would be the same today, community board chairman Mike Fisher said.

“People would be rioting in the streets. They would be absolutely furious,” he said. “We’re very proud of our water the way it is.”

Last week, the country’s councils voted strongly in favour of handing fluoridation decisions to the director-general of health.

Hutt City Council opposed the decision, which could mean one blanket rule on fluoride for the whole country, Lower

Kapiti Coast District Council proposed the fluoride law change because of the expense and inconsistency of decision-making across the country, mayor Ross Church said. Another court case cost South Taranaki District Council $220,000 in legal fees, Church said.

“That’s nuts. Councillors are not the right people to make this decision. It’s a very technical decision and we’re not scientists.”

But Hutt City councillor Max Shierlaw said councillors often dealt with complex issues. “If you think that’s an issue that you can’t deal with, then really you shouldn’t be in local government.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10320883/Putting-fluoride-in-Hutt-water-may-spark-riots

 http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/dhb-claims-fluoridation-challenged/5/197586

28 July Press Release: Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Water fluoridation means 40% less tooth decay

With water fluoridation in the news recently, Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service wants to ensure that Rotorua residents have reliable and credible information on water fluoridation.

“Everyone benefits from water fluoridation especially children and those most at risk of poor oral health,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health for Lakes District Health Board. “The New Zealand Oral Health Survey 2009 showed that children and adolescents in fluoridated areas had, on average, 40% less tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas.”

Compared to New Zealand as a whole, children in the Lakes District Health Board (DHB) area have some of the poorest dental health statistics. For example, according to the most recent available Ministry of Health data, 56% of Year 8 children in the Lakes DHB area have tooth decay – this is the highest of all DHBs. “It’s a child’s right to have the best opportunities society can provide to have good health, including good teeth. This is one of the reasons why water fluoridation is so important for Rotorua,” says Dr de Wet.

There is overwhelming consensus from the national organisations that represent doctors, public health specialists and dentists that water fluoridation is safe and effective in helping protect teeth from decay. The Auckland water supply is fluoridated and residents of Hamilton, Hastings and Whakatane also showed their majority support for fluoride last year in their local referendums. Along with brushing twice a day, choosing low sugar food and drinks, and having regular dental check-ups, water fluoridation helps protect our teeth and provides life-long benefits.

Fluoride is naturally present in the water we drink but in Rotorua’s water sources, like almost all New Zealand water sources, this is below the level that benefits teeth. Water fluoridation is when the natural fluoride level in the water supply is topped up with just enough fluoride to protect our teeth. Water fluoridation helps to protect teeth by making them stronger and by slowing down decay. It’s also the best way to make sure everyone’s teeth get some protection, especially those of children.

“Water fluoridation can be a contentious issue and often this arises from misinformation, which is why we are committed to providing accurate and credible information from reliable professional sources. I encourage you to visit the Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service website for information on water fluoridation,” says Dr de Wet.

For more information visit www.ttophs.govt.nz/fluoridation or www.fluoridefacts.govt.nz

DHB claims on fluoridation challenged

The claim that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 40%, as repeated by Dr. De Wet yesterday (see below) is not supported by weight of evidence, according to a group of dentists who are taking a thorough and critical look at the research and data. FIND originated last year when a group of private dentists saw the need for critical and unbiased interpretation of evidence, and public informed consent decision making. While not claiming to represent the majority of dentists, the group is steadily growing as more dentists become interested in finding out the facts for themselves.

According to spokesperson Dr. Stan Litras, a Wellington dentist, the 2009 NZ Oral Health Survey quoted by Dr. de Wet is not a controlled, robust scientific study into fluoridation, and is inappropriate for making policy decisions on fluoridation.

Large metadata studies have concluded that if there is any benefit to children at all, it is of the order below 15%, and benefit to adults is questionable.

The vast majority of countries do not use fluoridation and yet their decay rates are the same or better than NZ, while their rates of asthma, diabetes, thyroid problems and mental distress conditions are generally lower.

The 2011 5-year-old data show that unfluoridated Rotorua has 58% percent of Maori children with no decay at all compared with 30% in fluoridated Taupo. We see a similar picture in Waikato and Counties-Manukau.

Why would they want to put extra industrial fluoride into their water and food chain?

We would like to see Dr. De Wet focusing on investigating the health effects of fluoride, and explain to us how the DHB know that toxic levels for long term ingestion of fluoride from all sources (food, beverages,toothpaste and water among others) are not being exceeded at the individual level, particularly by children, and particularly by Maori and Pacific Islanders who are at increased risk of harm due to diets which already are higher in fluoride and low in calcium.

 Here is a one minute video from the  same organisation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaTBuMOn3k4

 National

July 31

Lumino supports central govt responsibility for fluoridation

The Clinical Advisory Board (Board) of New Zealand’s largest private dental network, Lumino The Dentists, says that dentists from around the group’s 80 practices are continually having to correct patient’s perceptions about fluoridation in water supplies.

The Board has criticised the anti-fluoridation lobby for its vocal influence amongst lay people outside the dental industry, and particularly, City Councillors.

“The effect of water fluoridation is a public health benefit, at little cost, with quality of life advantages that cross all demographics.”

In addition, the Board believes that costs incurred by councils having to hold referendums and defend their water fluoridation decisions could be money better spent on direct initiatives aimed at improving oral health in local communities.

“The anti-fluoridation lobby would be better spending their energy on targeting other products that go into people’s mouths daily. We encourage the anti-fluoridation lobby to take a walk around the corridors of any DHB Hospital in NZ to see the impact of sugar – harmful to teeth, human health and life expectancy.”

Lumino The Dentists is the largest employer of dentists with 80 practices throughout NZ.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/lumino-supports-central-govt-responsibility-fluoridation/5/197814

A remarkabke admission, quickly poicked upp by Fluoride Free NZ:”

Deputy Director of the National Poisons Centre Is jurys still out regarding the safety of Fluoride,

Is the e the jury is still out regarding the safety of Fluoride? “I think it is”, agreed Dr Michael Beasley, Deputy Director of the National Poisons Centre on Radio New Zealand this week, adding “Certainly the question really is the safety of fluoride at what level?” “The dose determines a lot of what happens”, he confirms.

Fluoride Free New Zealand is pleased to hear this safety question being acknowledged by the Government’s top poisons scientist. We agree entirely that the safety of fluoridation rests on the dose a person is receiving.

This is unable to be determined when fluoride medication is provided via the public water supply. Dose depends on body weight and intake. This varies hugely between people; with diabetics, athletes and outdoor workers all consuming far more water than the average person. We are also really concerned that bottle fed babies receive a very high dose. ESR has determined they often exceed the safe dose.

Dr Beasley has stated we need more studies to determine if New Zealanders are being adversely affected. However, Fluoride Free New Zealand believes that it is already scientifically proven that there is no margin of safety to protect all New Zealanders and therefore fluoridation should stop immediately.

The recent paper in Lancet, the oldest medical journal in the World, is calling for the use of the precautionary principle to be applied until the matter of safety is resolved, based on a large number of IQ studies from three countries.

It is a pity that Dr Beasley, having acknowledged the jury is still out, misrepresents those IQ studies as being only for 4ppm fluoride upwards, and unhelpful regarding NZ, when he knows full well that many of them were at levels below 3ppm – roughly equal to the dose of 3mg/day we are getting in fluoridated NZ communities according to the Ministry of Health’s former fluoridation advisor, Dr Terry Cuttress.

We implore Dr Beasley to call for the precautionary principle to be applied, and to call for a moratorium on fluoridation until all concerns of safety are resolved.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/jury-still-out-fluoride-safety/5/197842

 

Marlborough

More against fluoridation than for – poll

Opinion is split in Marlborough over the contentious issue of water fluoridation, according to the results of a poll carried out on the Marlborough Express website.

With the exception of Base Woodbourne, Marlborough water is not fluoridated.

Of the 2098 people who took part in the poll this week, 55.8 per cent were against fluoridation, 41.9 per cent supported it and 2.2 per cent did not know or did not care.

Anti-fluoride supporters said they feared for the health implications, however, supporters of fluoridation said putting fluoride in the water was no different from taking a fluoride tablet.

Last month, councils around the country voted strongly in favour of leaving any decision on water fluoridation up to the director-general of health.

Local Government NZ president Lawrence Yule said he planned to lobby the government on the issue after the election.

New Zealand Dental Association spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole said water fluoridation would reduce tooth decay by 40 per cent and could save Nelson Marlborough District Health Board $1 million a year.

– The Marlborough Express

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/10335375/More-against-fluoridation-than-for-poll

Rororua

The Chair of Lakes District Health Board Deryck Shaw says last night’s vote against a fluoridation referendum is extremely disappointing.

Deryck Shaw, Deputy Board Chair Lyall Thurston, Acting Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood and a host of clinical leaders from the DHB, Toi Te Ora Public Health and the Ministry of Health attended the monthly meeting of the Rotorua District Council.

Deryck Shaw is disappointed that the two Lakes District Health Board members who sit on the Rotorua District Council chose to vote against a referendum.  He says as Board members they should be well aware of the body of evidence relating to this major public health initiative.

The DHB had earlier in the week decided that it would contribute to half, or up to $50,000 of the cost of a binding public referendum on fluoridation of public water supplies for the Rotorua district.  He says the Board viewed the contribution as worthwhile expenditure and an investment in our population’s oral health.

Deryck Shaw says the RDC vote against a referendum will now deny members of the public the opportunity to decide on the issue of fluoridation.
  
“The DHB really wanted to see members of the public have the right to decide on the issue.  There is overwhelming consensus from the range of organisations that represent doctors, public health specialists and dentists that water fluoridation is safe and effective in helping protect teeth from decay.”

Deryck Shaw says the senior clinicians who attended the meeting are very frustrated that the RDC vote means the Rotorua community will now not have an education programme around fluoride, based on scientific facts and proven information that would have allowed them to be informed and express a view on their and their children’s health.

He says the public health benefits of fluoridating water supplies would have helped avoid many individual issues of oral health and tooth decay and could have provided an opportunity to reduce public dental costs for the Rotorua district into the future

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2014/august-2014/01/lakes-district-health-board-%E2%80%9Cextremely-disappointed%E2%80%9D-at-rdc-vote-against-referendum.aspx

 

Aug 2

Fluoride Free New Zealand congratulates Rotorua councillors for abandoning plans to hold a referendum. This is despite intense efforts from fluoridation lobbyists with the DHB even offering to pay half or up to $50,000 for a referendum.

This is a big win for common sense, democracy and freedom. It allows residents to choose if they want fluoride or not, but does not allow them to fluoridate their neighbour.

This comes on the heels of the Deputy Director of the National Poisons Centre agreeing on Radio New Zealand this week that the jury is still out with regards to the safety of fluoridation. There are now 45 published studies linking fluoride to lowered IQ. A move to start fluoridation is sheer madness.

A big public turn out of 60 people at the Council meeting followed on from over 100 members of the public who heard the Dentists and Doctors event in Rotorua on the Saturday afternoon. It was clear that the public of Rotorua do not want fluoride chemicals added to the water supply.

Fluoride Free NZ will now turn their attention to the reticulated water supplies of Taupo and Turangi. Residents of Taupo and Turangi are being over exposed to fluoride chemicals and Fluoride Free NZ intends to begin a campaign to end fluoridation in the two townships immediately.

The next information event for Taupo will be held on Saturday 15 November 2014. Local councillors, local MPs, local Iwi, doctors and dentists and the general public will all be invited to this important event. Details will be provided on www.fluoridefree.org.nz

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/no-fluoridation-rotorua-big-win-common-sense/5/198101

 

 

 

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