July 14

Canada

“If we preview these legal arguments and show our hand, we could perhaps avoid a lengthy and costly legal fight in the courts.” – Nader Hasan at the Peel City Council meeting 6/26/14

The International fluoride Free  teleconference on Saturday July 12th discussed the new legal action in Peel  City. The significance of this move cannot be overestimated.

Hassan was ‘previewing’ to the council the arguments that he will use if they do not respond. .  Hassan presented his reasons that fluoride chemicals added to the water supply are harming its citizens. The only acceptable response will be for the city  to discontinue fluoridation. If  the council does not reply by September 11th, then the legal action will proceed.

There is good reason to believe that it will be successful; there have been a number of cases in the U.S. where similar cases have been accepted as proven. The difference between U.S. and Canadian law however, is that in the States, local authorities have a ‘police right’ to override the  rights of their citizens, without personal liability, in matters such a public health, so proving fluoride is harmful is not enough. In Canada, councils cannot avoid responsibility for their actions;  if they are acting in a way that has shown to be dangerous, they are liable. This liability applies to members of the council individually.

Paul Connett added that  in a couple of years, there will be no fluoridation in Canada.  Whether or not the case comes to court, Peel County could be instrumental in making that happen.

U.S.A.

This week there is very little news of any new fights. However, we have found several serious contributions to the debate from expert sources. Fuller versions or links to the originals are available – just send a request via the SWIS comment page.

 Pennsylvania USA July 12

 Meadville is a small town in Pennsylania

 “People 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.

“It’s not safe,” Chandler said 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. For more information on both sides of the fluoride issue, visit meadvillesmiles.com and cleanwatermeadville.org.

 

From NEW ZEALAND  A selection from questions answered by a dentist

By Dr Stan Litras Saturday 28 June 2014 Rotorua Daily Post

– Mr Litras, a Wellington dentist, is the founder of FIND (Fluoride Information Network for Dentists) which aims at independently and objectively assessing fluoride research. He was a member of the New Zealand Dental Association for 35 years until resigning recently over his differing opinions on fluoride.

Is there a difference between fluoride found naturally in water and fluoride that is added to water?

Yes. Naturally occurring fluoride is bound strongly to calcium and is relatively inert. It is the free fluoride ions released by the toxic silicofluorides used in water fluoridation which cause toxicity.

Furthermore, the industrial fluorides used contain heavy metal contaminants such as lead, arsenic and aluminium, and behaviour of the leftover silicate components in the body are unknown.

How does fluoride help my teeth?

Enamel which has had fluoride during development is no more resistant to decay than unfluoridated enamel, so the justification for making children swallow fluoride for 50 years was shown to be incorrect (CDC 1999).

Water fluoridation does not generally provide sufficient levels of fluoride in the saliva to have any significant effect on tooth decay. These levels are achieved after using fluoride toothpaste, which is 1000 times more potent.

Can’t we take fluoride tablets instead? Surely they’re just as good.

Swallowing fluoride tablets is of questionable value as this does not result in elevated salivary fluoride to any level of benefit. They are no longer recommended due to toxicity.

If we brush our teeth with toothpaste with fluoride, isn’t that enough?

Yes. Fluoride toothpaste contains 1000ppm fluoride whereas fluoridated water contains only 0.85ppm – over 1000 times less. It is implausible that this tiny amount of fluoride could provide additional benefit.

How do we know fluoridation is effective?

Most of the world does not have fluoridation and their teeth are just as good, if not better, than ours. Tooth decay rates across fluoridated and non-fluoridated New Zealand shows some unfluoridated places are better than the fluoridated areas and vice versa. Nowhere has tooth decay gone up when fluoridation has stopped such as Ashburton, Timaru, New Plymouth, Waipukurau etc.

Can fluoridated water cause toxic effects?

Yes. The toxic limit for long term ingestion is 0.05mg per kilogram of body weight a day (ATSDR 2003). Given the fluoride ingested from other sources such as food, drink and toothpaste, the toxic limit is easily exceeded by most children under 8 years of age and many adults (ESR report 2009), and fluoridated water simply adds to the risk of overdose.

Fluoride is linked to many adverse health effects such as lowered IQ, underactive thyroid, increases in hip fractures, arthritis. Overseas studies have found 1 – 5 per cent of people are particularly sensitive to fluoride.

Chronic accumulation of low levels can lead to bone and joint disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, etc, especially if the toxic chronic ingestion limit of 0.05 mg/kg/day is exceeded. For this reason, the WHO stresses that total fluoride levels should be measured at the individual level in areas that want to fluoridate the water to ensure that fluoride overdose is not occurring. This is not happening.

It is the dose which determines whether a person will have harmful health effects, regardless of what the water concentration is, and any responsible health body should monitor fluoride levels at the individual level, as recommended by WHO.

 

From Ireland: Fluoride as an endocrine disruptor

Declan Waugh in Irish Examiner July 2

…Fluoride is the one endocrine chemical that the Irish public are exposed to the most, and in far greater concentrations than any other European country.

A recent, comprehensive scientific review, published in Endocrine Reviews (2012), lists water fluoridation as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), with reported low-dose effects in animals or humans.

The report documented that fluoride inhibits insulin secretion, inhibits parathyroid hormone secretion, and reduces thyroid hormone output. Furthermore, a subsequent study, submitted by a group of international experts assessing EDCs for the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme, also listed fluoride as a low-dose EDC.

In 2006, the United States National Academy of Sciences and Medicines’ National Research Council also concluded that fluoride is an endocrine disruptor, in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function or response. The National Academy observed that the effect would be most pronounced, at levels significantly below what the Irish public are exposed to, among individuals who are deficient in iodine, as low iodine intake increases fluoride toxicity.

These findings are not new: as far back as 1956, research found that girls in fluoridated communities in the USA reached sexual maturity earlier than those living in non-fluoridated communities. This finding was supported by additional research from Hungary, in 1983, which also reported that sexual maturity for girls presented at younger ages in areas where drinking water was naturally fluoridated, compared to non-fluoridated areas.

Animal studies on fluoride toxicity have also demonstrated that sexual maturity occurs earlier following fluoride exposure, and that fluoride exposure was seen to interfere with melatonin production, while male animals had reduced testicular weight.

It is not surprising, therefore, to read in the Examiner article that Ireland was not supportive of efforts by other European countries demanding that the European Commission take action on EDCs. This is yet another shocking indictment of the Irish State. The mind-set that believes that artificially medicating the entire Irish population, against their consent, is acceptable is the same one that has allowed every major State or Church scandal that has occurred in the last hundred or so years.

Declan Waugh
Environmental scientist and fluoride researcher
Bandon
Co Cork

 

From Psychology Today

Fluoridation and Dementia

Is fluoride in our water promoting dementia?

Published on July 8, 2014 by Mario D. Garrett, PhD in iAge

Since 1962, on the recommendation of the United States Public Health Service, fluoride has been used in the public drinking water supplied to about 2 out of 3 Americans. The decision to add fluoride to drinking water is made locally. The types of fluoride include fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride.

Studies have consistently shown positive outcomes for fluoridation in the health of teeth of children, adults and older adults — although these studies have been contested. The bigger contention is whether we need to indiscriminately fluoridate our teeth by ingestion of fluoride through our water supply without being able to control the level of exposure, the varying sensitivity of the recipient, and its accumulation in the body.

Fluoride is also ingested from fruit juices, sodas, popular breakfast cereals, lettuce and raisins and anything grown with pesticides since fluoridation is an effective killer of pests.

However beneficial the fluoridation is to the health of teeth, it does not tell us the whole story, especially on the overall health of older adults. Since 25 percent of adults 60 years old and older no longer have their natural teeth, the arguments for the benefit of fluoridation is somewhat toothless.

Sodium fluoride is a bone anabolic drug. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60 percent of the fluoride ingested each day. The rest accumulates in the body, largely in bones and pineal gland. The fluoride concentration in bone steadily increases over a lifetime and we are more likely to see large concentrations in older adults.  But, the growth in bone quantity might be detrimental.

Christa Danielson and her colleagues compared the incidence of hip fractures in patients 65 years of age or older in three communities where two were without water fluoridated to 1 ppm. Surprisingly, they found a small but significant increase in the risk of hip fracture in both men and women exposed to fluoridation. Other studies have found similar results. Suggesting that low levels of fluoride may increase the risk of hip fracture in the elderly and there seems to be a dose relationship with the higher the concentration of fluoride, the higher the risk of hip fractures. It seems that fluoride may increase bone quantity—osteofluorosis, osteosclerosis—but it might also decrease bone quality and bone strength.

Just as troubling for older adults, is the evidence that Patočka Strunecká and her colleagues from  Charles University in the Czech Republic exposed. They found that long-term action of aluminofluoride complexes may represent a serious and powerful risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In another study, rats fed for one year with 1-5 ppm fluoride in their water — the same level used in fluoridation programs—using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride, resulted in the formation of beta-amyloid deposits—associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Since the US Environmental Protection Agency lists fluoride as having “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity,”  we expect to see other negative outcomes of fluoridation. Fluoridation is one area that demand better clinical trials with older adults. Perhaps by eliminating fluoridation we can put some teeth into laws protecting the health of older adults

 

Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, “Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,” adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.

The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurodegenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex.[i] [ii]

The study opens by describing the historical backdrop for concern about fluoride’s significant and wide ranging toxicity: “Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem. Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases.[1,2]“

The study focused on fluoride induced neurotoxicity, identifying excitoxicity (stimulation of the neuron to the point of death) and oxidative stress as the two main drivers of neurodegeneration.  It has been observed that subjects with the condition known as fluorosis, a mottling of tooth enamel caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during tooth development, also have neurodegenerative changes associated with a form of oxidative stress known as lipid peroxidation (rancidity).

 Excess lipid peroxidation in the brain can lead to a decrease in total brain phospholipid content. Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric — known as curcumin – as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance.  Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of activing as an antioxidant in 3 distinct ways by protecting against: 1) singlet oxygen 2) hydroxyl radicals and 3) superoxide radical damage. Also, curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defense system.

The study concluded,

“Our study thus demonstrate that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO [lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity] as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration.”)

In order to ascertain the effect of treatment, the researchers measured the malondialdehyde (MDA) content in the brains of the different treated mice. MDA is a well-known marker of oxidative stress/damage.

As was expected, the fluoride (F) only treatment group showed significantly elevated MDA levels vs. the non-fluoride treated control. The study concluded,

“Our study thus demonstrate that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO [lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity] as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level”.

 

Video links

 

http://www.befluoridefree.org/

 

A  less than 5 minute lesson in fluoride around and in us

 

FLUORIDE IN OUR SOCIETY: In this video, we talk about where Fluoride can be found in our society and some current products that contain Fluoride that many use daily. (some very interesting ones in here too!) – See more at: http://www.befluoridefree.org/#sthash.xXeHkCeb.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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