Bedford June 10
Anglian Water “ will recommence fluoridation of the water supply once the necessary equipment has been fitted, tested and calibrated.” Bedford Borough Council’s Chief Executive has written to say fluoride will soon be added again to the water supply.
However, in July 2011 at Full Council – a unanimous vote was taken by councillors to “work actively to stop fluoride being added to our water supply”. The Mayor even proposed the vote.
The Campaign Against Fluoridation in Bedfordrenamed FluorideFree Bedford are asking for help to man their stall at the River Festival Saturday 19th July 2014 weekend of 19/20th July 2014, and to pressure the Mayor to tell Anglia that Bedford does not want fluoride.
Message from Fluoride Free Bedford [see local groups page for contact details]
Newburyport, Massachusetts, June 10
A small town campaign has started
A presentation to the City Council on May 27 was about water fluoridation, requested by the City Council in response to a letter received from Dr. Dan Eyink, M.D. Eyink is a member of Health Roundhouse, a group of concerned citizens working to improve the health and well-being for all Newburyport residents and visitors.
V.J. Zanfagna, a pharmacist, wrote in the local paper that Our presentation to the City Council was to detail the latest scientific research. ….
Consider your teeth, your cavities, whether you have dental fluorosis. Consider thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, kidney disease, foggy minds and depression. Consider heart disease, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and cancer, which are all systemic diseases that have increased steadily since water fluoridation was implemented nationwide in the 1950s. Fluorine, a halogen, is one of the most reactive substance on the planet, a toxic endocrine disrupter that bioaccumulates in the body, especially the teeth and bones.
We never knew this, hearing instead that fluoride was good for our teeth. But that was then and this is now! Five decades have passed and the evidence and proof are overwhelming. Once we know, it is our joint responsibility to right the wrong. Let’s take fluoride out of Newburyport’s water.
[Newburyport is a small, coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census]
Oak Bluffs Massachusetts June 11
And here is another . There may have been only 3 at the meeting, but there were 72 comments, the majority against fluoridation. .
The Oak Bluffs board of health held a public hearing at 10 am Tuesday morning to get the temperature of the townspeople about removing fluoride from the town water supply.
Oak Bluffs is the only town on the Island that adds fluoride to its water supply, a practice that began in April of 1991. It’s estimated that fluoridation costs the town $15,290 per year.
The board decided to revisit the question of fluoridation at the request of board member John Campbell, a staunch opponent of the practice. However, only three people showed up, two of whom were avid fluoride opponents who took the opportunity to state their case.
The small turnout prompted the board to agree to hold another hearing at a later date, in the evening, when more people can attend.
[OakBluffs is a town located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,713 at the 2000]
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, June 12,
And a one-person campaign by a ‘2009 graduate of Sharpsville High School who works as a waitress’
A Sharpsville woman says the fluoride added to public water systems to help prevent tooth decay is a health threat and that people should have more flexibility in deciding whether and how they want to use fluoride.
Ashley Kamovitch asked members of Sharpsville council Tuesday to inform themselves about the risks she said she has discovered since she began researching the issue about two years ago. Kamovitch said she will be carrying a similar message to the governments of other Shenango Valley communities. .
Hartford, Connecticut June 11
This is a much larger town resisting an organised push for fluoridation
A push by a group of Upper Valley public health advocates to fluoridate Hartford’s municipal water supply isn’t gaining much traction among town officials.
The Selectboard unofficially decided Tuesday night not to slate time at a future meeting for a formal presentation from members of the Upper Valley Oral Health Coalition, which earlier this year launched a “Happy Hartford Teeth” campaign to encourage fluoridation of the town’s municipal water supply. The system serves roughly 90 percent of Hartford’s 10,000 residents, according to John Choate, utilities superintendent at the Department of Public Works.
Members of the board indicated they were wary of formal consideration, given the controversy surrounding fluoride. Selectboard Co-chairman Alex DeFelice said, “It sounds like the majority of the board is not interested in entertaining a decision at this point on fluoride.”
Traverse City, Michigan June 13
And one more where the result is in doubt
Traverse City Area dentists, physicians, public health officials and elected leaders on Friday urged the Traverse City Commission to continue the city’s water fluoridation program.
At a news conference at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, they urged the Traverse City Commission to reject efforts by a group fighting to remove funding for the city fluoridation program from the new city budget, which takes effect July 1st.
Traverse City has fluoridated its water system since 1951, six years after Grand Rapids became the first city in the world to fluoridate its water.
Boyne City, Michigan, June 11
Developments on an item included last week
Attorneys for Boyne City have found that a split vote by the city commission last month to discontinue fluoridating the city’s municipal water supply was a legal action.
At its last meeting on May 27, the Boyne City Commission voted unanimously to get an opinion from its attorneys about the legality of an action it took one meeting prior, on May 13 in which, by a 3-2 vote, it decided to no longer add fluoride to the city’s water system.
The questions that have been raised centre around the fact that the city’s practice of fluoridating the city’s water supply began as the result of referendum vote in November of 1973. Earlier that same year, the city commission had passed an ordinance in which it rejected the use of fluoride
Cabonne, New South Wales June 10
.. where a ‘community information session’ with only one side represented, means propaganda
Cabonne Council was approached by the Rural Dental Action Group Molong remains among a handful of towns in the state without fluoride in the water
A community information session is to be held next Tuesday night at Cabonne Council Chambers in Molong with dental health professionals and council staff to address the community.
Cabonne Council staff surveyed residents in 2011 with around half of the residents responding to the survey. Of that number fifty six percent of 166 residents wanted fluoride added with 43 per cent or 128 saying they were against the proposal.
Report from FAN-NZ
Rotorua and Southland under attack It appears the District Health Boards around the country have been given orders to promote fluoridation in all the unfluoridated areas of New Zealand. Probably believing that the best form of defence is attack.
In Southland, Dr Tim Mckay submitted to the Southland council calling for an introduction of fluoridation into all the small unfluoridated towns in the area, This is despite the fact that Dr Mckay was one of the authors of a study on 2005 that found no difference in decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas in Southland, and twice as much dental fluorosis in the fluoridated area. The summary of this study claimed a 50% difference in decay rates but the detail of the study did not bear this out.
In Rotorua the fluoridation issue is really starting to heat up. Rotorua’s only ‘experiment’ with fluoridation came in 1979 when the City was fluoridated between February 21, 1979, and August 31, 1979. It was removed after a referendum held by the newly formed Rotorua District Council in June 1979.
The media attention in the Rotorua region has been particularly strong in the last few days. It has been a long time since the MOH has started to focus on an area that is not currently being fluoridated. In general they have been defending the obsolete practice.
From the world of science and medicine
A posting by Nick Meyer for Hampshire Against Fluoridation gives a useful answer to this question: What is the Difference Between Natural Fluoride and the Kind That is Artificially Added to Our Water Supply??
On the heels of recent news that the fluoride in North American drinking water supplies isconsidered to be a neurotoxin according to a recent study in the top peer-review medical journal The Lancet, on par with some of the most notorious environmental toxins out there, many people are becoming more interested in the truth about fluoride.
Specifically, most people still do not know the difference between the naturally occurring calcium fluoride and other industrialized forms that are added to water supplies in North America (but not throughout most of Europe, and many other high-tech countries).
That’s because the term “fluoride” is often thrown around without making a distinction between these substances.
There are three types of fluoride used to “fluoridate” water supplies: Fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate and sodium fluoride.
Fluorosilicic acid is the type most often used for cost reasons, and it is derived from phosphate fertilizers according to the CDC’s website.
The other two are created by adding either table salt or caustic soda to the mix.
Fluoride Corrodes Town’s Pipes These types of fluoride can be quite corrosive, as one town found out the hard way when the fluoride they used to add to their water supply began corroding pipes and damaging city vehicles. Officials from the town, Buffalo, Missouri, voted to stop fluoridating the water supply recently due to these issues.
In contrast with these types of fluoride is calcium fluoride, which is a much safer version of fluoride.
Calcium fluoride is considered the “least toxic” and in some cases “relatively harmless” according to the site fluoridedetective.com, and that’s because of its high insolubility.
Magnesium and especially calcium are known as minerals that counteract the effects of fluoride, an example of how nature often pairs antidotes with poisons or designs complete foods that mitigate harmful substances for the most part.
This type of fluoride is often found in natural waters, while the above industrial byproducts are added to water supplies, a highly controversial practice that more and more people are asking to be changed.
Three examples of putting the message across
A selection of video links for you this week
First, Paul Connet demonstrates how to get the points across in just three minutes, then, prompted by a supportive councillor, answers questions for another ten minutes. His final three minutes answering the Chair, does beg a further question. If Dallas already has 0.5 p.p.m fluoride in its water, it is a great temptation to consider adding another 0.2 as a ‘tweak’. Should Dallas be taking the stuff out altogether?
Dr Paul Connett Speaks to Dallas City Council June 11
This is another way to use three minutes effectively
3- minute with Walter Graham from Ireland
Finally, this one is plain mad – the sort of thing that shows all anti-fluoridationists as crazy. However, fibromyalgia is real and its connection with fluoride is not a new idea. Hopefully, this man might produce another video that proves the links he claims – and he does have a right to be angry. So, give him a look.