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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, May 26, 2016

USA - Alma Notifies Residents Of Fluoride Addition To Drinking Water

ALMA (KFSM) -- The Alma Public Works Department sent out a notice to residents who are connected to its water supply.

It notified those in Alma, Redhill, Dyer and Kibler that they will begin fluoridating the water, starting on June 15.

Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley said the population in those areas combined is around 9,000.

"The purpose is to improve the oral health of the people in the city of Alma," Yardley said.

He said the state mandated act has been met with some resistance.

"There are those in the community who have voiced their opposition to have fluoride in the drinking water but, because it's state-mandated, we really don't have a choice," Yardley said. "We have to fluoridate the water."

The Arkansas Department of Health and The American Dental Association backs the addition of fluoride to drinking water, noting it to be safe and effective in preventing tooth decay. Those on the other side of the issue have called it unethical and unhealthy.

In 2011, Arkansas Legislators passed Act 197 requiring water supplies serving more than 5,000 to use fluoride in those systems.

The amount of fluoride is regulated by the state.

"Regulation calls for a fluoride level between 0.7 and 1.2 parts per million, and the city of Alma is planning to feed the 0.7 million," Yardley said.
Unfortunately, in spite of the mounting evidence that fluoride does more damage to human health than it helps, public water systems across the country are still regulated to include fluoride in drinking water. Dental products are still touting the benefits of fluoride and consumers are continually exposed to massive amounts.

Dr. Paul Connett of Fluoride Alert asserts that, “Fluoride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medical treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies fluoride as a drug when used to prevent or mitigate disease (FDA 2000).”

How to Avoid the Dangers of Fluoride

What should you do? Since 70% of the U.S. water supply is fluoridated, you may want to consider adding a water purification system to your home if you’re using municipal water. Avoid dental products and treatments that contain fluoride. Also, avoid tap water as much as possible when in public places. The hidden dangers of fluoride not only cause those unappealing white spots on the pearly whites, but also can be the cause of other more serious health conditions.

Australia - LETTER: Why we should say no to fluoride

I BELIEVE that in Gladstone 30 million litres of carefully monitored water are flouridated every day, on the grounds it reduces tooth decay.

The proponents of this scheme of mass-medication try to steer people's minds away from criticism with empty and unproven rhetoric, thereby ignoring the fact there has been enormous world-wide research conducted as to the pros and cons of fluoridation, with the result of a massive global rejection of this scheme.

The American Dental Association alone, after conducting a comprehensive study on 39,000 children, found no benefit was derived from flouridation at all
Flouridation was forced onto us, for God knows what reason, by a very unpopular Queensland premier, and was immediately disbanded on her demise from politics.

Floiuride, like lead, mercury and asbestos is an accumulative poison and if ingested, can have very serious ramifications on our long term health.

I would like to ask those people who favour mass-medication: "Would you drink a bottle of Dettol to cleanse a cut or abrasion, or a bottle of insect repellent to keep away the sandflies, rather than applying it to the skin? If not, why not?"

Buy a tube of flouride toothpaste and read :"Warning, do not swallow after brushing teeth. Spit and rinse throroughly." I wonder why!

Let those people who support fluoridation buy their own and drink it, and thereby save much anguish and misery for other folks.
With that I'll rest my case.
Hank van Meegan

Albuquerque, New Mexico Will NOT Be Adding Fluoride To Water Supply

By Derrick Broze

Albuquerque, New Mexico will continue to maintain a fluoride-free water supply after the local water authority voted to remove funding for water fluoridation for the fiscal year 2017.
On Wednesday May 18, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority voted to remove proposed funding for water fluoridation from the utility’s 2017 budget. The Water Utility Authority had originally recommended spending $250,000 to add extra fluoride into the water supply to help the county reach federally recommended levels of fluoride. Bernalillo County’s supply is at 0.3 parts per million while the federal government recommends .7 parts per million.
Only weeks ago Hart Stebbins, a Bernalillo County commissioner, introduced a measure that would have required the water authority to add fluoride to the water supply to a level of 0.7 parts per million. However, on May 18, the board opted not to vote on the measure, effectively ending the bid for water fluoridation.
“Adding supplemental fluoride to the drinking supply is one way to help insure that community oral health is improved,” said David Morris, with the water authority, said days before the board ultimately decided not to take up the resolution.
Albuquerque became the largest city not to add fluoride to the water supply in 2011 when the water authority said they would wait until federal guidelines were updated in 2015. The decision ended a 39-year practice of water fluoridation for the Bernalillo County.
Although water fluoridation will not return to the county, the Albuquerque Journal reports that the board did approve a measure which “asks the New Mexico Congressional delegation to request expedited action on the final recommendations.” Supporters of water fluoridation were dismayed by the non vote and called for the board to vote on the issue once new guidelines are issued.
“The disappointing thing is that they have the science in front of them,” said Dr. Ron Romero, an Albuquerque dentist. “It’s not totally over yet. It allows more time for the education of policy makers.”

So what does the science say about water fluoridation and what the heck IS fluoride?

The substances added to municipal water supplies known by the name fluoride are actually a combination of unpurified by-products of phosphate mining, namely hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride. In the United States, thousands of tons of fluorosilicic acid is recovered from phosphoric acid plants and then used for water fluoridation. During this process the fluoride ion is created.
This process of taking waste from the phosphate industry and putting it into drinking water has long been criticized for its effects on human health, and that of the environment. It is well known that water fluoridation has led to dental fluorosis for millions of children. This discoloring of the teeth was called “cosmetically objectionable” by the Centers for Disease Control. Beyond the cosmetic effect, there have been a number of studies indicating health issues ranging from arthritisbrain problemsreduced thyroid or overactive  thyroidkidney problems and bone cancers.
While proponents of water fluoridation have long pointed to an apparent drop in tooth decay in fluoridated nations as proof of its validity, those claims have been proven wrong by the World Health Organization. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated the fluoride in the water is directly related to better teeth quality; however, the WHO released its own study showing that tooth decay rates have dropped in all Western nations, whether fluoridated or not.
In 2015, Truth In Media reported that the Cochrane Collaboration, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, and patients, reviewed the most comprehensive, well-designed and reliable papers on fluoride, before analyzing and publishing their conclusion.
According to Newsweek:
The review identified only three studies since 1975—of sufficient quality to be included—that addressed the effectiveness of fluoridation in the population at large. These papers determined that fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree, says study co-authorAnne-Marie Glenny, a health science researcher at Manchester University in the United Kingdom.
The scientists also found “insufficient evidence” that fluoridation reduces tooth decay in adults (children excluded). “From the review, we’re unable to determine whether water fluoridation has an impact on caries levels in adults,” Glenny says.
Trevor Sheldon, dean of the Hull York Medical School in the United Kingdom, conducted a review of water fluoridation in 2000. Sheldon concluded that the process is not effective. “I had assumed because of everything I’d heard that water fluoridation reduces cavities but I was completely amazed by the lack of evidence,” he told Newsweek. “My prior view was completely reversed.”
Sheldon points out that some studies have actually shown that when water fluoridation was ceased, cavities went down a small percentage among schoolchildren.  This includes a 2001 study of two British Columbia communities that was included in the Cochrane review......................

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why Cannibalism Really IS Bad For You... Idiots.

I watched this to the end as I found it strangely entertaining. The make up ritual and the outlandish views.

Still think fluoride is beneficial to your health? Here's why you should think again and filter it out! www.chansonwater.com

Southampton children paying for anti-fluoride decision

Southampton children paying for anti-fluoride decision
Southampton children paying for anti-fluoride decisionMore than a third of children are starting school in Southampton with rotting teeth, it has been revealed. The figures are also on the rise and confirm Southampton has the worst oral health rates in the South East. Eighteen months ago plans to add fluoride to the city’s water supply were scrapped after public outcry over the move.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed they would not go ahead with the fluoridation scheme in the face of overwhelming public opposition and against the wishes of both Hampshire County and Southampton City councils. But they insisted adding fluoride to the supplies of 160,000 Southampton residents and a further 35,000 people in neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire, was safe and effective way to help address the area’s poor dental health record.

The latest figures show a deterioration in the levels of tooth decay since that decision was made. When asked whether the plan could be tabled again a spokesman for Public Health England said it would be down to the local authority to begin that discussion. In a statement they said: “Water fluoridation is one of a range of actions, including supervised tooth brushing, that councils can consider to improve oral health in their area.”

The new statistics were published by PHE in its latest Oral Health Survey from 2014/15. They showed that 33.7 per cent of 1,155 five-year-olds in Southampton surveyed displayed obvious signs of tooth decay. City health chiefs say more needs to be done to tackle the problem, although new projects are being rolled out to help improve children’s teeth.

PHE want to waste another £1,000,000 when it could have been spent on educating mother's to look after their children's teeth?
No mention as to why Portsmouth's dental decay rates have gone down. Those responsible for children's dental care in Southampton ought to be sacked if they can't do the job.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

USA - Fluoride Free Austin

ACTIVISTS UPDATE: Posted Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:00 A.M.

In a stunning development, the FDA earlier this year issued a warning to Kirkman Industries, Inc. ordering the company to immediately discontinue marketing of its fluoride supplements (sodium fluoride-containing drops, tablets and lozenges) because FDA has never approved them as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. Kirkman, however, is not the only - or largest - firm currently making the same fluoride products, which are sold nationwide. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) have filed a citizens' 'petition with the FDA calling on the Agency to take action against all companies selling these drugs.
Find Links to Read and Sign the Petition Here

Australia - Fluoride Free WA (Perth)

magine a place where the state mass medicates the population with a scientifically proven toxin that itself is a freely acknowledged waste product of heavy industry. This mass medication takes place irrespective of citizens health needs, is arbitrary in its administration, and is enforced without any democratic consensus or independent scrutiny. In addition this mass medication costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year, and yet 99.9% of its output never hits its intended target.
Welcome to Western Australia in 2015. After 49 years of unquestioning acquiescence to to this illogical dogma it is time for WA's citizens to take back ownership of our most precious resource - our water supply.

USA - Opposition To Fluoride In Buffalo's Water Still High

Opposition To Fluoride In Buffalo's Water Still High, Apparently

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Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson
Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson
With the second of two public forums on the matter coming up on Thursday, residents are still stepping forward to express opposition to adding fluoride to the water in Buffalo.
At last week's city council meeting, two residents, Laura DeMatteis and Marie Verger, addressed the council to express their opposition.
The two said they represented Safe Water Buffalo, an organization dedicated to keeping fluoride out of the municipal water system, and presented statistics supporting their position.
DeMatteis said she was quoting more recent statistics and giving more current information than those who are using information and statistics in support of adding fluoride to the city's water.
Dr. Mark Schueler, Public Health Officer for Johnson County, has been behind the latest drive for fluoride in the city's water, citing studies showing the county with the lowest naturally-occurring fluoride in the state and the highest incidents of cavities and other dental problems in the state.
He feels as the county's health officer, it is his responsibility to push for fluoridation.
Alternatives to fluoridating the city's water have been brought up and discussed briefly, and more discussions on some of those ideas are expected at Thursday's meeting.
Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson addressed those attending the first forum, saying no decision has been reached by the council, but he felt fluoride in the water still might not be a solution by itself. 
Again, those with an opinion they would like to share are encouraged to attend Thursday's final public forum at City Hall at 5pm.

Getting to the “tooth” of the matter in Tayside

Going to the dentist might not be our favourite thing to do but here in Tayside we should count ourselves lucky – unlike other parts of the country, numbers of NHS dentists have improved so much that the Public Dental Service (PDS) is referring all routine patients to family dental practices over the next few weeks.
Dundee also boasts one of Scotland’s four dental hospitals and Dr Morag Curnow, clinical dental director with the PDS, is proud to continue Tayside’s impressive history in dental health.
“We inspect the teeth of all schoolchildren at various stages, to let parents know the condition of their children’s teeth and to help them access appropriate care,” she explains.
“The need for this was first identified by ‘the Father of Public Health Dentistry’, William M Fisher, a Dundee dentist at the end of the 19th Century.
“Dr Fisher had a huge impact across not only Scotland, but across the UK and in 1907 the school dental inspection was made mandatory,” she continues.

 Dr Morag Curnow; with some of her patients, twins Connor and Caleb John, (age 2) and their mum Nicola John.© Angus Findlay
Dr Morag Curnow; with some of her patients, twins Connor and Caleb John, (age 2) and their mum Nicola John.

Tayside also pioneered an important study back in 1997 as Morag explains. “We started a research project, the Tayside Brushing Study, in 12 primary schools, with half of the children brushing their teeth in school with a fluoride toothpaste and half not.
“They did this for three years and results were impressive. We found that the children in the brushing classes had much less decay in their second teeth even in their last years in secondary school,” she says. “It’s a really important study and we would very much like to hear from all those – now aged around 24 –  who took part as five year olds back in 1997.”
In Scotland today, every child is a Childsmile child. “This means all children are entitled to regular applications of fluoride varnish, which is proven to be effective in reducing decay.”

 Dr Morag Curnow with Connor John, and his father, dental nurse, Nathan John.© Angus Findlay
Dr Morag Curnow with Connor John, and his father, dental nurse, Nathan John.

But there’s no room for complacency.
“There’s still lots to be done. The dental health message is really straightforward: confine sugary drinks and foods to mealtimes; brush your teeth twice a day with a full strength fluoride toothpaste; spit, don’t rinse; register with a dentist and attend regularly,” Morag advises.
“And don’t smoke as it’s implicated in the increase in mouth cancer.”

Monday, May 23, 2016

Too Much Sugar Too Little Brushing - Southampton

It would be entirely wrong to conclude that campaigners were wrong to fight off the the threat of fluoride being added to our tap water, simply because local children’s dental health is still a massive problem.
The best way to tackle this issue is through parental responsibility, making sure that kids don’t eat and drink too much sugar and that they brush their teeth twice a day.
Perhaps the government’s newly announced sugar tax will help reduce demand for sugar loaded fizzy drinks.
It’s also another reason our Sure Start Centres should remain open. Sometimes parents need a bit of encouragement to do the right thing and access to early interventions that have health benefits can achieve long term savings and avoid a lot of misery.

Fluoride Risks to Diabetics, Kidney Patients and Thyroid Function

Physician and nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman has joined a growing chorus of influential leaders highlighting possible health risks from drinking fluoridated municipal water.
Dr. Mark Hyman
Known to millions of American television viewers for his media appearances, Dr. Hyman is also calling for a federal investigation of water fluoridation.
“There are numerous mechanisms by which uncontrolled dosing of fluorides through water fluoridation can potentially harm thyroid function, the body and the brain,” he says.
Hyman states, “I support federal investigative hearings looking into why our cities and towns are allowed to continue to add fluoride to public water sources and why the whole story about fluorides is only just now coming out.”.........

FLUORIDE OUR DAILY DOSE, a film by Jeremy Seifert

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Medicaid Funding used to pay for neurotoxic waste products to be added to NYS water Dr Paul Connett

Dr. Group - Fluoride Documentary review by Dr. Paul Cottrell

Fluoride Intake Increases Bone Fractures.

Speaking out against fluoride and using Medicaid money to fund New York's water fluoridation scheme

Is fluoride safe for us?

We live in the desert. We need to be mindful of our water source and conserve and preserve it.

That being said, where does your drinking water come from? Tap water is safe, right?
Not necessarily. There are more than 80 "regulated" contaminants and likely many more unregulated chemicals in tap water.
In Nevada and other states where mining takes place, arsenic is in the water. At one time it was at unsafe levels in Mesquite, but our water is now being filtered such that most of the arsenic is removed.
Then there is fluoride. Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine. It is found naturally in soil, water, foods and minerals.
In fresh water its concentration averages .01 to .03 parts per million.
It is also synthesized. This synthesized fluoride is often added to drinking water, toothpaste and mouthwashes.
This synthesized fluoride was originally a byproduct of the manufacture of the atomic bomb.

Mesquite has naturally occurring fluoride at .37 ppm in its water. But that's not the only way your ingest fluoride.
You may be getting it in food and beverages processed with fluoridated water, in mechanically deboned meat, in tea and from pesticide residues on food.
Unfortunately, it builds up in the body.
Excess fluoridation can cause dentil fluorosis—discoloration and brown markings. The enamel may be rough, pitted and difficult to clean. Unsightly, but not unhealthy.

Skeletal fluorosis, on the other hand, is a bone disease that can damage bones and joints and increases the risk of fractures, the result of too much fluoride.
In severe cases, the bones may thicken, resulting in impaired joint mobility. Add to that, nausea and possible ruptures of the stomach lining and you may shy away from fluoride.
According to UNICEF, there may be tens of millions who suffer from fluorosis. The World Health Organization estimates that 2.7 million people in China alone have the crippling form of the disease.
Generally speaking, this fluoride occurs naturally in drinking water around the world.
There are growing concerns around the world about fluoride in water.
A study done by Harvard scientists found that fluoride may lower people's IQ.
According to the EPA, fluoride shows "substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity." In other words, it's best not to ingest it if you're pregnant.
The full WHO report can be found at: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/fluoride_drinking_water_full.pdf.

In 1984, an issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products lists fluoride as more poisonous than lead, but slightly less so than arsenic.
Ingested, one-one-hundredth of an ounce could kill a 10-pound baby.
Maybe toothpaste and water supplies should not be fluoridated.

Add to this the fact that in the early 20th century fluoride was used as an anti-thyroid drug to slow down the function of the thyroid in hyperthyroid patients. If your water is fluoridated and you use a toothpaste with fluoride in it, you are exposing yourself to the same levels used to inhibit your thyroid.
These are just some of the problems associated with fluoride ingestion.
I do not use toothpaste that has fluoride in it and I refuse the treatment when I have my teeth cleaned. Many dentists, in fact, are now abandoning that practice.

If you have serious concerns about your fluoride ingestion, check out http://fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/ to find information and resources.
Terrie McArthur is a freelance writer, artist and interior designer who lives in Mesquite. Call her at 702-345-8714.

Australia - 'Fluoride is beneficial for children': Gladstone resident

GLADSTONE man Peter Brady understands why residents are calling for fluoride to be taken out of the water supply, but he also agrees with experts that say it's beneficial for children.
Mr Brady's mouth is full of cavities and fillings.
He grew up before dentists began lobbying the government to add fluoride to the water supply.
So when he had his own children he made sure they chewed fluoride tablets, but only until they were about ten-years-old.

Peter Brady says children should have access to flouride. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer
Peter Brady says children should have access to flouride. Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone ObserverHelen Spelitis

"We were living in Bundaberg at the time and there were a group of dentists who ran an education campaign about the benefits of fluoride," Mr Brady said.
"The council used to hand the tablets out for free."
Unlike Mr Brady, his children have no cavities.
Mr Brady is hoping Gladstone Regional Council will adopt that model, although handing out fluoride tablets has already been ruled out by Mayor Matt Burnett.
"It is beneficial for children, but I do object to the mass medication of people," Mr Brady said.
"It should come out of the water supply.
"Unfortunately that might leave out the ones who need it the most out. If we do remove it, we need an education campaign that spells out the benefits."
According to the Australian Dental Association Queensland, before the introduction of fluoride into Queensland's water in 2008, only 5% of children had access to fluoridated water compared to 86% of Australia.
The ADAQ supports mass fluoridation of Queensland's water supply based on research such as a study undertaken by the University of Queensland in the Logan-Beaudesert area near Brisbane.
It found the addition of fluoride to the water supply reduced the incidence of decay in children aged four to nine by 19% in just 36 months.
Despite the expert opinion, removing fluoride became a major election issue with many voters seeking commitment from candidates they would vote to change the council's policy - last reviewed in 2013.
Keeping fluoride in Gladstone's water supply is costing residents about $26,000 a year.
Mayor Matt Burnett says he's in favour of removing it and that it should be a State Government decision.
Those comments follow last week's announcement from the state government it would continue to let councils decide.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Health Canada, The Cancer Conspiracy and The Deception of Government

Health Canada is creating it's own customers to serve the drug pushing pharmaceutical cartels. Do NOT donate to cancer research because you are giving money to the criminals who are poisoning you. Let food be thy medicine. Watch and learn what the Government of Canada really is and how the evil Queen has enslaved us all.

Avoid fluoride consumption — it serves no useful purpose

Re: Fluoride decision may be taken away from municipalities, by Dave Battagello, May 16.
Close-up of squeezing toothpaste on toothbrush. Photo by Getty Images.Windsor council’s vote to remove fluoride from the city’s drinking water in 2013 was courageous and intelligent. Any effort by the province to reverse that decision should be rejected.
The recent water crisis in Flint has produced one positive effect. The public knows now to question whether our drinking water is safe. And, reliance upon government agencies, environmental authorities and the pharmaceutical companies that benefit from the sale of fluoride is foolhardy.
Here are some of the salient reasons that led to Windsor rejecting fluoride:
Fluoride is an endocrine disrupting, neurotoxic and bone-weakening substance.
Fluoride is recognized as a drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Sodium fluoride can only be dispensed by prescription.
Humans have no recognized physiological need for fluoride.
Adding fluoride to drinking water prevents controlling the amount consumed or the persons affected, including children too young to provide informed consent.
It is important to know that Windsor’s decision to remove fluoride, while informed, was not unique. Hundreds of communities and countries have decided likewise. Virtually all of Western Europe has rejected water fluoridation.
Fluorosis results from increased consumption of fluoride. The toothpaste industry is keenly aware of the possibility of successful lawsuits not unlike those that have been launched against the cigarette industry.
They know that fluoride must pose a danger because they place prominent warning labels on all toothpaste that contains fluoride. Some manufacturers warn parents to supervise their children’s tooth-brushing and to teach them to prevent swallowing toothpaste.
Our politicians should not be swayed by those bought and paid for by Big Pharma, including members of any Dental Association. Fluoride is a drug. Last year over 100,000 persons in the United States died from the negative side effects of drugs taken as prescribed.
Fluoride serves no useful purpose. Its consumption should be avoided.
PATRICK J DUCHARME, Ducharme Fox LLP, Windsor

Is Fluoride the New Mercury? 10 Natural Toothpaste Alternatives That Are Playing It Safe

Whether it’s part of the tidal wave of new naturals taking over the beauty realm orfluoride’s classification as a neurotoxin (the same eyebrow-raising category that lead, arsenic, and methylmercury fall into) this year, there’s no denying that natural toothpastes are having a moment.
Though it’s long been added to drinking water supplies and used in dentists’ offices, “too much fluoride has always been known to cause a dental condition known as fluorosis, which is a mottling of the enamel in developing teeth,” explains cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg, D.D.S., whose Manhattan-based practice counts the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, and Brian Eno as its first patients. “Recently, there is great concern that an excess of fluoride will have an impact on neurological tissue.” Some studies have even linked fluoride in drinking water tolower IQ scores in children, and cancer. Lowenberg attests that many dentists are now moving toward natural toothpastes and other dental products that avoid the ingredient until more studies are performed.
So while the jury is still out on the chemical’s effects in dental products, those who feel more comfortable with a natural formula have plenty of chic alternatives these days. Whether it’s Germany’s eco-conscious Stop the Water While Using Me!’s sea salt and myrrh-spiked toothpaste or Apa Beauty’s enamel-protecting White Rinse mouthwash, these medicine cabinet staples have never looked so smart.


Public Consultation on planned Fluoridation of Moora
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Moora Tennis Club,
Gardiner Street, Moora


The Health Department has announced that there is to be a 'public consultation' meeting for Moora on Thursday 26th May. This is your LAST CHANCE to stop the artificial fluoridation of you and your family's drinking water from happening.

We need as many people as possible to attend to let them know that "WE DO NOT CONSENT".


Friday, May 20, 2016

House of Lords

Photo of Baroness WalmsleyBaroness Walmsley Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Health 11:35 am, 19th May 2016

My Lords,...................
The pressure on the NHS could, of course, be lessened in future if we paid more attention to prevention, yet the Government had to be led kicking and screaming into agreeing some kind of sugar tax to reduce child obesity. The measures announced lack ambition. They should be broader and introduced sooner, but at least they are something. But where is the long-promised child obesity strategy? And what about putting fluoride in all our drinking water to prevent children getting tooth decay and having to go into hospital for extraction? What about fortifying flour with vitamin B to prevent neural tube disease?........................

Photo of Lord Colwyn

Lord Colwyn Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)  2:44 pm, 19th May 2016

My Lords, I declare my interest as a retired dental surgeon and a fellow of theBritish Dental Association. I am sure that noble Lords will not be surprised to hear that in my remarks I am keen to turn the attention of the House towards the important but too often overlooked field of dentistry and oral health. As noble Lords will probably realise, the noble Baroness, Lady Benjamin, virtually made my speech word for word, but that is the problem with getting briefs from the same source........
While there was no mention of improving health outcomes in the gracious Speech, statistics clearly show why oral health deserves much more attention this Parliament. One in four five-year-olds in England has tooth decay, and the number of children facing hospital admission for tooth extractions under general anaesthesia went up by a quarter between 2010-11 and 2014-15. While data published last week by Public Health England show modest improvements in the oral health of English children, the pace of progress is significantly slower than in Scotland and Wales, where devolved Governments have introduced innovative preventive dental health programmes. Data also show that despite the small overall improvement, regional and social inequalities in oral health continue to persist. I welcome the proposed measures to establish a soft drinks industry levy to help tackle childhood obesity, and I support the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, in the use offluoridation, which should be much more widespread than it is at the moment. I urge the Minister to show the same ambition and appetite for innovation as her colleagues in Holyrood and in the Senedd. The Childsmile and Designed to Smile schemes have cut NHS treatment bills and shown that dental disease and deprivation do not have to go hand in hand. Will the Minister consider learning from their success and investing in a similar national oral health programme to drive improvements in children’s oral health in England?

USA - Fluoride has support, but cost too high

  • Sandy ParmenterKala Clark, Dr. Tom Largen, Jamie Behrends and Wendy Moyer of Southwest Iowa Home Health spoke to the City Council about the benefits of adding Fluoride to the City's water.

    • Kala Clark, Dr.By Sandy Parmenter

      Posted May. 19, 2016 at 8:06 AM 

      Dr. Tom Largen and Jamie Behrends, Kala Clark and Wendy Moyer of Southwest Iowa Home Health appeared at the Hamburg City Council meeting in May to try to convince the Council to consider adding fluoride to the City’s water.
      The group explained that none of the cities in Fremont County currently have fluoride in their water other than a small amount that occurs naturally and is nowhere near the recommended amount for protection from tooth decay. Largen said they planned to go to every town in the County and ask them to consider adding fluoride to their water.
      Taking the group by surprise, the Council told them they were all for adding fluoride to Hamburg’s water...BUT.... The Council had done some research and discovered that fluoride has to be kept in a separate room with heat and venting at the water plant, and that room would have to be built on at an estimated cost of $30,000 that the City just didn’t have. The Council did say they would look into grants and if Largen and the ladies could find a grant to cover the cost of the additional room, they’d be happy to revisit the issue.
      I bet they will soon get a grant. 

    NZ - Sweet FA protests fluoride outside Timaru Hospital

    Rachel Tomkinson led her Sweet Freedom Army in a protest about fluoride outside Timaru Hospital on Friday
    Rachel Tomkinson led her Sweet Freedom Army in a protest about fluoride outside Timaru Hospital on Friday
    A group formed in response to the possibility of fluoride returning to Timaru's water supply staged a quirky protest in front of Timaru Hospital on Friday.
    The Sweet Freedom Army, fronted by founder Rachel Tomkinson, who was dressed in a gold and purple lycra superhero outfit and carrying a New Zealand flag, took a list of questions about fluoridation to the South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB).
    Their intention was to deliver them to SCDHB CEO Nigel Trainor in person, though this was not possible. Rachel Tomkinson led her Sweet Freedom Army in a protest about fluoride outside Timaru Hospital on Friday.
    SCDHB communications manager Natasha Hoskins, who accepted the questions, said communication with the public was important but stressed it was a hospital and protesters could not block the entrance.
    Tomkinson said the Sweet Freedom Army were looking for "simple answers to simple questions" regarding possible fluoridation of the water supply.
    "We need a few superheroes to fight for democracy. We are the ratepayer, we pay for the water, so we have a right to know," she said.
    The group's questions included where fluoride would be sourced from if it was returned to Timaru's water supply, and whether what the group called a "byproduct of industrial fluoride" could "rob us of minerals such as magnesium".
    The group was formed in response to news that the Government wanted DHBs rather than local authorities to make decisions on which community water supplies would be fluoridated. A bill to that effect is expected to be introduced to Parliament later this year.
    Responding to the group's protest, Trainor said the decision to add fluoride to water supplies remained with local councils.
    "Once drafted, interested parties, including communities and individuals, will be able to comment on the bill as it is considered by the health select committee. This is a real opportunity for the community to have its say.
    "If passed, it is likely that legislation would come into force from mid-2018, but at this stage no decision has been made," he said.