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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dental Health: Children

Photo of Tracy BrabinTracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reasons for inequalities in children's oral health across the UK.

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Photo of Steve BrineNational dental surveys show that inequalities in children’s oral health are associated with deprivation, geography and ethnicity. For example, children in the north of England have higher levels of tooth decay than those in the south; and those from Chinese and Eastern European backgrounds have higher levels of tooth decay than other ethnic backgrounds.

Oral health inequalities are influenced by socio-economic factors, for example, differences in levels of income and employment experienced by different groups; and by behaviours such as, having a poor diet high in sugar and low access to fluoride.

USA - Arguments made for both sides at public hearing on water fluoridation


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BURTON — People voiced strong opinions both for and against the fluoridation of water at a recent public hearing held at the Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s office (GCDC) Nov. 8. Drinking water at GCDC’s newly built treatment plant connected to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline has been test-treated, and GCDC plans to begin distribution of water to clients in the next several weeks. In order to cease the addition of fluoride in the water, there must be either a vote by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners or the passage of a referendum ballot question instructing GCDC to do so.
John O’Brien, director of the water and waste division at the GCDC office, who was facilitator of the public hearing, said this would affect the communities which receive water from the water supply district: Flushing Township, the city of Flushing, Richfield Township, Flint Township, Burton, Davison Township, Swartz Creek and Grand Blanc Township, as well as 11 other municipalities.
Carol Lutey, director of pediatric dentistry at Mott Children’s Health Center, said they were seeing a huge increase in more aggressive tooth decay since Flint has not had a fluoridated water system, and very young children were being taken to the operating room because of the decay. She also said, as one who did not have benefits of fluoridated water, she experienced all types of large decay throughout her life.
Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, associate dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, quoted the surgeon general’s report on public and oral health in America, saying there were reductions in dental caries (called cavities or decay) in communities with fluoridated water, with the reductions being as high as 40 percent.
“More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to the consequences of dental caries,” Fitzgerald said. “Pain and suffering due to untreated diseases lead to problems in eating, speaking and attention to learning. Lost time from dental problems in adults resulted annually in over a billion dollars of lost wages, and to have good health, a person needs healthy teeth.”
Dr. Gerald Natzke, who practices medicine in Grand Blanc, said fluoride does not benefit the teeth unless it touches them. He added that most developed countries do not fluoridate their water, and these countries do not have any more tooth decay than the United States. He said many tissues in the body develop disease, and these are magnified by fluoride. He also said 40 percent of American teenagers show signs of overexposure to fluoride, which causes discoloration of the teeth.
Natzke, offering several statistics of dental decay in communities with fluoridated water, claimed fluoridation does not decrease tooth decay, but increases it. David Joyce, a Kung Fu instructor who said he just wants clean water, said fluoridating water is mass medication, and when a government entity decides to fluoridate water, they are taking on the role of a doctor.
“If a doctor did this without consent, they would lose their license,” he said.
He asked why an entire city should have to deal with a toxin that is helping a very small portion of the population. The documents and comments presented will be given to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners who will review the information to determine whether to approve an ordinance calling for fluoridation of the water.

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Is Fluoride Harmful For Health?



One of the substances that hold a high esteem in the public health organizations for its effects on the dental health but is controversial at the same time is fluoride which is not only found in the water of many countries but many products such as toothpaste as well.
Fluoride was added to the public water supplies in most of the parts of the United States as well as many other countries after popular studies done on its benefits for oral hygiene were conducted and released in the 1960s.
Ever since fluoride has held a constantly changing status and whether or not it should be added to the public water supplies as a dental health product or additive is frequently debated among the people and researchers.
One of the side of the debates claims fluoride to be a fundamental need for the better oral health of the local people.
Many of the public health organizations support this view and argue its addition should be encouraged and continued.
An example of this can be seen on the website of Centre for Disease Control where it states that since the addition of fluoride to water in the 1960s has considerably decreased the cases of dental problems and cavities, it can be cited as one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century.
Moreover, the American Dental Association along with American Academy of Pediatrics are on the same side as Centre for Disease Control and has supported the addition of fluoride ever since the decision was taken.

Such famous and reliable organizations supporting the addition of fluoride to public water supplies can be pretty convincing, right?
Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. People and organizations which support the other side of the argument, going against the addition of fluoride to the water, have been around since the step was taken back in the 1960s as well.
This is because a good number of studies that show the long-term negative effects of fluoride on the body and many of the bodily processes existed before fluoride started being used as an additive.
Many of the researchers and experts are particularly concerned about the bioaccumulation of fluoride due to a high quantity of it in the food, water, and dental products including the Environmental Protection Agency Union members.
Because of such urges and dangers of fluoride toxicity, the FDA started to ask dental product manufacturers for a warning along with each item after the April of 1997 that states to contact the nearest poison control center upon ingestion of the toothpaste.
In case you do not know, toothpaste contains nearly 1000 times more fluoride than fluoridated water does.
When fluoride is ingested, it is able to pass both the blood-brain barrier which is there to safeguard the brain and the whole of the nervous system from any potential dangers and invaders. It is also able to pass through the placenta and into the body of an unborn baby...........

NZ - Council defends use of fluoride in water supplies


Water tap
The South Taranaki District Council has a duty to fluoridate its water supply, as residents in the area have poor oral hygiene and a high level of tooth decay, the Supreme Court has been told.
A group opposed to fluoridation, New Health New Zealand, has taken legal action against the Council which has now reached the country's highest Court.
Water tap Photo: AFP
Earlier the Court of Appeal and High Court threw out legal challenges by the group, rejecting its suggestion that fluoridation of the water breached the right to refuse medical treatment.
However South Taranaki District Council's lawyer, Duncan Laing, told the Supreme Court today that health legislation places a duty on local authorities to improve and promote health in their areas.
He said a doctor had suggested that fluoridating the water supply was a much better way of improving oral health in the area, than other possible methods targeting dental hygiene.
"In Patea it was a doctor's opinion that if the toothbrush and toothpaste were free there was no reason to believe they would be used."
He said the doctor suggested other measures such as banning sugary snacks in schools would not be as effective as fluoridation even if they could be introduced.
Mr Laing said the Local Government Act also empowered the council to fluoridate the water supply and regarding its safety, he said the Ministry of Health had reviewed scientific papers on fluoridation and also commissioned its own studies on the issue.
He said the merits of fluoridation had also been considered by other bodies over many years.
"As far back as 1957 a commission of enquiry [was held] and also [later] the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [considered fluoridation], so it's interesting it's come up again at this time."
"It was put to bed by the Royal Commission in the 1950's and by Privy Council case but now it's reared its head again."
Mr Laing said local councils had three separate duties relating to water supplies, including ensuring an area had an adequate supply of water.
"[And] to take all practicable steps to ensure water supply meets with the standards and to take all reasonable steps to ensure the water supply is wholesome."
Duncan Laing said nothing in that was contrary to fluoridating a local water supply.
He also rejected the appellant's claim that the fluoride used in water supplies could contain a whole range of nasty chemicals.
"The drinking water standards are a very comprehensive set of standards as to what can be put into drinking water and it's simply not credible to say there will be dangerous quantities of these other trace elements [such as cadmium and arsenic] from fluoride".
Mr Laing said the Council relied on the Court of Appeal's finding that fluoridation does not constitute medical treatment.
However he said if the Supreme Court ruled fluoridation was a medical treatment, then the Council stood by the High Court finding that the intrusion into a person's rights arising from adding fluoride to a drinking water supply was minimal.
The Court has reserved its decision.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NZ - Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told

A protest in Nelson against fluoridation. (File photo)Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and Pātea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

​New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.
New Health's lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealand's water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay............

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Found this advice.

A fourth – and just as vital – prevention practice is scheduling regular visits to your dentist, usually twice a year.

These should include updated X-rays so “we can catch any problems at the earliest stage,” he said.

“Just because something doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean something isn’t wrong” that cannot be seen visually, Dr. Salud said.

A life time of X-rays is that wise? Say 100 x-rays on your jaw in a life time. Another statistic for cancer.

Cancer is a lifestyle disease: Researchers make the connection between food, obesity and the big “C”

Image: Cancer is a lifestyle disease: Researchers make the connection between food, obesity and the big “C”(Natural News) How you live your life affects your health, either positively or negatively. Having a healthy lifestyle is a must if you want to be free from diseases. Studies reveal that food, obesity and cancer are related to each other.

Obesity is caused by the kind of food you eat. Mounting evidence has shown that diet is the primary cause of cancer in the world today and that an obese person is more likely to develop cancer. A study, published in the journal CMAJ Openanalyzed the incidence of cancer attributed to lifestyle and environmental factors. The researchers estimated summary population attributable risk estimates for 24 factors: passive and active smoking; overweight and obesity; lack of physical activity; inadequate fruit and vegetable intake, inadequate fibre intake, excess red and processed meat intake, salt intake, inadequate calcium consumption, and vitamin D intake; alcohol; oral contraceptives and hormone therapy; Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus, and Helicobacter pylori; air pollution; natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation; radon; and water disinfection by-products.

The findings of the study revealed that about 41 percent of cancer cases in Alberta, Canada in 2012 were caused by lifestyle and environmental risk factors. Most of the cancer cases were greatly caused by tobacco smoking, lack of physical activity, and excess body weight. Moreover, results showed that women were more likely to develop cancer because of these factors compared to men. (Related: Obesity causes cancer, says American Cancer Society.)
The researchers suggested that reducing the prevalence of these factors can possibly reduce the cases of cancer......................

At least they won't get Alzheimer's which seems rampant lately. 

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Anti-fluoride “expert” finds the real reason oral health has improved – and it’s not fluoride

Anti-fluoride campaigners always promote people like Geoff Pain as “renowned” or “world experts.” They aren’t. Pain has no credible scientific publications on fluoride.
No, in fact, he claims lead is responsible for tooth decay and the improvement in oral health is a result of removing airborne lead contamination. And the “proof” is even in the title of his report – “Global Decline in Tooth Decay correlates with reduced Airborne Lead (Pb) but water Fluoridation prevents further progress
Mind you, the word “correlate” appears only twice in the document – once in the title and once in the abstract. Nowhere else. Scientists usually restrict the use of words like this to results of proper statistical analyses – but he presents no evidence of a correlation anywhere in the document.
OK, we shouldn’t expect any better. This document is just another one of a series of documents, dressed up as scientific publications, supported by cobbled together citations which are often are irrelevant or don’t support the claims made. Produced by Geoff Pain, well-known Australian anti-fluoride activist, whose concept of scientific publication is to upload his unreviewed documents on to Researchgate. I have written about his citation trawling and false “publication” before in my article  An anti-fluoride trick: Impressing the naive with citations
But, perhaps he is on to something. Irrespective of fluoride (he has a hangup about that element) perhaps lead is somehow implicated in oral health problems. So let’s see what the document actually claims.
It has three aims:.....................................
Nice of Ken to draw our attention to this not that I believe lead is responsible. I spent my early years during the war on the IOW and there were few cars around then but my teeth still decayed. We did have sugar sprinkled on margarine spread on sliced bread. Butter was not available. 

USA - Fluoride petition circulates Edgartown

The Edgartown board of health’s decision to add fluoride to the town water supply has sparked outrage from the community.
“It should have been brought before the voters, and not been done behind closed doors,” Water commission superintendent Bill Chapman said in a phone conversation with The Times.
On Oct. 10, board of health members Harold Zadeh and Dr. Garrett Orazem voted in favor of adding fluoride, and Kathie Case abstained. According to Massachusetts general law, 10 percent of the 3,628 registered voters must petition the board’s decision in less than 90 days, otherwise fluoride will be added to the water supply. The town has until mid-January.
“In my opinion,” said Edgartown resident Heidi Boyd, “It doesn’t seem fair that two people on the board of health made this decision for the whole town of Edgartown. I looked back at the minutes from the meeting, and the fluoride talk began in February, and we, the townspeople, are now just finding out about it in November. I work in the town hall, and I didn’t hear a peep. It’s an enormous decision and we should have a say.”
The petition is active, and concerned residents are trying to spread the word. Last Saturday, Nov. 11, David and Megan Burke helped organize a drive-through petition signing.
“It’s tough,” Mr. Burke said. “A good portion of registered voters are snowbirds and leave the area. It’s also been on public record that less than 10 percent of registered voters show up at town meeting. It’s going to be difficult to obtain these signatures.”
Petitioners are expected to be outside Tuesday’s regularly scheduled water commissioners meeting at 3 pm. The board of health and the water department are scheduled to discuss their positions on fluoridation.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UK map showing fluoride areas. None in NI or Scotland.


Newsweek Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities Study Shows - Fluoride in water us map

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This map is dated as it shows the plans to fluoridate Southampton/Totton/Eastleigh. NHS spent £1 million in the failed attempt. They gave up but never stop trying to bring it in elsewhere.

It is worth remembering that, from 2005 to 2011 the National Pure Water Association, and others, pursued a relentless campaign against the proposed fluoridation of ‘Greater Manchester’. The area under threat was at that time under the auspices of the North West Strategic Health Authority (NWSHA) the influence of which stretched from Blackpool to Glossop and from Preston to the Wirral. The NWSHA were expected to be the first health authority to call a consultation under the 2005 legislation regarding new fluoridation schemes. South Central SHA (SCSHA) beat them to it and NWSHA shelved their plans pending the result of the consultation in Southampton and district. Finally, this report in the Lancashire Telegraph declared the North West fluoridation scheme had been abandoned and gave the reasons which are, no doubt, still valid.
lancashiretelegraph

The Strategic Health Authorities were abolished in 2013 and the legislation regarding fluoridation has since changed; local councillors now have a greater input into fluoridation decisions. History records that the anti-fluoridation campaign in Andover (1955 to 1958) saw the public’s rejection of councillors supporting fluoridation which served to “turn the Borough Council on its head, devastate the careers of several public figures …and all but destroy the local Labour Party”. [David J Borrett ‘Something in the Water—The Anti-fluoride Campaign in Andover 1955—1958’ Andover History and Archaeology Society 2002]

Kind regards

Elizabeth A McDonagh (Former Chairman of National Pure Watter Association)





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Dr. David Kennedy discusses what you're not being told about the use of fluoride in water and as a preventive dental measure. Find out what's being talked about and more importantly, what's not being talked about when it comes to fluoride and your health!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Letters to the editor

Study looks at fluoride in pregnant mothers
A study published in September in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has linked high urine fluoride levels in pregnant mothers to lower intelligence in their children. This study, which analyzed data collected since 1994 in Mexico, is noteworthy for a number of reasons.
One of the lead researchers, Dr. Howard Hu of the University of Toronto School of Public Health noted the importance of measuring individual urine fluoride levels: "This is significant because previous studies estimated exposures based on neighborhood measurements of drinking water fluoride levels, which are indirect and much less precise measures of exposure."
The data was controlled for a high number of potential confounders, including gestational age at birth, birthweight, birth order, sex, maternal marital status, smoking history, age at delivery, IQ, education, socioeconomic status and lead exposure.
There is limited data on fluoride levels in pregnant mothers in Canada and the US, but the negative effects were found to occur at urine levels common in non-pregnant North American adults. The IQ loss was up to between 5-6 points.
While one study cannot be considered proof of harm and Dr. Hu called for more research, he was not hesitant to recognize the implications of the team's findings: "This is a very rigorous epidemiology study. You just can't deny it. It's directly related to whether fluoride is a risk for the neurodevelopment of children."
The disturbing results shouldn't be surprising, given previous research from China that showed IQ loss in children from high water fluoride areas. Those 50-plus studies prompted Harvard researcher Phillipe Grandjean to comment: "Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain"¦".
Given Health Canada's promotion of fluoridation as "safe and effective", the odds of them recommending caution by suggesting a suspension of fluoridation until further research is completed, is low. The responsibility to act lies with councillors in fluoridated cities. I recommend that you contact your councillors and ask them to end this experiment until the research that should have been done before fluoridation began, is completed.
David Green 
Peterborough

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A disease in Dhanbad has left children without smiles

A disease in Dhanbad has left children without smilesSixty-eight-year-old Himanshu Chakrabarty of Brahman Tola village in Ghadbad panchayat of Dhanbad has only one desire – death. For more than 15 years, he has suffered from weak and deformed bones with almost no flesh on his body, limping around like a living skeleton. A patient of a crippling disease called fluorosis, which caused due to an excess intake of fluoride, Chakrabarty wants an end to his suffering. “I only want death,” he cries out in pain. “How much more do I have to suffer?”
Chakrabarty isn’t the only one suffering in Brahman Tola. “Each of the 68 households in our hamlet has at least one patient suffering from fluorosis,” resident Rajit Thakur told VillageSquare.in. “Almost 60% men and over 75% women of the tola are affected by the disease in some form or the other.”
It is hard to find a child above 6-7 years age in Brahman Tola who does not have strained teeth due to dental fluorosis. Most children cannot touch their toes, which is a sign of early stage of skeletal fluorosis. Photo credit: Eklavya PrasadFifty-year-old Savitri Mukherjee, a widow, lives alone and cannot walk with her spine straight. “It started with pain in my shoulders, back and knees. But, for the last five years, I am walking with a bent back,” said Savitri. “If I fall on the ground, I cannot get up on my own. I cannot sleep straight on the bed. It’s been five years since I have seen the sky (with back always bent downwards). There are several women like me.”
The common thread tying all the residents of Brahman Tola with a single disease – fluorosis – is their drinking water.......................

LETTER: Fluoride study is highest quality to date

Letter writer Alan T. Brown ("WHO: Urinalysis not suitable for predicting fluoride intake," Oct. 14) made some intriguing comments about the recent University of Toronto study that was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Studies, a branch of the United States National Institutes of Health. Brown referred to this study as being modest. 
There is nothing "modest" about this study. It is by far the highest quality study to date, conducted by world authorities in epidemiological (epidemiology is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations) studies of developmental neurotoxicity (Dr. Howard Hu) and conducted with utmost attention to ensure its validity at a cost of $3 million.
After reviewing 27 studies (with admitted flaws) dealing with fluoride and IQ, a team of Harvard scientists concluded that fluoride's effect on the young brain should now be a high research priority.
This is an appeal to the Meadville Area Water Authority. Until this matter is settled, and it is not settled, err on the side of caution. All we need to do to ensure that fluoride will not affect the developing brains of our children is for one of the MAWA board members to reverse their decision.
Brown quoted the World Health Organization as saying "urinary fluoride excretion is not suitable for predicting fluoride intake for individuals." This is true but what WHO means about urine fluoride not being a good way of estimating fluoride intake in individuals is that they don't think that it should be used by a doctor to evaluate a specific patient. That is far different than using urine fluoride in an epidemiological study.
Many proponents of water fluoridation will not address any discussion dealing with water that has been fluoridated to optimal levels having any ill effects on the developing brain. If it is such a far-fetched notion, then why would the NIH spend $3 million on this study? Keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect study.
CHRIS KNAPP
Meadville

Friday, November 10, 2017

UK - Join in Oldham’s Big Brush to stop the rot

Join in Oldham’s Big Brush to stop the rot

Oldham Council’s annual toothbrushing ‘The Big Brush 2017’ is running from Monday 13 November until Friday 17 November to get as many under-fives to brush their teeth as possible.
Oldham’s under-fives have some of the worst tooth decay in the country and we need families to do their bit to stop the rot.
The council is doing their bit by organising brushing activities in children’s centres and nurseries and participants will be rewarded with brushing tools including toothpaste, toothbrushes, timers and charts throughout the week.
Oldham Libraries have a variety of fun and educational events too. Little ones can don their pyjamas and listen to teeth-related bedtime stories before learning some top oral health tips.
Families can also join Davey on his journey to find his lost tooth, as Oldham Coliseum’s Young Rep Company bring The Tale of the Lost Tooth to libraries across Oldham.
There’s an opportunity to learn from the expert with a Q&A session and teeth cleaning demonstration from Amjad Chaudhary, dentist and owner of The Tooth Place on Yorkshire Street. Parents can submit questions through the council’s social media channels and watch Dr Chaudhary answer them later in the week.
Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Every child should brush their teeth with family fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears, especially at bedtime and at one other time during the day.
“It’s extremely worrying the amount of under-fives in the borough who have tooth decay and it is a huge priority for the council, and our partners, to tackle this issue.
“Along with our partners we’ve been working hard to educate families and provide support to mothers as soon as their child is born. It is parents’ responsibility to make sure children brush their teeth, but we believe providing advice and support to parents as early as possible will lead to better habits and oral health.
“I urge all parents to get involved in The Big Brush and as a result we can all ensure our children have smiles for life.”
Families can share their toothbrushing photos with us on Twitter, using #bigbrush
You can also follow the council’s Twitter account @oldhamcouncil and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/loveoldham
Get advice on taking care of children’s teeth at www.oldham.gov.uk/babyteeth
To find a local dentist call NHS England on 0300 311 2233.

NZ - Rotten teeth extractions reveal growth in child poverty, dentists sa

New Zealand Dental Association spokesman Rob Beaglehole says tooth decay is a socio-economic issue.BRADEN FASTIER/STUFF
New Zealand Dental Association spokesman Rob Beaglehole says tooth decay is a socio-economic issue.


A "vast tide" of Canterbury children need rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic despite overall reductions in tooth decay.

Ministry of Health data shows the percentage of Kiwi 5 year olds found to have rotten teeth at community dental clinics decreased from 49 per cent in 2001 to 40 per cent in 2016. 

The improvement was more stark in Canterbury, where it dropped from 50 to 34 per cent.
During the same period, children aged 0 to 14 years old requiring general anaesthetic for rotten teeth removal increased from 4500 to 7500 , according to ministry data. 

Dental Association spokesman Rob Beaglehole​ said oral health data reported to the ministry "masked" the high number of young children having up to 20 baby teeth extracted under sedation.  

District health boards report on decay rates from community dental health checks at 5 and 8 years old. The number of children hospitalised for dental disease is recorded in hospital discharge information. 

"It is good that overall the tooth decay rates are getting better, but there's still a huge number of kids needing major operations done on their teeth," Beaglehole said. 

Tooth decay, caused by poor oral hygiene and high sugar diets, was an inequality issue as it disproportionately affected children from poorer households. 

"The lower down the socio-economic rung you are, the more holes in your teeth you have."

Population increase alone could not explain the dramatic rise in severe decay. It reflected societal changes, Beaglehole said. 

"What that means is there's more childhood poverty now than their was 15 years ago."

Beaglehole said the New Zealand Dental Association wanted the new Government to take leadership on the issue.

It has asked the Government to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax, mandating sugar warning labels, banning sugary drinks from schools, restricting junk food marketing and ensuring the drinking water fluoridation amendment bill passed. 

"A tax on sugary drinks ... is the most effective way of reducing the population's consumption of sugar."

Canterbury District Health Board community health service director Martin Lee said there was a "vast tide of kids needing specialist dental treatment including sedation", despite the improvement in decay rates.

Many parents did not understand the importance of brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride to prevent decay, he said.

Toothpaste manufacturers promoting low-fluoride toothpaste for children did not help the misunderstanding about fluoride's role. 

Understanding the difference between a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a smear was important. 

"A smear with one of these low fluoride toothpastes – you may as well not bother there's so little fluoride."

Tooth decay was preventable, but required parents' commitment and understanding, Lee said. 

 - Stuff



He's right they weren't even listening.

USA - Fluoride foes want more action from Port Angeles council

PORT ANGELES — Fluoridation opponents spent little time basking in victory over a Nov. 7 general election advisory ballot that recommends the city’s municipal water supply should stay unfluoridated, which it has been since August 2016.
They want the Port Angeles City Council to guarantee fluorosilicic acid will stay out of the water by passing a resolution making it so, anti-fluoridation activist Mike Libera said Wednesday.
But Mayor Patrick Downie said Wednesday that’s not necessary and wants the city to move on, past a fluoridation controversy that dominated City Council meetings in 2016 until August of that year, when the City Council decided fluoridation should stop, pending the results of Tuesday’s advisory ballot.
The measure had 55 percent, or 1,838 voters, saying no to fluoridation and 45 percent, or 1,487, saying yes, as of Tuesday night’s count, with more votes to tabulate today.
“The council will be guided by the results of this ballot in deciding whether to resume fluoridation,” according to the measure.
Libera, vice chair of the anti-fluoridation group Our Water, Our Choice!, said Wednesday the advisory ballot results are not enough.
He said he expects “lobbyists” to beseech the council to add fluorosilicic acid back to the water system for dental health reasons that Libera disputes.
He also expects fluoridation opponents to urge City Council members at upcoming council meetings to pledge, by way of a resolution, to not fluoridate the city’s water supply.
Libera compared fluoride to tobacco and recalled tobacco executives who at one time insisted tobacco was not unhealthy.
“These things get debated endlessly, and finally they disappear,” Libera said.
“I’m absolutely hoping [council members] pass a resolution” against fluoridation, he added, so “that snake shall not rise again.”
He said he hopes future councils “consider this such a hot-potato issue that no one will pick it up for fear of burning themselves.”
The city of Port Angeles was under a 10-year contract with the Dental Service Foundation that expired in May 2016. The contract required the city to fluoridate the water or pay $400,000 in fluoridation system costs.
Downie switched from the pro-fluoridation side to vote to advocate ending fluoridation in August 2016 pending the advisory ballot election. The council approved that.
Downie said Wednesday an anti-fluoridation resolution is unnecessary.
Council members have said they will honor the results, he said.
“I don’t think we need to do much of anything right now,” he said. “I don’t feel we need another resolution to do this.
“I guess [Libera] is uneasy and untrusting of what we would do.”
Libera said he was not surprised by the results of the advisory ballot.
“It’s what I predicted, and I’m glad it worked out that way,” he said.
Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Chris Frank was disappointed.
“Obviously, from a public health perspective, this is disappointing, because we know that community water fluoridation is a cost-effective and safe way to improve oral health,” he said.

USA - Genesee County officials hear arguments for and against fluoride in water

That's a debate going on in Genesee County as the Board of Commissioners decides whether to add fluoride to the county's new drinking water supply from the Karegnondi Water Authority.
The Board of Commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday evening to gauge the public's thoughts on adding fluoride to the water, which is meant to prevent tooth decay.
"I firmly believe that fluoride in water supplies is essential to maintaining good oral health," said Corey Taylor, a dental hygienist in Grand Blanc Township.
She spoke out during the public hearing in support of adding fluoride.
"There's really no scientific-based evidence that fluoride has adverse effects on anyone," Taylor said.
However, several people also spoke out against adding fluoride. While some say the fluoride added to water is a naturally occurring element, others believe it's actually an acidic byproduct.
Others said fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash helps teeth, but that generally isn't swallowed. They believe fully ingesting fluoride into the body can have harmful effects.
Municipal drinking water for Genesee County currently comes from the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit, which has added fluoride to its water for decades.
Municipalities excluding the city of Flint are preparing to switch to a new water supply drawn from Lake Huron by the KWA and treated at the new Genesee County Water Treatment Plant. Before the plant begins operation, the Board of Commissioners needs to make a decision on adding fluoride.
Wednesday's public hearing was advisory only. If commissioners take no action, fluoride automatically will be added, but the issue can be put up for a public vote.
Right now, the county water supply comes from Detroit, and it has fluoride in it. But soon the county with more than a dozen communities will get their water through the KWA pipeline, which is an untreated water source. But Before it's sent to homes, a decision will need to be made at the county level - about whether or not to add fluoride.

Thursday, November 09, 2017



Never seen this video where Paul speaks about mercury.

CONNECT To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That is the question that has been going on for more than 50 years. That's how long fluoride has been in the Genesee County water supply.

More science confirms fluoride exposure damages brains and lowers IQs in newborns

Getting cavities is no fun, but just how far are you willing to go to prevent them? Most people who have had a cavity filled consider regular brushing and flossing to be a small price to pay to avoid repeating the unpleasant experience in the dentist’s chair. However, few would say that they’d be willing to sacrifice their children’s intelligence to lower their risk of cavities.
Unfortunately, that’s the type of trade-off that many American expectant mothers could be making without even realizing it. Fluoride was first introduced to the American public water supply more than 70 years ago, and since then, children and adults alike have noted a 25 percent reduction in cavities. It’s now found in around 75 percent of the water supply however, some areas like Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon have resisted. Nevertheless, the CDC is hoping that 79.6 percent of public water systems will be fluoridated by 2020, and this could be bad news for the intelligence of future generations.
A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives followed the cognitive development of 300 children and their mothers in Mexico over 12 years. Fluoride is not added to water in Mexico, but people are exposed to it in other ways there, including via fluoridated salt and supplements.
In the study, researchers tracked the levels of fluoride in the urine of mothers and followed up with their children until they reached 12 years old. What they found confirmed the conclusions of many other studies: Exposure to fluoride can lower intelligence. Even after accounting for factors like exposure to other chemicals, a higher prenatal exposure to fluoride was linked to lower cognitive function scores at age 4 and again between the ages of 6 and 12.

Doctors seriously concerned about fluoride in water

New York University Langone Health Pediatrician Dr. Leonardo Trasande said: “This is a very well-conducted study, and it raises serious concerns about fluoride supplementation in water.”
Dr. Trasande, who was not involved in the study, said that the fluoride levels in these mothers were slightly higher than the typical American mother might expect to have from drinking tap water, but they were not exceptionally high. He believes that fluoride’s disruptive effect on thyroid function is connected to its effect on brain development.
Past studies in China have shown fluoride to be a potential neurotoxin. Chronic excessive intake of the chemical can also lead to tooth discoloration and the painful condition called skeletal fluorosis.
While the U.S. Public Health Service says the optimal fluoride concentration level is 0.7 milligrams per liter, the EPA has set 4 milligrams per liter as the limit. However, it is important to note that the link between fluoride and lower IQ in the study started at just 0.5 milligrams per liter in the mother’s urine.
Recently, health, environmental and medical groups have been pressuring the EPA to stop fluoridating the public water supply. The coalition pushing for this action presented them with a petition and 2,500 pages of scientific documentation illustrating the hazards of fluoride.
It remains to be seen if their efforts will lead to any changes. Cavities and tooth decay can be prevented by proper nutrition, curbing sugar intake, and practicing good oral hygiene, so why are we slowly poisoning ourselves and hurting our children’s brain development?