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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, May 28, 2015

usa - Fluoride levels in city water should drop, health officials say on way to delayed vote

Listerine Naturals with fluoride on grocery store shelves
There have been questions about how much fluoride to add to drinking water as rinses, toothpaste and other sources of the chemical have become routine. (Photo: Mike Mozart)
Health officials are urging less cavity-fighting fluoride in city water, in line with new federal recommendations. The advisory body of the city’s Public Health Department, which has authority to order the change, put off a vote Wednesday because only one voting member showed up, not enough for a decision.
Claude Alix-Jacob, chief public health officer, said the recommendation will be reintroduced at a meeting next month of the public health subcommittee of the Cambridge Health Alliance. The subcommittee advises the Public Health Department.
The issue of fluoridation, undebated in Cambridge since the 1970s, arose after anti-fluoridation activists persuaded city councillor Nadeem Mazen to ask for a review of the policy last July. In early February, the Public Health Department sponsored a contentious but peaceful public forum at which several people in the audience challenged the pro-fluoridation panel of experts. Then health officials were to come up with a recommendation..............

ASPEN - Letter: Fluoride? No thanks

Hats off to Tom Lankering for the letter regarding dumping this stuff into our water supply (“Stop water fluoridation,” Letters to the editor, The Aspen Times, May 2).
We need to learn the type of fluoride added. Let’s have one of the bags (of fluoride added to the water) tested. I think you will find that 90 percent of the fluoride added to our water comes from extremely toxic waste (silicofluoride) from China — it says “Made in China” on the bags.
Aluminum and fertilizer factories are heavy polluters. They attempt to recover many of the contaminants that would otherwise escape through their smokestacks with devices called scrubbers. This highly toxic junk collected from the scrubbers would cost corporations about $9,000 a truckload to properly dispose of (almost 100 million per year).
Besides fluoride, this poisonous soup contains lead, cadmium, mercury, radium, arsenic and other contaminants. So instead of paying to dispose of this material in a toxic dump site, the aluminum and fertilizer industries (in China) actually get paid for it. Cities throughout the country buy this witches’ brew, which contains less than 18 percent total fluoride, add it to their water supplies and claim they are performing a public service — it is actually a corporate service.
The Food and Drug Administration calls it an “unapproved drug.” If it is unapproved, how can they allow it in our water?
Lisa Bolerjack

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FAN newsletter

  • Waterford, Ireland--The Waterford City and County Council in Ireland, representing over 113,000 residents, has passed a resolution calling for an end to fluoridation in Ireland. Waterford is the 13th Council since the beginning of 2014--collectively representing over 2.5 million Irish citizens--to formally adopt this resolution.
  • Palatka, Florida--City Commissioners in Palatka, Florida (pop. 10,500) voted unanimously to reject a fluoridation proposal despite intense lobbying by radical pro-fluoride advocate Johnny Johnson.  The city discontinued water fluoridation in 2011 at the Water Plant Superintendent's request, as he said the chemical was corrosive and continuously broke down water plant equipment.
  • Sullivan, Missouri—In March the Missouri Department of Health offered Sullivan City Councilors up to $25,000 to fund their fluoridation program for 2015, but the council turned it down and instead rejected the practice altogether.  Councilors voted last week to end fluoridation after adding fluoride to the water supply for over 20 years.  Mayor Dennis Watz called for the removal of fluoride after researching the issue and finding recent studies showing potential harms and a lack of effectiveness.  A local doctor as well as the Water and Sewer Commissioner also opposed fluoridation.

East Brunswick Fluoridation Debate
If you’re reading this then you most likely oppose fluoridation, and if you oppose fluoridation then sooner or later you’re bound to find yourself debating the issue with friends, family, colleagues, and local government officials.  If you want to be prepared the next time a discussion on fluoridation ensues, you’ll want to watch and study this new professionally shot video of a recent fluoridation debate in New Jersey.
The debate features FAN's Director and environmental chemist, Paul Connett, PhD debating periodontist and former President of the New Jersey Dental Association, Richard Kahn, DDS on the safety, ethics, and effectiveness of fluoridation. The video also features legal expert David Lonsky, Esq, who reviews the legal issues stemming from the practice. 
After you’re done watching the debate, please share it with your local councilors, water plant employees, and state legislators.  Consider this debate video a very powerful tool in educating local decision-makers about fluoridation, offering them both the scientific case against the practice as well as the rebuttals to claims made by proponents.  In fact, you should consider sharing this with officials as one of the first steps to take when initiating a local campaign.  Local officials will be more likely to reject fluoridation if they’ve already heard the often-repeated pro-fluoridation talking points debunked prior to holding any hearings.   

So please don’t hesitate.  Email the link for this debate to your local and state officials today!
Government Officials Notified About Fluoridation Failure
The Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science have failed the public in the performance of their duties regarding the ongoing poisoning of public water supplies with fluoride.  This neurotoxin is dumped into our drinking water in hazardous industrial waste batches that include hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, sodium fluoride and a host of contaminants that include aluminum, barium, lead and more. 
Consequently, on April 27th, U.S. IOM/NAS leadership and Food and Nutrition board members were served with a formal notification regarding their failure to perform their duties.  The letter was signed by environmental advocate Erin Brockovich; Daniel A. Eyink, M.D.; the American Academy of Environmental Medicine; Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS; David P. Mathews, JD; and Stephanie Seneff, PhD.

U.S. Government Reports on Fluoride

FAN has updated the format for easier accessibility to U.S. government reports. Also, check out FAN’s compilation of official reports from the EU, WHO, UN, Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ, & UK – and FAN submissions are here.
June’s Teleconference & Audio from May
The next International Fluoride Free Teleconference will be held on Saturday, June 13th at 5PM (Eastern time).  The call is entitled, “Brockovich Group Puts US Fed on Notice,” and is scheduled to feature a discussion on the letter sent to the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences, and the Food and Nutrition board by environmental activist Erin Brockovich along with several other medical, legal, and scientific professionals.
You can also download last month’s teleconference featuring a discussion on the new “optimal fluoride level” recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  FAN’s own Paul Connett, PhD (Director), Ellen Connett (Manager), and Stuart Cooper (Campaign Manager) explained the history of the recommended “optimal level,” the final assessment, what was missing from the report, major questions raised, and how we can use this in our local and statewide campaigns:

One man's view.

The myth of bad British teeth

Britain has become "internationally renowned" for having "really lousy" teeth, according to TV doctor Chris van Tulleken, with people not caring enough about staining and decay. Is this label fair?
Having bad teeth is one of the stock American jokes about British people. In the world of film, spoof super-spy Austin Powers cavorts around London as a would-be sex symbol, not realising that his discoloured, crooked grin is being mocked.
In one episode of the Simpsons, a dentist scares a young patient into better oral hygiene by exposing him to a horrific publication called The Big Book of British Smiles. It features mocked-up pictures of gappy, unaligned teeth belonging, among others, to Buckingham Palace guards, the Prince of Wales and Sherlock Holmes.
Chris van Tulleken, a British doctor and TV presenter, has joined the criticism by telling Radio Times magazine that British dental standards are globally infamous and having "brown, foul teeth doesn't really bother us".
But are British mouths really in such a state and is there such a lack of vanity?....................

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rotten British teeth are the laughing stock of the world, TV doctor says

We must end this tendency in Britain to tolerate "brown, foul teeth", Dr Chris van Tulleken says – or suffer the consequences

British people are too tolerant of bad teeth and should start shaming each other, a television doctor has said.
Dr Chris van Tulleken said Britain has become "internationally renowned" for having "really lousy" teeth.
While having stains and decay is frowned on in America and other countries, "it doesn't really bother us" in the UK, he said.
The result is much worse oral hygiene than elsewhere in the world, he concluded, with a both "subtle and very strong" negative effects on overall health.
"In the past 50 years, the sugar and acid content of what we consume has increased dramatically, and we can see that impact on the nation’s teeth," Dr van Tulleken said.
"In the UK we’re OK with brown, foul teeth, it doesn’t really bother us, while in America it’s very socially unacceptable. And that means we tolerate much higher levels of decay."
His comments, made in the Radio Times, come amid a debate overwhether there should be a tax on sugary food and drinks. Dentists say that alongside fuelling obesity the prevalence of products high in sugar meant tooth decay was the foremost cause of hospital admissions among children.

People with good teeth tend to be more successful, Dr van Tulleken said
Mick Armstrong, chairman of the British Dental Association accused food producers of "upping the dose" of sugar in their products "to aid bottom their line".
Dr van Tulleken argued that the issue of tooth decay could also be addressed by greater social pressures and attention on oral hygiene.
He said the findings from a two-part documentary to be broadcast showed "how little doctors know about a part of the body that massively affects overall health".
"Even if you brush your teeth correctly for two minutes twice a day, you will not be able to fully reverse the effects of a bad diet."
He advised against brushing within an hour of eating as it removes too much enamel and said it was better to avoid rinsing with water at all, to allow fluoride to remain in the mouth longer.
Because the mouth is acidic for roughly 40 minutes after eating, snacking was to be avoided. The best snacks would be fibrous vegetables such as cucumber, celery and carrots, which act as "Mother Nature’s mouthwash".
Peppermint tea should be preferred to red berry fruit tea, which is very high in acid, and fizzy lemon drinks avoided as they have "the same acidity levels as stomach acid".
Parents should use a two-minute timer when children brush their teeth and be taught to brush every surface, especially the back teeth as these are often missed.

Fluoride and Hypothyroidism


thyroid_fluorideFeeling tired all the time? Cold intolerant? Depressed? Constipated? Losing your hair? Do you gain weight easily, or have muscle or joint pain, or are you forgetful and unable to concentrate? These are some of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone or not enough hormone is getting into your cells to do its job.
If hypothyroidism is a problem for you, you may be surprised to learn that fluoride, which is dumped by the ton into much of our public water, was once used as a medication for deliberately suppressing thyroid function in cases of overactive thyroid.
Why are we dumping a thyroid-suppressing drug into our public water? Good question!.............................

No fluoride benefit

The article on dental health which appeared on April 21, submitted by the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA) was misleading on the matters of safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation (“Use fluoride to prevent cavities”).
Science is not a popularity contest, but the number of supporting organizations has diminished in recent years and there are the many unmentioned organizations that oppose fluoridation.
The high prevalence of cavities in Canada and the United States exists in areas with fluoridation as well as those without. And often it is higher where the water is fluoridated — for example higher in Ontario than in Quebec and British Columbia. According to Statistics Canada, in 2010 there were no substantial differences in prevalences between Quebec (6.4 per cent fluoridated) and Ontario (76 per cent).
There has been no credible published study showing that fluoridation is safe. In fact, many competently done studies have revealed adverse effects to be associated with fluoridation. Some of these effects are more certainly due to fluoride exposure than others. The more certain ones include hypothyroidism, early onset of menstruation, dental fluorosis, hip fracture and depressed cognitive functions in children. Two convincing reports have appeared this year on associations of fluoridation with hypothyroidism and with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Perhaps because fluoridation has been assumed to be safe and effective for so long, very little research on these questions has been done in countries where fluoridation is extensive even though effects have been identified and little or no evidence of effectiveness exists. In fact, few nations have fluoridation. European nations stopped it in the 1970s for three reasons, according to statements obtained from officials in those countries. The reasons were that it is not ethical, not safe and not effective. In Canada and the United States there have been steady declines in the numbers of fluoridated cities and towns.
The Health Canada has admitted that it can’t find the research to justify its promotion of fluoridation.
The CDA neglects to mention that hydrofluorosilicic acid, which is used to introduce fluoride ion into the body, is a drug as applied in fluoridation, and it is not approved for such use. Also unmentioned is that fluoride is not a nutrient for humans, as often claimed by promoters. It is administered without consent of the people dosed and without control of dose and even without knowledge of its being administered.
Other measures such as good diet, accessible dental care and brushing and flossing, in contrast to fluoridation, are known to be effective.
Dr. James S. Beck

Monday, May 25, 2015

USA - Water board to have public hearing Tuesday on fluoride

Dick Welch, Clarksburg Water BoardCLARKSBURG — The Clarksburg Water Board will have a public hearing Tuesday on its decision to stop adding fluoride to the water supply.
Water board President Al Cox — who cast the lone vote against discontinuing the practice — requested the hearing to give the public a chance to comment on the April 28 decision.
“They took a vote to eliminate fluoride without any public notification they were going to do that,” Cox said of fellow water board members Paul Howe and Charlie Thayer.

Dick Welch, Clarksburg Water Board

“I felt strongly that even though they’ve already voted, at least the public should have the opportunity to voice their opinion about this,” he added.
The regular meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. at the water board’s offices, 1001 S. Chestnut St.
Howe and Thayer have said they are concerned that longtime consumption of fluoride could be harmful to people’s health...............

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rally for Ending Water Fluoridation in Toronto

by Maria West

Saturday, 30 May 2015 - 12:00 pm
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

I don't believe the statement that sugar is not responsible for rotten teeth it maybe that the mutans the real cause of decay thrive on the sugar. Why was it before sugar became available in the UK in Tudor times teeth were healthy? Hundreds of skulls from that period were examined and found a dramatic increase in caries. There is a video clip I put on before that covers this taken from a TV programme.

Women Put an Average of 168 Chemicals on Their Bodies Daily

By Dr. Mercola
Almost 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, and only about 10 percent have been evaluated for safety. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, they don't often exercise it…

How Many Chemicals Does Your Beauty Routine Expose You To?
The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they're still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily, while teens, who use an average of 17 personal care products a day, are exposed to even more.3
Clearly, such chemical exposures are not insignificant, especially when they occur virtually daily for a lifetime. When EWG tested teens to find out which chemicals in personal care products were found in their bodies, 16 different hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates, were detected.4
There are other chemicals risks as well. For instance, in 2000 the EWG released a study showing that 37 nail polishes from 22 companies contained dibutyl phthalate (DBP). DBP is known to cause lifelong reproductive impairments in male rats, and has been shown to damage the testes, prostate gland, epididymus, penis, and seminal vesicles in animals.
It's used in nail polish because it increases flexibility and shine, but research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that all 289 people tested had DBP in their bodies.5 Worse still, this chemical, which is linked to birth defects in animals, was found at the highest levels in women of childbearing age.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

They don't give up

Following the retirement of Barry Cockcroft in February of this year, NHS England has announced that his successor will be Sara Hurley BDS(UBrist) MFGDP(UK) MSc(UCL) MA(KCL). Sara will serve as principal dental adviser and the professional head of dental staff in England. Sara will act as a senior member of the Medical Directorate, and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for patients, and champion the role of dentists and dentistry within the health system.

Ministerial responsibility for dentistry announced

Ministerial responsibility for dentistry announced
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP  has been given responsibility for primary care at the Department of Health. This incorporates dentistry and ophthalmic responsibilities and includes GP contract reform, Out of Hours reform, pharmacy and primary care commissioning policy. He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 (as MP for Bury North until 1997) and is now the Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire.
Alistair also has responsibility for older people, adult social care, mental health and physical and learning disabilities. He is an experienced parliamentarian having been minister at the Department of Social Security from 1992 to 1997 and a Foreign Office minister in the Coalition Government.
He is not the only minister with responsibilities covering dentistry:
  • Jane Ellison MP returns to her role as parliamentary under-secretary of state for Public Health, which includes health improvement and preventive measures and makes fluoridation her responsibility.
  • Ben Gummer MP, the newly appointed minister for care quality will focus mainly on hospitals, but also has patient experience and safety in his portfolio. As such he looks into complaints and the ombudsman.

  • The (soon to be Lord) David Prior from the CQC will speak on Health matters in the House of Lords and is minister for ‘NHS productivity’. His brief includes NHS England, economic regulation, NHS and DH finance and efficiency in the healthcare system, all of which will impact on NHS dentistry.

USA Snowmass reconsiders putting fluoride in water

A change in federal health recommendations has spurred Snowmass Village to revisit the age-old debate of whether to continue putting fluoride in its drinking water.
The federal government last month lowered the amount of fluoride it recommends adding to drinking water to 0.7 milligrams per liter because some children in the country are getting too much, according to The Associated Press. Aspen and Snowmass already follow that standard, but the news has prompted the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District to reconsider the practice, which has produced strong support and opposition nationwide in its more than 50 years of widespread use.
Health professionals on both sides of the issue made their case at the district’s board meeting Wednesday. The board also consulted Glenwood Springs-based engineering company SGM to prepare an objective report on the most current research on the subject. Fluoridated drinking water has been said to decrease tooth decay and cavities, but ingesting too much has proven negative health consequences, and more research needs to be done on other potential health impacts, according to the SGM report.
Tom Lankering, an Aspen chiropractor, pointed out that technicians adding fluoride to tanks have to wear hazmat suits.
“That should be enough to make you say, ‘Why? So what’s going with that?’” Lankering said.
Dental-health professionals present were adamantly in favor of the practice, though. Kelly Keeffe, a clinical dental hygienist who also works for the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliances, said students in Basalt have more than 33 percent more dental caries, a term for cavities, than schoolchildren in Aspen, Snowmass and Glenwood Springs, where water is fluoridated.
“Dental caries is a disease,” Keith said. “It is the most chronic disease of childhood, and it is preventable, and one of the two science-based ways of preventing caries … is community water fluoridation.”
Board member Dave Dawson said he understood the dental-health benefits but remained concerned about long-term risks to other aspects of health. His colleague, Tim Belinski, suggested that the board digest the information and make a decision at its next meeting.
“It’s important to understand the facts,” Belinski said. “I think it’s great that the district is interested in evaluating this at all.”
The city of Aspen may soon discuss the issue, too. It also adds 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, a direction the City Council gave in 2012, said Public Works Director Scott Miller.
“We see that as the current direction,” Miller said. “We have talked internally about going back to council, and we probably will sometime in the near future because we do it, it seems like ... about every four or five years, just check in and (say), ‘What do you want to do?’”
“We’ll probably always get a debate — about half the people for and half the people against,” Miller added.
Snowmass Water and Sanitation Board President Joe Farrell likened the controversy over fluoride to a sports replay.
“I’m the son of a dentist, and I’m the grandson of a dentist and I’m the son-in-law of a dentist,” Farrell said. “We shouldn’t be forcing this on people, but my father is rolling around in his grave that I’m even considering the other side. … After reviewing the replay over and over, I don’t see any conclusive evidence to change what we’re doing right now.”
Fluoridation costs the district about $3,500 annually — a relatively insignificant amount in its budget, District Manager Kit Hamby said. The board plans to return to the discussion at its June 17 meeting.

How to Make Your Own Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

May 23, 2015

Teresa Workman Noble

I have been using natural toothpastes for about 17 years now. Growing up in Ohio I drank fluoridated water most of my life. At that time there really wasn’t a filtering system to take fluoride out of the water supply. Once I learned about the dangers of fluoride I avoided it as best I could. My teeth already had dental fluorosis and I didn’t want it to get any worse. I started using Tom’s of Main which was fluoride free. I used that for a number of years up until I switched to Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap, a couple of drops on the toothbrush was all I needed. The reason for the switch was because I learned that even non-fluoride toothpastes such as Tom’s contains glycerin which creates a coating on the teeth that won’t rinse away. This prevents the teeth from being able to remineralize thereby weakening the teeth. I still use Dr. Bronner’s sometimes but because the plaque was becoming more of a problem i started making homemade toothpaste which works far better. Here’s what I do…


Friday, May 22, 2015

Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain and Suffering

Excess chemicals can overwhelm the nervous system and the body responds by going into subluxation.
Chemical pain is a result of chemical poisoning, either from a large dose at one time or smaller repeated doses over a prolonged period of time. There are many sources of chemicals in the air, water, and food, many of which are unavoidable, such as unlabelled GMO foods, pesticide run-off in our water supply, and air pollution. In addition, we can also be exposed to chemicals in medications, cleansers, and environmental toxins such as radiation and off-gassing of man-made products (i.e. glues, paints, foam pillows).
Eating food grown organically without the aid of pesticides can help reduce the body’s toxic load. (Shutterstock*)Eating food grown organically without the aid of pesticides can help reduce the body’s toxic load. (Shutterstock*)
Some toxins are avoidable and avoiding them can make a huge difference in the overall toxicity of your body. Your “toxic load” is the amount of toxins in your body at any given time. The “toxin morbidity threshold” is how much your body can handle before an organ becomes diseased. The “toxin mortality threshold” is the amount of toxin it takes to kill you. Thresholds vary from person to person depending on how healthy you are—how quickly and completely you can deactivate and expel the toxins and how quickly and completely you can heal from the poisoning.

Reducing Your Toxic Load

To reduce your toxic load, you must lessen your exposure to and ingestion of chemicals or radiation, and improve your body’s ability to neutralize and expel the chemicals. To reduce air pollution, use air filters, add air purifying plants, and avoid airborne allergens if possible (clean your home routinely to get rid of dust mites).
Choose organic foods whenever possible, choose natural foods over processed foods, and avoid “anti-foods”—so-called foods have practically no nutritional value and cause harm to the body. They include diet pop, candy, Gatorade, sugary breakfast cereals, fake sugars (aspartame, Splenda), fake fats (margarine, shortening), and artificial flavourings artificial colourings.
Other causes of chemicals that can leach into us are BPAs in plastics, non-stick cookware, hairsprays, phthalates and parabens in lotions, fluoride in toothpaste (fluoride is a toxin), flame-retardants in pajamas and upholstery, plastics in general, and medications.
Reducing the toxic load also includes neutralising and eliminating toxins from the body. A healthy nervous system is absolutely essential in this task. Excess chemicals can overwhelm the nervous system and the body responds by going into subluxation. At this point, like a blown fuse, nerve impulses shut down to prevent overload to the end organ. Chiropractic adjustments reverse the subluxation to allow for healing of the nerves and body.............................

NZ - Fluoride-free water now available

22 May 2015
Media release
Fluoride-free water now available
Palmerston North City Council is now providing a source of fluoride-free water for those residents who want it.
A centrally located tap has been installed which draws off water from the Papaioea Park bore so that water can be collected by residents who prefer not to drink water with fluoride added. The water from this tap is chlorinated.
“We know there are some residents who would like to drink non-fluoridated water and we hope this will give them an option,” Dora Luo, Council’s water asset engineer said. The installation of the tap was adopted in the 2014/15 Annual Plan Dora says.
“At the moment there are one or two issues around access, but we are working on making the whole area more user friendly,” Dora said.
The water will only be available from 6:30am to 9:00pm due to the operational hours of the bore. Water is supplied to this location from other sources in the City on other times.
The tap is installed on the eastern side of the yellow building closest to the Papaioea Park entrance on Featherston Street. It is planned to shift the tap closer to the street frontage as soon as security fencing can be erected. The tap is self-closing to minimise any unnecessary water wastage.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

UK - Putting the smile into Skegness

Shoppers in Skegness can trade in their tootbrush next week at an event promoting National Smile Month

editorial imageMembers of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s (LCHS) Oral Health team will be offering a toothbrush amnesty at the Hildreds Shopping Centre on Wednesday, May 27.
Armed with freebies and a wealth of advice and information for the whole family from juniors to seniors the team will be on hand from 10am to 3pm. Visitors will also be able to swap their old toothbrush for a new one, subject to availability.
Gina Hargrave, oral health promoter for LCHS, said: “We believe you can achieve a healthier smile, whatever your age. We hope we can encourage as many of Lincolnshire’s families as possible to come along and see what a difference small changes can make to their oral health. “The popular toothbrush amnesty will also be making a return at two of our events, so make sure you come along and are not among the one in five adults who can’t remember when they last changed their toothbrush.”
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, a quarter of five-year-olds show obvious signs of dental decay, while only a quarter of adults admit to only visiting their dentist when they have a problem. Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “I’m delighted that Lincolnshire Community Health Services has joined the thousands of organisations in engaging with National Smile Month. It is a great reflection of local community spirit and an excellent way to promote good oral health.
“By making an event as fun and imaginative as possible, we hope it will inspire more people to join in the fun than ever before while delivering the British Dental Health Foundation’s three key messages for good oral health; brush for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.” Follow LCHS’s Oral Health team on Twitter @Oralhealthsmile for updates from all of the events and useful tips for keeping a healthy smile.


USA - Letter: Not surprised by fluoride vote

To the editor:
To the gentleman who expressed surprise that the anti fluoride question received an amazing 800 votes to stop the adding of toxic waste to our pristine water (”Anti-flouride push drew surpassing vote,” May 9), we are not surprised. The evidence presented to these voters was sound. The keenest of our population were convinced that the revelations by the best scientists in this world proved that this old practice was deleterious and should stop.
When discussing this stunning result with people, I asked many of them, often in the face of their discussions with their own doctors and dentists whom they trust and admire, why they made their own decisions in this particular case. Some of them said they had been unwilling to vote it in when it passed in 1982. Others felt that the research by noted researchers and other whole countries and sections of the world were proof that it was both unnecessary and possibly dangerous. They found out that even after these countries ceased fluoridating their water, caries did not increase. The world’s hygiene has improved greatly. There is more running water in the homes. They also saw and read about children being over-fluoridated and getting fluorosis -- often an unsightly marring of the tooth enamel to the point where they were reluctant to smile. These were our own precious children in an already complicated and not always friendly world.
Older people said their friends were getting ailments which were hard to analyze. When they were given drugs, the side effects were often worse than the ailment. They had to simplify. When information was presented to them and their own research, they had to decide whether they should believe that or continue with the old information. They said it was not an easy decision for them to make and it took courage for them to change their minds. One of the mothers felt that having the option to use fluoridated toothpaste without fear, as long as her children carefully spit out the toothpaste, gave her confidence that she was making a wise and correct decision.
To give up something that was indoctrinated into our minds for so many years is difficult. Eventually Cape Ann will show we have the courage for change.
Inge Sullivan


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Not fluoridation but.......

CDC's Statistics Prove Fluoridation is Futile, says NYSCOF

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The CDC reports that almost all adults have cavities and significant oral health disparities by race still persist. This after 7 decades of fluoridation reaching record numbers of Americans via the water and food supply, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).
Fluoride added to public water supplies attempts to prevent cavities and level out decay between poor and non-poor, in children and adults.  But government statistics reveal it hasn't.
The May 2015 CDC Data Brief by Dye et al. reports 90% of all adults have cavities and two-thirds of 40 to 64-year-olds lost one or more teeth due to decay. Tooth loss and untreated cavities are drastically higher in African-Americans. The poor are more cavity-prone but Dye failed to provide statistics based on socio-economic-status.
Dye said his figures are conservative since root or smooth surface cavities, more prevalent in the elderly, were excluded. He speculated that disparities persist because of a lack of dental care.
"Dental Therapists could fix this problem," says attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. "But organized dentistry, using its power and money, lobby against legalizing Dental Therapists, protecting its lucrative monopoly, instead," says Beeber.
Inappropriately, the American Dental Association is "doubling down" on fluoridation causing government agencies to waste millions of dollars yearly which could be spent treating teeth not water.
Beeber says, "Fluoridation isn't the solution; it's the problem. Organized dentistry, with its pockets full of corporate cash, 'fool' legislators into believing fluoridation is a panacea for the poor when it's just another way to avoid legislative mandates for dentists to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients."
The Surgeon General's 2000 report identified oral health as a "silent epidemic."  But, nothing changed despite dozens of reports, meetings, hearings, webinars, and conferences, many of which identified fluoride research needs that still haven't been done. States hired fluoridation consultants, dental directors and conduct fluoridation spokesperson training.
Despite wide implementation of fluoridation, topical fluorides, dental sealants and oral health education, American-Indian and Alaska-Native (AI/AN) preschoolers continue to have extremely high rates of tooth decay, the highest in the nation, according to an Indian Health Services Report  (April 2015), e.g 3/4 of AI/AN five-year-olds have primary teeth cavities (44% untreated).

Published on May 20, 2015
Fluoride is it Safe or Not? There are two different "Fluorides," one in nature in soil and water, made up of Calcium, and one "Man-Made" a Synthetic added to our water, toothpaste, juice, mouthwash, and as a filler or additive to explain certain particles ( aluminum or metals) on ingredient list. But, there is no department that reads labels in the USA. Anyone can put "anything" on a label until someone complains. This is all the more reason that unless I am living in mountains and able to collect my own healthy water, I am going the way of "Distilled." I am still experimenting with it, and will be giving follow up videos. Thank you for watching!
PS I heard there was a warning label on toothpaste: This is not true is it? I will be looking at a box tomorrow to see. YIKES!

My Memoir: From Hollywood to God
by Kelly Granite Enck
Link: http://amzn.com/0615578845

Bit different - is her bed facing north?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Drilling Deep to Keep Children’s Teeth and Bones Protected in Ethiopia

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By Samuel Godfrey
Amanuel Fiseha 13 years old one of the residents of Boset woreda who is affected by Fluoride water.
Amanuel Fiseha 13 years old one of the residents of Boset woreda, Wellenchiti, Ethiopia, has stained teeth, as the result of drinking water that contains high level of fluoride.. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2014/Tesfaye.
Many people living in the Rift Valley area of Ethiopia have stained teeth, as the result of drinking water that contains high level of fluoride. The yellowing of the teeth is one of the physical symptoms of consuming high levels of fluoride. Other symptoms include skeletal fluorosis, where children’s legs and arms are deformed resulting in physical disabilities........................

Monday, May 18, 2015

USA - Clean Water Sonoma-Marin

Sonoma County Clean Water Action Calendar
2015 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors:
Efren Carillo, James Gore, Susan Gorin, David Rabbitt, Shirlee Zane
TUESDAY MAY 19, 2015
Sonoma County water fluoridation has been removed from Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors agenda. At this time the Board has no plans put water fluoridation on the agenda or to hear the Department of Health Services’ formal recommendation to fluoridate Sonoma County water.
Please take a moment to contact our Board of Supervisors to thank them for the wisdom to decide, in a time of drought, with some water quality issues, and other high priority funding needs, to indefinitely postpone the fluoridation vote.
We at Clean Water Sonoma Marin ask all of you to join us in focusing on the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS). They have already requested another date on agenda.
We believe DHS must:
- Prove decay rates go down 25% (they can’t);
Provide “evidence based studies” for human ingestion (there are none);
Demonstrate that the costs will completely be provided by an outside source, including maintenance, for the projected 30 years in their proposal (this has not ever happened in California).
3. Finish approaching your own City Councils if they have not yet weighed in.
Tuesday I will begin by being at the 2:00 pm Public Comment (on non- agenda items). I will thank and that’s all.