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UK Against Fluoridation

Friday, October 31, 2014

Australia - Fluoride Fear


Oct. 31, 2014, 12:30 a.m.
From Pathobiology of Human Disease, A Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms 2014: "Dental fluorosis is a developmental disturbance of the dental enamel, caused by successive exposures to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development, leading to enamel with lower mineral content and increased porosity."
A large percentage of children in Australia have dental fluorosis. Why is it that nobody refers to the fact that fluoride reduces mineral content and increases porosity? Surely increased porosity cannot be seen as a beneficial effect?

ANGELA McDERMOTT

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I too can not understand why parents are not prosecuted for allowing their children to suffer but why do not the paid authorities do more? They've wasted well over a million pounds over the last two decades to impose their will on us the public at large in Southampton rather than helping the small number of under privileged children who needed help. Why didn't they reverse the situation and blitz the small number with educational regimes like tooth brushing.
They say it has been done and doesn't work well they should get people in who will make it work.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Echo - Appalling tooth decay' in city to be tackled

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Authorby , Political reporter
“APPALLING” tooth decay problems among youngsters in Southampton could be tackled by a series of new initiatives which could be rolled out in the city.
Civic chiefs say they are looking at a number of ways to tackle poor dental health among city youngsters, after plans to fluoridate much of the city's water were dropped.
As reported in the Daily Echo, Public Health England (PHE) has scrapped plans to add fluoride to the tap water of 200,000 households in Southampton and Hampshire.
The decision came more than two decades after the proposals first surfaced, and six years after the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) approved the plans.
A recent report issued by PHE showed that 10.5 per cent of three-year-olds in Southampton have tooth decay and city council chiefs are keen to grab as much of the estimated £200,000 annual funding that would have been available forfluoridation to fund other initiatives to battle oral health issues among children.
Council health chief Dave Shields said some people in the city suffered “appalling dental health problems”, and that he was already considering a number of ways the decay rates could be brought down.
He said: “We can deal with symptoms through targeted tooth-brushing programmes in certain areas.
“This would be linked to anti-poverty programmes promoting oral health and better diets to families experiencing difficulties through centres, such as Sure Start Centres.”
Council leader Simon Letts said: “What we don't want to happen is that PHE, having got hold of funding for fluoridation, take their ball home and refuse to have any more input into improving dental health.”
He hopes the council can learn from the Childsmile initiative in Glasgow, but says PHE stumping up funding is key due to the stretched nature of council finances.
A number of different initiatives run through Childsmile, such as running tooth brushing and fluoride varnish sessions at nurseries and primary schools, and dedicated support workers who contact families to offer dental health advice and help them find a dentist.
Every child is provided with a dental pack containing a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste and an information leaflet on at least six occasions by the age of five.
Cllr Letts hopes to meet with PHE soon to discuss funding, with PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie already confirming the organisation intended to work with the city council on other initiatives.
The British Dental Association's Clive Marks, who works at Bedford Place Dental Centre in Southampton, said the solution to the city's dental woes consists of working with parents and their youngsters from a young age to work on tooth brushing and cutting down on sugar intake.
He said: “It's about early engagement and support - that's all that's needed.
“Get everything right with the first set of teeth and then by the time the other ones come through at about the age of six they will be in good habits.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Southampton Echo


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BREAKING NEWS Fluoride plans for Southampton scrapped by Public Health England

Fluoride plans scrapped completely
First published 12:09 Tuesday 28 October 2014 in News

CONTROVERSIAL plans to add fluoride to the drinking water of Southampton residents have been scrapped.

In a statement released today, Public Health England, said: "Public Health England (PHE) will take no further action to implement a proposed water fluoridationscheme that would have served around 160,000 Southampton residents and a further 35,000 people in neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to add fluoride to the drinking water of Southampton residents have been scrapped.

In a statement released today, Public Health England, said: "Public Health England (PHE) will take no further action to implement a proposed water fluoridationscheme that would have served around 160,000 Southampton residents and a further 35,000 people in neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire.

"PHE endorses the efficacy and safety of water fluoridation in reducing children’s tooth decay but does not wish to proceed without the backing of Southampton City Council, the local authority where most of those who would benefit from fluoridation live. Both Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council oppose the scheme."

The revelation came after pressure from the Southern Daily Echo, when we specifically asked PHE if the fluoride scheme for the city had been ditched.

PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said: “Water fluoridation would make a big difference to the dental health of Southampton children, particularly those in the most socially deprived areas. We regret having to drop the scheme, but we believe it is the right decision in the circumstances.

“We want to work with Southampton City Council to tackle Southampton’s high rates of tooth decay. We have offered support to the Council in coming up with plans to reduce tooth decay among local children.”
Cllr Royston Smith said: “That’s absolutely excellent news. They didn’t do a thorough and proper consultation with the public and this hopedully is a sign that they have listened to the concerns of residents and they have decided not to put floride in the water.
"If in future they decide to, they should carry out a full and thorough consultation.”
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Professor Stephen Peckham, from campaign group Hampshire Against Fluoridation, said: “This is wonderful news.
“I don’t think there was a groundswell of support for fluoridation at all.
“I think this is absolutely right decision. I don’t think they would have had a legal leg to stand on anyway and I think it’s the only decision that was possible given the circumstances.
“What I hope now is that the councils take more interest in dealing with children’s oral health, and develop schemes that look at daily tooth brushing.”
John Denham, MP for Southampton Itchen, said: “I welcome this decision. While I always recognised the health arguments in favour of fluoridation I consistently said that it could not go ahead without the clear consent of local people.
"The NHS has failed to persuade people and it is right that the scheme is dropped.”
City council cabinet member for health Dave Shields told the Daily Echo: “Clearly Public Health England had money available for the scheme to help us address dental health inequality in Southampton.
“If they have decided they don’t want to spend it on fluoride we want that money to be given to us to address our appalling dental health problems in other ways.
“We would welcome an opportunity to work with them.
“This has been hanging over Southampton for the last 20 years, so it’s time to put this behind us and move on.
“The health of our children is the important thing and getting hung up on this debate has been a bit of a distraction from the main thing at hand.”
New Forest county councillor David Harrison, who has campaigned against fluoridation, said: “This is tremendous news.
“I think it’s good news for two reasons. Firstly it’s good for the people of Southampton and the surrounding area that would have received this medication via their tap water.
“But it’s also good news because I think it sends out a message nationally that public health bodies cannot impose their wishes open people without their consent.
“I think after all of this time we can say there has been a break-out of common sense and I hope that no other public health bodies will try to do something like this again.”

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Excellent letter, Angela really understands the situation far better than most Councillors.

Monday, October 27, 2014

German rejection of fluoridation

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To see video of the debate go to Sunday, October 05, 2014 October meeting, in the archive. See who you would rather believe is genuine. Who has an open mind, who listens to the people and believes there is room for concern and not just mindlessly quote medical authorities that fluoridation is safe and effective.

Echo - In my View

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Interview of James Fairbairn, President of Fluoride Free WA, on WTV's "One On One Shadow Boxing" program - 14th October 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scientists: Our gums are less healthy than Roman Britons'

DESPITE the benefits of fluoride toothpaste, electric toothbrush and floss, modern Britons have worse gums than their ancestors living in the Roman times, scientists claim.
Chronic gum disease can cause tooth lossScientists believe gum disease was far less prevalent 1,800 years ago because people in Roman Britain did not smoke and were virtually free of diabetes - two health factors which can inflame gums.
Severe chronic gum disease, or periodontitis, results from an inflammatory response to the build-up of plaque and can cause tooth loss.
To make their findings, scientists examined 303 skulls from a Romano-British burial ground in Poundbury, Dorset and found that only 5 per cent showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease.
But in modern Britain, a chronic gum disease rate of 15 per cent to 30 per cent is common.
Lead researcher Professor Francis Hughes, from King's College London's Dental Institute, said: "We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today."

Ireland - Fluoridation of water

Sir, – Donald Clarke’s article on fluoride (“Pouring cold water on anti-fluoridation arguments”, Opinion & Analysis, October 11th) misses an essential point – dental decay is not caused by a lack of fluoride. Dental decay is caused by a poor diet and a lack of dental hygiene.
Instead of the fluoridation of drinking water, we need a public education campaign on the importance of brushing teeth and avoiding sugary foods.
In addition to drinking water, the Irish population is exposed to fluoride from a variety of sources, including toothpaste, mouthwashes, dental floss, as well as from fluoride-containing foods such as sardines and tea.
Fluoride, therefore, does not need to be in the drinking water supply, which gives the population a chemical whose dose is dependent simply on how thirsty they are. It is simply wrong to address a problem with a non-chemical cause by adding more chemicals to our already polluted world. – Yours, etc,
Dr ELIZABETH CULLEN,

Ireland - When's compulsory medication going to end?

Ireland stands alone as the only nation in Europe compulsorily medicating its population with a controversial chemical, which is fluoride.

I recently wrote an article in which I stated uncomfortable facts about fluoride and fluoridation.
Columnist Sarah Carey subsequently wrote about the issue, and said she believed that the addition of fluoride into public water supplies was "one of the greatest health initiatives in the western world".
In response to this, I would urge Sarah Carey to listen openly to both sides of the debate. Our health and environment are too precious to not ask questions about this failed Government policy.
The issues that I have raised, highlight my many concerns about the controversial practice of mass medication by toxic fluoride acid in our water.
There are many facts, which can be checked and verified fully, about the issue of fluoride and fluoridation which people may be interested to know.
For instance, there is enough fluoride in a tube of toothpaste to kill a 12-year-old.
In the US, all fluoride toothpaste carries a poison warning. It warns that if you accidently swallow more than a tiny pea-sized amount of paste you should contact a poison control centre immediately.
The amount of fluoride in the pea size that requires a warning, is the same amount of fluoride in a glass of Irish tap water with no warning.
Meanwhile, 98pc of Europe has rejected fluoridation, and many countries based their decision on health concerns.
These countries have chosen not to override the human rights of the majority, for the supposed benefit to a few.
In Northern Ireland also, 25 out of 26 councils decided against force-feeding this chemical to people via its water supply.
toxic
This practice amounts to drugging by thirst. The thirstier you are, the more fluoride you receive. What doctor would prescribe drugs by thirst?
It is worth noting that babies drink three to four times more liquids than adults, relative to their size. So they'll get three to four times fluoride's toxic effects. And as they can't excrete fluoride, 90pc of it stays in their body.
Meanwhile, 99.9pc of this toxic fluoridated acid is flushed straight down the drain, after underground leaks, industry usage, and household waste water.
A 500-page report from the National Research Council, which was the work of 12 scientists over three years, outlined the adverse effects which are possible from low levels of fluoride ingestion.
These included thyroid Impairment, impaired glucose tolerance, moderate dental fluorosis, bone fractures, moderate skeletal fluorosis lowering of IQ and brain damage - the latter especially in the presence of aluminium.
Shockingly, all of these adverse effects, with possibly the exception of bone fractures and lower IQ, can occur at 1 mg/L - the level used for water fluoridation.
As an senator, I remain concerned about the quality of our drinking water, and the addition of fluoride acid, which is being forced on us all, whether we want it or not.

Friday, October 24, 2014



This debate was held on October 18, 2014 to inform the residents about water fluoridation. A referendum question regarding water fluoridation will be included on the 2014 Prince George Municipal Election ballot.

Dr. Paul Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He is a noted Toxicologist specializing in environmental chemistry and toxicology. Paul co-founded the Fluoride Action Network and is the co-author of The Case Against Fluoride.

Dr. Todd Whitcombe, Associate Professor, UNBC is Chair of Chemistry, Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. His research interests are in the area of “Bio-Inorganic” chemistry and, specifically, in reaction kinetics of model systems for biologically interesting or relevant molecules.

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Title should read "without local support"

Not sure it is as definite as their interpretation of the letter PHE think they can still go ahead without a consultation because of all the money SHA spent trying to introduce fluoridation before they were abolished.

Southampton - Echo letter

In My View

by Jennifer Godschall Johnson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Irish Times


" The US Centre for Disease Control has identified the fluoridation of water as the ninth most significant medical achievement of the 20th century. The body placed it one spot above the recognition of tobacco as a menace to wellbeing. As Dr David Robert Grimes, a regular contributor to this paper, has reported, a recent report by Public Health Englandconsidered the supposed dangers of fluoridation – hip fractures, kidney stones, cancers – and concluded that there is “no evidence of harm to health in fluoridated areas”. All but the most deranged of anti-fluoridation activists admit that ingestion of the chemical causes a reduction in dental caries and a decline in related conditions."

Deranged? That's a new one.

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He meant BMA who do support fluoridation but they in turn get support from PHE who we all trust completely don't we?

Reassurances that water fluoridation causes no harm, and that it is linked to less tooth decay, have been welcomed by the BMA.
There was no difference in several measures of general health between areas with and without water fluoridation schemes, according to a report by PHE (Public Health England).
http://bma.org.uk/news-views-analysis/news/2014/march/no-evidence-of-fluoridation-health-risks-says-report

According to PHE everything health wise was better in fluoridated areas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

USA use sodium fluoride much of it from China.

UK - Schools should check kids brush teeth, says NICE

Child at dentist having tooth drilled to treat tooth decaySchools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, the advisory body NICE has said.
More than one in 10 three-year-olds in England have rotten teeth.
In some parts of the country, as many as half of five-year-olds have decayed, missing or filled teeth.
NICE's new guidelines for England say nurseries and schools should consider introducing supervised tooth-brushing and fluoride varnishing programmes.
Prof Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said: "Children, as young as three, are being condemned to a life with rotten teeth, gum disease and poor health going into adulthood.............

............The British Dental Association said that there were "still unacceptable inequalities which need to be tackled" in people's dental health.
Dr Christopher Allen, chairman of the BDA's dental public health committee, welcomed the NICE guidelines.
However, he added: "It's important that local authorities have access to specialist dental health advice to ensure that the interventions chosen are the most appropriate for the needs of the population."
Dr Allen added that water fluoridation programmes would be a more efficient means of strengthening people's teeth.
Only around six million people in the UK have access to fluoridated water, the BDA said.

They never give up pushing fluoridation, still I suppose they have to as it is part of their job description.

Fluoridated water calcifies your arteries: study

(NaturalNews) A major promoter of heart disease in the U.S. today could be a chemical that the government has been intentionally dumping into the water supply for decades on the premise that it prevents tooth decay. Fluoride, according to a new study published in the journal Toxicology, shows demonstrated cardiotoxic effects, which include the calcification and hardening of arteries.

Researchers from the University of Zaragoza in Spain looked at the effects of water fluoridation on the progression of vascular calcification in renal (kidney) disease. The team used real-world concentrations of fluoride as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for optimal oral health -- 1.5 milligrams per liter (mg/L) -- administering this amount to rats via water in the same way humans would receive it.

It was observed that, for five days, the rats, all of whom had experimental chronic kidney disease (CKD), experienced calcification of their aortic smooth muscle cells. The rats also experienced further declines in renal function as a result of exposure to fluoride, demonstrating the nephrotoxicity of this common water additive.

"[F]luoridation of drinking water... dramatically increased the incipient aortic calcification observed in rats with experimental chronic kidney disease," wrote the authors. "[T]he WHO's recommended concentrations in drinking water become nephrotoxic to CKD rats, thereby aggravating renal disease and making media vascular calcification significant."

90 percent of digested fluoride is taken up by intestines and distributed throughout body

Previous research, as noted in the new study, has confirmed that 90 percent or more of digested fluoride is absorbed through the intestines and distributed throughout the body to soft tissues, calcified structures and blood plasma. At WHO-recommended doses, fluoride can still get lodged throughout the body and remain there for many years.........

NZ - Anti-fluoride group told campaign broke rules


A button that was handed out by opponents of water fluoridation in Owen Sound before the city clerk's office advised Fluoridation Free Owen Sound that the Municipal Elections Act requires groups to register at city hall in order to spend money on a campaign to encourage people to vote yes or no to a plebiscite. DENIS LANGLOIS PHOTOLocal anti-fluoride advocates say their campaign hit a major roadblock earlier this month that forced them to stop disseminating materials to people just weeks before a vote on the future of water fluoridation in Owen Sound.
Dr. David Ward of Fluoridation Free Owen Sound said the group learned from city hall Oct. 7 — while a member was inquiring about advertising during an election — that the Municipal Elections Act requires all individuals, corporations and trade unions wishing to spend money to encourage electors to vote yes or no to a question on a ballot to register with the city clerk by Sept. 12. Failure to do so could result in a $25,000 fine.
Ward said the group was unaware of the rule and, once it was brought to their attention and upon receiving their own legal advice, they immediately stopped handing out their anti-fluoride literature and buttons and took down signs they had posted in several downtown storefronts.
“People are frightened. If you hear a $25,000 fine, people can’t afford that. So it gave an immediate cessation to those efforts,” he said Tuesday in an interview.
While the fluoridation opponents are still talking with voters, canvassing the community and writing letters to local media to get their message out, Ward said a big part of their campaign was killed just three weeks before election day.
The Grey Bruce Health Unit, meanwhile, which has launched a campaign in support of water fluoridation, is not subject to the same rules. The agency was told last spring, after sending an inquiry to city hall, that boards of health do not have to register as a campaigning party under the Municipal Elections Act......

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Linda Greene: 10 Fluoride Facts Which Austin City Council Is Ignorant Of

World Osteoporosis Day: Having too much fluoride could increases your risk of fractures

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day.
Flouride leads to bone fracturesFluoride that was used as an efficient chemical to treat osteoporosis for many years is known to increase risk of bone fractures on excessive intake. This mineral till date was known to increase bone mass but several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect thatit increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips. ‘Fluoride has been used in the past on many an occasion and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis,’ Gurinder Bedi, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, spine surgery and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, told IANS.
‘Its use would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radiographic appearance of bones making them appear much denser, quicker than any of the other agents. The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralisation (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high,’ he said. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone due to loss in peak bone mass and calcium, leading to hip, knee and shoulder fractures.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of patients in India in 2003 was approximately 26 million, with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013. Another expert, Vivek Logani, said: ‘It is widely recognised that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. In short, the bio-mechanical competence of the skeleton may be compromised because the tensile (elasticity) strength of bone is sacrificed.’...............

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pediatric Blood & Cancer



Cover image for Vol. 61 Issue 12Brief Report
Elevated fluoride levels and periostitis in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients receiving long-term voriconazole

Voriconazole is a fungicidal drug which contains fluoride.  It is often maintained that the fluoride in such drugs is not bio-available. In this case, however, it is present in blood plasma and seems to have incorporated with bone material and caused skeletal fluorosis.  Yet another glorious achievement for Big Pharma.

http://www.rxlist.com/vfend-drug.htm shows the molecular structure as containing 3 fluoride atoms.  C16H14F3N5O

The report is useful in that it demonstrates that fluoride causes skeletal fluorosis - in this case in a child.


Joy

Fluoride intake increasing bone fractures

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Fluoride was till a few years ago being used as a chemical for treating osteoporosis as it was known to increase bone mass. Several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect: it increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips.
"Fluoride has been used in the past on many an occasion and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis," Gurinder Bedi, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, spine surgery and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, told IANS.
"Its use would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radiographic appearance of bones making them appear much denser, quicker than any of the other agents. The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralisation (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high," he said.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone due to loss in peak bone mass and calcium, leading to hip, knee and shoulder fractures.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of patients in India in 2003 was approximately 26 million, with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013.
Another expert, Vivek Logani, said: "It is widely recognised that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. In short, the bio-mechanical competence of the skeleton may be compromised because the tensile (elasticity) strength of bone is sacrificed."
"Numerous studies show that fluoride may cause not only increased skeletal fragility (more non-vertebral fractures such as hips) but also osteomalacia (deficiency of bone mineralization)," Logani, chief of joint replacement surgery at Gurgaon's Paras Hospital, told IANS.
It is largely infants, the elderly, those with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C and those with cardiovascular and kidney problems who are susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds.
"Due to this unclear mechanism of action and well- proven counterproductive action of fluoride on the strength and elasticity of the bone, the (US) Food and Drug Administration has rejected the use of fluoride for treatment of osteoporosis," Logani added.
According to experts, lower body pain, prolonged pain, non-response to ordinary medication, body stiffness and inability to walk are symptoms of bones being affected by high fluoride concentration.
Logani said in India, fluoride concentration is also found in water derived from deep bore wells. People consuming between 2 to 8 mg of fluoride/day (2 to 8 litres of fluoridated water) can develop certain symptoms of bone diseases, not particularly osteoporosis.
"Apart from the treatment, water in some areas has fluoride content. People who are consuming it are not at high risk but should be careful while consuming such water. The presence of fluoride content is high largely in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Rajasthan," Bedi said.
Experts stress on drinking filtered water, limiting consumption of soda, reconstituted fruit juice, beer wine, tinned fish, deboned chicken in any form, including chicken nuggets and canned chicken, and baby food.
They also advise eating fresh food, reducing the consumption of black and green tea and not using non-stick pans.
"With toothpastes almost universally containing fluoride as an additive, consider using unfluoridated toothpaste. If you use a fluoridated toothpaste, rinse your mouth well with water after brushing your teeth. Make sure kids don't swallow the rinse," Harshvardhan Hegde, medical director, Nova Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, told IANS.
(Shradha Chettri can be contacted shradha.c@ians.in)

Saturday, October 18, 2014