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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fluoride toothpaste not “magic wand”

New research shows frequent snacking on sugary foods to be key factor in child dental decay
New research has revealed that tooth brushing alone is not enough to protect children from tooth decay caused by snacking on sugary foods and drink.
The study, published in the Journal of Public Health, looked at nearly 4,000 pre-school children and discovered that snacking habits are the behaviour most strongly associated with dental decay [1].
Researchers found under-five’s who snack throughout the day, compared to eating just at meal times, are far more likely to have signs of dental decay and that relying on tooth brushing alone to prevent it is not enough.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation said: “This research supports messages about snacking being unhealthy. Last week it was revealed that 170 children underwent operations in England every day to have rotten teeth removed [2] and this research confirms that snacking on sugary foods and drinks is the key contributing factor.
“It is clear that toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste alone is not the magic wand that many people still believe it to be and preventing tooth decay must also involve changing diet and lifestyle. Almost every single one of these operations, and the pain and suffering associated with them, could have been prevented with effective behaviour changes to help protect children’s oral health.
“Snacking throughout the day on sugary foods and drinks means that children’s teeth come under constant attack from acid and can quickly lead to severe problems. Children’s snacking should be limited to no more than two a day, and unhealthy sugary snacks should be replaced with healthier foods such as fruit and vegetables. The Change4Life Food Scanner mobile app is a great step towards achieving this.”
Dr Carter continued: “Even though a child’s first set of teeth is temporary, the oral health behaviour children learn early on they take into the rest of their lives, so it is vital that they get into good habits as early as possible.”
Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become softened by acid attacks after eating or drinking anything containing sugars. Over time, the acid makes a cavity (hole) in the tooth. ‘Dental decay' is the same as tooth decay and is also known as ‘dental caries'.
The study authors also identified parental socioeconomic factors, such as education levels, as a more important factor on children’s dental decay than diet or oral hygiene. Social scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow used statistical models and survey data to predict dental decay by age five. They used data collected on diet and oral hygiene from repeated observation of children from age two to five.
They identified children at age two who brushed less than once per day, or not at all, had twice the chance of developing dental decay by age five compared with children who brushed their teeth twice per day or more often.
Lead researcher Dr Valeria Skafida, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political and Sciences says restricting sugar intake is desirable both for broader nutritional reasons and for children’s dental health. Dr Skafida said: “Even with targeted policies that specifically aim to reduce inequalities in children’s dental decay, it remains an ongoing challenge to reduce social patterning in dental health outcomes.”
Study co-author, Dr Stephanie Chambers, of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at University of Glasgow said: “Among children eating sweets or chocolate once a day or more, tooth brushing more often – once or twice a day or more – reduced the likelihood of decay compared with less frequent brushing.”
The research was supported by The British Academy, the Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates.

The Common Chemical That Causes More Cancer and Death Than Any Other Chemical On Earth

It is in our water and even in our toothpaste and yet we don’t pay very much attention to it. Fluoride is a very serious problem and it is causing many detrimental health issues whether you want to accept that or not.
For those who do not know, fluoride is a known carcinogen and is even listed by the Merck Index as the primary use being ‘rat and cockroach poison.’ No, I am not joking, fluoride is truly deadly. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) actually released a document in more recent times titled ‘Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts.’

This document goes over the very apparent health hazards associated with the consumption of fluoride, their report states as follows:

Fluoride is the monovalent anion derived from the element fluorine. It is present in many salts, including sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride. When these salts are dissolved in water the free fluoride ion is released. Fluoride salts or other compounds that release fluoride ion may be added to drinking water to prevent dental caries.
Fluoride-releasing compounds are also added for this purpose to a wide variety of dental products including toothpastes and mouthwashes. The public is exposed to fluoride ion by drinking fluoridated water and by using fluoride-containing dental products and treatments. Exposure may also occur through naturally present fluoride in foods and beverages, and in some cases by inhalation of fluoride compounds in the air.
There are numerous studies in the published scientific literature investigating the potential carcinogenicity of fluoride. The human evidence consists primarily of epidemiological studies (ecological, cohort, and case-control) comparing cancer risks in exposed versus unexposed individuals. One ecologic study (Cohn, 1992) and one hospital-based case-control study (Bassin et al., 2006) have reported increases in osteosarcomas in young males exposed to fluoride in drinking water. The possibility that chance, bias, inappropriate analyses or confounding played a role in these findings could not be ruled out, however.
The animal evidence consists of several drinking water and diet studies conducted in rats and mice. Statistically significant increases in rare malignant bone tumors (osteosarcomas) were observed in male rats in drinking water studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP, 1990), but not in female rats or male or female mice similarly exposed. A statistically significant dose-related increase in thyroid tumors (adenomas and carcinomas, combined) was also observed in this male rat study (NTP, 1990). These findings were not replicated in a subsequent NTP study in male rats of the same strain receiving a somewhat higher fluoride dose, also via drinking water (NTP, 1992). Increases in benign osteomas were observed in two-year diet studies in male and female CD-1 mice (Maurer et al., 1993).
However, the possible contribution of retroviral infection reported in the male and female mice to the development of osteomas could not be ruled out. No treatment-related tumor findings were observed in two-year diet studies conducted in male and female Sprague-Dawley rats (Maurer et al., 1990). Pharmacokinetic studies of fluoride show that fluoride ion is readily taken up and incorporated into bones and teeth of humans and laboratory animals. Comparison of fluoride pharmacokinetics between humans and rodents indicates that rodents must be exposed to much higher levels of fluoride in diet or water than humans to achieve the same levels of bone fluoride levels.
Water fluoridation has been happening for many many years and throughout those years the question of its effectiveness and safety has been brought up on more than one occasion. It is something that you could consider to be highly controversial. There was a study done back in the 1990s on lab animals that showed there was evidence of cancer-causing potential in fluoridated drinking water. As mentioned above, there was a higher number of cases of bone cancer in the rats drinking it. We are essentially drinking ourselves to death.

In his book ‘Fluoride, The Aging Factor’ Dr. John Yiamouyiannis wrote as follows:

“Fluoride is a poison! It has been used as a pesticide for mice, rats, and other small pests. A 10-pound infant could be killed by 1/100 of an ounce and a 100-pound adult could be killed by 1/10 of an ounce of fluoride.”
If that isn’t enough to get you feeling a bit off about there being fluoride in your water then I don’t know what would. One study back in 2005 conducted at the Harvard School of Dental Health actually found a strong correlation between fluoride and you guessed it, bone cancer. Sodium fluoride inhibits enzyme activity and paralyzes white blood cells. There are actually around 500 peers reviewed studies going over the adverse effects of fluoride.

A Deep Dive Into the Conspiracy Theory That Governments Are Controlling Us with Fluoride

Is flouride in our water the biggest public health cover-up of our times, or just "truthers" having a rant? Wake up, sheeple!

On the World Wide Web, there are few black holes more enticing to fall down than the great fluoride conspiracy. Some would call it the ramblings of paranoid truth gurus who spend too much time maintaining their dreads and making YouTube videos about Atlantis. Others insist that it's the largest mass control experiment of our times.

Where does the truth lie in an argument taken up by both sides with near religious conviction? It's almost impossible to decipher. Perhaps it's somewhere between the two.

The idea, in a nutshell, is that governments put fluoride in our water supply in order to negatively affect huge populations, for their own financial gains. That fluoride is actually a strong tranquilliser in disguise. That the US want their citizens to be zombies. That Kellogg's, Nestle, Crest and other food companies – known as "The Fluoride Mafia" – are all in on it. That fluoride dumping is secretly wrapped up in Illuminati interests.

If you dig into why water fluoridation began, you find a convoluted, suspicious mess. According to the conspiracy theory, the name of the company with the biggest profit to be made from water fluoridation was ALCOA. The ALCOA Company had an unlimited supply of toxic waste – a byproduct of aluminium, AKA fluoride. At their lab, an ALCOA-sponsored biochemist did a test on rats that showed cavities were reduced with the fluoridated water and concluded that: "The case should be regarded as proved." In this historic moment in 1939, so the story goes, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies wasn't made by a doctor or a dentist, but an industry scientist working for a company that was also threatened by fluoride damage claims.

Another part of the theory is that, during the Second World War, industrial fluoride pollution increased because of the production and extensive use of ALCOA aluminium in aircraft manufacturing. It was after the Second World War that many governments began to put fluoride in our water supplies to protect people against cavities. Coincidence!?

Currently, about 372 million people (around 5.7 percent of the world's population) receive artificially fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, the US and the UK. Since the 1950s, there has been relentless debate over whether there's any real reason to do this. Early conspiracy theorists declared that it was a communist plot to weaken American public health. Many have argued from a moral and ethical view that the public haven't chosen to be consuming it and so it's against individual will. From an economic standpoint, public money is being used on something without definitive proof of benefits. Some dentists and medical professionals have even said fluoridation of water isn't the best way to reduce tooth decay.


The tangled conspiracy gets even darker with comments on Reddit threads such as "Hitler used fluoride first!!" and "They got this from the Nazis! Illuminati scum." The so-called "fact" that Hitler gave people in concentration camps fluoride water to keep them docile and unable to resist Nazi power is used often by the anti-fluoridation brigade. Many say this treatment was then repeated in Russian gulags.

Ian E Stephens, a writer for the Australian "alternative news" magazine Nexus (which covers "health breakthroughs, future science and technology, suppressed news, free energy, religious revisionism, conspiracy, the environment, history and ancient mysteries, the mind, UFOs, paranormal and the unexplained") claims he was told by chemist and researcher Charles E Perkins, who wrote the book The Truth About Water Fluoridation, that the Nazis envisioned a far-reaching plan of mass control and reduced population by using a medication in water that could cause sterility in women.

"Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination, by slowly poisoning and narcotising a certain area of the brain, thus making him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him," Perkins wrote. He goes on to say: "I say this with all the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years' research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine – any person who drinks artificially fluorinated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person mentally or physically." There is no trace of a credible living source on Nazi history coming out in support of this theory.


To many in the new age community, this doesn't matter. They believe fluoride is instrumental in mind control because, they insist, it blocks the "third eye". Mystics and spiritual masters have concluded that the pineal gland, situated in the centre of the brain, is a connection between the body and the soul. They say: wake up, sheeple, the government-slash-Illuminati-slash-powers-that-be want us to stay on this spiritual plane. It's not in their best interests that we are conscious. If people get conscious, they'll stop turning up to their horrible jobs, eating meat and wasting food, and they'll live in collectives and spoil their ballot papers.

This might sound ridiculous to some, but it has a degree of basis in science. In the 1990s, a British scientist, Jennifer Luke, discovered that by old age, the pineal gland contains about the same amount of fluoride as teeth, and we now know that calcification of the pineal gland gets worse with age and can occur in children as young as two. This gland is in the brain – it maintains the body's sleep-wake cycle, regulates the onset of puberty in females and helps protect the body from cell damage. A huge review on fluoride toxicity published by the National Research Council in 2006 reported a range of negative side effects from fluoride, including "decreased melatonin production" and "other effects on normal pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans".


Go on YouTube and you'll find plenty of people sharing "knowledge" of the spiritual dangers of fluoride and how to reverse the effects of a "calcified" pineal gland (many say you can't; it's too late). They say stop drinking tap water. Stop using regular toothpaste and find a fluoride-free one. Get a shower filter to cut the fluoride from your shower. Cut out meat because you can be sure as heck they've been guzzling the fluoride water, too. Tell your dentist you don't want fluoride-based products used. And after all that, detox.

However, there are more serious scientific objections to fluoride, and many are far removed from the assertions of David Icke disciples. Numerous studies researched by Harvard and China Medical University in Shanghai have shown that fluoride may be linked to reduced IQ in children, and even suggest that it could be toxic to a developing brain. Fluoride at high levels has been shown to destroy the male reproductive system in rabbits. Fluoride lowers the thyroid function. One study linked it to bone cancer in boys. A 2007 Nuffield Council on Bioethics report reached a conclusion that the benefit-to-risk ratio on water fluoridation is unclear due to lack of good evidence, that alternatives to water fluoridation exist and that the role of consent gets priority when there are potential harms.

Professors doing this research have been met with numerous attempts to discredit them. Stephen Peckham – director of the Centre for Health Services at the University of Kent, and professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of Toronto – has had his research of water fluoridation rejected from dental health journals. He's spoken out about being accused of "statistics-hacking" and for research that made the link between fluoride and hypothyroidism. Catherine Carstairs, a professor who wrote about the history of water fluoridation, was attacked and the Journal of Public Heath had to defend itself for publishing "strong... research even when [it does] not fit well with our preconceived ideas".

Why are efforts to uncover the effects of fluoride so vilified, and why is the atmosphere so toxic?


In fact, there has been a sea change in attitudes towards water fluoridation. About 10 years ago, York University found that tooth decay in children across Europe had fallen, regardless of whether or not there was fluoride in the water. The countries showing the biggest decrease – Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Denmark – don't fluoridate their supplies.

Increasingly, water fluoridation is being rejected in local British areas. In 2014, Bolton refused to add fluoride to their water supply, with David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, likening it to "mass medication". *That same year, Public Health England had to drop plans to fluoridate water in Southampton and parts of Hampshire because of fierce opposition from Southampton City Council. But still, Public Health England encourages fluoridation and the NHS website states that fluoride provides no significant health risk. Millions around the country still drink fluoridated water.

But what do the water companies think? I called United Utilities, who said that most water companies have to have a "neutral position" on fluoridation. "The water company is just obliged to fluoridate where asked," a spokesperson said. "We're just a contractor." But have they heard the conspiracies? I asked a Severn Trent Water spokesperson, who laughed and said: "Oooh yes, don't worry, we've heard all sides of the story very loudly, but to be honest we try and stay out of it. We don't want to get involved because then it makes it much too complicated." Complicated indeed.

In countries like Brazil, China and, unsurprisingly, the US, fluoridation still has a stronghold. Significantly, 194 million Americans are supplied with this water, including those who live in 43 of its 47 largest cities. It's there that the "truth" is being spread with most fervour.

Despite various claims by "truth gurus" being torn down – it's unlikely that Margaret Thatcher pumped fluoride into Northern Ireland to control the rebels or that pharmaceutical companies are pumping us full of fluoride via Prozac – the conspiracy rages ahead, while science slowly erodes fluoride's reputation. Will this be the next formaldehyde? The next lead? Don't forget that dentists and doctors once promoted cigarettes. Should we listen to YouTubers? What if this became the greatest public health conspiracy of our time – of all times?

@hannahrosewens

It wasn't the City council it was the people of Southampton who got organised to fight the then SHA who wanted to impose it. You can review the whole history on  https://hampshireagainstfluoridation.blogspot.co.uk/







Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Unfiltered fervour: The rush to get off the water grid

 by Nellie Bowles Waterloo Region Record
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Mukhande Singh, founder of Live Water, at Ukumehame Beach Park, near Lahaina, Hawaii. Singh, who believes public water has been poisoned, started selling spring water from Opal Springs in Culver, Ore., three years ago, but it was a small local operation until this year. - MARCO GARCIA,New York Times


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Unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water flows into a bottle at Opal Springs Water Company in Culver, Ore. - LEAH NASH,New York Times


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A refrigerator door dispenses water from a Zero Mass Water system, which extracts moisture from the air and stores the water, at a home in Oakland, Calif. On the West Coast and in other pockets around the country, many people are looking to get off the water grid, and start-ups have emerged in the last few years to deliver untreated water on demand. - JIM WILSON,New York Times

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SAN FRANCISCO — At Rainbow Grocery, a co-operative in this city's Mission District, one brand of water is so popular that it's often out of stock. But one recent evening, there was a glittering rack of it: glass orbs containing 2.5 gallons of what is billed as "raw water" — unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water, $36.99 each and $14.99 per refill, bottled and marketed by a small company called Live Water.

"It has a vaguely mild sweetness, a nice smooth mouth feel, nothing that overwhelms the flavour profile," said Kevin Freeman, a shift manager at the store. "Bottled water's controversial. We've curtailed our water selection. But this is totally outside that whole realm."

Here on the West Coast and in other pockets around the country, many people are looking to get off the water grid.

Startups like Live Water in Oregon and Tourmaline Spring in Maine have emerged in the last few years to deliver untreated water on demand. An Arizona company, Zero Mass Water, which installs systems allowing people to collect water directly from the atmosphere around their homes, began taking orders in November from across the United States. It has raised $24 million in venture capital.

And Liquid Eden, a water store that opened in San Diego three years ago, offers a variety of options, including fluoride-free, chlorine-free and a "mineral electrolyte alkaline" drinking water that goes for $2.50 a gallon.

Trisha Kuhlmey, the owner, said the shop sells about 900 gallons of water a day, and sales have doubled every year as the "water consciousness movement" grows.

What adherents share is a wariness of tap water, particularly the fluoride added to it and the lead pipes that some of it passes through. They contend that the wrong kind of filtration removes beneficial minerals. Even traditional bottled spring water is treated with ultraviolet light or ozone gas and passed through filters to remove algae. That, they say, kills healthful bacteria — "probiotics" in raw-water parlance.

The quest for pure water is hardly new; people have been drinking from natural springs and collecting rainwater from time immemorial. The crusade against adding fluoride to public water began in the 1950s among Americans who saw danger in the protective measures that had been adopted over decades to protect the populace from disease and contamination........................



Fluoride. Top 10 Deadly Facts. Fluoridated water Health and Public Policy

Yorkshire Water

Fluoridation

We're governed by Local Authorities and Public Health England on this issue. It is up to each local authority to conduct consultations on proposals of new fluoridation schemes. If local authorities carry out proper public consultation and can prove the public supports such a move, they can ask Public Health England to ask their local water company to fluoridate.
Any fluoride that is present in the water is naturally occurring. Go to our post code look up to check the fluoride levels in your water - click here

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The next revolution in dental care is about to begin

New high-tech treatments may be able to repair cavities without fillings and even regrow entire teeth.  From fluoride toothpaste to dental sealants, science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay — and yet 91% of Americansbetween 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental caries.
But provocative new research suggests that cell-stimulating medications can “trick” teeth into repairing themselves. If these “small molecule” drugs work as well as scientists think they will, we may be on the cusp of a new era in which dental tissue and even entire teeth can be regrown.
And this is only one of several new approaches that hold promise for tooth regeneration......

How To Inspire Kids To Look After Their Teeth (And 7 Steps To Combat Fear Of The Dentist)

Take them to the dentist from when they are babies.

Nearly 43,000 children and teenagers in England and Wales had hospital operations to remove teeth last year, NHS figures show.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Community Wellbeing Board, said the figures show we have an oral health crisis” and called for money raised from the sugar tax to be invested in “innovative oral health education so that parents and children understand the impact of sugar on teeth and the importance of a good oral hygiene regime”. 
“Untreated dental care remains one of the most prevalent diseases affecting children and young people’s ability to speak, eat, play and socialise,” she added.
“These figures also highlight how regular check-ups at a dentist can help prevent tooth decay and the need for hospital treatment.”
With this in mind we’ve spoken to the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) and the Oral Health Foundation to create a guide for parents on how to teach kids about the importance of looking after their teeth is and how to make trips to the dentist less of a chore. ...................



15 Reasons To Avoid Fluoride

Monday, January 15, 2018

WDDTY - Researchers downplayed safety concerns about new vaccine—and was tested on 3,000 children

About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard
Nearly 3,000 children were given a new TB (tuberculosis) vaccine after researchers had reassured parents it was safe and effective—but neither claim was true, and was based on falsified data.

Researchers from Oxford University had 'cherry-picked' data from animal studies to give a positive spin to the new vaccine in order to win extra funding. As a result, 2,800 infants in South Africa were given the MVA85A TB vaccine when there was no evidence that it was safe.

The researchers had dismissed any results from four animal studies that hadn't been positive about the new vaccine, which was designed as a booster for the standard BCG jab. The researchers were granted a further £8m ($10.9m) funding and, in 2009, tested the vaccine on small children in South Africa.

But a 2015 review of the original trials discovered that the data had been 'cherry-picked'; worse, it seemed the MVA85A vaccine impaired the effectiveness of the BCG. Some of the animals given the two vaccines were dying quicker, but this was not reported in the trial results.

(Source: BMJ, 2018; 360: j5845)


Published on Jan 14, 2018

"...The scientific panel of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended that fluoride, potato protein, willow bark extract, lemon balm and pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) must not be used in any food product as they are unsafe for human consumption." "...Fluoride is found in foods that contain water. Untreated water has a high fluoride content which is residue from agriculture and industrial waste. The food processing industries that use this water have been told to test the level of fluoride in the water before use. Fluoride is found in liquids more than solids. It is most commonly found in a) Fruit juices; the highest content is found in apple and grape juice b) Sauces like tomato sauce c) Salads that are eaten raw and not properly washed d) Soda e) Toothpaste, mouthwash and dietary supplements. Excess fluoride in the body causes thyroid, arthritis, dementia, bone fractures and dental fluorosis." Source: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/food-and-recipes/090118/additives-make-your-food-highly-unsafe.html




Sunday, January 14, 2018



The True Cause and Cure for Cancer - MUST WATCH!

The dangers of fluoridated water.

Why Our Drinking Water Is Killing Us
The dangers of fluoridated water.
 
"Water Fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay", according to wikipedia.org. Fluoride happens to be the chemical compound that we find in our toothpaste, processed foods and in our public water supply. Fluoridation became an official policy of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1951 and by 1960, water fluoridation had became widely used in the United States, reaching about 50 million people. According Dr. Joseph Mercola, "If fluoride is really the panacea for dental disease that it's been portrayed as, then why is that the United States is one of the only developed countries that fluoridates their citizen's drinking water?" Dr. Mercola continues to say, "It's not because the other countries aren't aware of fluoride's supposed 'miracle' powers for your teeth..it's because they fully realize that adding a known poison to your population's water supply is probably not a good idea."

Obviously, fluoride isn't the beneficial product that citizens of the United States have been led to believe. Naturally, many people trust in their government and don't believe a chemical that is harmful to people would be distributed into the general population. However, it's one thing to be unaware of the poison you are putting into your body, but it's completely different to be aware of this poison and not take action. According to mercola.com, "Many assume consuming fluoride is only an issue that involves your dental health." But according to a 500 scientific page review, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels.

So a chemical compound that was just intended to prevent tooth decay has many extremely harsh side effects. I remember when I was a kid, my mother always told me not to ever swallow toothpaste because I could get very sick. Back then, I didn't understand the consequences with consuming fluoride.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) reported: "Fluorosilicic acid is the most contaminated chemical added to public water supplies, and many impose additional risks to those presented by natural fluorides. These risks include a possible cancer hazard from the acid's elevated arsenic content and a possible neurotoxic hazard from the acid's ability -under some conditions -to increase the erosion of lead from old pipes." So fluorosilicic acid can certainly be labeled a great treat to humankind. Simply put, this chemical can lead to cancer and provides toxins to the brain. The question is, why is something so harmful still in our drinking water? Energyfanatics.com states, "Fluorisilic acid is a waste product of phosphate fertilizer industry and is heavily contaminated with toxins and heavy metals (including the cancerous arsenic, lead and cadmium) and radioactive materials. The website continues to state, "Dr.J. William Hirzy, EPA scientist, is reported to have said, 'If the stuff gets out into the air, it's a pollutant; If it gets into the river, it's a pollutant; if it gets into a lake, it's a pollutant; but if it goes right straight in your drinking water system, it's not a pollutant. That's amazing!'"

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So a product that pollutes the bodies of water on earth and contains cancerous elements is allowed in our public drinking water. Water is essential for human survival and your body needs it to function properly. The body is made up of seventy percent water so the water you put in your body will basically determine your overall health.

"There have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage," according to the Institute for Vibrant Living, including lower IQ in children. Studies have also shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems including dementia, arthritis, bone fractures, increased tumor and cancer rate, disrupted immune system, bone cancer, genetic damage and so on. Cancer and arthritis are conditions that affect a good percentage of Americans on a daily basis. The fact that our drinking water contains elements that lead to cancer and countless other problems American citizens face on a daily basis is a disrespect to the integrity of people everywhere.

I see countless commercials regarding cancer research and the ongoing fight against cancer, but none of them ever mentioned that our drinking water contributes to the cancer our loved ones face everyday. I can imagine that the average person would never dream that the same water that's suppose to help them is slowing leading them to their own demise. It isn't easy information to swallow. Furthermore, if we wish to eradicate the diseases that plague our human condition, we have to stop putting harmful fluoride in our basic essentials of living. We all have the choice to take action, or do nothing. Fluoride is obviously a threat to human health and needs to be removed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hawaii - Higher prevalence of tooth decay among low-income children

John Steinhorst/The Garden Island

LIHUE — A Department of Health survey released in 2016 confirmed Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the nation.
That same survey, titled the “Hawaii Smiles” report, also showed a disproportionately higher prevalence of tooth decay among low-income children, especially those who live in Kauai, Hawaii and Maui counties. But there is still reason to smile, said a Kauai dentist.
“Solving the problem of tooth decay begins with prevention and is a team approach that includes the dental office, the family and the community,” said Dr. Alan Ing, owner of Kauai Dental Care.

Kauai Dental Care provides two fluoride treatments to young patients for free, even if their dental insurance does not cover this service. “Parents and family members play an important role on a day-to-day basis in helping to prevent decay,” Ing said. “We teach children and parents the correct way to brush and floss, and tell them about the foods and drinks that promote tooth decay.”

Matthew Shim, chief of the Family Health Services Division of the Hawaii Department of Health, said there are significant disparities in access to oral health services and, consequently, oral health that are well documented in Hawaii.

While these disparities are common in many states, they are magnified in Hawaii because of the geography of the island state, concentration of dental services on Oahu, and lack of fluoride in the water, a safe and proven decay prevention measure. As a consequence of these and other factors, Hawaii has a history of having some of the worst dental health in the country.

Candy and sweets are the obvious sugar sources that feed the bacteria in a mouth, but according to Ing, soda and juices, especially sports and power drinks high in sugar and acids, are common culprits in tooth decay.

“Our community can also play a role in the prevention of decay. For example, coaches and parents can serve healthier drinks to young athletes,” said dental hygienist, Nora Bernabe. “Together as a team, we can all work to reduce the rate of tooth decay in our children on Kauai.”

Despite ranking at the bottom of the nation for children’s oral health, Hawaii is taking steps to change the oral health status of Hawaii’s children and has become a pioneer in teledentistry. Through a public-private partnership, the Hawaii Department of Health, Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry, the HDS Foundation and others are using a virtual dental home program.

The public-private partnership has successfully demonstrated the value of the teledentistry pilot project in West Hawaii over the past two years. As a result, the HDS Foundation, which contributed about $315,000 in the first two years of the pilot, this year will allocate an additional $319,000.

In addition, the HDS Foundation committed $125,000 for the first year of a three-year project on Maui to and increase the ability of the program to operate there five days a week. The Hawaii Medical Service Association Foundation is also contributing $125,000 to expand the successful program to Maui.

Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Dentists have accused the government of having a "short-sighted" approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children's teeth increased to nearly 43,000.
There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 - up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show.
The British Dental Association said England had a "second-class" dental service compared to Wales and Scotland.
The government said it was "determined" to reduce the number of extractions.
Doctors said many of the tooth extractions would be caused by the food and drink children consume and were therefore "completely preventable".
Dental surgeon Claire Stevens, who works in a hospital in north-west England, said most of her patients were aged five to nine, but it was not uncommon to remove all 20 baby teeth from a two-year-old because of decay.
She said she has also extracted a 14-year-old's permanent teeth due to fizzy drinks. They then needed false teeth.

'Startling' figures

An analysis of NHS figures by the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, found the equivalent of 170 hospital tooth extractions a day were being carried out on under-18s.
These are done in hospital under general anaesthetic, rather than at a dental practice.
The operations would have cost the NHS about £36m last year and £165m since 2012, the LGA found.
Mick Armstrong, chairman of the BDA, said: "These statistics are a badge of dishonour for health ministers, who have failed to confront a wholly preventable disease.
"Tooth decay is the number one reason for child hospital admissions, but communities across England have been left hamstrung without resources or leadership."
The BDA said England was receiving a "second-class service" because, unlike Wales and Scotland, it has no dedicated national child oral health programme.
It said the government's centrepiece policy Starting Well - aimed at improving oral health outcomes for "high-risk" children - had received no new funding and was operating in parts of just 13 local authorities in England.
"The BDA has insisted that national authorities must provide resources to enable all children in England to benefit," it said.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the figures were "startling" and "should act as a wake-up call to policy makers and act as the catalyst for change".
The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, said the data demonstrated the "urgent need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction which is causing children's teeth to rot".
The Royal College of Surgeons said the statistics were "alarming" and called for supervised tooth brushing sessions in all nursery schools across England.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said it was "determined to reduce the number of children having teeth extracted because of tooth decay" and pointed to its sugar tax, which comes into effect in April on soft drinks with the most added sugar.
"Our world-class NHS dentists are also playing a vital role to improve dental hygiene - in the last year 6.8 million children were seen by a dentist, representing 58.5% of the child population," she said.
The spokesman added that the Starting Well programme was introduced last year to improve the oral health of children most at risk in 13 high priority areas and NHS England was planning to expand the programme to other areas.
Dr Sandra White, director of dental public health at Public Health England, said parents could reduce tooth decay through cutting back on their children's sugary food and drink and encouraging them to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, as well as regular trips to the dentist.
A debate on children's dental examinations and treatment is due to take place in the House of Lords on 18 January.
Oh no! I expect they will call for fluoridation again.
A parent smacks a child and they end up in court but they are held not to be responsible when their child's teeth are decayed to this extent. 

USA - Grant spurs fluoride debate in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS — A grant awarded to the Bellows Falls Water Department to replace its water fluoridation equipment sparked recent debate among village trustees.
On Tuesday night, trustees tentatively voted 3-2 to accept a $14,170.85 grant from the National
Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its oral health fluoridation equipment.
The Village Water Department was only one of 17 recipients of the grant, which is funded
through support form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brian Joslyn, chief operator of the Water Department, says the money would be used to replace
several pieces of equipment used in water fluoridation, the most expensive being a $7,000 online water analyzer.
Trustees were initially cautious. Given the concern surrounding fluoridating public water, they
quesstioned whether the grant agreement would require the village to repay the money should the
community decide at some point to stop fluoridating its water — or not appropriate the money to
fluoridation at all.
“I did get a copy of an agreement with another municipality that doesn’t have a kind of obligation of that sort,” Municipal Manager Shane O’Keefe told the trustees, “So, I’m pretty confident that we would not be obligated to pay them back.”
Bellows Falls has fluoridated its public water for many years. O’Keefe recalled a debate about 12 years ago over stopping the pratice that ended with a decision to continue.
Some trustees say they’ve received complaints from citizens opposing water fluoridation since the announement of the grant award.
Trustee Stefan Golec said he was contacted by two residents who said they planned to start a
petition in opposition if the grant was accepted.
A brief exchange occurred between Trustees Debra Wright and James McAuliffe over the topic. While Wright understands the external application of fluoride (e.g. toothpaste, for example), many studies point to serious health risks of ingesting fluoride, particular for people with high sensitivity.
McAuliffe expressed confidence in the scientific support and the work of the local water
department.
“[Having seen] the good [fluoridating the water] has done, particularly in a village like this, with our
demographics, to add rampant tooth decay to all the other issues that we’re facing would be a severe
burden,” McAuliffe said.
Josyln told the audience his department has lowered the fluoridation levels from those in past
years, from 1.0-1.7 parts per million (ppm) to .50-.70 (ppm). “The current fluoridation level is actually less than what I found when I tested my personal well,” he said.
Golec, who voted to accept the grant, chaired the fluoride debate 12 years ago and expressed his
understanding for both sides. He said the village should secure the money and welcome a debate should it occur. “[The one 12 years back] was a heated discussion but the debate was good,” Golec said, following the vote to accept the grant, “Certainly, a debate doesn’t hurt but I’m glad that we’re going for the money.”
Supporting the grant acceptance were McAuliffe, Golec and Steve Adams. Mickle and Wright
opposed.
The village has another scheduled regular meeting before its deadline to accept the grant. Should
O’Keefe find any unwanted contractual obligations, the trustees would have time to reconsider.
While a petition would likely prompt a public discussion whether to end fluoridation in Bellows Falls,
O’Keefe said that the decision to continue or cease the practice rests with the trustees, not a public
vote.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Musicians hoping fluoride letter will hit the right note with Irish Water

By Emma Connolly 
Musicians hoping fluoride letter will hit the right note with Irish WaterDavid Puttnam has signed the anti-fluoride letter which is part of a campaign being led by Bandon-based scientist Declan Waugh.

SOME of West Cork’s internationally-famed residents, including actor Jeremy Irons and Oscar winning director David Puttnam, are backing an anti-fluoride campaign.
The celebrities have signed a letter to relevant authorities, including Irish Water, calling for the mandatory ingestion of fluoride through water and associated foods to be fully investigated amid serious health concerns. 
A raft of musicians are backing the campaign, led by Bandon scientist Declan Waugh, including Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Declan Sinnott, Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke, Mundy and Paul Linehan and Ashley Keating from Cork’s Frank and Walters, among others. 
Playwright Jim Sheridan has also signed the letter, along with many prominent academics, scientists, medical doctors, midwives, historians and concerned citizens in West Cork and nationwide. 
In the letter, Mr Waugh refers to ‘the dictatorial, highly controversial and outdated legislation in Ireland which mandates that everyone must consume a xenobiotic neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, metabolic and protein inhibitor and genotoxic agent such as fluoride.’
The lengthy letter has been submitted to regulatory authorities, including the Taoiseach, the Department of Health, Irish Water and among issues it highlights and calls for it asks for a ‘declaration that artificial fluoridation of drinking water does not pose any risk to neurological health and well-being of infants; does not impair or disrupt endocrine function in infant, adolescents or adults; does not contribute to abnormal bone protein synthesis that may contribute to chronic disease in humans’.
It also asks if Irish Water have evaluated the effects of combined toxicity of fluoridated water and lead in drinking water for neurotoxicity, carcinogenicity, immunotoxicity, endocrine dysfunction and bone health. Mr Waugh draws attention to recent findings which found an association between fluoride exposure in pregnancy and lower measures of intelligence in children.  
The letter also states: ‘Knowledge of the fluoride content in tea beverages is essential to all healthcare professionals, especially in a country such as Ireland where most of the population drink tea daily and drinking water supplies are artificially fluoridated in accordance with national legislation.’
It concluded by saying ‘an analysis along with population exposure data is of the greatest public relevance and should be conducted before any more taxpayer’s money is spent on promoting and reinforcing water fluoridation in Ireland.’
Other signatories include David Puttnam’s wife Patsy and son Sacha, along with Skibbereen actor Declan McCarthy, Karen Austin of the Lettercollum Kitchen Project in Clonakilty, and Schull businessman Walter Ryan-Purcell of Loughbeg farm.