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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Statins double risk of diabetes, a major study discovers

A major study—strangely ignored by most of the mainstream media—has discovered that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs nearly double the risk for diabetes. The drugs also increase the chances of the patient becoming obese and having diabetes-associated complications.

Although a link between the drugs and diabetes has been seen in earlier studies, researchers had always assumed that the patient already had signs of heart disease, and it was this, rather than the statins, that was the cause.

But the new study, involving 25,970 people, plotted the progress of 3,351 of them who were healthy and had no signs of heart disease before they started statin medication, and most commonly simvastatin, marketed as Zocor.

During the eight years of the study, the group taking statins had a 1.87-fold increased risk of developing diabetes for the first time, compared to non-statin users, and a 2.5-fold increased risk of diabetes with complications.

Lead researcher Ishak Mansi from the VA North Texas Health System in Dallas said he was surprised by the high risk of diabetes seen in healthy people taking a statin. The association can’t be argued away by the “sicker patient” default used by other researchers, he said, and the use of statins was the only significant difference between the two groups he monitored.

If you’re worried about developing heart problems, it’s better to change your lifestyle than take statins, especially if you’re healthy, says Dr Mansi.

You can't have too much fluoride and even if you do it's just cosmetic, teeny little white spots.

Old video but worth seeing - why didn't it stop fluoridation?

Fluoride in Our Drinking Water

fluoride_protestorsA Recap of Fluoride’s History

In case you missed last week’s blog How Clean is Your Water? Here’s a quick recap on how fluoride cam to be in our drinking water supply. Fluoride became a huge focus in the 1930’s when they began to correlate tooth decay in relation to fluoride consumption. As a means of protecting children from early tooth decay, the US Department of Health & Human Services began adding fluoride to major water supplies, spinning it as “Water Fluoridation: Nature’s Way of Preventing Tooth Decay.” Recently, this US Department announced their mission that 80% of the US water supply will contain fluoride.

Fluoride in Our Drinking Water – Long-Term

Although these treatments and processes came about with the best intentions, the long-term effects of these chemicals in our water supply are just beginning to surface. The fluoride initiative alone is beginning to become a major concern for many people as they begin switching to fluoride-free products. Very recently, many medical journals classified fluoride as a neurotoxin – the same classification given to lead, mercury and arsenic. “The fluoride added to our water supply is mostly seen as a cumulative toxin that accumulates in our bodies and can manifest itself in problems over time, including dental fluorosis, or far worse health problems,” stated The Lancet Medical.

The Fluoride Solution?

The long-term solution would be to teach proper dental hygiene to our children and stop allowing the government to add chemicals into our water supply without understanding the long-term risks. However, the likelihood that will change tomorrow is slim to none. In the meantime, find yourself some fluoride free toothpaste and a water filter for your tap water at home. Although the research is still ongoing to the long-term effects of these added chemicals, such as fluoride, it’s important to eliminate any harmful chemicals from you and your children’s diet.


Monday, February 08, 2016

Health Minister backs water fluoridation


By Bob Merrick

The Health Minister responsible for dentistry has backed mass fluoridation of tap water to cut tooth decay – but warned MPs will never vote for it.

Alistair Burt said he was ‘perfectly convinced by the science’, which concludes there are huge benefits to oral health from adding fluoride, which currently reaches just 10% of the population.
But, speaking in a Commons debate, Mr Burt reminded MPs that fluoridation had been debated ‘bitterly’ at Westminster as far back as the 1980s.
And he said: ‘I do not think there is any prospect of pushing the matter through the House at present.
‘I am perfectly convinced by the science and that is my personal view, but this is a matter that must be taken on locally.’

Water fluoridation 

With the axing of strategic health authorities in 2013, decisions on whether to fluoridate water now rest with local councils, directly answerable to suspicious voters.
Mr Burt said: ‘Water fluoridation is an effective way of reducing dental decay.
‘However, as the House knows, the matter is not in my hands.
‘Local authorities now have responsibility for making proposals regarding any new fluoridation schemes.
‘I am personally in favour.’

Child dental health

Sir Paul poured scorn on growing support – including, apparently, from David Cameron – for a ‘sugar tax’, partly to cut rates of dental caries.
He said: ‘I wish it were that simple.
‘I personally believe that that would not make one iota of difference after a few months.
‘One need only stand in the supermarket watching the kids pushing the mothers for sweets and the mothers feeding them to realise that.’
Instead, Sir Paul called for:
  • A ‘national oral health programme’ – along the lines of Scotland’s initiative to distribute of fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes at nursery and in the first year of primary school
  • Schools to be required to check that every primary school pupil ‘has visited the dentist once a year’ – while admitting some dentists would have to be ‘bullied’ into it
  • Oral health training of midwives, health visitors and pharmacists – including ‘persuasion on fluoride’
  • A campaign to persuade food and drink producers to cut the sugar content
  • Promotion of oral fluoride for children ‘until such time as the water supply in the area in which the children live is fluoridated’

Extent of dental caries a ‘disgrace’

Sir Paul said: ‘The extent of dental caries among children in England is sad and it is a disgrace.
‘It has been a disgrace for decades.
‘It is preventable and, if we prevent it, we can make considerable savings to our health service and save the pain and suffering of England’s children.
‘Minister, it is in your hands.’
In response, Mr Burt agreed the consequences of caries among children in poorer areas is ‘horrific’ and ‘makes us weep’.
But he insisted overall levels of oral health in in five-year-olds is ‘better than it has ever been, with 72% of five-year-old children in England decay free’.
The minister added: ‘Between 2008 and 2012, the number of five-year-old children who showed signs of decay fell by approximately 10%.’

So we abuse, misuse and misquote the science.
No doubt unless he is doing it for money he believes in what he says just as all of us who oppose him believe the opposite. Listen to the video previously they are young enough to look at the same evidence and back what we say.

Published on 7 Feb 2016
In this episode of These Guys, Joe and Mark talk about a woman who is standing up against fluoride being added to our drinking water, Pepsico’s mislabeling admittance, and the little girl whose epilepsy has been helped by cannabis oil.

Watch the short documentary ‘Fluoride: The Hard To Swallow Truth’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aTfy...

Read the full story about Aquafina: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2...

The full story of the little girl helped by Cannabis Oil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmlpo...

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Cortland City Common Council meeting 2/2/2016-Fluoride discussion.

USA - Deputy mayor cuts meeting short — but fluoride foes continue with three council members

Click here to zoom...Port Angeles Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd, right, before walking out of the City Council chambers Tuesday after unexpectedly adjourning a council meeting while Councilman Lee Whetham, left, and two others stayed. — Paul Gottlieb/Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd reached her tipping point this week when a City Council meeting speaker compared four pro-fluoridation council members — including herself — to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Kidd, standing in for pneumonia-stricken Mayor Patrick Downie, abruptly adjourned Tuesday's meeting during the second public comment session — it was the last item on the agenda — after repeatedly banging her gavel and asking for order.

But in an extraordinary turn, the gathering continued without her.

After the meeting was adjourned, Councilman Lee Whetham encouraged comments, taking charge of the session as he stood behind the dais with other anti-fluoridation council members Sissi Bruch and Michael Merideth.

The 30-minute session turned into an anti-fluoridation/anti-Kidd rally in council chambers packed with between 50 and 60 protesters.

Kidd had called for civility during the meeting while opponents hooted, hollered and clapped as about 20 speakers criticized four pro-fluoridation council members, including Downie, who participated by speakerphone from his home.

The final straw for Kidd came when Robert Flood of Port Angeles compared council members Downie, Brad Collins, Dan Gase and Kidd to the Four Horsemen — Conquest, War, Famine and Death — from the Bible's Book of Revelation....................

An old video but worth seeing again. Haven't heard anything of Walter Graham for some time.

FAN newsletter

Over the past year, consumer and environmental advocate Erin Brockovich has repeatedly made her opposition to fluoridation known publicly, including having one of her water consultants advise the city of Flint, Michigan to end fluoridation as part of an overall plan to remedy their water issues.
Brockovich has also been a semi-regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, discussing issues related to household and environmental toxins, including recent appearances to discuss the Flint water crisis.  On Monday, February 1st, Brockovich was an in-studio guest on the the show.  During her appearance, she spent an entire 13-minute segment discussing her opposition to water fluoridation and exposure to fluoride from other sources, including foods, beverages, and toothpaste. 
While we don't agree with everything that was said on the program (including Dr. Oz's comment that the only adverse effect from fluoride exposure is dental fluorosis), we are happy Dr. Oz informed his viewers about ways to reduce fluoride intake, which included a nice demonstration of the very small amounts of fluoride toothpaste that should be used by children (if fluoride toothpaste is used at all).
Over the years FAN has repeatedly contacted Dr. Oz and his producers requesting an appearance by one of our fluoride experts, including co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride,” Paul Connett, PhD.  However, our requests have been met with silence.  Brockovich’s appearance, while not perfect, still raised the issue of fluoridation with Dr. Oz's average daily audience of around 3.5 million viewers, primarily in the United States and Canada.  So, we would like to thank her for taking this valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the problems with fluoride.
In fact, because of the vast exposure Dr. Oz and Brockovich gave to fluoridation, the proponents saw it as a clear threat and reacted immediately.  Not only did they demand to have a representative of the American Dental Association provide the typical pro-fluoridation statement during the on-air segment, but they also initiated a letter writing campaign criticizing Dr. Oz in an effort to stifle any further discussion of the issue on his show.  They also demanded that he post pro-fluoridation statements on the episode webpage, which surprisingly doesn’t include a clip from the fluoride segment.
If you would like to contact the Dr. Oz show to show your support for his fluoride segment, please contact him on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.
Government Officials Notified About Fluoridation Failure

Recently, Erin Brockovich joined a number of medical and scientific experts in signing a letter to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, notifying them that they have failed the public in the performance of their duties regarding the ongoing poisoning of public water supplies with fluoride.  Fluoride, a 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, arsenic, barium, and lead.  Other signers included Daniel A. Eyink, M.D.; the American Academy of Environmental Medicine; Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS; David P. Mathews, JD; and Stephanie Seneff, PhD.

The Fluoride Action Network is always looking for new ways to reach supporters of all ages, and to share our materials, alerts, and the latest research.  To that end we are expanding our reach on social media.
Many of you are already following FAN on our Facebook page, which now has almost 75,000 supporters.  But we now also have a Twitter page, which we plan to use more often in upcoming campaigns.  We’ve found that both elected officials and corporations tend to interact with their Twitter followers more than through other means, such as email.  We plan to take advantage of this fact.  We have also created an account on the picture-sharing site Instagram, where you can access and share photos and memes related to FAN and fluoride.
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Girl Against Fluoride

Update on positions of Political Parties in Ireland who continue to support Fluoridation.
FINE GAEL as indicated by outgoing Minister for Health, Mr Leo Varadkar TD, have no problem with continued fluoridation. Information was recently brought to the Minister's attention regarding primary dentition fluorosis which appears to be inflicted upon the developing fetus as a result of the maternal fluoride intake crossing the placenta. Minister Varadkar acknowledged this side effect occurs in utero but this damage was acceptable as "children tend to start loosing their deciduous teeth from the age of six". The Minister was also informed that this damage violates and infringes upon the rights of the unborn and individuals to bodily integrity with specific reference to Articles 40.3.1 and 40.3.3 of the Constitution. Unfortunately, this serious situation appears to have warranted no concern from the DoH. As a result, assistance was then sought from An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, but instead of doing the correct and right thing, he chose to pass the buck. Fine Gael on this issue seem to be great guardians of the Constitution!
LABOUR support fluoridation and have not returned or engaged in any discussions regarding communications sent to both the Executive and the Legislature. It appears Labour are more concerned about their imminent annihilation rather then a national emergency regarding the health and safety of the unborn and newborns throughout the State which according to a 2005 Department of Health supported study conducted throughout Cork City and County, 32% of those infants reared in fluoridated areas suffer from primary dentition fluorosis which is a fluoridation induced birth defect.
FIANNA FAIL as indicated by spokesperson for health, Mr Billy Kelleher TD, continue to support the State's outdated fluoridation legislation despite having received the same information above.

He's funny and quite knowledgeable shame he swallows the fluoride is safe effective etc but would we want him to represent us?

USA - Dentist to city council: Water board has ‘run amok’

Dentist to city council: Water board has ‘run amok’
The Arab Tribune

A good portion of the Arab City Council meeting Monday night was devoted to discussing fluoride.

Arab dentist Dr. John York told the council “you have a board that’s run amok, and I don’t think they’ve told you the truth since day one.”

York’s concern is with the Arab Water Works board’s claim that discontinuing adding fluoride to the water last August was an “operational decision.”

The board has said it voted on the matter then said it was a managerial decision. The board later took a vote to affirm manager Ted Hyatt’s decision to remove the fluoride.

York told the council that a person recently sent Hyatt a text asking when the water works would start putting fluoride back in the water and he replied that he didn’t think they would.
When asked why, he replied he didn’t think the board would vote to put it back in.

“If it was the manager’s decision, why did he say that?” asked York. “You guys have a problem, and something needs to be removed.”

For more on this story, read Saturday’s Arab Tribune.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Spoonful of sugar - Should government dictate our diet?

Cake - sugar taxThe latest advice from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers is that men should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This latest figure brings them down from 21 units per week to the same level as women.

Responses from some commentators, on both the right and the left, was that the new guidelines represented a “patronising” nanny state. Simon Jenkins in the Guardian said the new limit was “about a vague national self-image of puritanism, not health”.

However, the decision was based on research evidence, collated by the Committee on Carcinogenicity (COC), that alcohol is linked to seven types of cancer, including a greater risk of breast, mouth, throat and oesophageal cancers from even low-level drinking.

If other food and drink types present risks to our health, should government intervene in a similar way? Would even stronger measures such as advertising bans, minimum pricing or even taxation constitute a nanny state?
Speaking to Holyrood, public health minister Maureen Watt says: “Well ultimately, of course, it’s down to the individual what he or she eats or drinks. But there is a clear role for government - and the food and drink industry - to try and make it as easy as possible for people to eat healthily.”
When Food Standards Scotland (FSS) was launched on 1 April last year, it was given an expanded role. As well as responsibility over food safety and standards, the new public body was to advise on nutrition and labelling with an eye to people’s health.
This came from overwhelming evidence showing the Scottish diet is too high in calories, fats, sugars and salt, and too low in fibre, fruit and vegetables. What’s more, poor eating patterns appear to be ingrained, with most Scots thinking their diet is healthier than it actually is and many parents not recognising when their children are overweight.............................

Montgomery water tests negative for lead

As a water crisis has sparked in Flint, Michigan, Montgomery can rest assured knowing the city’s water supply has once again been deemed safe to drink.

In the latest water quality report from Montgomery Water Works (MWW), no lead was detected in the city’s water. The highest level of copper found was 0.132 parts per million – a trace amount 10 times less than the action level.

MWW General Manager Buddy Morgan said the results are good news, but not unexpected.

Now Dr. Oz is Against Fluoride Too?

Erin Brockovich on Dr. OzEnvironmental activist Erin Brockovich promo for The Dr. Oz Show

Brother John Birch and anti-science activists have a new friend — in Dr. Oz.

Well, anti-science activists always had him. But John Birchers, that may seem new. The good doctor has often garnered ratings by embracing wacky beliefs. Now he does so by again suggesting fluoride in water is hurting us, and for supporting evidence he put world-renowned epidemiologist Erin Brockovich on his show to advance her perspective on dental health.

Wait, Erin Brockovich is an epidemiologist? Of course not, she is an environmental activist; Julia Roberts played her in a movie. Yet for Dr. Oz, who has also trotted out a yogic flying instructor and the lawyer who raises dark money for SourceWatch as science experts, being portrayed by a Hollywood actress is the ultimate credential.

She is promoting doubt about fluoride in water, and so is he, or she wouldn’t be on the show.

Fluoridated water is common in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends it because 70 years of data show it has resulted in substantially improved dental health, so much that the CDC — actual experts, mind you — named it one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century.

What do Dr. Oz and Erin Brockovich know about fluoride that epidemiologists, hydrologists, the Institute of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the entire CDC do not? Nothing.

It is just the latest salvo in Oz’s war on accepted science. His only concession to actual evidence about fluoride is to put a link to decades of established facts in an obscure place on his website, while giving Erin Brockovich a platform for millions to create worry about a water problem that does not exist. It is shockingly bad false equivalence.

It isn’t the first time he has promoted fear and doubt about fluoride, but back in 2011 much of America still had not caught on to his fifth columnist efforts to undermine evidence-based health. He says he removes fluoride from his family’s water and that same year he put up pictures of severe fluorosis, without telling the audience that it happens in just 0.3% of cases among susceptible kids — a tiny few — and is just as likely to happen among children living in areas with low fluoride concentrations in the drinking water...............................

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Commons debate

Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is possibly the fourth or fifth invitation that I have received from my hon. Friend to come to see different things in Northern Ireland, and he is right about every one. He finds in me a willing ear, and we will make a visit because there are several different things to see. Where devolved Administrations and the Department can learn from each other, that matters, and I will certainly take up my hon. Friend’s offer.
In older children there are challenges when comparing different countries, because of how the surveys are carried out. The available data still show that we have among the lowest rates of dental decay in Europe, but despite that solid progress we must do more. There is disparity of experience between themajority of children who suffer little or no tooth decay, and the minority who suffer decay that is sometimes considerable and can start in early life. In this House, we know the children who I am talking about—it is a depressingly familiar case. We can picture those children as we speak, as my hon. Friend the Member for Mole Valley described in the sometimes horrific parts of what he told the House. The fact that we know that such decay affects children in particular circumstances makes us weep.
Public Health England’s 2013 dental survey of three-year-olds found that of the children in England whose parents gave consent for their participation in the survey, 12% had already experienced dental decay. On average, those children had three teeth that were decayed, missing or filled. Their primary, or baby, teeth will only have just developed at that age, so it is highly distressing for the child, parents, and dental teams who need to treat them. Dental decay is the top cause of childhood admissions to hospitals in seven to nine-year-olds. In 2013-14, the total number of children admitted to hospital for extraction of decayed teeth in England was 63,196. Of those, 10,001 were nought to four-year-olds, and so would start school with missing teeth.
From April 2016, a new oral health indicator will be published in the NHS outcome framework based on the extraction of teeth in hospital in children aged 10 and under. That indicator will allow us to monitor the level of extractions, with the aim of reducing the number of children who need to be referred for extractions in the medium term. Extractions are a symptom of poor oral health, and the key is to tackle the cause of that. Today I commit that my officials will work with NHS England, Public Health England and local authorities to identify ways to reach those children most in need, and to ensure that they are able and encouraged to access high-quality preventive advice and treatment.
The good news is that the transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities provides new opportunities for the improvement of children’s oral health. Local authorities are now statutorily obliged to provide or commission oral health promotion programmes to improve the health of the local population, to an extent that they consider appropriate in their areas. In order to support local authorities in exercising those responsibilities, Public Health England published “Local Authorities improving oral health: commissioning better oral health for children” in 2014. That document gives local authorities the latest evidence on what works to improve children’s oral health.
The commitment of the hon. Member for Nottingham North to earlyintervention and the improvement of children’s chances is noteworthy and well recognised in this House and beyond, and of course he can come to see me. I would be happy to discuss with him what he wants to promote in Nottingham, which sounds just the sort of initiative we need.
Public Health England is also addressing oral health in children as a priority as part of its “Best Start in Life” programme. That includes working with and learning from others, such as the “Childsmile” initiative in Scotland, to which my hon. Friend the Member for Mole Valley referred. It is important that health visitors—I know that the Public Health Minister takes a particular interest in their work—midwives, and the wider early years workforce have access to evidence-based oral health improvement training to enable them to support families to improve oral health.
Public Health England and the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dental Practice are working with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to review the dental content of the red book—the personal child health record—to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based advice and support for parents and carers. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has also produced recent oral health guidance that makes recommendations on undertaking oral health needs assessments, developing a local strategy on oral health, and delivering community-based interventions and activities for all age groups, including children. Community initiatives to improve oral health include supervised fluoride tooth-brushing schemes, fluoride varnish schemes and water fluoridation.
I agree with my hon. Friend that water fluoridation is an effective way of reducing dental decay. However, as the House knows, the matter is not in my hands. Decisions on water fluoridation are best taken locally and local authorities now have responsibility for making proposals regarding any newfluoridation schemes. I am personally in favour. I think I am the only Member in the Chamber who remembers Ivan Lawrence and the spectacular debates we had on fluoridation in the 1980s. He made one of the longest speeches ever.Fluoridation was bitterly and hard-fought-for and I do not think there is any prospect of pushing the matter through the House at present. I am perfectly convinced by the science and that is my personal view, but this is a matter that must be taken on locally.
Diet is also key to improving children’s teeth and Public Health England published “Sugar reduction: the evidence for action” in October 2015. Studies indicate that higher consumption of sugar and sugar-containing foods and drinks is associated with a greater risk of dental caries in children—no surprise there. Evidence from the report showed that a number of levers could be successful, although I agree with my hon. Friend that it is unlikely that a single action alone would be effective in reducing sugar intake.
The evidence suggests that a broad, structured approach involving restrictions on price promotions and marketing, product reformulation, portion size reduction and price increases on unhealthy products, implemented in parallel, is likely to have the biggest impact. Positive changes to the food environment, such as the public sector procuring, providing and selling healthier foods, as well as information and education, are also needed to help to support people in making healthier choices.
Dentists have a key role to play. “Delivering Better Oral Health” is an evidence-based guide to prevention in dental practice. It provides clear advice for dental teams on preventative care and interventions that could be delivered in dental practice and school settings. Regular fluoride varnish is now advised by Public Health England for all children at risk of tooth decay.
For instance, the evidence shows that twice yearly application of fluoridevarnish to children’s teeth—more often for children at risk—can have a positive impact on reducing dental decay. In 2014-15, for children, courses of treatment that included a fluoride varnish increased by 24.6% on the previous year to 3.4 million. Fluoride varnishes now equate to 30.9% of all child treatments, compared with 25.2% last year. This is encouraging progress.
There are many measures that can and should be taken in order to reduce the prevalence of decay in children, but we recognise it is unlikely that we will be able to eradicate entirely the causes or the effects of poor oral health in children. This means that the continued provision of high quality NHS primary dental services will continue to be an important part of ensuring that every child in England enjoys as high a standard of oral health as possible. NHS England has a duty to commission services to improve the health of the population and reduce inequalities—this is surely an issue of inequality—and also a statutory duty to commission primary dental services to meet local need. NHS England is committed to improving commissioning of primary care dentistry within the overall vision of the “Five Year Forward View”.


Canada - The Debate Over Water Fluoridation.

Dental health basics parents need to know

For most infants, the first tooth erupts at around 7 months. Irrespective of when that first tooth comes for your child, caring for their teeth starts at this very moment. Brushing should occur on a daily basis eventually increasing to 2 minutes of brushing, 2 times per day by the time your child has their full set of “baby” teeth, around 2 years of age.

Selecting a Toothpaste

Toothpaste with fluoride is always best, but not before 2 years of age. Excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause problems with their teeth in the future. Early on, you should use a fluoride-free training toothpaste. Begin transitioning to a fluoridated paste after 2 years, but just wet the bristles with paste until your child can consistently spit and not swallow the paste. This way you can avoid the excess intake of fluoride.............

Let's ask Bob

Ask Bob Brewer: Does Beer Contain Fluoride?
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Posted by Anchor Brewing at 10:53 pm | Category: Ask Bob Brewer

Bob-Brewer-brewhouseBob-Brewer-brewhouseColin Richard (via Facebook): Does beer contain fluoride, or is the water they use filtered beforehand?

Bob: The short answer is no. This is an interesting question that I have been asked before, often by people who are concerned by such things as the GMO debate or other environmental and health issues.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that exists in ground water in some parts of the country and the world. As early as the mid-19th century, it had been established that the incidence of tooth decay was greatly reduced in these areas, with fluoride being the active agent. In an era preceding widespread access to dentistry for a large percentage of the population, it was considered a public health matter to add fluoride to the water supply to minimize the incidence of tooth decay in the general public.

While proven to be quite effective, the inevitable conspiracy theories soon sprung up around the practice. One such theory in the 1950’s, totally debunked ages ago, had held that fluoride made people more susceptible to propaganda and manipulation. A vicious commie plot for sure.

Conspiracy theories aside, and the widely-proven health benefits notwithstanding, fluoridation of the water supply has become an issue in some places. Public health officials have raised the socio-economic issue of the persistent lack of dental care for lower-income Americans to push for wider use of fluoridation, while other areas have discontinued its use. Either way, the universal availability of fluoridated toothpaste has almost made the issue moot.

So what happens if a brewery uses a water supply that has been fluoridated? Will the fluoride end up in the beer?

Water quality is a huge concern for brewers. Brewery water is filtered and almost everything that is not naturally-occurring is removed. Trace amounts that might remain, if any, are boiled off in the brewhouse.

In other words, there is no fluoride in beer.

Boiled off? You can't.
Bob looks as though he knows what he is talking about. Shame he isn't.

USA - After More Than 30 Years, Rutland Is Reconsidering Fluoride In City Water

Kathleen Krevetski and Jack Crowther of Rutland both oppose fluoride being added to the city's water. Rutland will hold a vote on water fluoridation on Town Meeting Day, but the final decision is left to Rutland's Public Works Commissioner. Kathleen Krevetski and Jack Crowther of Rutland both oppose fluoride being added to the city's water. Rutland will hold a vote on water fluoridation on Town Meeting Day, but the final decision is left to Rutland's Public Works Commissioner.

Voters in Rutland will be asked whether or not they want the city to continue adding fluoride to municipal water. Dentists and state experts tout decades of improved oral health, but opponents believe possible negative effects are being brushed aside................

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Do you know how much sugar you eat?

BBC News looks at the amount of sugar found in the kind of food and drink we consume every day.
A total of 347 million people worldwide have diabetes and that figure is set to rise to more than half a billion in the next 20 years.
Do you think food companies should pay a "sin tax" for putting sugar in their products? Or is it down to the individual to make healthy choices?
The BBC World Service is hosting a live debate all about diabetes on Friday, 5 February at 13:00 GMT.
A panel of experts will be available to answer your questions live on air, send them to thefoodchain@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @bbcworldservice #diabetes

My personal stance is that I do not believe in the indiscriminate use of Fluoride such as in our drinking water or through a pill supplement. I believe Fluoride is a drug that can be very toxic when swallowed. I also believe that many people are extremely sensitive to it. I think it is a patient’s right and a patient’s choice to be Fluoride Free if they choose. Fluoride is never pushed on anyone in my office! I offer several natural Fluoride substitutes as well as a natural line of toothpaste and mouthwash that do not have Fluoride. We will give you personalized recommendations at your first appointment.

I wonder what Steven D Slott DDS would say to her?

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Fluoride: Drinking Water:Written question - HL5195

Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 19 January 2016
Department of Health
Fluoride: Drinking Water
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce fluoride into the water of the North West of England.
Answered by: Lord Prior of Brampton
Answered on: 01 February 2016
There are currently water fluoridation schemes in the North West of England serving parts of Cumbria and Cheshire.
It has been the policy of successive governments that decisions on water fluoridation are best taken locally. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gave powers to upper tier and unitary local authorities to make proposals in relation to fluoridation.

Do not put fluoride in your baby's bottle!



Fluoride facts, for the record

Oh dear, as an outsider with no skin in the game, I know I shouldn’t bother to reply to Ms. Crowther’s letter that appeared in last Thursday’s newspaper. But as a retired dentist up here to visit family, I just can’t let deliberate misinformation on fluoridation stand unchallenged.
1) She doesn’t “think we should all be forced to drink an additive just because some people think it’s beneficial.” OK, a good point and fair. But to be consistent, you should also vote to remove chlorine from your water supply. All the anti-fluoride arguments are equally applicable to chlorine.
2) Personally, I don’t understand her logic. If she thinks fluoride is such a threat to health, why is it OK in toothpaste? Here’s a bulletin for you, Ms. Crowther: when brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste you’re ingesting fluoride. True, not in big gulps. But if you brush twice a day, over time — uh oh.
3) Now let’s talk about fluorosis. Here’s a little real science for you. Enamel is formed during the tooth’s development. Fluorosis, if it is to occur, occurs pre-eruption, not after. That’s why fluorosis is seen in young children and in those adults who, during their dentition development years, lived in an area where fluoride occurs naturally in the water supply. As a consequence, it presents in uncontrolled dosage and in significantly higher parts per million.
Texas, for instance, is notable for naturally occurring fluoride in the streams and rivers feeding municipal water supplies with the consequence that in those areas fluorosis is not uncommon.
So, Ms. Crowther, have you called and asked your personal local dentist if he or she has ever seen fluorosis in his or her local practice? I bet not. Moreover, I bet you haven’t done so because you really don’t want to hear the answer.
New York, N.Y.

Yes we ought to replace chlorine it does cause cancer of the bowel but without it you are far more likely to die from infectious diseases. It treats the water not the person.
Yes fluoride is in toothpaste and what about dose.
Fluorosis is rampant up to 40% in fluoridated areas. The dentists are making money with veneers and teeth whitening. I live in unfluoridated Southampton and I've seen fluorosis which the PHE describe the white spots as purely cosmetic.