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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

GREEN MEP SENDS CLEAR SIGNAL TO SOUTHAMPTON HEALTH CHIEFS OVER FLUORIDE INDRINKING WATER

NEWS RELEASE From the office of South-East England’s Green MEP Caroline Lucas
25 March 2008
GREEN MEP SENDS CLEAR SIGNAL TO SOUTHAMPTON HEALTH CHIEFS OVER FLUORIDE INDRINKING WATER
Green Euro-MP Dr Caroline Lucas door stopped health staff at the StrategicHealth Authority in Southampton demanding that plans to put fluoride indrinking water be dropped.
In an open letter to health chiefs, Dr Lucas said:
“I am writing for two reasons. Firstly, to express my concern at theproposal currently being considered to fluoridate the drinking water inSouthampton, and possibly elsewhere in Hampshire.
“And secondly, to ask what levels of exposure are there in the currentSouthampton population? If this is not known, what steps are being taken tofind out?
“Water fluoridation has simply not been proven to be effective for teeth,particularly when the bad effects of dental fluorosis are taken intoaccount.
“Furthermore, many studies have indicated links between water fluoridationand serious ill health effects, including thyroid problems, skeletalfluorosis, bone cancers and mental problems.
“Finally, putting fluoride in our water amounts to mass medication of thepopulation. This directly contravenes the Convention on Human Rights andBiomedicine, and is contrary to medical ethics. We are seeking a legalopinion on its further contravention of the Medicines Directive.”
Dr Lucas continued: “The concern over current levels of exposure in thepopulation is a serious one, as it is very important to know the total dosethat people will be receiving if water fluoridation were to be administered.The World Health Organisation advises that Public Health Administratorsshould be aware of this before introducing any additional fluorideprogramme.”
Caroline Lucas is now awaiting a response to her concerns.
CONTACTS
Melissa Freeman, Media Officer to Caroline Lucas MEP - 020 7407 9935 / 07950382149John Spottiswoode, South West Hants Green Party - 023 80 789230 / 07796056763Matthew Myatt, South West Hants Green Party - 07716 700040
NOTE TO EDITORS
In 2007 Caroline Lucas was voted Politician of the Year in the Observernewspaper’s Ethical Awards. She is the Green Party MEP representing theSouth-East of England and was elected in 1999. She sits on the EuropeanParliament’s Trade, Environment and Climate Change Committees, as well asbeing Vice President of the Parliament’s Animal Welfare Intergroup. Herwork – both within the Parliament and in her constituency – includes peaceand human rights, international trade and development, transport andplanning, health issues and animal welfare. www.carolinelucasmep.org.uk
Melissa FreemanMedia Officer to Caroline Lucas MEPSuite 58The Hop Exchange24 Southwark StreetLondon SE1 1TYOffice: 020 7407 9935Mobile: 07950 382149Email: carolinepress@greenmeps.org.uk

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