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UK Against Fluoridation

Friday, September 04, 2015

Scotland - Health chief calls for fluoride to be added to water

ONE of Edinburgh's leading dental experts today warned that children will continue to be "blighted" by tooth decay unless fluoride is added to the Lothian water supply.
Colwyn Jones, consultant in dental public health for NHS Lothian, said youngsters were being failed by the Scottish Parliament's failure to act on the controversial issue.
Although fluoride toothpaste has been introduced in nursery schools across the region, Mr Jones said this does not go far enough.
Speaking personally and not on behalf of NHS Lothian, he today called for the ability to force Scottish Water to fluoridate the supply when asked to do so by health boards.
Compulsory fluoridation is seen by some experts as the best way of improving Scotland's dental health record, which ranks among the worst in Europe.

But the issue is controversial, because research has linked the chemical to cancer, brittle bones and Alzheimer's disease. Environmental groups and some doctors are opposed to the move, fearful of toxic side effects.
The Scottish Executive did consider adding fluoride to the country's water supply, but First Minister Jack McConnell abandoned the plans in 2004.
Mr Jones today said: "Why are we continuing to fail every generation of Scottish children by not introducing this simple, safe, cheap and effective public health measure?
"Studies over the past 60 years have consistently shown fluoridation to be safe and effective.
"If nothing changes, then unacceptably high levels of tooth decay are likely to continue to blight Scotland for another 60 years."

Latest figures show only 55 per cent of four and five-year-olds in the Lothians have no sign of tooth decay.
The introduction of daily brushing in nursery schools in the Lothians has helped improve the situation over recent years, but according to Mr Jones, an extra 7500 children could be decay-free every year, had the Scottish Parliament introduced fluoridation across the country in 1999.
Around six million people in the UK currently drink water with added fluoride, mainly in England.

In Scotland, a small area of Grampian is naturally fluoridated, and there have been a handful of schemes in places such as Wick and Stranraer.
John Davidson, chairman of Lothian Independent Dental Practitioners, today said universal fluoridation would help improve the teeth of children in some of the country's most deprived areas.
"Anything that can be done to reduce tooth decay is going to stop misery for a lot of kids," he said.
But Mark Ballard, Green Lothians MSP, said: "Mass medication of the population is not a 21st century answer to dental problems.
"This is a matter of people having the freedom to drink water without worrying about what is in it and what it is doing to their health."
Dr Alison McCallum, director of public health with NHS Lothian, today said the matter will be kept "under review".
A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said:

"Ministers looked at the issue of fluoridating the water supply earlier in this parliament and decided not to change the current legislation at this time."


When the SHA voted to introduce fluoridation to Southampton Colwyn Jones from the British Fluoridation Society was quoted as saying he believes this outcome is a “very” positive step. He would as a spokesperson for the BFS that at one time received a lot of money to promote the practice. It didn't happen we are still free of the toxic chemical and hopefully Scotland will also dismiss his call to mandate fluoridation.

3 Comments:

  • Health chief lol not one mention of Child Smile, his mind must be clouded by ££££££££££££££...Note how he says to force Scottish Water to fluoridate...Seriously man get off your high horse it's not cheap it's not working and it's definitely not safe...After seeing the lies and deceit of Public Health England i imagine the Scottish

    By Blogger rcannard, at 04 September, 2015  

  • "Mr Jones today said: "Why are we continuing to fail every generation of Scottish children by not introducing this simple, safe, cheap and effective public health measure?"

    Scotland has introduced the simplest, safest, cheapest and most effective way to deal with child tooth decay Mr Jones. It's called Childsmile, and what's more, it's popular and doesn't involve contaminating the public water supply with toxic industrial waste chemicals.

    If he is unaware of the huge volume of independent scientific evidence of serious adverse health effects, his loyalties are clearly tied to preserving the failed health policy of fluoridation rather than protecting public health.

    By Anonymous Carrie, at 04 September, 2015  

  • Colwyn Jones is a director of the British Fluoridation Society and has been pushing fluoridation ever since UK Councils Against Fluoridation was formed. We became concerned about his letters to newspapers in Scotland so Doug and I together with Dr Sheila Gibson one of UKCAF's medical advisors arranged a meeting with Nicola Sturgeon. At that time Nicola was Health Minister for Scotland and also a lawyer, she was opposed to fluoridating Scotland particularly as we presented her with a dossier of evidence.

    By Anonymous Liz Vaughan, at 04 September, 2015  

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