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UK Against Fluoridation

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Critique of DoH Fluoridation 'Guidelines' by
York Review Advisory Panel Member

Didn't know it could do that.

The skin:
Acne: if your colleague has acne around the mouth, it may mean he or she has an intolerance to fluoride. Using non-fluoride toothpaste will sort it out. Simple enough, but your colleague will thank you for helping make the acne go away.

USA - opposite argument - interesting question.

Tuesday, 29 November 2005
I want to express my complete disappointment with the citizenry of Tooele who have allowed scare tactics to override your own good sense about fluoride in the water. I am truly amazed that you can follow along and bury your heads in the sand to avoid taking a truly intelligent and educated step forward.

How do you justify ignoring the one true voice of reason above all of us who join in the choir for this healthy water treatment? You have once again condemned your kids and mine to having one less and powerful weapon in the battle against rotten teeth and gums.

If you’ll notice, many of the voices of reason that you have ignored — aside from the dental community — are people who come from other states, me included. I am the second full generation of oral health and it is directly due to the fluoridation of our water in California. My kids have good, strong, beautifully white bright smiles. My daughter has had one cavity and my son has had two. Me? Not a one, None. Dentists out here who have seen my daughter always ask her where she grew up. They tell her they knew she didn’t come from here because her teeth were too healthy, an unusual sight for him working here.

She said his frustration was obvious. He has tried for years to get people to listen to him. If you want to talk about teeth, gums, general health, you go to your dentist. Why ask the questions if you’re going to ignore the answers?

There is more arsenic in water than the amount of fluoride placed in it. My contact in Sacramento told me they’ve had it in the water there for more than 40 years and there’s never ever been a complaint. People know fluoride is a fine way to have strong healthy teeth. As she posed me a question, let me pose it to you. She asks, “Do you really believe that the water department is doing something that would open them up for a lawsuit?”

She’s right. That would be foolish and asking for trouble. Well, congratulations, Tooele. You’ve buried your heads in the sand again and the kids pay the price for your ignorance.

Karen Williamson

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

ECLUB Bulletin, 28th November 2005

EU Declares Fluoridation Illegal?
Dear All
According to a press release jointly released by two UK groups (North and Midlands Against Fluoridation (NAMAF) & The National Register of Children with Dental Fluorosis) fluoridation - as of 31st October 2005 - is illegal in the UK.

Of course, as with all legal matters, it comes down to definitions. How do you define water? Is it a food? How do you define medicine?

According to Doug Cross, current updated European legislation, which came into force on 31st October 2005, will make it illegal to add fluoridating chemicals to water. He writes: "...The key ruling is the European Court of Justice's decision that the intent to medicate renders any chemical so used a medicinal substance..."

"…. the quality of drinking water is covered by the EU food and water regulations as long as it does not contain any substance added with the intent to medicate any medical condition. Therefore, the presence of calcium fluoride in drinking water, as long as it is derived from natural sources, does not alter the status of drinking water as a food whose quality is regulated under the Water Quality Regulations.

However, immediately any form of fluoride, whether 'natural' or artificial, and including those fluorides that do have medicinal Marketing Authorisations, is added to water with the intent to prevent or reduce dental caries, that water ceases to be a food and becomes a medicine.

Neither authorized fluorides (potassium and sodium fluoride) nor any form of silicofluoride have Marketing Authorizations under the EU or UK legislations. Their use with the intent to medicate is therefore illegal - and absolutely so - from 31st October 2005."
The British groups timed their press release to coincide with a meeting of the Directors of the Board for the newly formed Consumer Council for Water (known as CCWater) which took place in Birmingham yesterday (Nov 1, 2005).
Would our members with legal backgrounds scrutinize this press release and supporting references to see if these arguments are sound? If they are, then this is truly a bombshell and I assume it would not only impact the UK but also Ireland, the only country in Europe which has mandatory countrywide fluoridation.
Professor Paul Connett, 3rd November 2005

Monday, November 28, 2005

USA - Some public health advocates oppose fluoride in water

In the past three years, legislation encouraging fluoridation has been defeated or tabled in Arkansas, Nebraska, Oregon and Hawaii.
More recent, controversial contentions from opponents link fluoridation with bone cancer and thyroid disease. Federal health officials disagree.
However, the CDC has said that 32 percent of American children now have some form of dental fluorosis, a white or brown mottling of the teeth. Health officials blame it on swallowing of toothpaste while fluoride critics believe fluoridated water is a contributing factor.
"I have no hidden agenda," said Swearingen, who earned a Goldman Prize, awarded to grassroots environmentalists worldwide, in 1997 for exposing the dangers and illegal practices of a toxic waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her husband is a dentist and her daughter is a dental student at West Virginia University. Swearingen said both agree with her stance on the issue.

"What do I have to gain by opposing water fluoridation but to protect human health? That's my area of interest."
Click on Title to see full report.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Waking up?

The cost of no cavities: With Legislature considering fluoride mandate, health questions linger
By Jon Brodkin / Daily News Staff
Sunday, November 27, 2005

Is fluoridated water good for you? Or is it a poison that causes young boys to die of bone cancer?

Click title to go to web page - well worth reading

Those who oppose fluoride don't have to drink the water, he said!

Vermont communities join national debate over fluoride in tap water
November 27, 2005
By LISA RATHKE The Associated Press
MONTPELIER — A letter to the editor in a newspaper describing fluoride as a poison prompted two local dental hygienists to shoot back.

"Community water fluoridation is the number one way to prevent dental decay," Terri Weinstein of Marshfield and Michele Feccia of Barre wrote. "Sixty years after the first community (Grand Rapids, MI) adjusted the fluoride content of its water, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks community water fluoridation as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century."
Click title to go to web page

Saturday, November 26, 2005

USA - That's telling them

Fluoride view appalling
Written by Webmaster
Tuesday, 22 November 2005
You state that your newspaper is the “Voice of Tooele County.” In the Nov. 15 issue you state the Utah law that requires voter approval to add fluoride to our drinking water is arbitrary and unnecessary. You then go on to suggest the law should be changed so the people do not have a say in what is put in their drinking water.

You do not sound like “the Voice of the County” to me, rather someone that doesn’t care what the majority of the people want, only what you think is best for them! The majority of the people in Tooele voted on two different occasions, the results clearly show they did not want fluoride in their drinking water.
Apparently you don’t understand or care that the majority of the people in Tooele City want their drinking water as pure as possible. Could that be why the law was enacted in the first place? The use of fluoride or not is not the issue with the majority of these people, if they want it they will brush with it, they just do not want it in their drinking water.
My point is democracy is the best way to run this city and I find it appalling that Tooele’s only news paper does not!
Rodger Olson

Friday, November 25, 2005

Scotland-Free toothpaste given to the parents of youngsters at risk

Warning for parents as child tooth decay crisis revealed
PARENTS were today urged to get their children brushing their teeth as early as possible, after research showed that Scottish youngsters have Europe's highest rates of tooth decay. A quarter of children under five in Scotland suffer 75 per cent of the country's dental decay problems.

Click on to title to see full report.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

USA - Legal Battle

Watsonville Says 'No' to Fluoride
The Associated Press
Published: November 23, 2005
WATSONVILLE, Calif.— After losing two previous court challenges, the city of Watsonville wants the California Supreme Court to hear its case against a state order to add fluoride to its water supply.
The City Council voted Tuesday to take its legal battle against the state Department of Health Services’ order mandating fluoridation to the state’s highest court. For nearly three years, Watsonville has been fighting the order to add fluoride, which many dental experts believe prevents tooth decay.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Southampton's Green Party
John Spottiswoode
hits out at fluoridation

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

But Have Some More in Your Water.

He said the study tested 10 brands of instant tea at regular-strength levels in fluoride-free water; they didn`t test brewed or bottled tea. Fluoride levels ranged from 1.0 to 6.5 parts per million. The maximum level allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency is 4 ppm.

Click title to see full article

Monday, November 21, 2005

Alex Jones interviews Dr. Paul Connett

Dr. Connett is the nation's foremost scientist opposed to water fluoridation. He teaches Chemistry at St. Lawrence University and recently gave a presentation to the EPA on the dangers of fluoridation.

Well worth listening to again - click title to go to Alex Jones

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Fluoridated milk on school menu

Schools in a County Durham town are offering fluoride-enriched milk in a bid to combat tooth decay.
Sedgefield Primary Care trust set up the initiative after a survey in 2000 found 56% of children suffered from decay by the time they were five.
Fluoridated milk is ordinary whole milk with 0.5mg of fluoride, the amount needed to strengthen teeth against decay, added to a 189ml carton,
Children can opt into the free scheme at six schools.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Letter to the Lymington Times

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Very good article in the AAA (Autumn 2005 Booklet)

Looking at the factors against it
Dr Anthony D Fox, Chairman. The Dorset & New Forest Safe Water Society.

Australian Letter

Thu, Nov 17, 2005

Fluoride will poison water

PLEASE dont poison our drinking water.
It is alarming that none of the following verifiable facts were included in our fluoride information booklet. Calcium fluoride is naturally occurring in some water supplies, but sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate and fluorosilicic acid, which are intended for our drinking water, are not natural they are toxic by-products, industrial waste, and just half of a teaspoon will kill a child. Fluoride is used to suppress thyroid function, some people who already have impaired thyroid function will have to go on thyroid medication for the rest of their lives.
The one part per million dosage that is intended to be added to our water is 200 times more than an infant receives from mothers breast milk.
The fluoride table manufactures do not recommend that any fluoride is given to infants under six months of age as this is the time when the infants teeth and bones are forming. Mothers who bottle-feed their baby will have to buy bottled water to mix formula with or risk overdosing their baby with fluoridated tap water. Babies teeth and bones are forming way before they are even born. Does an expectant mothers body have the ability to filter out the excess fluoride she ingests so that the fetus only gets as much as it needs or will fluoride over-dosing of the fetus occur before they are born?
Most of the world in fact now reject fluoride and do not intend to put any fluoride in their water supplies. Prior to Prime Minister Howards appointment to office in 1997, the Federal Government had the $100 million Commonwealth Dental Health Program after being appointed Mr Howard abolished it and made each state responsible for its own dental care. Since then the waiting lists have grown even longer than they were before. And now, industrial fluoride is supposed to make up the shortfall.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Liberal Democrats come out against fluoridation
Correct Address to write to is:
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority
Oakley Road
SO16 4GX

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Yorkshire Post Report on DoH Publication

Reform unveiled for dental care
Six-step overhaul aims to reduce regional inequalities and focus on prevention rather than cure
Mike Waites
Health Correspondent
A SIX-step plan to reduce inequalities in dental health was unveiled yesterday by the Government.

Click title to go to full article

DoH Guidance for Professionals 14th November

Choosing better oral health: An oral health plan for England

Admits childrens' oral health better than ever before but for a tiny minority the whole population is targeted for Fluoride. See image below or click on title to go to DoH web page to download full report in PDF form.

Target Population - Everybody

Monday, November 14, 2005

Green Party

John Spottiswoode is due to present the arguments against fluoridation to Southampton City Council's Health Scrutiny Panel in the coming weeks. He is a long term Green Party member, was on the Green Party National Executive Committee and fought for the Southampton Test seat in the recent general election.

Excellent presentation click title to download

USA - Fluoride Vote Against

Fluoride foes grab the lead
County races still close in latest ballot update

A proposal to add fluoride to Bellingham's drinking water lost its narrow lead Saturday, with opponents calling the shift "tremendous news."
Unofficial election results show 50.3 percent of voters against the measure and 49.6 percent supporting it, with 33,080 ballots counted - a difference of 91 votes. Officials are counting ballots almost every day in Whatcom County's first vote-by-mail election, but did no tally Friday in observance of Veterans Day.
More than 10,000 processed ballots from Tuesday's general election remain uncounted at the Auditor's

Sunday, November 13, 2005

In India people are dying from fluoride poisoning - letter

RE:Fluoride POISONING from toothpastes

Ground water in almost the entire subcontinent has excess fluoride in it, and in some regions -- e.g., Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh --the level is VERY HIGH, 25 ppm [parts per million] in some places. Vegetables and food grains grown in water containing fluoride take up and retain the fluoride, and some plants may even convert it to the UTTERLY DEADLY POISON, fluoroacetic acid.
At the same time, almost all well known brands of TOOTHPASTE now contain added fluoride. The manufacturers MISCHIEVOUSLY and wrongly call it vitamin Fluoride. There are also many mouthwashes containing very high concentration of fluoride. WHY ARE THE MEDICAL PEOPLE IGNORING THIS HORRIBLE PRACTICE OF DELIBERATE MASS POISONING? WHY ARE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES NOT ACTING?
On my part I urge the readers to AVOID BUYING THESE POISONOUS TOOTHPASTES, mostly made by foreign-based MNCs, and go in for so-called "herbal" toothpastes made by indigenous companies, like Neem, Dabur, Himalaya Herbal Dental Cream, etc.
T S Raman, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Australian Letter

Fluoride has its dangers

REGARDING fluoridation plans for our area, I have done some research and the following items which have not been well publicised are items the residents of the North East should think seriously about.
Fluoride is a poison and over time builds up in the body.
The president of Australian Dental Association said in 2001: “Tasmania is in a dental crisis”, where theyve had fluoridation for 50 years.
Then in 2004, The West Australian quoted the chairman of the Australian Dental Association, saying that parents were lulled into false sense of security and their childrens “teeth were spoilt rotten”.
Perth has had fluoridation for 37 years.
The Anti-fluoridation Association of Victoria says 10 per cent to 48 per cent of children in fluoridated areas suffer from mottled teeth.
Research done by both the British Medical Research Council and the American Medical Association states that mottling is the first sign of chronic fluoride poisoning.
Those associations tell us half of the fluoride we ingest from fluoridated water is retained.
This retention is controlled by the kidney function and that control is detrimental to the kidneys condition.
Why should we, without discussion, be forced to take this risk?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

BBC radio

Building a healther britain
is the BBC url for listening to the program for next 5 days

Another letter to wake up Southampton to the imminent threat

USA Fluoride defeat

Fluoride overwhelmingly rejected
Written by Jesse Fruhwirth

Wednesday, 09 November 2005

Tooele voters have turned down a fluoridation proposal for a third time. Despite new residents that proponents thought might be more inclined to vote for fluoridation, it was defeated by a larger margin than in the 1999 election. Jim Busico of Tooele, a local realtor and fluoride critic, said the anti-fluoride activists were successful in causing voters to doubt the advice of the dental and medical establishments.
"Being able to say that [voters] should trust their dentists wasn't good enough ... There's so much controversy over fluoride ... that it caused reasonable doubt," Busico said. "Anytime you have reasonable doubt, why take a chance?"
Dr. Clair Vernon, a Tooele dentist and fluoridation proponent, said he was "surprised and disappointed" that Tooele had voted against fluoridation.
"I'm just sad that Tooele is not going to benefit from fluoridated water," he said. "They don't realize what they're missing."
Voters rejected fluoride by a wider margin than they did in the 1999 election; 66 percent voted down fluoridation in this election, while 64 percent opposed it in the past.
"Our rationale [in putting fluoride on the ballot again this year] was that Tooele has changed since the last time it was voted on," Tooele City Councilman John Hansen said at an October meeting. Voters in newer parts of Tooele did favor fluoride slightly more than the rest of the city, but the opposition was overwhelming in most precincts. Overlake voted for fluoridation more readily than any other precinct, but even there only 51 percent were in favor.
Fluoridation was opposed by 54 percent in precinct three, the southeast corner of Tooele where voter turnout was highest in the city. Precinct 13 around Tooele High School also had high turnout at 44 percent. Proposition one was defeated resoundingly there with 75 percent of voters opposing fluoridation.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

You must not dump anything with a hazardous orange X label but it is OK to dump tonnes of toxic fluoride into our drinking water!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why doesn't the CMO for England believe in our right to say no?

Interestingly, though, the public has flexed its empowerment muscles on the subject of fluoride, forcing the Scottish Executive to reverse its proposal for the mass fluoridation of Scottish water in order to improve the woeful condition of the nation's teeth. Instead, it has now promised to increase and enhance NHS dental services. "There is a lot of public misunderstanding about fluoride. I am in no doubt that increasing the level in water would be a good thing for public health, not just for teeth but in relation to gum disease and its relation to heart conditions.
"Having said that, I got stick from some of my colleagues because I was not prepared to stand up and say we will fluoridate the water at all costs. But it's a basic aspect of medical ethics that you don't treat patients without their permission. No-one is going to force antibiotics down people's throats, no-one is going to force statins down people's throats. And by the same token it's very difficult to force fluoride down people's throats if public opinion is against it."
Click title to see full report.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Letter in response to Hadden's

Sunday, November 06, 2005

USA - EPA to study how fluoride emissions from the Reynolds and Alcoa plants affect deer.

Hunters asked to be alert for chronic wasting disease in deer
SAINT REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. Local hunters are being asked to help environmental officials from the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation check wild deer for early signs of chronic wasting disease.
The tribe's Environmental Division staff wants Franklin and Saint Lawrence county hunters to let tissue samples be taken from the heads of deer they kill.
Chronic wasting disease has been found in two captive deer herds farther south in Oneida County. It is believed caused by abnormal protein particles in the brain. Infected animals lose weight, behave erratically, become disoriented and die.
There is no evidence C-W-D is harmful to humans or other domestic livestock.
Tribal Environmental Division Director Ken Jock says his office is already working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study how fluoride emissions from the Reynolds and Alcoa plants affect deer.
The factories are located west of the reservation, by the Saint Lawrence River and Canadian border.Jock tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican their tissue samples from deer are also tested for other chemical contamination.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Southampton Echo print an emotive picture while publishing a letter supporting my exposure of the BDA's plans to flood the City with pro-fluoridation propaganda.


PUBLISHED: Friday, November 4, 2005
There's what you know, and there's what you think you know
So, where did this fluoride thing start?
Not just in Mt. Pleasant, but overall.
We're not talking about a place so much as a time. And, not so much a time as a frame of mind.
It was 50 years ago, during a kind of golden age, when people had faith that scientists could solve our problems by lifting mankind above the natural world in which it lived. It was when we thought that DDT would rid us of pesky insects, penicillin would banish communicable diseases to the ash heap of extinction and that we'd establish moon colonies so that we could ever expand without worrying about running out of space.

Well, that penicillin thing hasn't worked out
Click title to see both comments

Friday, November 04, 2005

USA running short - sensible opinion

Fluoride mandate is not needed
A nationwide shortage of fluoride has left some local towns without any to treat their water. And that raises questions about the wisdom of a proposed state law that would mandate use of the chemical.
A bill before the Legislature would require communities of more than 5,000 people to add fluoride to their water. The chemical helps prevent tooth decay, particularly in children.
But the closing of the nation's main supplier and a similar mandate in California has made fluoride hard to find. Andover is out of the chemical. North Andover is near the end of its supply. If a statewide mandate is passed, where will towns find their fluoride?
A statewide fluoridation requirement is unnecessary. There are plenty of other sources of fluoride to keep children's teeth healthy. It's in toothpastes, mouthwashes, tablets, rinses and is readily available at the dentist. The Legislature should leave the law as it is and allow cities and towns to decide whether to fluoridate their drinking water.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Canadian doctor opposes fluoride

'The scam that is water fluoridation'
Nov 02 2005
Dear Editor,
As a medical practitioner for three decades and a leader of the anti-fluoride movement in Calgary, Alberta for over four years, my tendency and preference has been to walk a calm, rational path and attempt to encourage colleagues and the powers that be to look objectively at the facts and new information around water fluoridation.
However, I find myself becoming increasingly angry and frustrated with the political and medical scam that is water fluoridation.
I suggest that physicians like Dr. Ames and dentists like Drs. Hallett and Dolinsky read the following carefully before leading the public further into the fluoridation abyss.
Water fluoridation does very little to protect teeth and prevent caries, as many good studies prove (see Dr. Paul Connett's "50 Reasons To Oppose Fluoride"). A case can be made for topical fluoride use but not for the ingested variety.
It is NOT natural calcium fluoride nor pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride that is being dumped into our mostly pure and clean water systems but a highly toxic industrial waste, hydrofluosilicic acid, which is scrubbed out of the smoke stacks of the fertilizer and aluminum industries.
Hydrofluosilicic acid is not fully tested or approved for human use in North America and we are uncertain as to what happens when it dissociates in water.
This volatile toxin is an enzymatic poison and accumulates in neurological tissue, endocrine tissue and excessively in bone, making bones thicker but weaker and more brittle.
Over 90 per cent of British Columbia and 98 per cent of Europe are not fluoridated and teeth in these jurisdictions are as good or better than Alberta with 75 per cent fluoridation and the USA which is at around 65 per cent.
Dental decay is a condition associated with poor nutrition, overuse of sugary foods and drinks, poor dental hygiene and lack of good quality basicdental care.
The 70 per cent decrease in caries over the last several decades has occurred in non-fluoridated as well as fluoridated areas so this huge improvement has everything to do with tackling the above problems and little or nothing to do with water fluoridation.
Water fluoridation does NOT help poor children. Many studies bear this out, and it would be nice to have politicians, dentists and physicians stop reiterating this myth.
My simple request is that every medical and dental practitioner, each politician thinking of voting for fluoridation, and anyone in the public preparing to vote on this matter, read the amazingly powerful book, "The Fluoride Deception", by Christopher Bryson from 2004.
With over 100 pages of documentation to back the 200 pages of text, this powerful book reveals fluoridation for the disgusting and disheartening crime against the generalpublic that it is.
Often, it is hard for us in the medical profession to admit that the wool has been pulled over our eyes.
Dr. Hardy Limeback, head of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto, made that leap in 1998 and I followed in 1999.
We have since been attempting to send fluoride to rest along with lead in gasoline and paint, asbestos, DDT, thalidomide, hexavalent chromium and many of the other follies from the era of chemical evangelicism.
I suggest that you in Golden educate yourselves and make the leap too - your health will be far better for it, and your teeth won't even notice.
Dr. Robert C. Dickson is a general family physician in Calgary, Alberta and leads the anti-fluoride campaign in Calgary

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Press Release

New EU legislation -
THE COUNCIL of 31 March 2004 amending Directive 2001/83/EC
(see 9 below) has an impact on all existing fluoridation schemes which currently affect 6 million people in the UK who are forced to drink, cook with and bathe in fluoridated water.
All ingestible substances are either foods or medicines, when fluoride - in ANY form - is added to water with the intent to medicate then that water becomes a medicine, and must comply with the regulations relating to the registration, licensing, sale and administration of medicines.

This is now an absolute requirement, and enforceable under EU legislation, the UK Government's dispensation for silicofluorides to be used to medicate dental caries is without substance.

Douglas Cross - Environmental Analyst - EurProBiol,CBiol,MIBiol,BSc also comments
'From 31st October '05 it will be illegal to to use silicofluorides with the intent to medicate. Nomination of silicofluorides by the UK government for fluoridation does not constitute the issue of a marketing authorisation which is mandatory for any substance used with the intent of treating or preventing any medical condition.'

Professor Vyvyan Howard, toxico-pathologist in the Centre for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Ulster said "I am glad that there now appears to be a legal framework to test the dubious practice of mass medication via the water supply. There are so many unanswered questions relating to the addition of hexafluorosilicic acid to the water supply, particularly to the unborn and infants, that it is my personal and professional opinion that the practice should cease until the basic
toxicological research required has been performed".
Cllr. Susan King - Secretary of NAMAF is delighted that the new EC legislation will bring to an end the deliberate pollution of water supplies with hexafluorosilicic acid at the rate of 1 part per million. For the last 60 years fluoride has been condoned as the 'protected pollutant' with unknown effects on our general health and the health of the environment.

She added 'There is now compelling evidence from the US that fluorides are carcinogenic linking them with bone cancer affecting young males. Water suppliers are not pharmacists! Its totally unacceptable to add a known cumulative protoplasmic poison to our tapwater. The fluoride dosing equipment must be switched off now!'

For more information please contact:

Cllr. Susan King - Secretary NAMAF Mobile Tel: (07976) 255364
(01455) 828778 e mail: kings1955@aol.com
or Margaret Cooper - Co-ordinator
National Register of Children with Dental Fluorosis
Mobile Tel: (07930) 810630 or Tel: 0115 9652 948.
Notes for Editors
1) Press release on first Consumer Council for Water meeting -
Birmingham Nov 1st 2005
Water supplies top the agenda at first CCWater meeting in public
2) DWI - Press release on formation of Consumer Council for Water -
( replacing Water Voice)
3) Doug Cross - analysis of implications of Codified Pharmaceutical
Directive in relation to
EC definition of a food.
The medicinal regulations are essentially unchanged from the wording ofthe 2001 Codified Pharmaceuticals Directive. However, the Food Directivehas more recently been updated,and now provides additional confirmation of the status of 'normal'
drinking water, and therefore of fluoridated water as a medicine. Remember, any ingestible substance is either a food or a medicine. Note the use of the phrase 'Water is ingested directly or indirectly like other foods,' in section 6 of the Preamble. This is also saying that water is a food, like any other. The key ruling is the European Court of Justice's decision that the intent to medicate renders any chemical so used a medicinal substance.

Accidents do happen - why risk it?

Pump floods wells with fluoride

MASON - A chemical feed pump malfunctioned Friday, causing one of the city's seven drinking water wells to be flooded with too much fluoride, said Ken Baker, superintendent of public works. "It was a higher than normal level, but it wasn't anything that's going to make anybody sick."

He said officials caught the malfunction Monday and corrected it.

He added the state Department of Environmental Quality was notified of the event and that an investigation to determine the cause of the malfunction is under way. The city's fluoride level is usually one part fluoride per million gallons of water. Over the weekend, it reached three parts per million at its highest level.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

For and against

(A very long pro fluoride article, with added replies from our side. Click title to see full story)
October 31, 2005

Time and the Anti-Fluoride Cause

By Marvin Schissel, D.D.S.

In the words of Carl Sagan: "We've arranged a global civilization in which most critical elements depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster."

The combination of a scientifically unsophisticated public and the profusion of easily accessible crackpot information on the Internet is indeed a prescription for disaster. Bogus issues ignite the paranoia of some people searching for a "meaningful" cause, and the results can be medical disaster. (As an example, the groundless hysteria about mercury in vaccines may put us all at risk of epidemics: already diseases that had been long under control are beginning to resurface.)

And now another old quack cause is being recharged: the anti-fluoridation movement. An article in Time (Oct. 24) sympathetically describes this burgeoning new/old crusade and, by getting many things wrong, adds fuel to the fire.

Historically, anti-fluoride activists have claimed, with no evidence, that fluoridation causes everything from cancer to mental disease. It was even called a Communist plot to poison our wells -- until the Russians fluoridated their own water. Typical of quack tactics, when one phony claim was disproved they came up with another. Activists claim their activity is based on "research." But looking up blogs on Google is not research: the Internet is too often a source of hysteria and paranoia rather than sound science.

The facts are clear: fluoride, one of Earth's most abundant elements, is a mineral found naturally in many water supplies. Low dosages of ingested fluoride will cause developing teeth to greatly increase their resistance to decay. Fluoridation of community water supplies is the most extensively investigated public health measure in history. Entire populations have been studied, and there is not a shred of bona fide evidence that anyone has been harmed by proper fluoridation of community water supplies. Fluoridation is widely considered one of the century's great public health achievements. The American Dental Association lists 114 prominent national and international health organizations that support fluoridation.