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Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Wales - Inquiry will get to root of tooth decay problem

Inquiry will get to root of tooth decay problem
by Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail
Jul 30 2011
ShareAN INQUIRY will examine why so many children in Wales are suffering from tooth decay.
The investigation, by the National Assembly’s children and young people committee, will also assess whether a Welsh Government scheme to improve children’s oral health is having an effect.
Over the course of the past two years, thousands of children in some of the most deprived parts of Wales have been taught how to brush their teeth as part of the Designed to Smile initiative.
Children in Wales have the worst teeth in the UK – five-year-olds in Wales have an average of two to three missing, filled or decayed teeth

But in the most deprived communities this is much higher – in Merthyr Tydfil the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth for every five-year-old is 3.9.
Christine Chapman, Labour AM for Cynon Valley and chair of the committee, said: “Research shows dental health of children in Wales is worse than many other parts of the UK and the problem is most prevalent in deprived areas.
“Given the level of investment the Welsh Government has dedicated to improving our children’s oral health, we feel it is time to examine how effective its efforts to improve standards have been.
“Therefore we will be assessing whether that extra investment has delivered improved standards, particularly among children who live in Wales’ more deprived areas. We will also ask what, if anything, can be done to ensure Welsh children are getting the best possible service consistently across the country.”...............

Friday, July 29, 2011

Speak Your Mind About Water Fluoridation! #1

USA - Study finds no link between fluoride and osteosarcoma

Study finds no link between fluoride and osteosarcoma
By Kathy Kincade, Editor in Chief
July 28, 2011 -- There is no significant association between bone fluoride levels and osteosarcoma risk, according to a new study in the Journal of Dental Research (July 28, 2011).

There has been ongoing controversy as to whether there is a link between bone fluoride levels and osteosarcoma. An inconclusive animal study conducted 20 years ago first raised the question of an association between fluoride and osteosarcoma. Since that time, other studies have examined the issue; however, this new study, using actual bone to measure fluoride levels in individuals with and without osteosarcoma, is considered by researchers to be the best science to date because a more accurate and reliable scientific method was used to measure exposure from all sources of fluoride, according to Raymond Gist, DDS, president of the ADA.

"This new study adds to an already strong base of scientific evidence that fluoride is safe and effective at preventing cavities," Dr. Gist stated in a press release.

A team of researchers from Harvard University, the Medical College of Georgia and the National Cancer Institute analyzed hundreds of bone samples from nine hospitals over an eight-year period from patients with osteosarcoma and a control group to measure fluoride levels in the bone. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved the design of the study, which was led by Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD, of Harvard University, and funding for the research was provided by the NCI, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research..............

7/28/2011 1:57:28 PM
nyscof This study took 8 years to compile the data and 7 years to tweak the data to desired results, in my opinion. It is meant to refute the Harvard/Bassin study which showed a correlation between osteosarcoma and bone cancer. But it does not. Chester Douglass author of the study you write about signed off on Bassin's dissertation which became a published peer-reviewed study.
Since Bassin found that it was the timing of F exposure and neither the bone level of fluoride nor the length of exposure which could account for the dramatic increase in osteosarcoma, this study actually adds nothing new to the issue.

Interesting that Douglass and his team used "other malignant bone tumors" as the control group, instead of true controls. And the control group was higher in age and therefore had higher bone fluoride levels.

Bassin found 5 - 7 fold increase risk in osteosarcoma in young boys exposed in the 6th, 7th and 8th years. Bone levels collected at autopsy or diagnosis cannot possibly give the exposure during these years ( bone fluoride levels are cumulative)

For five years this promised study has been used to discount Bassin's findings - now that it has come out clearly it does not. Why didn't they replicate Bassin's methodology?

NZ - Fluoride leader considers reversal

Fluoride leader considers reversal
The first place in New Zealand to have fluoridated water will hold a referendum to decide if it should be removed.
Fluoride was introduced to Hastings' water supply in 1954.
Hastings district councillors yesterday voted unanimously in favour of holding a binding referendum. Papers will be sent out with voting papers in the 2013 local government election.
The decision follows months of lobbying by a group opposed to fluoridation, culminating in a public meeting in April which saw health experts debate with Paul Connett, chemistry professor at St Lawrence University New York and Fluoride Action Network research director.
Only water in the wards of Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere is fluoridated. Hastings last voted on fluoridation in 1990, with 56 per cent in favour.
If eligible electors vote for a change, the council will not have to repay a $244,100subsidy from the Health Ministry for a new fluoridation plant.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

USA - Strange but - True!

Wednesday, 27th July 2011
By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD
Each American eats more than 130 pounds of sugar per year, feeding our epidemics of obesity, tooth decay and high blood pressure.

Thought it would be more.

USA - BWL water treatment plan remains closed after chlorine gas leak

Written by
Melissa Domsic
LANSING - Lansing Board of Water & Light's water treatment plant in south Lansing remains closed, a day after a chlorine gas leak.

A shipment of chlorine was placed into a wrong tank containing fluoride Tuesday morning, causing gas to form inside the plant near Wise and Jolly roads.
The gas, which is highly corrosive, damaged some equipment in the plant, said Mark Nixon, spokesman for the public utility. The gas becomes acidic when it condenses, he said.
BWL's water conditioning plant on South Cedar Street is supplying water to the utility's 55,000 customers............

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Communities which have Rejected Fluoridation Since 1990

Communities which have Rejected Fluoridation Since 1990

"[I]n recent years, when towns and cities across the country have held voter referenda on fluoridation, its use has been rejected about half the time." - Chemical & Engineering News, September 4, 2006

“While city councils and water boards tend to fluoridate when they have the power, the electorate is far more divided. Over the past five years, the practice was voted down in 38 of 79 referendums, from Modesto, Calif., to Worcester, Mass.” - TIME Magazine, October 24, 2005

"In about 60% of 2000 referenda held in the U.S. since 1950, fluoridation has been voted down." - Chemical & Engineering News August 1, 1988

"The big cities in the United States were mostly fluoridated by executive action in such a way as to avoid public referenda." - James M. Dunning, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1984. (Quote from: Social Science & Medicine 1984, vol. 19, page 1245.)

"The fact that nearly 3 out of every 5 communities which vote on the issue have rejected fluoridation, year after year, does in all likelihood represent a collective judgment on the part of the public that, when all things are considered, fluoridation is not an acceptable public health measure." - Edward Groth III, PhD Dissertation, Stanford University, May 1973

"Avoid a referendum. The statistics are that 3 out of 4 fluoridation referenda fail."- Susan Allen, RDH, BS Fluoridation Coordinator, Public Health Dental Program, State Health Office, Florida. May 7, 1990. (See photocopy of letter)

Click to go to Fluoride Alert

Australia - Fluoride debate resurfaces

Fluoride debate resurfaces
27 Jul, 2011 05:01 PM
SEVERAL Tenterfield Shire councillors have vowed to continue to fight fluoridation of the town’s water supply to the end, despite completion of a $67,000 fluoride dosing plant.
Tenterfield Shire Council was given a NSW Department of Health grant to purchase and install a fluoride dosing plant, but had to cover the estimated $4000 in staff training and will be responsible for ongoing costs of an estimated $15,000 a year.
Council general manager Jim Gossage said council was awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health that council could start fluoridation.
But Cr Lawrie West said he would continue to fight the introduction of fluoride.
“That is simply because 74 per cent of the people say they don’t want it,” Cr West said.
Cr West said he had been advised council would use sodium fluoride as an additive rather than the naturally occurring calcium fluoride.
“The thing I would like to point out is that it can’t be destroyed,” he said. “Unlike chlorine, fluoride doesn’t boil off.
“If you hose your garden with town water, the sodium fluoride water soaks into the garden. The water evaporates and the sodium fluoride is left on the plants you are eating.”
Cr Phil Yates said despite the money already spent on fluoridation, he would also continue to fight its introduction.
“Even if it has cost $100,000, I want to see this end,” he said. “I don’t want this sodium fluoride – it is poison – if they are going to do it, put in calcium fluoride.”
Cr Yates is seeking a notice of motion for council to debate introducing an exemption of fees and charges for residents who want to convert to tank water.
Council has said it is introducing fluoride under the recommendation of the NSW Department of Health, despite three past referendums that showed Tenterfield people did not want fluoride added to the water.
Mayor Toby Smith said he had asked the Department of Health to withdraw council’s referral to the department to make a decision after the 2005 referendum, but said he had been unsuccessful.
“It is in the hands of the Department of Health,” he said.
“I am sure the Department of Health will put in the same sort of stuff that is used in Sydney and all the other towns and cities throughout Australia.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

USA - How Fluoride Supplements Came to be Used

How Fluoride Supplements Came to be Used
The first human-health fluoride experiment began in 1945 when sodium fluoride was poured into Newburgh, NY's, water supply to learn if fluoride would harm children.
Pre-schoolers, adults and sick children were excluded from examination. Even with this research flaw, after ten years, Newburgh's school-children had more anemia, cortical bone defects and early puberty than never-fluoridated nearby Kingston, NY. (9) Brain, thyroid effects and cancer rates weren't considered.
Despite these failures, officials prematurely claimed the Kingston/Newburgh study proved water fluoridation was safe and, therefore, assumed fluoride supplements were safe also.
References: http://tinyurl.com/NewsReleases2
Contact: Paul Beeber, JD, 516-433-8882 nyscof@aol.comhttp://www.fluoridation.webs.com/http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/3792831/fda-fluoride-supplements-never.html#ixzz1TCETJALg

Barmer: Men ageing faster due to toxic water

Monday, July 25, 2011

Truth about Flouride 07-23-11 C2CAM 1/9

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Alex Jones - We Are All Being Murdered By Slow Kill Weapons!

Alex's nightmare, is it ours?

These Documents Virtually Force You to Destroy Your Health

Posted By Dr. Mercola | July 23 2011
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that since the 1970's, the dental health professionals in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have completely controlled the agency's stance supporting water fluoridation. No CDC toxicologists, minority health professionals, experts in diabetes, or others outside the Oral Health Division had any input into the agency's position.

The documents have drawn attention once again to the CDC's and EPA's fluoride safety statements, which appear at odds with current scientific knowledge.

According to the Fluoride Action Network:

"Law firms are now reviewing old and new documents believed to highlight a pattern of attempts to curtail discussions on fluoride toxicity and downplay the importance of professionals personally reviewing scientific reports about fluorides."

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Global Warming Debate Al Gore Refused To Have

Interesting debate on climate challenge.

Friday, July 22, 2011

11 tips for teething pain relief

11 tips for teething pain relief
by Abbey Westbury | July 21, 2011
Baby needs dental care
Give baby plenty of foods with high levels of calcium and vitamin D. These will help ensure a mouthful of strong teeth, eventually. And make sure you brush those teeth, however few, twice a day to keep them healthy! Use a very soft, rounded baby toothbrush, and water or fluoride-free “training toothpaste.” Take your baby to a dentist before age 2 to make sure everything’s doing what it should.....

UK - Lymington Times

Axed health body gets more time to start water fluoridation
CAMPAIGNERS against fluoride being added to Totton's water supply have been dealt another blow after the health body in charge was given extra time to implement the scheme, despite it being axed by the government.
The South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) gave its approval for the chemical to be added to Southampton's supply in 2009 after the local primary care trust said it was needed to combat child tooth decay.
The plan affects 190,000 people around the city, including 8,000 Totton residents because of the layout of the pipes.
A two-day legal challenge to the scheme was heard in the High Court earlier this year, but a final appeal for
a judicial review was rejected by the judge.
Anti-fluoride campaigners were left hoping that government plans to scrap regional health bodies next spring would mean the SHA could not get the framework in place before it lost its powers.
As part of government reforms of the NHS, powers over fluoride had been due to be handed to elected councils as part of the changes, leading to calls for the SHA to scrap its plans, and leaving uncertainty over whether fluoride could be stopped if it was already in place. But the government has now revised its proposals, giving SHAs a reprieve until spring 2013.
Chair of campaign group Hampshire Against Fluoridation (HAP),
Stephen Peckham, told the 'A&T': "The SHA is hell-bent on pushing it through. It is an enormous waste of money on a scheme that is not wanted by local people or the councils.
"Levels of tooth decay have actually reduced in the city so the scheme is wrong. The SHA could still stop fluoridation if it wanted to."
Southampton councillors are set to debate fluoride in September after HAF forced the subject onto the agenda through a public petition calling for the authority to say it rejects the plans.
Mr Peckham added: "We would like the council to be clear that water fluoridation should not go ahead and take steps to reverse the SHA's decision."
A spokeswoman for the SHA confirmed to the 'A&T' the supply would be fluoridated in 2013, although it did not yet have a specific implementation date.
She added: "The board remains confident that water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to improve dental health.
"We are still working on the timetable [and] we are in discussions with Southern Water on developing an implementation plan which will specify the required stages, the exact times of which are still to be determined."
Before the SHA unanimously backed the scheme, 72% of the 10,000 respondents to a public consultation said they opposed fluoride.

Latest from SCSHA - timetable for water now 2013 and they promise to address all our questions 6 months beforehand.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Water fluoridation in Arkansas

Governor Mike Beebe (seated) signs community water fluoridation legislation in the presence of various public officials, including Dr. Lynn Douglas Mouden, the state's dental director (standing directly behind the governor, wearing a red jacket).

Water fluoridation in Arkansas
by Christine Nathe, RDH, MS

..........The key to passage of the legislation lay in the tremendous support from all areas of dentistry and medicine. Having the support of dentistry, dental hygiene, and medicine made passage of the hygiene and varnish bills almost a certainty. Both bills passed both houses with hardly a dissenting comment.

The fluoridation bill was the culmination of 11 years of work and advocacy on the part of the Office of Oral Health and the Arkansas Oral Health Coalition. The keys to success were the incredible support of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation and the Pew Center on the States' Oral Health Initiative. Early on, the Delta Dental foundation pledged at least $500,000 to purchase and install fluoridation equipment for the 32 affected systems. That pledge removed any thought that the legislation was an unfunded mandate.

Along with that pledge, Pew did two things that specifically helped fluoridation. First, Pew commissioned a public opinion poll in Arkansas that showed overwhelming support for fluoridation. Secondly, Pew provided funding to hire contract lobbyists in Little Rock to help move the legislation. Without the help of Delta Dental and Pew, Arkansas would not have made the strides in legislation that have become the hallmarks of oral health policy.

How can other states build on Arkansas' success?
First of all, they should never give up. Perseverance pays off when the message of oral health's importance remains in the public domain. Secondly, they should build and maintain coalitions that go far beyond the usual players. Dental hygiene and dentistry cannot win these battles alone. Finally, they should support the dental public health leaders in every state – those individuals and their programs that promote population-based prevention.

This is certainly exciting news. Also, a great message is inherent in this success, and that is how collaboration works to our advantage – when working to promote the oral health of the public!

I wonder how that opinion poll was worded?

Canada - Taber to remove fluoride from drinking water

Taber to remove fluoride from drinking water .Thursday, 21 July 2011 02:01 Albrecht, Craig .
Taber town council has gone where their Lethbridge counterparts decided not to tread in the fluoride debate.
This week in a 4-3 vote, council gave third and final reading to bylaw 2-2011, to repeal the fluoridation bylaw.
Voting against the bylaw Mayor Ray Bryant and councillors John Papp and Louie Tams, all of whom wanted a plebiscite to be held on whether to discontinue fluoridation of the town's water supply before a final decision was made.
As a result of the vote, the design work underway for upgrades to the Taber water treatment plant will not include the equipment necessary to provide fluoridation.
The decision came after a public-consultation phase that included a survey, the results of which showed a majority of residents favoured the town stopping fluoridation of its water. A total of 198 responses were gathered, and 61.6 per cent voted to discontinue fluoridation.
After a lengthy debate at city hall in April, Lethbridge city council voted down by a 5-4 margin a resolution by Ald. Bridget Mearns to end fluoridation of city drinking water, a practice adopted in 1974 after an equally close plebiscite on the issue.
Mearns brought the issue forward, arguing there's evidence that casts doubt on the ethics, safety and effectiveness of fluoridation in preventing tooth decay. Those voting in opposition cited their legal responsibility under the Municipal Government Act to protect the health of the public...........

What are the chronic medical conditions?

What are the chronic medical conditions?
We have so frequently been exposed to certain medical conditions and medications that we begin accepting a chronic condition as the norm. Is there ever a day that you don't see a patient who is on a blood thinner, cholesterol medication, or a diuretic? I highly doubt it. There are so many chronic medical conditions these days, ranging from the simple to complex. Examples include (but are not limited to) obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, taking medications for these chronic illnesses may have developed chronic xerostomia.

Xerostomia has very damaging results and yet is the most common side effect of prescription and nonprescription drugs. Decay is widespread among people who have dry mouth. They experience great discomfort and long-term problems. Relief is sought out in mints, cough drops, gum, and beverages. Many times, the products patients choose are sugary, thus adding to the problem. Several products help combat dry mouth, but the only "cure" often seems to be to stop taking the medications, which can't always happen. Many factors are involved with xerostomia – not just medications. Insomnia, systemic diseases, radiation therapy, dehydration, stress, depression, and lack of chewing are all causative factors for dry mouth.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

House of Lords Questions

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the extent of individual daily variations in water intake in populations targeted by water fluoridation schemes.[HL10813]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Information from food and diet surveys suggests that in the United Kingdom the average consumption of drinking water, including beverages made up with drinking water, is between one and two litres per day. No specific information is held centrally on areas with fluoridated schemes.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 7 December 2010 (WA 34-5), 7 February (WA 17-8), 26 April (WA 48), and 17 May (WA 300), which concerned errors in information provided to the public by the National Fluoride Information Centre, whether they will commission an organisation without links to the dental profession to prepare and maintain future updates of the findings of the 2000 systematic review of water fluoridation by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York.[HL10814]

Earl Howe: We agree that a multidisciplinary approach is required to monitor and evaluate the effects of fluoridation, albeit with a substantial dental contribution in assessing the effects on oral health. We will take account of the noble Earl's views in commissioning future research.

Deadly Fluoride: Hoax on the Run 1/2

USA - Fluoride May Be Eliminated In Spring Hill Drinking Water

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - It's been part of our lives for nearly 70 years and it could soon be gone for the folks living in Spring Hill.
Since 1945, fluoride has been used in the drinking water across the country. Now, more cities have decided to stop using it and Spring Hill could be next.
You can't taste it or smell it, but fluoride runs through the water you drink and brush your teeth.
"My understanding is it started in the 1940s to prevent tooth decay in children," said Spring Hill Water Superintendent Caryl Giles.
Giles said after getting a few questions as to why the city still used the chemical, she took the question to the decision makers of the city.
"So I thought the time was now to bring it out and allow the alderman to help me make that decision. Do we continue to fluoridate the water or do we take it out?" Giles asked.
Currently, there are no state regulations that require the use of the chemical but it is used often.
Spring Hill recently dropped the percentage it uses from 1 milligram to .7.
"In February, EPA and the Health of Human Services recommended a dosage of .7 milligrams per liter," explained Giles.
Fluoride does not kill any germs; its only purpose is to prevent tooth decay. So if it's eliminated, Giles said there is nothing to worry about.
While fluoride is already the cheapest chemical used in water, eliminating it could save Spring Hill more than $20,000 per year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

USA admits fluoride is damaging teeth

Don't you think this is reason enough to say no to fluoridation.

Monday, July 18, 2011

T Colin Campbell

Interesting bit at the end of the video.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

India - A tale of grit and determination

A tale of grit and determination
Mangalore, July 16, DHNS:
Shailiesh Nerlikar is different from other chess players in one aspect.
The 33-year-old, who hails from a small village near Kohlapur, Maharashtra, suffers from a chronic bone disease that has left him paralysed since six.
Diagnosed with skeletal flurosis due to the consumption of fluoride-laden water drived from borewells, Nerlikar can neither walk nor sit because of extremely fragile bones and joints locked.
Despite the handicap, Nerlikar never gave up and chose to take up chess. Self taught, Nerlikar competed in his first tournament in 2002 and won his first title in Pune three years later.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

UK - Flouride claims will finally be reviewed after protests

Flouride claims will finally be reviewed after protests
Friday, July 15, 2011 Tamworth Herald
AFTER a long, hard-fought battle, claims that too much fluoride in Tamworth’s water supply is harmful to residents will finally be reviewed by councillors.
Protesters packed out the public gallery at Marmion House on Tuesday night offering a united front against councillors they felt had previously ignored the issue.
But a petition, signed by more than 1,000 people, forced members to reconsider their position, with councillors voting unanimously in favour of referring the town’s fluoride levels for scrutiny.
“It was a well deserved victory,” said Councillor Chris Cooke, who has lobbied the authority on the issue for the last 12 month.
“Very much a show of what people power can do.
“Hundreds of people signed the petition forcing fluoride onto Tamworth council’s agenda. Many other people emailed, phoned and otherwise lobbied their local councillors.
“When they saw the public gallery packed with people, councillors realised they had been brow-beaten by this wave of public support. They had to give in.
“It’s been hard work,” he added. “But it proves people power works.”
Tuesday night’s meeting saw councillors across the chamber back Chris Cooke’s motion for the matter to be added to the community and wellbeing scrutiny committee’s agenda.
Cllr Lee Bates said: “It should go back for scrutiny because that’s what the people want.”
Cllr Simon Peaple agreed: “It deserves to be looked at. My view is that where we’ve got petitions like this we should refer them to the relevant committee.”
Opposition Leader Cllr John Faulkner said: “The question is not whether or not we’re in favour of fluoride being added to our water, it’s whether or not it should be debated at the community wellbeing and scrutiny committee.”
Despite offering his support, council Leader Danny Cook said “there are bigger issues in Tamworth”. While Cllr Andrew James disputed many of the claims made by Cllr Cook about the dangers of fluoridation.
The matter will now be added onto the wellbeing and scrutiny committee’s agenda.

Friday, July 15, 2011

UK - HAMPSHIRE: SHA given 12-month stay of execution

HAMPSHIRE: SHA given 12-month stay of execution
SHA fluoridation can still go ahead
HEALTH chiefs will have the time they need to put fluoride in Hampshire's
tap water supplies before their organisation is axed, the Daily Echo can
By Jon Reeve
Anti-fluoride campaigners had hoped Government plans to scrap regional
health bodies next spring would mean the South Central Strategic Health
Authority (SHA) couldn't get the framework in place before it lost its
The SHA had been facing a race against time to put the controversial plan
into practice.
But now the body looks to have been given a 12-month reprieve - giving it
long enough to implement the fluoride scheme.
Earlier this year, the SHA defeated a High Court legal challenge designed to
stop fluoridation, and work on the scheme, which had been on hold for
virtually two years, was restarted.
The authority said last night it was now confident fluoride could be in the
water within as little as 18 months.
And even once the SHAs are axed, it now looks likely their powers over new
schemes will be handed to the new national body Public Health England.

The SHA said last night it is working with Southern Water towards starting
delivering fluoridated water to nearly 200,000 residents.

Edited version because of copyright.

Where Does Fluoride Come From?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dr Hardy Limeback

Worth seeing again.

NZ - Plug pulled on Taumarunui fluoride

Plug pulled on Taumarunui fluoride
John Maslin | 14th July 2011
Ruapehu District Council has reversed a 1960s decision to fluoridate Taumarunui's water supply, claiming the original decision of the then borough council was made without extensive consultation, and was a prime reason to stop the process now.
The reversal follows consultation on the council's 2011-12 Exceptions Annual Plan which has just been completed.
Pauline Welch, who heads the council's strategic development team, said the decision was made based on a number of reasons, and not solely because of the arguments of the anti-fluoridation lobby.
Ms Welch said arguments on the future of the fluoridation of Taumarunui's water supply had "passionate submitters" both for and against. She said the 34 submissions received made fluoridation the third most popular topic from the plan and submissions were evenly split.
Ms Welch said that the Local Government Act 2002 required the council to go into the consultation phase from a completely unbiased position.
"Any form of pre-determination can open council's decisions up to a legal challenge," she said.
The council's final decision was based on some key factors.
"The introduction of fluoridation into Taumarunui water in the 1960s was done without an extensive consultation process, although it was introduced on the prevailing medical advice at the time," she said.
Ms Welch said the treatment of the water supply made ingestion of fluoride compulsory for Taumarunui residents which took away people's free choice, "many of whom desire the right to choose".
She said in spite of the decision, councillors recognised the issues of dental care.
The council noted some toothpastes contained fluoride and fluoride tablets were available if people wished to use them.

UK - Barrow and South Lakeland are the worst areas in the country for tooth decay

North West Evening MailNews
The root of the problem
Last updated at 13:44, Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Figures reveal Barrow and South Lakeland are the worst areas in the country for tooth decay
CHILDREN in Barrow and South Lakeland have the worst rates of tooth decay in the country.
Figures from the Department of Health have revealed that the rate of children’s tooth decay in both areas sits right at the bottom of national tables.
The average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth in 12-year-olds was 1.6, compared with a national average of 0.8 per cent.
Other areas of Cumbria are level with, or below, the national average.
In Copeland, the average is 0.7 per cent, in Eden, the rate is 0.8 per cent and it is 0.6 per cent for children in Allerdale.
The data was collected during 2008 and 2009, but was only released this month following the publication of health profiles for boroughs across the country.
Oral and public health say the problem is not specific to 12-year-olds, but all children, although rates of decay are slightly better for five-year-olds.
They have linked tooth decay to high levels of deprivation in the area.
Eric Rooney, consultant in dental public health for primary care trust NHS Cumbria, said: “There is an association between living in deprived areas and poor oral and dental health, where levels of healthy eating and smoking are all below average. That might be in adults, but it is all linked.
“There are issues about the amount of money people have to be able to have a reasonable diet. There are sometimes barriers.
“Tooth decay is caused by eating lots of foods with sugar in them, or a high-sugar diet with a lot of snacking in between meals, not having regular meal times.
“Once people get decay, all we can do is repair it, so we need to ensure we are getting to children before decay starts by encouraging healthy eating.
“Some part of it is education, but just because you know something is the right thing to do, it doesn’t mean you do it. Everyone knows smoking is bad for you but people still do it.”
Mr Rooney said that despite the figures, the problem in the area is not getting worse year-on-year.
He said that he is working with a number of dental practices in Barrow and Ulverston to deliver a preventative programme called Smile 4 Life.
He said: “We’re targeting nurseries and children’s centres, making sure the centres themselves don’t have biscuits and cakes at snack time, ensuring children can get access to preventative care, encouraging them to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and have a healthy diet.”

25 Sep 2008 – HEALTH bosses have voted for a move which could lead to fluoride being added to South Lakeland's drinking water.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From Paul Connett Fluoride Action Network

Another community stops fluoridation
We have a lot to talk about in this bulletin but we will start with what we always like to start with: news of another town halting fluoridation. This victory comes from New Zealand, which unlike its Australian neighbor, still retains a vestige of democracy on this issue. On July 4, the Ruapehu District Council for the town of Taumarunui had this to say about their decision:
Council has decided to remove fluoridation from the Taumarunui Water Supply. There was considerable debate over the issue and council heard from speakers of both perspectives. Factors in the decision included (but it's not an exhaustive record);
- The introduction of fluoridation into Taumarunui without a significant consultation process in the 1960s.
-The role of a Council in health outcomes when it does not fully understand the science, nor is able to, or willing to, monitor health outcomes. Council is not primarily a provider of health or dental products.
-The lack of choice possible by a blanket treatment amongst population today, many of whom desire choice.
-The lack of unequivocal statements of safety of fluoride to all people who do not have the choice not to ingest it.
This echoes the rationale for the decision by Calgary City Council earlier this year. They too looked at both sides (due diligence); did not feel it was their right to force medicine on the community members in uncontrollable doses and without their informed consent.............................

UK - Daily Echo letters

Take responsibility for own oral health
FIRSTLY let me say that living in Hamble my family would not be directly affected by the proposed introduction of fluoride to Southampton's water supply.
That aside I have been following the debate through the pages of the Daily Echo. My view is that indiscriminate, enforced mass medication through the water supply is fundamentally wrong - however well intended.
Two letters in Friday's Daily Echo, Dental Care Visits to Schools and What About the Cost of All This? sum up the argument for fluoridating tap water - cost.
It's cheaper to medicate everyone than providing selective dental care and support.
Michael Fielding points out that the dental deterioration is largely due to the consumption of sugary foods coupled with poor dental hygiene. So where does parental responsibility figure in this debate?
My particular concern is for the long-term. Who is to be held accountable in the decades ahead when the unforeseen consequences of this mass medication arise?
Will the dozen or so South Central SHA Board members be held to account for their decisions? (Come to think of it, how many of them will be affected by the fluoride in their tap water, I wonder?)
BRIAN PARKINS, Hamble, Southampton.

Leaves bad taste
IN his letter (Echo, June 24) Mr Bryan Spinner asks about the cost of fluoridation.
In information just supplied by the Consumer Council for Water there appears this interesting note: 'The cost of fluoridating the water supply is borne by the health service'. Would this, by any chance, be the same health service which has no spare money, is restricting vital drugs and closing invaluable hospital wards?
G PAYNE, Southampton.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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UK - Daily Echo In my View

In my view..
An end to fluoridation
KEN Clarke, our Justice Secretary stales that we In England have the world's largest Legal Aid costs, and that his department is looking for ways to cut £100 million from its budget. The most straightforward way to avoid future Legal Aid and compensation costs will be achieved simply by stopping the fluoridation of areas that already receive fluoride and at the same time, with the impending demise of Strategic Health Authorities, repeal the 2005
Nos 920 and 921 Statutory Instruments that are currently attached to the 2003 Water Act, thus disabling the transfer of these Statutory Instruments Into Local Councillors' hands.
One must ask oneself that as fluoride is so beneficial to dental health and children's teeth in particular, why is it our Government makes taxpayers' money so freely available to be used to fight and pay for all claims against a water company? £400,000 plus of our taxpayers' money has just been spent on two judicial reviews brought by one local individual. Is It just that the financial pot bottomless to protect the Interests of those who wish to cheaply dump fluoride into our water supplies?
A representative of our local Strategic Health Authority once stated that phone surveys give a better indication of opinion than a written response to a consultation. Why was it then that the responses to the two main questions were unreported? These are that only 12 per cent of those surveyed strongly , supported the fluoridation of Southampton's Water and that 27 per cent, yes, 27 per cent strongly opposed this fluoridation. I feel the I answer to my question is clear for all to see.
Currently our council is having a fight with local unions - both are being controlled by outside forces, so that they do not give an Inch to either side, where that inch can then be used nationally by others much in the same way where fluoride can be introduced into any public water supply. This being controlled approach was taken by the SHA Board when they an voted as one in favour of fluoridating Southampton's water supply. Even the Chairman
had to impress someone else higher up the tree, when he stated that he would have voted In favour of fluoridation had there been a split vote. You see, someone else is always 'pulling the strings'. So much for a different subject, up steps one brave MP Mr Mark Pritchard and his supporters, who recently put forward a motion to direct the Government to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion was discussed by the House of Commons and approved, much against the wishes of all the 'string pullers'.
Are there any MPs who could do the same to ban Statutory ' instruments 2005 Nos. 920 and 921? If you are out there, please make yourselves known.
Simply because these two , Statutory Instruments have to go!

Monday, July 11, 2011

USA - The dangers of fluoride

Aspen, CO, Colorado
The dangers of fluoride
The Aspen Times
Dear Editor:

OK, so Jon Busch has upset another person who holds fluoride as another cherished health item that we can't live without. I won't personally attack or ridicule anyone. I will try to present new information that has been researched since 1968.

Enough has been written about the unscrupulous and deceptive history of how sodium fluoride has found a way to be subsidized into our water systems. Don't forget that this substance in the Merck Index, the bible of the pharmaceutical industry, states that sodium fluoride is used primarily as a rat and cockroach poison. Anyone thirsty yet? And don't forget to read the fine print on your tube of toothpaste that warns that if the ingredients are ingested that you should call a poison center to be treated.

Independent scientific evidence over the past 50 plus years has shown that sodium fluoride shortens our life span.

There is increasing evidence that aluminum in the brain is a causative factor in Alzheimer's disease. Evidence points to sodium fluoride's strong affinity to a chemical bond with aluminum. It then has the ability to trick the blood-brain barrier and allows this chemical access to the brain.

Damage to your bones caused by fluoride is accepted by many. This is demonstrated by the millions of people suffering from skeletal fluorosis. This is a crippling bone disease caused by too much fluoride and is characterized by abnormal bone growth and calcification of the joints.

It should be realized that fluoride accumulates in the body. An argument is that the amounts ingested in the body are small. It does accumulate over time. This may make it difficult to differentiate this from other forms of arthritis and difficult to ascertain the direct effects of fluoride.

In 2006, the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) identified that skeletal fluorosis was an adverse effect of too much fluoride.

Fluoride is actually linked to bone fractures. In the NRC review, concern was expressed that fluoride could decrease bone strength and increase the risk of hip fractures. Irregular mineralization may also be caused.

In a University of Toronto study, which was done in 2001 but not released until 2010, a group of people were measured with hip fractures versus people without hip fractures and it was found that there was a high correlation of fluoride in the bones of those with hip fractures.

A University of Iowa study suggested that fluoride may be causing bone changes long before bone fluoride concentration reaches significant levels later on in life.

More independent studies are showing an increased risk to our health. There are correlations to cancers, learning disabilities, and numerous chronic health diseases which are plaguing our country. We already have enough pollution in our air and water and our overall health in this country is deteriorating.

While some may believe that it is important, some of us may disagree that we need to put this toxin in our bodies. There are numerous ways that people can get fluoride if they choose to do so.

It is my opinion that putting fluoride in our water is mass medication without consent. I also think that it is polluting our water. Having this forced down our throats completely goes against our right to choose what we put into our own bodies.

Tom Lankering, D.C.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

USA - Fluoridation debate is coming to Southwest Florida

Brent Batten: Commissioners thrust into teeth of dilemma
Naples Daily News
Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
It may not be a commie plot, but it is certainly an issue people can sink their teeth into.
And later this summer, Collier County commissioners will get their bite at the apple.
The water fluoridation debate is coming to Southwest Florida.
Last month, Frank Oakes, of Oakes Farm Market fame, implored county commissioners to end the practice of adding fluoride to the county’s drinking water.
Ostensibly a means of promoting strong teeth and reducing tooth decay, fluoride represents a danger to the rest of the body, Oakes argued.

“It’s a toxin. It’s a drug. It’s hazardous waste,” he said. “Of all the non-sensical things government does from time to time, there’s nothing as outrageously stupid as adding this hazardous waste to our water supply.”...............

UK - Obese but good teeth

Water passes hygiene test
Friday, July 08, 2011 Tamworth Herald
Follow.I WAS interested in your article in the Tamworth Herald dated June 30, 2011 page 5 in which you stated dental hygiene among children in Tamworth was said to be the best in the country. This I believe is due to the fluoridation of our water.

I was also interested in the article in a recent edition of your newspaper in which it was claimed that fluoride created mental instability, but having spoken to Professor Hawkes, a locum neurologist, and Professor Michael Lennon, I was told this is not true.

​Tamworth has more obese people than anywhere in the country, but its children have comparatively healthy teeth.
The petition which was carried out by Councillor Chis Cooke referred to the poisoning of Tamworth's water supplies.

Again, this is a wholly misinformed claim.

Furthermore, it is unthinkable that Parliament, in a free vote, would have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law that would allow anyone to be 'poisoned', including our MP who lives in a fluoridation area.

As you stated in your editorial, 30 per cent of adults in Tamworth are obese compared with 21.4 per cent in Warwickshire.

We in Tamworth have the second-highest rate or cardio vascular disease in the county, Cannock being the highest.

As chairman of the Community/Well Being Scrutiny Committee, I feel our efforts should be directed to reducing obesity and cardio vascular disease in the community rather than discussing fluoridation of water over which my committee and I have no remit – it is the Primary Care Trust and South Staffordshire Water who dictate the amount which is in our water system.

Councillor Ken Gant

Prof Lennon chairman of the British Fluoride Society assured him fluoride was safe. That's OK then.
I wonder how many dentists per population they have? In Southampton where they are trying to bring in fluoridation we seem to be getting more and more dentists come into the city and setting up practice

USA - CDC Fluoride Support Controlled by Dentists

Hidden Documents Reveal CDC Fluoride Support Controlled by Dentists
Posted By Dr. Mercola |
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that since the 1970's, the dental health professionals in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have completely controlled the agency's stance supporting water fluoridation. No CDC toxicologists, minority health professionals, experts in diabetes, or others outside the Oral Health Division had any input into the agency's position.

The documents have drawn attention once again to the CDC's and EPA's fluoride safety statements, which appear at odds with current scientific knowledge.

According to the Fluroide Action Network:

"Law firms are now reviewing old and new documents believed to highlight a pattern of attempts to curtail discussions on fluoride toxicity and downplay the importance of professionals personally reviewing scientific reports about fluorides."

Saturday, July 09, 2011

UK - Fluoridated Tamworth - Is fluoride the cause of ills?

Is fluoride the cause of ills?
Friday, July 08, 2011 Tamworth Herald
I WAS interested in Councillor Chippy Lee's letter (Herald, June 30). Despite expert advice, he eats all the wrong things, but is still remarkably healthy.

I also am very lucky with my health, not having had flu or a cold for 40 years. This despite having smoked for 50 years.
I have a positive outlook on life and have often wondered why some of us are more healthy than others, despite having what appears to be worse habits. Some with healthy lifestyles still may suffer major illnesses.
I conclude that this is possibly due to genetic make up. Recent research appears to support that theory. But many in our society are less lucky and may become susceptible to a major illness, cancer for instance.
I recently lost my partner through cancer despite her leading a much healthier lifestyle than I. Some major diseases are more prevalent in our modern society. I ask myself why?
Again, I conclude that small, persistent doses of unnatural harmful chemicals in our food contributes to ill health affecting our immune system. Insecticides, pesticides, lead, traffic pollution etc.
During the last few months I have noted, with people I know and have met, a high incidence of illnesses in the digestive system. One of these contaminates is fluoride which accumulates in the body.
If you want to use mouthwash with fluoride, you do have that choice. But we all drink the fluoride every day because it is put into our drinking water without anybody being asked.
This I believe has to affect those whose health is more vulnerable to such contaminants.
I expect Chippy will be OK. But what about those who are not so lucky?
We should look at the scientific evidence. We should be able to make decisions for ourselves.
Name and address supplied.

USA - New York wants to put warning labels on sippy cups. Seriously?

New York wants to put warning labels on sippy cups. Seriously?
Wency Leung
Caution: Parents, before you give your child that sippy cup, there’s something New York lawmakers want you to know.
Like cigarettes and alcohol, sippy cups may soon be required to carry a warning label in New York state. The danger? Childhood tooth decay.
The New York legislature has voted in favour of tooth-decay warning labels, Time magazine reports. The measure, however, is still under review and awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval.
“I can show you photos of children who go to bed with sippy cups,” he told the Daily News. “All you see is little black stumps that is all that is left of the teeth.”....

Friday, July 08, 2011

The Case Against Fluoride At Brantford City Council

Dr. Ron Scott 2nd generation dentist, Peter Van Caulart of the environmental training institute, Rob Flemming of Waterloo watch, Terry Wilson of the Canadian Awareness Network, Jerry Cooper, and Carole Clinche all explain why water fluoridation is not safe or effective.

Brantford city council totally shrugged the presentations off, citing information from Head medical officer of health Dr. Lock was all that they needed.

UK - Daily Echo letter

Stop this scandal of enforced fluoride
I AM writing yet again about the fluoride debate.
The SHA say that they went by the law when they made the decision to want to put fluoride into our drinking water. But isn't there a law that says things should not be forced upon us?
If our water does get fluoridated it will be one of the most scandalous things to go ahead. We have had more than enough people against this scheme and most don't want fluoride in their water. It seems that the SHA can do what they like regardless of strong opposition from the public.
Can the SHA answer this: if other countries are taking fluoride out because of health concerns then why are they not taking any notice of those concerns?
I also agree with the letter from Steve Matthews (Echo July 2), when he states that fluoride cannot be dumped at sea yet it might end up in Southampton Water, and if he were to dump just one drum per day off dockhead he would be arrested and charged with poisoning our water.
Yes he would be arrested, yet the SHA will probably get away with it. Is that democratic?
It is all scandalous and undemocratic for the public not to have been listened to. If we don't want it then it shouldn't ever go in.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

USA - Volunteers provide $49,616 in free dentistry for 156 patients

Volunteers provide $49,616 in free dentistry for 156 patients
July 06, 2011
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The weekend prior to the Fourth of July, a team of volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants got together to donate their time and services for a day of free dentistry to give back to the community. With a total of 60 volunteers led by Dr. Leo Yelizarov, Jones Bridge Dental Care hosted the third annual free event.
.........Yelizarov hopes to inspire other dental offices to do the same.

"We don't need to go too far to find people who are in desperate need of our services, if we help those close to us, other people will do the same and our efforts will multiply," he said.............

This is despite a state-wide fluoridation mandate in Georgia:NYSCOF

To Radha Soami Satsangis: Sodium Fluoride in the Water causes CANCER

USA - Fluoride foes appeal Port Angeles, Forks water issue to Supreme Court

Fluoride foes appeal Port Angeles, Forks water issue to Supreme Court
By Tom Callis
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — Anti-fluoride activists on the North Olympic Peninsula are once again taking their case to the state Supreme Court.
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to end water fluoridation in Port Angeles and Forks are appealing the dismissal of their case in Clallam County Superior Court last month, said their attorney, Gerald Steel of Tacoma.
Steel said he filed the appeal Tuesday, and expects the Supreme Court to decide whether it will hear the case within five months.
The plaintiffs — Protect the Peninsula’s Future, Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water and retired Sequim physician Eloise Kailin — are skipping the state Court of Appeals in order to resolve the fluoridation issue “once and for all for Washington state,” he said.
The case will be taken to the appellate court if the Supreme Court rejects the appeal, Steel said.
The fluoride opponents, operating previously under the names Our Water-Our Choice! and Protect Our Waters, lost a case with the Supreme Court last September.
The high court sided with City Hall by ruling that the issue could not be placed on the ballot because it was an administrative decision.
The case under appeal sought to end fluoridation in Port Angeles and Forks by arguing that the practice should fall under the same regulations as the use of any prescription drug.
Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Craddock Verser, who heard the case to avoid potential conflicts of interest, dismissed the case because prescription drug regulations don’t extend to public drinking water.
Steel said the appellants hope that the Supreme Court will rule otherwise............

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Confesiones de una Representante de la Industria Farmacéutica

UK - Southampton Daily Echo

Actions speak louder than words
I WAS very pleased to read the assurances from Olga Senior (Daily Echo, Letters, June 25) that the SHA would not be "arrogant enough to insult the intelligence of more than 10,000 individuals, who contributed to the fluoride consultation".
For they have already done just that when they dismissed the great wisdom of the people by overruling public opinion with their "we know best" attitude.
It is time now to put this renewed pledge into action by honouring the result of the public consultation in which the local population overwhelming rejected fluoridation.
When that day comes I shall hold out the olive branch to the SHA with my heartfelt and sincere apologies for having misconstrued their empathy as arrogance.
Until such time when we are no longer faced with the threat of poison on tap I remain convinced that their words and actions betray their extreme arrogance and lack of empathy with the people.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Australia - The Fluoride Harm: Ann Bressington

UK - Daily Echo - SOAPBOX

SOAPBOX: Fluoride
The public has a right to know
PROFESSOR John Newton, Regional Director of Public Health, was the SHA's principle adviser on fluoridation.
His remit demands that he keep up with the latest evidence in order to protect communities from known and avoidable health risks.
He must not approve measures known to cause potential harm or disadvantage to significant vulnerable subsections of the community. Nor must he subject people to enforced treatment linked to chronic and even life-threatening diseases. Despite this imperative, he chose to ignore the precautionary principle and advised the SHA to implement fluoridation - a policy of indiscriminate and uncontrolled mass medication using a medically unlicensed product.
The Risk / Benefit Equation does not apply where the recipient has no choice, ie where medication comes through the tap. He was fully informed, but clearly ignored the adverse findings of the York Review, and the peer reviewed evidence of world experts. Many consider John Newton to be personally accountable as the power behind fluoridation. They blame him for not instructing the SHA adequately regarding much significant research, including links with thyroid and kidney disease, brittle bone disease, a lowering of IQ in children in fluoridated areas, and a five to seven-fold increase in bone cancer in young boys.
Did he present this evidence to the SHA as he was clearly required to do? If so, why did they ignore it?
At the Decision Hearing, Professor Newton was asked: "Given the official advice that infants should not drink fluoridated water or have formula mixed with it, what arrangements have you made for delivering fluoride free water to young families and other vulnerable groups?" The Professor replied: "We advise young mothers to breastfeed." The audience was outraged. At a stroke, he had discriminated against women unable to breastfeed through illness or circumstance - and by implication - had admitted it was harmful to give infants fluoridated water. With the demise of Breastfeeding Awareness Week, what is his position now? The question he refused to answer then, still remains. Does he advise women who can't breastfeed to risk their children's health by giving them fluoridated water? Or should they follow official advice and use unfluoridated water? If the latter, he needs to instruct Southern Water accordingly.
The public has a right to know his plan before this toxic waste starts coming through our taps.

'An insult to people who deserve better'
OLGA Senior should certainly know that the people do not want fluoride in their drinking water coming out of their taps.
Is she really so interested in the children of this area? Or maybe as Mr Spinner of Calmore has brought to light: 'we are faced with costs because of this hexafluorosilicic acid coming from a chemical waste from factories who are no doubt thrilled to think they can be paid for this danger to our drinking water.'
Imagine, people of this area, you are exposed now to WASTE being put into your water. This is outright preposterous.
Our councillors should probably better protect us against folly, not act as if the SHA can dictate its desires. I think it is quite evident from the press and mass media in general that this fluoride is not wanted in our water.
So, able councillors, protect us, fight for us. We pay enough taxes to be better treated!
I consider this whole matter an insult to the people who deserve better.
Those "children" can surely get supplies of fluoride elsewhere rather than in everyone's drinking water. OK, Mrs Senior, improve dental health, don't ruin our pure water supply

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Canada - Conspiracy theorists tend to overlook reality

Conspiracy theorists tend to overlook reality
By Mark Milke, For the Calgary Herald
Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Milke+Conspiracy+theorists+tend+overlook+reality/5041425/story.html#ixzz1R1b9cCkq
Conspiracy theorists tend to overlook reality
........In a fine book with a long title — Among the Truthers: A Journey into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Armageddonites, Vaccine Hysterics, Hollywood Know-Nothings and Internet Addicts — Kay jumps into the deep end of the conspiracy pool.
Kay, editorial page editor at the National Post, spent a few years attending 9/11 truther conferences. He also chatted up those who believed in JFK assassination and birther conspiracy theories, and even rabid anti-fluoride silliness. The result is an informed look at the proliferation of new and old conspiracy theories and the psychological makeup of those involved....

Rabid? fanatical, extreme, irrational, fervent, zealous, bigoted, intolerant, narrow-minded, intemperate.

Mark is a trifle bigoted too.

FTF Films: Toxic Water

Bit way out but....

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Tooth decay is contagious from parents to children

Tooth decay is contagious from parents to children
Bacteria obtained from parents can play a role in cavity creation, research shows. Steps can be taken to prevent it.
By Amanda Mascarelli, HealthKey
July 1, 2011
Cavities are more complex than we thought. Sugar is still the leading culprit — and genetics, diet, immunity, susceptibility, oral hygiene and fluoride exposure play roles — but a large and growing body of research suggests that oral decay is also an infectious disease.

Numerous studies have found that cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from primary caregivers to infants and toddlers during a period in which the children's immune systems are not fully developed — putting young children at a higher risk of cavities. Such transmission, called "vertical transmission," is most likely from caregivers (usually mothers) with severe, untreated tooth decay........

UK - Daily Echo - Letter

What about fluoride threat to our fish?
I AM pleased to hear that Hampshire Against Fluoridation will be able to force a debate with Southampton city councillors over the pending fluoridation scheme (Daily Echo, June 18). I for one hope that those pro-fluoride will change their minds.
There are enough questions still unanswered about the safety of fluoride in the long-term to put a case of 'reasonable doubt'.
Pro-fluoride councillors and those at the SHA who have not listened to the views of Southampton residents should take heed of the case in Canada of Dr Hardy Limebeck, head of the Dept of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto, and until recently, Canada's leading promoter of fluoridation.
He has now completely withdrawn his support for the additive. Clearly, Dr. Limebeck had a cause for reasonable doubt too. As have others in Finland (kidney health), Japan and even USA who are proposing to lower the level to O.Tppm (In My View
- Stephen Peckham, Daily Echo, June 18).
Hard-headed councillors who cite that no health problems have arisen in 40 years of fluoridation should do some wider research and not just read the SHA report.
In 2009, my own reasonable doubt centred on the concern for
increased fluoride ending up in Southampton Water, ie the confluence of the rivers Test, Itchen, Hamble. (Echo, Nov 23, 2009; 'Oystermen express fears over fluoride effluent').
As yet, there are still unanswered questions over exactly what the effluents will hold in terms of fluoride concentration. Fluoride at 0.2ppm can affect migrating salmon. How can we be sure if the fluoride in the effluent plumes will affect the Test/Itchen salmon run, sea trout, bass or mullet until somebody has evaluated it properly, not just guessed the outcome?
As I pointed out to councillors at the City Court Leet in 2009 there will be more than 450 drums (100 tonnes) going into the water per annum. This is for a material that cannot be dumped at sea! OK for it to end up in Southampton Water though, no questions asked! If I were to dump just one drum per day off dockhead, I would be arrested and charged with a 'significant act of watercourse poisoning'. Maybe I should do that
- just to prove the point! STEVE MATTHEWS, Warsash.

Friday, July 01, 2011

UK - House of Lords

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 May (WA 379), whether in view of the many uncertainties about the evidence expressed in the York review a more accurate summation of what it reported would be the statement from the executive summary that "the best available evidence suggests", rather than "it found", that fluoridation protected children's teeth.[HL10345]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The conclusions section of the York review includes the statement:

"The best available evidence (level B) from studies on the initiation and discontinuation of water fluoridation suggests that fluoridation does reduce caries prevalence, both as measured by the proportion of children who are caries-free and by the mean dmft/DMFT score".

We continue to seek to ensure that we reflect the findings of the review in an accurate and meaningful manner.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 June (WA 40-1), whether a period of 11 years between the institution of a legal requirement to monitor the effects of water fluoridation schemes in the United Kingdom and the publication of the first reports on existing schemes represents a satisfactory response to potential health concerns.[HL10346]

Earl Howe: As my previous reply indicated, we will meet the statutory requirements to monitor the effects of water fluoridation schemes. The monitoring will complement that already undertaken by the public health observatories which we are confident would have already identified any major differences in morbidity or mortality between the health of the populations of fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 January 2008 (WA 124) and Earl Howe on

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24 May 2011 (WA 409-10), why they cannot make progress by examining the risks, benefits and costs of existing fluoridation schemes as referred to by Lord Darzi of Denham.[HL10347]

Earl Howe: The research on dental fluorosis, which is the only proven side effect of fluoridation, is being conducted on a sample population of Newcastle where there is an existing fluoridation scheme. The benefits of fluoridation are illustrated by epidemiological surveys which show that levels of dental decay in fluoridated areas like the West Midlands are lower than those in areas like Greater Manchester where no adjustment is made to the level of fluoridation in the water supply. A new scheme would provide baseline information on oral health and cost of implementation which are not available from existing schemes.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 June (WA 41), (a) whether the British Dental Association remains a signatory to the campaign by the National Alliance for Equity in Dental Health to promote water fluoridation; and if so (b) whether a school of dentistry is well placed to conduct an impartial study into the prevalence and severity of any adverse effects of fluoridation.[HL10348]

Earl Howe: The British Dental Association is an independent organisation and we have no recent information about its association with the campaign. Only dental care professionals have the expertise to identify dental fluorosis but the interpretive element of the research is based on a sample of lay people giving their views on the aesthetic impact of fluorosis. We are satisfied that these findings are being objectively recorded.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 18 January 2010 (WA 102) and 23 February 2010 (WA 282-3), whether the findings by Professor Chester Douglass, which he claimed would not support an association between osteosarcoma and water fluoridation and were intended for publication in summer 2006, have yet been published.[HL10350]

Earl Howe: Nothing has yet been published, but we understand that Professor Douglass will shortly be publishing a paper on his findings in the Journal of Dental Research.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 26 April (WA 47-8) and 23 May (WA 378), whether the figure of 3 per cent for fluorosis of aesthetic concern given by the National Fluoride Information Centre on its website took account of the 95 per cent

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confidence intervals around the prevalence figure of 12.5 per cent in table 7.7 of the York report, which gave a spread of 7 per cent-21.5 per cent. [HL10382]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): We do not have information of this detail since the National Fluoride Information Centre was independent of the department. The research project which we have funded the School of Dentistry at the University of Manchester to undertake on the prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis will provide new information.

USA - Spilled chemical

USA - $1.12 million in free dental care provided to 1,570 at WDA Mission of Mercy

"An estimated $1.12 million in free dental care was provided to 1,570 children and adults during 2,141 patient visits at the Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation’s third Mission of Mercy held June 24 and 25, at Greenheck Field House in Weston, Wis."

"Clinic doors opened at 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday with care concluding by 5:30 p.m. both days. A total of 8,033 dental procedures were performed, including 1,822 fillings, 1,756 teeth extracted, 593 cleanings and 22 root canals. Several dental labs worked with volunteer technicians to create 90 partial dentures."

Wisconsin is 90% fluoridated: NYSCOF

Pet Care

Dr. Fox:
...Growing pups, especially of the giant breeds, need ample dietary calcium. But excessive levels can interfere with the uptake of other essential minerals, so a balanced multimineral and multivitamin supplement is advisable.

As I point out in a review at my website, some sources of calcium, like bone meal and oyster shell, can be high in toxic chemicals such as fluoride and lead. These are best avoided............