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Fluoride added to our water - Good or Bad?
Water fluoridation has long been a controversial subject but did you know our little corner of Central Beds is one of a handful of areas of the UK currently having fluoride added to the water you drink? Please read to the end as I'll be seeking your view on whether this is right.
Water fluoridation is the process by which fluoride chemicals are added to the public water supply in an effort to reduce levels of tooth decay. The idea is that fluoride in saliva can cut the rate at which tooth enamel decays* Some reports suggest fluoridation has been found to reduce tooth decay in children but it's less clear if it helps adults**.
Public water fluoridation began in America in 1945 and currently takes place in 25 countries. About 5% of the world's population receive fluoridated water. In 2011 the World Health Organization suggested a level of fluoride from 0.5 to 1.5 milligrams per litre) is appropriate*** but this limit seems to vary from one country to another.
Fluoridation began in Bedfordshire in 1971 and continues to this day. Bedford Borough Council recently voted to cease adding fluoride to water and is soon to go through a consultation process to end the 'contract to fluoridate'.
I've attached a couple of maps. On the first one, the turquoise area is the area around Bedford where fluoride used to be added (until 2009) but currently is not, while they go through their process. The pale green area also used to get fluoride but does not anymore. The dark green area (stretching from Shillington to Potton via Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey) currently receives fluoride in the water. On the second map, all the areas of the UK which have naturally low levels of fluoride in the water (below 1mg fluride per litre) are in pale blue or mauve. The dotted areas are where fluoride is added to the water supply.
Many people believe there are strong reasons to end water fluoridation in our area but Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) tells me for now it has no plans to do so although it is monitoring what happens in Bedford. Below are the main arguments for and against fluoridation. I will then link to a webpage where you can vote on whether you think it should continue. I would urge EVERYONE who reads this article to vote so we can get a strong cross secton.
- Tooth decay is a social ill and levels of tooth decay have fallen in the western world in the last 40 years.
- There is no clear evidence of adverse health effects from water fluoridation°°.
- The Australian government has publicly backed water fluoridation°°°.
- The World Health Organization supports water fluoridation, especially for groups at 'high risk'^.
- The UK Government currently has no concerns about the effects of fluoridation on general health^^.
- It is morally wrong to medicate the public en-masse without their approval.
- By adding fluoride to the water, it can vary in strength in different areas and the more water you drink, the more fluoride you get.
- Fluoride in large amounts is a danger to health. If you get your fluoride via drinking water the amount you get goes up the more you drink.
- Water fluoridation is unnecessary because you can get the fluoride you need from toothpaste*.
- Many countries - including Finland, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, and Switzerland - have discontinued fluoridation after health concerns.
- There is no proof of the success of fluoridation. While levels of tooth decay have fallen over the last 40 years it is not clear whether this is merely down to the use of fluoride, indeed most European countries have experienced substantial declines in tooth decay without its use, albeit with milk and salt fluoridation in some areas^^^.
- The European Commission finds no benefit to water fluoridation when compared with getting fluoride via toothpasteˇ.
What about dentists and doctors? Don't they have a view? I'm told it's impossible to get a continuous timeline of dental health with or without fluoride in water because there have been too many factors which have muddied the waters e.g. the introduction of fluoridated toothpaste in the 1970s, the improvement in nutrition and other demographic factors. I wrote to five dentist surgeries in the affected area and to Potton's doctors' surgery to ask if they had a view either way, but none have responded to date.
What you can say is there is no correlation at all between fluoridation and dental hygiene. A Public Health England report (see graphic) shows how the best dental hygiene is to be found in the South East where, as you can see from the fluoridation map, there is very little naturally occurring fluoride in the water and no public fluoridation programme. There is however, a much stronger correlation between dental hygiene and prosperity as can be seen from the other attached graphicsˇˇ. So it looks the only real relationship to be seen is that as people get more wealthy, tooth decay goes down.
And what of the evidence from Bedford's experience? A recent report from Bedford Borough Councilˇˇˇ noted the following:
- Much of the evidence regarding water fluoridation’s effectiveness in relation to dental health is old, and covers a period before fluoride was also introduced into toothpaste so it's not possible to link fluoridation with declines in levels of tooth decay.
- Concerns about ill health being linked to water fluoridation are not scientifically proven.
- Fluoride stopped being added [in Bedford] in 2009 and there is no evidence of any decline in dental health between 2008 and 2015 (although the sample size was small).
- Costs associated with stopping fluoridation should not be a prohibitive factor.
- There are a number of other schemes being introduced by Bedford Borough Council to address children’s dental health.
- There was no public consultation before fluoridation began.
As mentioned, CBC's current stance is to wait and see what happens in Bedford. However, this means fluoride carries on going into the water in our area. It would be really helpful to understand people's views, so regardless of whether you think it is good, bad or are indifferent, please vote on this survey and I will take the results to CBC.
It's only two questions and will take you just 10 seconds.
What do YOU think of fluoridation?
This report covers details of how fluoride (and topical fluorides such as those found in toothpaste) might prevent tooth decay:
Pizzo G, Piscopo MR, Pizzo I, Giuliana G. Community water fluoridation and caries prevention: a critical review. Clin Oral Investig. 2007;11(3):189–93. doi:10.1007/s00784-007-0111-6
This report suggests the benefits for adults may be less clear:
"Introduction to the SCHER opinion on Fluoridation". European Commission Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER). 2011.
In the UK if fluoride is below 1 part per million (1mg fluoride per litre) fluoride can legally be added. In Potton for January 2017 to September 2017, the average levell of fluoride naturally occcuring in the water was 0.4, with 0.3 in Shefford and Biggleswade. However, a maximum level of 1.0 has been recorded in Shefford and Potton and 0.8 in Biggleswade so these levels are often a lot higher BEFORE fluoridation.
Here is detail of the recent lowering of the limit at which fluoride can be added to 0.7 in America https://www.theguardian.com/…/fluoride-levels-us-drinking-w…
"Notes that it is advised that consultation is recommended on whether or not to resume, given the passage of time since artificial fluoridation ceased at the Manton Heights, Bedford works in 2009. However, it is not a legal requirement that consultation is carried out"
For full text see section 5.4.3 of the following link:
These reports cover the issue of a lack of clear evidence of other adverse effects from water fluoridation:
McDonagh M, Whiting P, Bradley M et al. A systematic review of public water fluoridation; 2000. Report website: NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Fluoridation of drinking water: a systematic review of its efficacy and safety; 2000 Authors' summary: McDonagh MS, Whiting PF, Wilson PM et al.. Systematic review of water fluoridation
BMJ. 2000;321(7265):855–9. doi:10.1136/bmj.321.7265.855. PMID 11021861. PMC 27492. Authors' commentary: Treasure ET, Chestnutt IG, Whiting P, McDonagh M, Wilson P, Kleijnen J. The York review—a systematic review of public water fluoridation: a commentary
National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia). A systematic review of the efficacy and safety of fluoridation
WHO report:
Petersen PE, Lennon MA. Effective use of fluorides for the prevention of dental caries in the 21st century: the WHO approach [PDF]. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2004;32(5):319–21. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0528.2004.00175.x. PMID 15341615.
Association, Wisconsin Dental. "Fluoridation in Europe". Wisconsin Dental Association - Oral & Dentistry Advocates | WDA.
What role does fluoride play in preventing tooth decay? (SCHER report)
Here is a video of an expert from Netherlands from 2014:
Other graphics:
Public Health report:
Fluoride map:
Disposable income by region
Prosperity by region of UK
Dental health by region from National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England: oral health survey of five-year-old children 2015 a report by Public Health England

Chronic treatment with fluoride affects the jejunum: insights from proteomics and enteric innervation analysis

Gastrointestinal symptoms are the first signs of fluoride (F) toxicity. In the present study, the jejunum of rats chronically exposed to F was evaluated by proteomics, as well as by morphological analysis. Wistarrats received water containing 0, 10 or 50 mgF/L during 30 days. HuC/D, neuronal Nitric Oxide (nNOS), Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP), Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP), and Substance P (SP) were detected in the myenteric plexus of the jejunum by immunofluorescence. The density of nNOS-IR neurons was significantly decreased (compared to both control and 10 mgF/L groups), while the VIP-IR varicosities were significantly increased (compared to control) in the group treated with the highest F concentration. Significant morphological changes were seen observed in the density of HUC/D-IR neurons and in the area of SP-IR varicosities for F-treated groups compared to control. Changes in the abundance of various proteins correlated with relevant biological processes, such as protein synthesis, glucose homeostasis and energy metabolism were revealed by proteomics........

In conclusion, chronic exposure to F, especially to the highest concentration evaluated, increased the thickness of the tunica muscularis and altered the pattern of protein expression. Extensive downregulation of several isoforms of histones might have contributed to the alterations found in the morphology of enteric neurons in response to F exposure. Additionally, changes in proteins involved in energy metabolism indicate a shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism upon exposure to the highest F concentration. These findings provide new insights into the mechanisms involved in F toxicity in the intestine.

Friday, February 16, 2018

USA - Should Springfield fluoridate its drinking water?

Springfield city commissioners could resume discussion next month, health commissioner says.
Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018

Clark County ranks among the worst in Ohio for children’s dental health, but the Springfield community remains divided over whether it should fluoridate its drinking water to address it.

Clark County health leaders and local dentists believe adding fluoride to the public water supply will reduce dental decay but a vocal group of residents believe it will be harmful to the community......................
......Despite more than 70 years of fluoridated water in some areas and more than 60 years of using fluoride toothpaste, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed a bill to increase dental care throughout the United States in 2015, the e-mail said.
People are being overexposed to fluoride, said Dr. Bill Osmunson, a Bellevue, Wash.-based dentist who serves as director of the Fluoride Action Network. About 60 percent of adolescents are showing fluoride overdose symptoms, such as discolored teeth, he said.

“It’s not time to add more,” Osmunson said. “We need to be cutting back on the amount of fluoride. We need to find out why children are getting so much fluoride.”

About 10 percent of people are drinking too much fluoridated water, he said. He’s also concerned that infants who are fed formula with fluoridated water are getting more than 200 times the recommended dosage.

“We’re giving way too much to infants during the development of their brain, their thyroid and their bones,” he said.

Osmunson promoted fluoride for about 25 years after dental school, but he said research shows fluoride doesn’t do any good — it’s actually harmful if you get too much.

Fluoride also isn’t recommended to be swallowed by the Food and Drug Administration, Osmunson said.

“It seems borderline criminal to be forcing everybody to ingest something the Food and Drug Administration says ‘Do not swallow,” Osmunson said.

Too much fluoride can cause white spots on your teeth, Lord said, but it’s not enough to kill you or cause cancer. Anything taken in large amounts can be dangerous, but overfluoridation is a gray area, he said.

“On a large, large, large scale, fluoride can be (harmful),” he said. “But if a kid eats a whole tube of toothpaste, it’s not going to kill them. Does it make them sick for awhile? Sure. We’re not going to take fluoride out of toothpaste because a kid eats a whole tube because it tastes so good.”

USA - Fluoride coming to drinking water at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

The Navy is in the process of installing a water fluoridation system at Bangor to comply with a Department of Defense directive issued in 2013.
Author: Julianne Stanford, Kitsap Sun

Those who turn on the tap for a drink at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in 2020 will get water that includes fluoride.

The Navy is in the process of installing a water fluoridation system at Bangor to comply with a Department of Defense directive issued in 2013, said base spokesman Jake Chappelle.

That year, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense mandated that all military installations serving more than 3,300 personnel through their own water treatment facilities install the systems............

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WDDTY - Dummy placebo pills help cancer patients overcome fatigue

Such is the healing power of the mind that placebo pills—'dummy' tablets that have no active chemical ingredients—are helping cancer survivors overcome fatigue, one of the worst conditions they have to endure after treatment has finished.

Not surprised everything is in the mind - literally.

Texas ranks near the bottom on dental health

A dentist looks into the mouth of San Marcos resident Jim Kimball during a tooth extraction procedure done during the Seton Medical Mission at Home event in January 2017. (photo by Moses Leos III)
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Texas ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to dental health, according to a study conducted by WalletHub.
According to the study, Texas ranks 42nd out of all 50 states in the U.S. in regards to care of those pearly whites.
Dr. Ashley Strickland, DDS, and Dr. Jason Carlyon, DDS, at Buda Dental Professionals said dental health in Hays County is split down the middle, with patients who exhibit good and bad dental hygiene.
Both Strickland and Carlyon said prevention of oral health problems is the key to good health. They both stress prevention should begin at an early age.
“We recommend that a child’s first dental visit be at 1 year of age, because it will not only help evaluate the child’s dental health, it will get them used to going to the dentist and get them more engaged in talking with their parents about dental health,” Strickland said.
Strickland and Carlyon said poor dental health could lead to a number of health problems including cardiovascular issues, obesity and complications with pregnancy.
Dental professionals call it the mouth-body connection.
Since so many factors can affect dental health, such as smoking, drinking sugary beverages, eating certain foods as well as brushing and flossing, Strickland and Carlyon recommend prevention from day one to avoid dental issues.
Strickland said economic status doesn’t really play a role in a person’s dental health, except that some people face roadblocks to dental assistance regarding affordability and access.
Carlyon and Strickland also pointed to the fact that Texas has high numbers of those who are obese or diabetic, which directly correlate to the state’s low dental health ranking.
Strickland said another factor in Southern states could be the socioeconomic effects of kids learning to drink soft drinks, rather than water.
In turn, those children often pass on those behaviors to the next generation.
“There are so many young families in Hays County, so we want to educate them, so the next generation has less dental problems than their parents did,” Strickland said.
According to the Wallet Hub survey, the presence of fluoridated water in certain states has an affect on overall dental health. Strickland said it is a “personal choice to ingest fluoride in your water.” Strickland added that studies she has seen prove that fluoride reduces tooth decay, but said there are more ways of being exposed to fluoride than in drinking water.
“Fluoride is not the main player in overall dental health,” Strickland said.
Strickland said that halfway through a person’s childhood, the enamel on their teeth stop forming. When that happens, applying fluoride products topically is more important than ingesting fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.
To help parents and their kids focus on good dental health at a young age, the duo have created their “learning lab,” where children can perform various experiments related to dental health.
“The Learning Lab helps us engage kids on their level to get them more involved in their own dental health,” Carlyon said.
Carlyon added they should have an adult learning lab as well to teach adults more about their dental health.
According to Wallet Hub, the average cost of a dental checkup, without insurance, is $85 to $100, with fillings ranging from $200 to $300. Crowns can cost more than $1,100, making affordability a roadblock to good dental health.
Strickland said affordability in dentistry is tricky, but there are ways to pay for dental care without insurance. Strickland cited community clinics or paying with cash, or even payment plans at certain dentists offices.

“In our practice we believe in custom care for our patients instead of just visiting the dentist twice a year to ensure they have the right dental care for their dental needs,” Strickland said.

Study Reveals More Proof Fluoridation Can Damage Human Thyroid Gland

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride impairs thyroid hormones at lower water concentrations than dentists claim is safe, according to "Impact of Drinking Water Fluoride on Human Thyroid Hormones: A Case Control Study," published in Scientific Reports (Feb 2018), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

Left untreated an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause several health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. (Mayo Clinic)

Researchers, Kheradpisheh et al., compared people with hypothyroidism to those without thyroid disease and found that fluoride in drinking water impairs thyroid hormones even at 0.5 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) – less than the US government and organized dentistry's recommendation of 0.7 mg/L to ostensibly reduce tooth decay.

Many municipalities still artificially fluoridate up to 1.2 mg/L – the old guidelines – which contributes to the growing dental fluorosis epidemic (discolored teeth). In fact, "Some studies have discovered the relation between dental fluorosis and thyroid disease," write Kheradpisheh's team.They write "The major finding of this study is that TSH values [thyroid stimulating hormones] are higher with a higher fluoride concentration in the drinking water, even for generally low fluoride concentrations. This is seen both in cases of untreated hypothyroidism and in controls." High TSH levels are a hypothyroid biomarker. They detail many previous fluoride/thyroid damaging studies.

In 2006, the National Research Council published the first review of fluoride/thyroid literature and revealed substantial evidence that fluoride exposure can impact thyroid function in some individuals. Kheradpisheh concludes his findings are "consistent with the Peckham study in England." Peckham found hypothyroidism prevalence was at least 30% more likely in practices located in areas with fluoride levels in excess of 0.3 mg/L. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2015)

Peckham writes, "The clear [and significant] association found in our analyses between fluoride levels in drinking water and variations in hypothyroidism prevalence appears to confirm findings in earlier studies that ingestion of fluoride affects thyroid function…The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure."

Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says "It's immoral that state and local legislatures mandate fluoridation or impede cities from stopping fluoridation which seems like a back-door mandate - e.g. NYS Fluoridation Law 1100a which should be repealed."

Contact: Paul Beeber, JD, NYSCOF President nyscof@aol.com 516-433-8882
SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
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NZ - Concerns over fluoride in drinking water aired by prominent critic

A crowd packed into the Napier Conference Centre last night to hear Dr Paul Connett's research into fluoride. Photo / Warren Buckland
By: Victoria White 
Victoria White is a reporter for Hawke's Bay Today

A crowd packed into the Napier Conference Centre last night to hear Dr Paul Connett's research into fluoride. Photo / Warren Buckland Questioning and opposing the addition of fluoride to Hawke's Bay's water supply was urged of the audience at a fluoride-free meeting last night. About 100 people packed into the Napier Conference Centre where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett spoke about water fluoridation, and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment.

The retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St Lawrence University is on a New Zealand speaking tour as the guest of Fluoride Free NZ.

This comes as a bill is before parliament which would gives District Health Boards (DHBs) the power to make decisions about water fluoridation - rather than local authorities.

His presentation touched on a number of arguments, including that fluoridation was a reckless medical practice, that it violated the individuals right to informed consent to medical treatment, and that "the evidence that fluoride is neurotoxic and lowers IQ in children is very strong". He said the widespread addition of the chemical was "unethical" as the normal distribution response people had to any substance meant only some would be helped, while others could face harm.

He urged it was time to move beyond fluoridation to better alternatives, saying this was the start of a "slippery slope" to mass medication of a population.

A spokeswoman for the Hawke's Bay District Health Board said it "strongly supports community water fluoridation, as a strongly evidence based and cost effective way to prevent tooth decay in our communities".

Last night Waipukurau dentist John Jukes also spoke, telling the audience how he began to question the merits of fluoridation as an undergrad. The local took issue with the ethics of fluoridation, that there was no control over the dosage of the chemical, and that it was treating the symptom, not the problem. He said fluoridation failed to prevent tooth decay – arguing Hastings residents' oral health was worse than Napier residents', despite Hastings water being fluoridated.

Currently Hastings is the only district in the Hawke's Bay area with a fluoridated water supply. Central Hawke's Bay had one fluoridated water supply until 2012.

Last March Mr Jukes appeared before the Health Select Committee speaking to his submission on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UK - Could this be the time for water fluoridation in Hull? BY MICHAEL WATSON

With water fluoridation currently being discussed in Westminster, Michael Watson wonders whether the campaign for Hull might have a different ending to what happened in Southampton.
Speaking at the publication of the Teeth Team Annual Report in Westminster last month, the Rt Hon Alan Johnson, former Secretary of State for Health, championed the cause of water fluoridation and called on politicians and the profession to support this public health measure.
He was MP for Hull West and Hessle from 1997 to 2015, which is where Teeth Team is based.
Hull is also considering introducing water fluoridation and there is a campaign, One Part per Million (@OPPMHull), which is bringing to social media facts and news about the measure.

Plans for fluoridation

Back in 2014 plans to fluoridate water in Southampton were scrapped following opposition from the city council.
The measure had been supported by the then primary care trust, but following the 2012 Health Act, this responsibility was placed on local authorities.
But now Hull City Council is looking at the possibility of fluoridation in Hull as one way of reducing tooth decay, as part of their Oral Health Action Plan 2015-2020.
As Alan Johnson pointed out, the measure is a political issue and no longer just a health matter.
Public Health England supports the campaign and has recently tweeted that ‘water fluoridation prevents tooth decay’ (@DentalPHE).
It says that five-year-olds in fluoridated areas are 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas.
Also, in fluoridated areas there are 55% fewer hospital admissions of very young children for teeth extractions than in non-fluoridated areas.

Teeth Team

The Teeth Team Annual Report also raised the issue, saying that the Government should work with local authorities to encourage the introduction of water fluoridation to tackle child tooth decay, periodontal disease and health inequalities.
The report said: ‘Its introduction could be phased to manage costs, starting with the most deprived communities where it would have the biggest impact.
‘A cost analysis should be completed to examine the potential savings that could be made in lifetime dental treatments from childhood per person when compared with the cost of fluoridating local water supplies.’
The matter was also recently raised in the House of Lords by retired dentist, Lord Colwyn.
He said that dental care would be improved by the addition of fluoride to the water supply, but not all water authorities are prepared to take this step.
Lord Hunt of King’s Health, who is president of the British Fluoridation Society, said that fluoridation would deal with a lot of the areas with high numbers of oral health issues.
He added: ‘The local authority is responsible for this and for paying the revenue costs, but the benefit falls to the health service.
‘The cost annually for an average local authority is £300,000.’
Replying, the Health Minister, Lord O’Shaughnessy, said he recognised the benefits of fluoridation.
But, he said, it was ‘a very difficult and vexed issue locally’, with strong feelings either way.
He said he would raise the matter with ministerial colleagues to see if they could get things going and think about ways to encourage more action.

Adverse effects

It is over 50 years since Birmingham fluoridated its water and reduced decay rates among its citizens, without any of the adverse effects circulated by the scaremongers.
Since then there have been many false hopes raised and false dawns.
But perhaps, just perhaps, this time it might be different.
The reason fluoridation was rejected in Southampton was  because people listened to both sides of the proposal for and against. The for side used a £1,000,000 to push its doctrine while those opposed with no funding apart from what we raised ourselves about £4,000.
We researched it and truth wins in the end. For the full story see my old blog in particular the videos showing the extinct SHA passing the proposal to fluoridate. The committee never studied the proposal they just listened to one man Prof Newton. who now works for the PHE

Australia - Bega Valley targeted in NSW Labor's Fluoridation Bill

Anti-fluoride groups have been placed in the crosshairs of potential State Parliament legislation that aims to give additional powers to the NSW Health Minister.
Shadow health spokesman Walt Secord introduced legislation on Tuesday, February 13, which, if passed, would give the minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
Mr Secord said the legislation would “create tough new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement, which is surfacing in NSW”.
He cites Bega Valley as one of the areas where “a vocal minority” are using “tactics similar to the anti-vaxxer movement”.
“On the South Coast, ‘Clean Water for Life – Fluoride Free for Bega Valley Shire’ has been active in spreading health concerns and conspiracy theories on fluoride,” Mr Secord said.
I challenge local MP Andrew Constance to state where he stands on this. 
Shadow health spokesman Walt Secord
“If a council is vacillating, or stringing out the process this bill allows the minister to step in.”
Currently a council can defer to the Minister of Health if it feels it is unable to make a decision but the minister cannot take action without council’s acquiescence.
Anti-fluoridation campaigner Rob Slazenger, of Bermagui said he was surprised the shadow health spokesman was trying to enforce something that “many people feel is unwarranted”.
“He has not consulted with or met with people in this shire. I would have thought if he was a savvy politician he would want to meet with the community,” Mr Slazenger said.
“The system is being designed to make it impossible to refuse to have fluoride. I suspect many of our councillors feel pressured; this is not an ideal situation,” Mr Slazenger added.
Research from the NSW Parliamentary Library reports that currently there are 53 non-fluoridated water supply systems in NSW with a population of at least 500 people according to Mr Secord’s research.
“Bega Valley is one of the top three systems of those who are able to have fluoridated water but doesn’t currently have their system fully fluoridated,” he said.
“I am calling on the Liberals and Nationals to support this bill because the issue is above politics; it’s about the next generation’s teeth.
“I will be briefing the cross benches in the next week, but I would say that local MP Andrew Constance has been silent on this issue. I would like to see him support it and I challenge him to state where he stands on this.”
Following the Fluoride Bill’s introduction on February 13, Mr Secord expects it to have a second reading and for debate to start in this session of Parliament.

Whangarei meeting discusses fluoride debate, Professor Paul Connett fronts

Anti - fluoride campaigner and medical expert from USA, Dr Paul Connett.
By: Lindy Laird
Lindy Laird is a reporter for the Northern Advocate
Anti - fluoride campaigner and medical expert from USA, Dr Paul Connett.
A Whangarei dentist says although there is no hard proof fluoride is good for growing teeth, international studies show it can reduce children's intelligence.

Anti-fluoridation campaigner Laurie Brett said claims fluoride makes teeth stronger and prevents decay are old fashioned, unscientific and not backed up by evidence.

Dr Neil Croucher, Northland District Health Board oral health adviser, disagrees. Northland has consistently had one of the country's highest tooth decay rates, especially among children and adolescents with significant ethnic (Maori and non-Maori) oral health inequalities, Dr Croucher said.
The high rate of tooth decay affects general health and well-being and results in significant costs to the health sector – yet, much of this is potentially preventable, he said.
The addition of fluoride to water supplies brings New Zealand's low natural level of the mineral in soil and water to an optimum level that prevents tooth decay, Dr Croucher said. The Ministry of Health claims fluoride helps prevent decay by strengthening the tooth surface, reducing the growth of bacteria and helping repair early-stage decay.

The Northland DHB considers community water fluoridation a cornerstone of prevention and among the top 10 best population-based public health measures in reducing tooth decay, Dr Croucher said.
Northland remains non-fluoridated after a brief foray into reticulated fluoridation in Kaitaia and Kaikohe was abandoned in 2009.

The anti-fluoride argument cites a twice published and reviewed Harvard University analysis, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), concluded that children who live in highly fluoridated water areas have on average 5 per cent lower IQ scores than those in low fluoride areas, Mr Brett said. Studies in China, India, Iran and other countries had similar results, and also linked fluoride with ADHD and learning difficulties. Dr Connett is a retired professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry at St Lawrence University. He is on a New Zealand speaking tour as the guest of Fluoride Free NZ.
Mr Brett said programmes in fluoride-free Denmark, Scotland and other countries where governments strongly funded public educational and dentistry programmes have seen tooth decay rates plummet. The programmes largely involve giving children toothpaste and brushes, dietary and other health information, and getting parents on board.

In last year's budget, the National Government introduced legislation placing the power to put fluoride in water supplies in the hands of district health boards, without local consultation or mandate. As the task of physically adding fluoride to water supplies falls on district councils, the Government also pledged up to $12 million to help them cover the costs. The legislation is expected to come into play this year.
Mr Brett said people who objected to fluoridation should contact their local MP, their district council and district health board. About half New Zealand's population has fluoride in the water supply, although that figure is greatly boosted by Auckland where the majority of public supplies are fluoridated.
''But as we know, less than 1 per cent of all reticulated water in New Zealand is actually drunk, so where does all the fluoride end up?'' Mr Brett said.

Gunnedah fluoride: NSW Labor announce legislation to create new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement

 New legislation: Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord, left, with NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.
New legislation: Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord, left, with NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.NSW Labor has introduced strong new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement it claims has surfaced in parts of NSW like Gunnedah.
Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) carried a motion to fluoridate the Gunnedah water supply during December’s council meeting late last year.
Labor’s proposed legislation will bring laws into effect which will give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
The introduction of the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Amendment into the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council by NSW shadow health minister Walter Secord, follows a lengthy debate in Gunnedah surrounding water fluoridation.
Fluoridation of Gunnedah’s water supply is expected to commence in 2020.
Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said he “is proud” of councils efforts to consult with the community on the issue of adding fluoride to Gunnedah’s water.
“I really don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on any potential policy that might come forward from any political party,” Cr Chaffey said.
“What I will say is I am very proud of the process council went through in terms of consultation with the community last year and the focus of our elected members and staff to be completely informed as we moved forward and made our decision.  
“We’re confident the right decision has been made for our community.”
Mr Secord said in a statement the new legislation will provide greater dental health for future generations.
“Our nation’s children should not have to risk unnecessary tooth decay and dental problems,” Mr Secord said.
“The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fluoride into the community’s drinking water.
“We owe it to the next generation to give them the best and healthiest start in life.”
The new laws will provide a number of measures including increasing the maximum penalty for offences under the Act (which includes the failure to comply with a direction to add fluoride to a public water supply) from $5,500 to $50,000 and from $550 to $5,000 for a maximum daily penalty for a continuing offence.
Mr Secord said “the community’s views are very clear on this issue”.
“They want fluoride in their drinking water and a tiny group of conspiracy theories should not hold the whole community to ransom,” he said.
“Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements and it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction.”
Mr Secord added that the legislation still allowed for ministerial discretion, if a water system was too small or remote for fluoride or fluoride was naturally occurring.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and It's OK to Say NO to fluoride in Gunnedah’s Water Facebook admin, Wendy Carpenter were unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Daily Mail - Dentists may soon be able to trigger teeth REGROWTH by stimulating stems cells which can also fix cavities

A study last year confirmed that teeth could be stimulated to repair themselves

  • Scientists have since repeated this in rats, who have teeth similar to humans
  • The team from King's College, London are now looking at human trials
  • If successful, it would represent the largest leap forward for dentistry in 50 years.....

................Scientists says, if they succeed, this could represent one of the greatest steps forward in dentistry in the last 50 years.
There is a small risk in the use of stem cells. Stem cells can cause uncontrolled tissue growth: for instance, there have been cases where the administering the cells in one area has lead to small brain tumours, or bone growing in the eyelids.