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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dr. Paul Connett speaks to Houston residents

On April 14 and 15, Dr. Paul Connett held two informational meetings for the citizens of Houston prior to a public meeting held by the City of Houston to allow public comments on the future of fluoridation in Houston’s municipal water supply. The sessions were held at the University of Missouri Extension office in downtown Houston.
Connett is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of water fluoridation, and the head of the Fluoride Action Network. He has spoken in more than 2,000 presentations in 49 states and 52 countries on the issues of fluoridation and waste management. Prof. Connett holds a B.A. (Honours) in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, England and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.
On April 14, the one-hour meeting ran over two hours as Dr. Connett explained the latest science on fluoride’s adverse health effects, including major concerns about its effects on the brain. There are 59 out of 59 studies that have found an association between fluoride and lowered IQ in children. That includes a very rigorous US Government funded study published last year that found a robust relationship between fluoride exposure to pregnant women and the IQ of their children at the ages of 4 and 6-12 years of age. The study measured fluoride levels in the urine, a measure of TOTAL fluoride exposure from all sources, consistent with the range of adult fluoride exposure in fluoridated areas. The study predicted up to a six IQ point drop. Note that fluoride is NOT naturally present in our body.
Other points made by Connett included the fact that once fluoride is added to the water, you can’t control the dose or who it goes to. Forcing people to swallow fluoride does not make sense. Even the CDC admits that the actions of fluoride in preventing tooth decay are primarily topical.
On April 15, the Extension Office was open for a public debate on fluoride. Although invited, both publicly and privately, none of the fluoride proponents attended, so Dr. Connett continued with his presentation regarding the effects of fluoride on the body, including bone, thyroid and the kidneys. Connett discussed alternatives to fluoridation, including more tooth brushing, more fruits and vegetables and LESS SUGAR.
Before leaving Missouri, Dr. Connett attended and spoke at both the public hearing and City Council meetings in Houston April 16. The jury is still out on whether the Houston City Council members will vote to remove fluoride from the water, but at Dr. Connett’s next stop the following day in Walden, NY, following the Public Hearing on fluoride, the Walden Mayor called for an immediate vote with the council, which voted unanimously to end fluoridation. It can be done.

Northern Echo Letters: Fluoride in water is not the answer to tooth decay problems

AN article titled “Figures spark move to change drinking water”, proposing controversial water-fluoridation for Darlington (Echo, Apr 17) mentioned 1960s findings, without reference to current American research.

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs now calls on mothers to breast-feed for up to 12 months, and to make up formula with low-fluoride bottled water.

I believe that after nearly 70 years, the Americans are realising mass water-fluoridation was a grievous error, and are now seriously concerned at the prevalence of irreversible fluorosis in children’s teeth, and other health problems.

It seems that fluorine is accessing the population uncontrollably, via routes other than water, with infants at the highest risk. Fluorosis affects poorer children to a greater extent (thus no equality of outcome), and certain communities more than others. We need to educate, not fluoridate. Iceland’s experience validates this mantra, with decay – scores in 12 year-olds dropping from a shocking 6.6 in 1986 to 1.5 in 1996 – a fall of 77 percent, without fluoridation.

M Watson, Darlington

REGARDING your article “Tooth decay sparks move to add fluoride to Darlington’s water” (Echo, Apr 17).

Studies show that the biggest fall in tooth decay is in non-fluoridated Scandinavia.

The chemical used in water fluoridation is fluorosilicic acid.

Top paediatrician, Philip J Landrigan, and Prof Philippe Grandjean at Harvard School of Public Health, reported in The Lancet journal that they’ve classified fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxin” (nerve poison) which can harm children’s IQ.

Scotland has greatly cut tooth decay with its Child Smile scheme where children clean their teeth properly each day in school. Simple, effective, safe and cheap. Water fluoridation is old technology, as most water is used for washing and industry, so most of that fluoride is public money down the drain.

A. Wills, Greater London

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

F.A.N. Newsletter

In Sept 2017, a 12-year rigorous US-government study (Bashash, et al., 2017) confirmed 51 previous studies that links fluoride exposure to lowered IQ in children. This finding should trigger the Precautionary Principle and we urge campaigners to consider bringing it to the attention of your local councilors. But what is this principle?
We wrote a chapter on this in our book The Case Against Fluoride (Connett, Beck and Micklem, Chelsea Green, 2010). Today we share below one of the best definitions we’ve come across. It comes from a UNESCO report on the history of the Precautionary Principle. But first a quick update on our fundraiser.
As of yesterday, we had raised $55,520 from 406 supporters towards our TSCA lawsuit legal fund*. This includes a pledge of $500 for having reached the 400-donor milestone. Another 24 donors – of any amount – will trigger a massive pledge of $5,000 as we edge our way closer and closer to the $75,000, which will be tripled if we reach this goal by May 31. A huge thank you to all who have contributed so far.
Please consider donating today and becoming a member of the team that is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court* in an attempt to end the deliberate addition of a known neurotoxin into the public drinking water. 

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    Fluoride Action Network
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    Binghamton NY 13905

The Precautionary Principle

by UNESCO, 2005,  
(United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), 2005,
page 14, Box 2
When human activities may lead to morally unacceptable harm that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish that harm. Morally unacceptable harm refers to harm to humans or the environment that is
• threatening to human life or health, or
• serious and effectively irreversible, or
• inequitable to present or future generations, or
• imposed without adequate consideration of the human rights of those affected.
The judgement of plausibility should be grounded in scientific analysis. Analysis should be ongoing so that chosen actions are subject to review. Uncertainty may apply to, but need not be limited to, causality or the bounds of the possible harm.
Actions are interventions that are undertaken before harm occurs that seek to avoid or diminish the harm. Actions should be chosen that are proportional to the seriousness of the potential harm, with consideration of their positive and negative consequences, and with an assessment of the moral implications of both action and inaction. The choice of action should be the result of a participatory process.
On behalf of the FAN team, thank you.
Paul and Ellen Connett

* The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the “particular use” of a chemical that presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA gives EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.
The Fluoride Action Network together with Food & Water Watch, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and others petitioned EPA to exercise its authority to prohibit the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to U.S. water supplies. We made this request on the grounds that a large body of animal, cellular, and human research shows that fluoride is neurotoxic at doses within the range now seen in fluoridated communities.

We have won the first two rounds in Federal Court. The first was the Dec 21, 2017, ruling to allow the case to go forward, thus ending EPA’s effort to dismiss the case. The second ruling on Feb 7, 2018, allows us to enter new studies into consideration, something that EPA argued against.

Shock new figures reveal the scary amount of sugar in your kids yoghurts

Experts from across public health teams have sent warnings out to parents after finding yoghurts could contain up to FIVE sugar cubes in one serving.

Medics say some yoghurts could send children over their daily sugar limit in just one serving.

NHS guidelines say children aged between four and six should have no more than 19g or five cubes of free sugar (sugar not 'locked in' naturally to products) a day, while seven-to-10-year-olds should have no more than six cubes.

Public Health Liverpool first brought it to national attention and is to highlight its findings with a media campaign across health centres, dentists' surgeries, children's centres and hospitals over the coming months.

Dr Sandra Davies, Liverpool's director of public health, said: "Tackling sugar in diets is a real priority for us because we know that people simply don't realise how much they are consuming.

"If we are to stand any chance of tackling this ticking time bomb, we must give parents as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions.

I'm an environmental scientist: What every dental hygienist should know about fears over fluoride

'It can be really easy to come away with a false impression that EPA and CDC
are at odds with each other about fluoride when, in fact, they both agree that
fluoride is beneficial in water at low levels and is unhealthy if it is too high.'

By Effie Greathouse, PhD
Much confusion and misinformation floats around out there about fluoride and fluoridation—and a significant amount of that confusion is environmentally-minded. Lots of people are scared about fluoride being toxic. Memes characterizing fluoridation and fluoride products as hazardous waste and part of an industrial pollution scheme have been persistent since the discovery of fluoride’s role in caries prevention in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
In my opinion, as an environmental scientist turned fluoride science enthusiast, the confusion isn’t just because of conspiracy theorists........

Nys Cof
You wrote a lot of words to say relatively little.  The turth is that both proponents and opponents of fluoridation agree that too much fluoride is a bad thing.  Adding fluoride chemicals into public water supplies allows an unknown quantity of fluoride to flow into our bodies from  water supplies and foods made with that fluoridated water.  As a result, about 60% of adolescents are afflicted with dental fluorosis.  Dentists make a good living covering up fluoride-damaged teeth.  This also enables them to shun low income folks whose insurance or pocketbooks won't give them the cash they so desire.  As a result millions of Americans are suffering with oral health that looks like they are from third world countries.  It's time to stop throwing fluoride chemicals at the problem of untreated tooth decay.  Either mandate that dentists treat all who seek it or legalize dental therapists who will go into mouths and areas where dentists refuse to go.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Canada - Health Unit Urging Reintroduction Of Fluoride

Health Unit Urging Reintroduction Of Fluoride

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is urging local municipalities to reintroduce fluoride into the water after finding declining oral health over the last five years.
In its latest report, the health unit says they are seeing more day surgeries in the community due to cavities, more ER visits and declining oral health in children.
“The number of day surgeries in our community as a result of oral health-related issues, and mind you the majority of the oral health-related issues that we see are a result of cavities, the rate is almost three times than the provincial average,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed.
The health unit has requested to report the findings of the report to Windsor City Council and the County of Essex. They will be asking the municipalities to reintroduce fluoride in the water.
Wajid says he is hopeful the councils and the public will review the scientific data provided in this study and others that support fluoride.
In addition to the finding that oral health is on the decline, the report from the health unit also did a community questionnaire. Wajid says he was pleasantly surprised by the results
“We did a community needs assessment. We asked specifically the question of the residents, how do they feel about fluoride in the water and an overwhelming majority, almost four out of five people support fluoridating the water,” says Wajid.*
Wajid hopes to present the findings to Windsor City Council and the County of Essex this spring.

four out of five "uninformed"  people support fluoridating the water,” says Wajid.

Water fluoridation found to increase hypothyroidism risk by 30% from NaturalNews on Vimeo.

FAN Ireland Fluoride Action Network Ireland
Published on 23 Apr 2018
The Health Act, passed by the Irish Government in 1960 made the fluoridation of water supplies mandatory for all city councils. Fluoridation is the addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies with the goal of reducing tooth decay. Ireland is currently the only country in the EU with a policy of mandatory public water fluoridation, our European counterparts have rejected fluoride for medical and ethical reasons. So why does this controversial policy continue in Ireland? FAN Ireland asks Dr Paul Connett, executive director of Fluoride Action Network.

Only 10% of UK is fluoridated

Monday, April 23, 2018

F.A.N. News letter

Most of our supporters are very familiar with the fact that FAN maintains a fabulous health data base which can be easily accessed with our StudyTracker, but many may be less aware of the goldmine of news articles, reports, and in-depth analysis for issues on “everything  fluoride.”  It's all below, but first an update on our fundraiser.
UPDATE ON FUNDRAISER: Last weekend was not the bumper weekend for which we had hoped. Our current total stands at $51,996 from 385 donors.
We need another 15 donors to trigger a pledge of $500, and 45 more donors to trigger a $5,000 pledge! A small donation today will go a long long way, and even further if we reach a total of $75,000 by May 31, when this total will be tripled! See the details of our TSCA lawsuit against EPA below.*

How to donate
  • Online at our secure server.

  • Or by Check, payable to the Fluoride Action Network. Send your check to:
    Fluoride Action Network
    c/o Connett
    104 Walnut Street
    Binghamton NY 13905

Articles by Country: These range from last week’s good news that the city of Jaipur in India will install 200 free reverse osmosis water kiosks across the city to the tragedy in Vietnam where 8 patients died because the water used for kidney dialysis contained fluoride. Israel’s good news: fluoridation hasn’t resumed. A 2011 article from China on their multi-billion effort to relocate 392,000 people living in an area with high levels of fluoride in their water. And lots (over 12,500) more! And of course, the victories!
AfghanistanAustraliaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelgium * BermudaBoliviaBrazilBruneiCanadaCeylonChileChinaCongoCuraçaoCzech RepublicDenmarkEcuadorEl SalvadorEstoniaEthiopiaEuropean UnionFrance * GermanyGhanaGreenlandGrenadaGuernseyHong Kong IcelandIndiaIndonesiaInternational  • IranIraqIreland  • Isle of Man • IsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKenyaLebanonLithuaniaMalaysiaMexicoMongoliaMozambiqueNamibiaNew ZealandNigerNigeriaNorwayPakistanPalestine • PhilippinesRussiaSaudi ArabiaSenegalSingaporeSloveniaSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSpainSri LankaSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandThe Netherlands • Tibet •  Ubekistan •  United Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesVietnamVirgin IslandsYemenZimbabwe
Articles by Industry: AluminumBrick KilnsCement KilnsChemical IndustryChemical WeaponsCoal IndustryCopper SmelterCubatao, BrazilElectronicsFluorine CoatingsFrackingGeothermalGreenhouse/Ozone GasesHuman ExperimentsMiningMiscellaneousNuclear IndustryOil RefineriesPerfluorinated ChemicalsPesticidesPharmaceuticalsPhosphate IndustryPhotovoltaicsPlasticsSpeciality Metal IndustriesSteel IndustryVolcanoes
Government Reports: United States •  AustraliaCanada •  European Union •  IndiaIreland •  New ZealandUnited Kingdom •  World Health Organization | United Nations
Some new categories: TSCA Law SuitToothpasteChildsmile
And there’s more! We’ll let you know sometime soon.  
On behalf of the FAN team, thank you.
Paul and Ellen Connett

* The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the “particular use” of a chemical that presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA gives EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.
The Fluoride Action Network together with Food & Water Watch, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and others petitioned EPA to exercise its authority to prohibit the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to U.S. water supplies. We made this request on the grounds that a large body of animal, cellular, and human research shows that fluoride is neurotoxic at doses within the range now seen in fluoridated communities.

We have won the first two rounds in Federal Court. The first was the Dec 21, 2017, ruling to allow the case to go forward, thus ending EPA’s effort to dismiss the case. The second ruling on Feb 7, 2018, allows us to enter new studies into consideration, something that EPA argued against.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fluoride in Drinking Water

*Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
In 1964, during the height of the Cold War between the USA and Russia, Stanley Kubrick produced, co-wrote and directed the film classic, DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB.
In the opening scenes, General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) was concerned about an epiphany he had experienced during a sexual encounter regarding protecting his "purity of essence" and thereby became a bit paranoid about the fluoridation of drinking water.
“I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids,” he declared, then ordered a squadron of B-52s on an unauthorized nuclear strike of the Soviet Union.
Perhaps he sent the B-52s to the wrong target.
Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer production.
As a common ingredient in rat poison, insecticides and military nerve gas, it's considered a dangerous substance and an environmental pollutant, and is classified as a hazardous material during shipping.
Fluoride is listed in the handbook of CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS as more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic.
Independent studies have shown that fluoride causes various mental disturbances, makes people docile, damages bone structure and shortens life spans.
The first use of fluoridated drinking water occurred during World War II when the German pharmaceutical giant, I.G. Farben, utilized it in Nazi prison camps (such as Auschwitz) in order to force the inmates into a compliant submission.
In 1944, Oscar Ewing became the head of the U.S. Federal Security Agency where he began a campaign to add fluoride to public drinking water. Prior his appointment, Ewing had been an employee of Alcoa, which controls the global aluminum cartel.
Soon, aluminum waste material became a profitable business venture, at a 20,000 percent markup.
According to APPLIED CHEMISTRY, SECOND EDITION by William R. Stine, the fluoride ion in drinking water is responsible for a defective dental condition called mottled enamel. Also known as dental fluorosis, this defect results from disturbance by fluoride of the enamel forming cells during tooth formation and is one of the first signs of chronic fluoride poisoning.
Dr. Hardy Limeback is the head of the Department of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto and the President of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. Once a leading promoter of fluoride in public drinking water, Dr. Limeback has since become an opponent of fluoridation. He claims that Canada currently spends more effort on treating dental fluorosis than treating cavities. He also reports lower cavity rates in areas where there is no fluoridation.
According to the PHYSICIANS DESK REFERENCE -- “in hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache, and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride.”
Research in the 1970s by the National Cancer Institute showed that more than 10,000 fluoride-linked cancer deaths occur in this country each year.
The Argonne National Laboratories demonstrated in 1989 the ability of fluoride to transform normal cells into cancerous cells.
A study by Proctor and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride in public water supplies resulted in a significant increase in genetic damage.
The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE reported in the March 22, 1990 issue that Mayo Clinic researchers found fluoride treatment of osteoporosis increased hip fracture rate and bone fragility.
The JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION reported in 1992 that increased hip fractures were linked to rates of fluoride in the water.
Dr. Michael B. Schachter, M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, contends, “fluoride even at dosages of one part per million, found in fluoridated water, can inhibit enzyme systems, damage the immune system, contribute to calcification of soft tissues, worsen arthritis and cause dental fluorosis in children; up to 80% of the children in certain fluoridated areas.”
If that isn’t scary enough, many recent studies show that water fluoridation is ineffective in reducing tooth decay.
The U.S. Public Health Service, in the largest study of its kind, examined the dental records of over 39,000 school children, ages 5-17, from 84 different areas around the country. The number of decayed, missing and filled teeth per child were virtually the same in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
Because of evidence of harmful effects, fluoridation has been abandoned in most of Europe -- including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Yugoslavia.
As a container of precious bodily fluids, I tend to be cautious about what I eat, drink and breathe. I prefer my drinking water to be void of toxic waste.
On the Orb of Wounded Souls, elite masters continually seek to control populace slaves.
Cultivating and protecting the Purity of Essence is essential to individual freedom.
Live free or die.
Quote for the Day – "When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man." Stanley Kubrick
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and is a container of precious bodily fluids.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

What Causes White Spots On A Toddler's Teeth? The Good News Is, They're Harmless

Toddler teeth are adorable. They come in all shapes and sizes to create tye most genuine smiles, and without a lifetime of coffee, tea and red wine, you'd think their teeth would be perfectly white. Sometimes they are, but sometimes toddlers have these random white spots on their teeth. While you may worry about them from an aesthetic viewpoint (because they are really noticeable when you're Instagramming), you might wonder if it has something to do with their health, too. So what do white spots on a toddler's teeth mean?
The American Dental Association (ADA) explained that dental fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride is consumed over long periods of time while the teeth are still under the gums. Once they have broken through the gums, teeth can't be affected by the fluoride anymore. Reassuringly, these white spots don't make teeth weaker. "Fluorosis isn’t a disease and doesn’t affect the health of your teeth. In most cases, the effect is so subtle that only a dentist would notice it during an examination," the ADA explained. In fact, fluorosis may make teeth more resistant to tooth decay..................

It's a symptom showing the poisonous effect of fluoride. What else is it doing to the body?

USA - Clearwater Council member Bob Cundiff again questions fluoride

Clearwater City Council member Bob Cundiff is the lone skeptic of fluoride of his colleagues.

Tracey McManus
Clearwater City Council member Bob Cundiff is the lone skeptic of fluoride of his colleagues.CLEARWATER — City Council member Bob Cundiff again diverged from his four colleagues on one of Tampa Bay's most sensitive subjects: fluoride.

On Thursday, the City Council voted 4-1 to pay KAT Construction $552,000 to build fluoride storage and pumps in the city's two water treatment plants, with Cundiff opposed.

A decade ago, the city had planned to launch a fluoride program in 2019 when all three water treatment facilities would be fully operational and the city would be totally weaned off Pinellas County water. But in 2016, the Council voted to accelerate that schedule and get the two existing water treatment plants pumped with fluoride sooner.

About 20 percent of Clearwater's daily water supply still comes from the county, which began adding fluoride in 2004. It means Clearwater's drinking water has below the recommended levels of fluoride until the city's program gets up and running.

But Cundiff said he's been a critic of fluoride for 60 years and won't be changing his mind now:

"I think it's unethical to force medical treatment on people that may be harmful to them," said Cundiff, who was also the lone vote in 2016 against accelerating the fluoride program. "We don't know what the long-term effects are. So it hardens the teeth. What does it do to the bones? We don't know. It's also, I think, unethical to force a treatment on someone who does not wish it. I think Clearwater ought to be safe rather than sorry."

Medical professionals overwhelmingly agree community fluoridation is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, "fluoride in community water systems prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste."

The Pinellas County Commission in 2011 narrowly voted to stop adding fluoride to the water, and the switch resulted in a years-long debate. It was the crux of the 2012 election that knocked two Republican Commissioners out of office. The fluoride removal decision was reversed in 2013 when the two newly elected pro-fluoride Democrats, Janet Long and Charlie Justice, flipped the scales.

But Cundiff doesn't buy it.

"I do think the science behind fluoridation of water is unsettled in several aspects," Cundiff said. "Number one, does ingesting that fluoridated water really prevent cavities? People will say well dental cavity levels are going down but they're also going down in areas where the water is not fluoridated. There's also uncertainty of the neurotoxicity of community water that has fluoride in it."...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Health watch: Is your bath water doing more harm than good?

According to the South African National Eczema Association (SANEA), eczema affects 10% of all infants. For some, it is a lifelong battle and incurable, which causes distress to parents and children.
For years, Japanese and European researchers have warned that water hardness, which is caused by calcium carbonate, as well as chlorine levels, have increased the risk of eczema in school children.
A study by King’s College London and a more recent study by Perkin et al, prove that water hardness causes infant eczema, linking this to an 87% increase in the risk of eczema, along with chlorine and other chemicals contributing to the risk.
In South Africa, this belief is starting to take root, too.

What’s in our water?

Tony Marchesini, managing director of H2O International SA says, “Our tap water is treated with chlorine, aluminum sulphate and fluoride, and there are good reasons for this. We need to eliminate the real nasties like cholera, typhoid and other frightening waterborne illnesses, and keep the water safe all the way from the municipal reservoirs to our homes.
But once you are ready to use it, it is absolutely essential that you remove the chemicals. The absorption of chemicals and contaminants through the skin is just as bad as via consumption.”
Parents need to be careful not to believe that bathing a baby who is prone to eczema will always be helpful. The water needs to be free from calcium carbonate, chlorine and other chemicals in order for it to be effective.

How to purify your water

One way of achieving this is by installing a water purification system that offers a carbon filter and an ion-exchange component. Experts suggest that even if your baby doesn’t suffer from eczema, water that is used for bathing should be softened using an ion-exchange filter and purified using a charcoal system that removes chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
It’s essential that parents are aware of the research around the dangers of chlorine and hard water to their babies, and the rest of their family,” says Marchesini. “The very things added to our water to keep it safe are harming us, but luckily there are solutions available.”
To get more help and advice on childhood eczema, visit the South African National Eczema Association website.

Bedfordshire Times and Citizen letter

Dear Editor,

Warning Mums2B – avoid fluoride exposure during pregnancy from ALL sources as a new study, 12 years in duration, (Bashal et al 2017), confirms that fluoride passes through the placenta barrier and can harm the fetal brain, lowering IQ. There is a calculated lossof 6 IQ points to the unborn child if pregnant women drink water at fluoride levels recommended by Public Health England (and that is without fluoride exposure from other sources such as fluoridated toothpaste). This loss of IQ is permanent, unnecessary and avoidable. Be safe rather than sorry.

Cynthia Bagchi

coordinator of FFB

Is there a fluoride link to endocrine problems?

I read an article years ago stating there may be a possible link to the increase in Type 2 diabetes linked to the fluoridisation of drinking water. I lived in an area of Derbyshire which had natural occurring fluoride in the water table which the locals called 'goitre water'. It may be an incredible coincidence, but of the residents in a small cul-de-sac the next door neighbour had Type 2 diabetes, the other side had an overactive thyroid, and her daughter-in-law also developed an over active thyroid, the guy next door but one had an underactive thyroid and after two years living there my thyroid also packed up. Is it a price worth paying for good teeth?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

F.A.N. News letter

Before we get to the local victories, here is an update on our Fundraiser. 
A bumper weekend ahead
Yesterday, thanks to supporters like you, we reached a magnificent $51,662 from 370 supporters in our Fundraiser for our TSCA lawsuit*, which included a pledge of $250 for reaching 350 donors. But there are several more pledges ahead and it promises to be a bumper weekend if the donations keep rolling in.
30 more donors of any amount will trigger a pledge of $500.
60 more donors of $10 or more will trigger a pledge of $5,000.
80 more donors of any amount will trigger a pledge of $750.
97 more donors via mailed-in check of $5 or more will trigger another $5000.
130 more donors of any amount will trigger a pledge of $1500.
You can be part of our FAN team and help our total leap forward with a donation of $5 by mailed in check or $10 or more via online.
You can follow the excitement online by checking the first masthead on our web page www.FluorideALERT.org 

How to donate
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  • Or by Check, payable to the Fluoride Action Network. Send your check to:
    Fluoride Action Network
    c/o Connett
    104 Walnut Street
    Binghamton NY 13905

The first local victory came in Edgartown, Massachusetts.  On April 12, a referendum vote of 700-253 (a whopping 73%-23%), ended all hope of fluoridation in Edgartown. According to a report on the in The Martha’s Vineyard Times,

“The town’s board of health voted to add fluoride, prompting a controversy over the decision and the process used to issue that order. The town’s water commission opposed the move. Ultimately, a petition was circulated to bring the fluoride issue to a townwide vote culminating in Thursday’s no vote.”

Local residents had only 90 days to collect enough petition signatures to take the issue out of the hands of the pro-fluoridation Board of Health, and they ultimately met and exceeded the petition signature requirements to force a ballot vote, giving authority over fluoridation to water consumers.  This effort was followed up with an extensive education campaign within the community and in the local newspaper’s editorial section, led by concerned citizens.  (Click here to see 
all related articles)

The issue electrified the community and prompted proponents days before the vote to round-up a statement from over 35 professionals, along with a former US Secretary of Health and Human Service, which urged the community to vote for fluoridation.

The second came in Walden, NY on Tuesday April 16 (just two days ago), when the council voted unanimously to end fluoridation in this village, which is located about 10 miles from Newburgh, NY, which was the second town fluoridated in the USA in 1945. Grand Rapids was the first.

Hats off to one of the councilors Lynn Thomson, who helped the village jump through all the hurdles that the state of NY Department of Health (DOH) puts in the way of any community that wants to stop fluoridating. The mayor and the village councilors wanted to end this outdated practice months ago but the DOH did everything they could to stop them, which included a last-minute offer to pay for the fluoridation chemicals. Ellen and I had traveled the 3 hours from our home in Binghamton, NY (through rain and snow) to witness the vote. After I and another citizen had spoken for 3 minutes each - the vote was held and it was all over. Ellen and I joined the others in the crowd and cheered …and then we drove on air back to Binghamton. A very sweet victory indeed.So what can you say in 3 minutes at such a hearing?  Here is the gist of what I said:

What Fluoridation is:

(most countries don't do it),

Unnatural (the level of fluoride in mother's milk is extremely low),
Unethical (the government is voilating the individuals right to informed consent to medical treatment),
Unsafe (e.g. potential to lower IQ)
Unnecessary (there are better alternatives)

No risk is acceptable if it is avoidable!

Lynn Thomson is willing to help other communities in NY state negotiate the DOH’s obstacles and liberate themselves from this wretched practice. 

A third victory occurred in Uintah County, Utah, where a group of dentists attempted to collect the required 1,600 signatures necessary to force a countywide ballot vote to initiate fluoridation.  Shortly after starting this effort, local residents and water consumers organized a group called Uintah County Citizens Against Public Water Fluoridation and mounted and impressive opposition campaign.  Ultimately, the dentists gave up on their unsuccessful efforts in response to the public's outcry in opposition.

A Note from FAN’s Campaign Director, Stuart Cooper:

"These three examples just confirm what our internal statistics show in regard to the outcome of local fluoridation decisions in the US in recent years.  While we--opponents of fluoridation--win about 50% of the time we initiate a campaign to end fluoridation, the pro-fluoridation dental-lobby wins less than 20% of the time when they try to initiate the practice.  It's vital that citizens stand up to the fluoride-lobby.  They're a paper tiger, but this only becomes apparent to decision makers when citizens fight back."
Meanwhile, please consider making a donation today towards our legal fund and help our best chance ever of liberating the whole world.

On behalf of the FAN team, thank you.
Paul and Ellen Connett

* The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the “particular use” of a chemical that presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA gives EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.
The Fluoride Action Network together with Food & Water Watch, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and others petitioned EPA to exercise its authority to prohibit the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to U.S. water supplies. We made this request on the grounds that a large body of animal, cellular, and human research shows that fluoride is neurotoxic at doses within the range now seen in fluoridated communities.

We have won the first two rounds in Federal Court. The first was the Dec 21, 2017, ruling to allow the case to go forward, thus ending EPA’s effort to dismiss the case. The second ruling on Feb 7, 2018, allows us to enter new studies into consideration, something that EPA argued against.

No One Ever Warned You About These Awful Things That Happen When You’re Over 65

Don’t let the young kids fool you: Turning another year older isn’t such a bad thing. And by 65, you’re likely to be retired and living the free life you’ve dreamed about since your 40s. You’re already used to dealing with creaky knees, a stiff back, and a few more trips to the eye doctor since your mid-5os, so what else could possibly occur?
Unfortunately, becoming a senior can have serious consequences to your mind and body. Here’s what none of the other older folks want you to know about aging.
1. You lose muscle at a faster rate than you think
Senior couple performing yoga exercise
Regular exercise can help combat muscle loss. | iStock.com/Wavebreakmedia

If you notice the scale creeping up as you reach senior status, you’re not alone. Dr. Elena Volpi explains to the Los Angeles Times that after age 50, you lose about 1% of muscle every year. You can thank changing hormones and any sickness or injuries you experience for this.

To combat the muscle loss and fat gain, add some light resistance training to your weekly schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough protein.

Next: You’ll want to stop skipping those dental visits. 
2. Your gums recede
Dentist in examination room
Your dentist may be able to clue you in to this sign of aging. | Sam Edwards/Getty Images

If you skipped the dentist when you were younger, it’s time to get those teeth checked. Harvard Health Publishing explains your gums naturally recede as you get older, which can expose the root tissue of the tooth. This can cause tooth decay at a faster rate. And if you grew up before fluoride products were readily available, you may have bigger issues.

Next: Yes, this really does happen to your brain.

3. Your brain shrinks
Wire frame brain model
Yes, this fact is sad, but true. | Jezperklauzen/Getty Images

Unfortunately, your brain really does get smaller as you age. Psychology Today notes it’s not that your neurons die, though. It’s that other areas of your brain shrivel over time — and it’s more likely to happen if you have a tendency to become over-stressed.

To combat age-related brain degeneration, keep an active and healthy lifestyle. And of course, work to keep those stress levels low.

Next: Your food may not taste the same as it used to. 

4. You lose your taste buds
Smiling older man eating pizza
Are you enjoying that salty pizza as much as you used to? | Nyul/iStock/Getty Images 

Pouring a little too much salt and pepper on your meals? There’s a reason your food tastes relatively flavorless as you get older, and that’s because your senses dull over time. NPR explains your taste buds lose their ability to regenerate as you age. That means when you burn them on your hot coffee, you might end up losing them forever once you’re in your 60s. And if you’re having trouble tasting your food, it might actually be your sense of smell that’s fading, too.

Next: Sorry, but all those concerts in your youth didn’t help out here.

5. Hearing loss is inevitable
elderly group of women having a meal
You may notice you can’t hear as clearly as you used to. | monkeybusinessimages/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

If you need a hearing aid once you reach the age of 65, you’re not the only one. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders explains age-related hearing loss is one of the most common issues plaguing seniors today. One in three people in the U.S. between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss.

Noise-induced hearing loss is common, but high blood pressure and diabetes can also have a negative effect on your ears.

Next: You probably didn’t think this body part would be affected. 

6. Your feet need a break
Senior lady massaging her bare foot to relive aches and pains
Quality shoes will do wonders for sore feet. | mheim3011/Getty Images

Yes, even your feet will feel it as you age. Prevention explains your feet lose their fat padding, which is why they hurt more by the end of the day if you’ve been on them for hours on end. Not only that, but circulation to your feet slows, which can cause existing blisters, cuts, or scrapes to heal extra slowly. And you might also notice the tendons tightening, which raises the risk of injury.

Next: This is an unfortunate reality when gravity takes hold.

7. Sagging skin is sure to occur
senior woman looking at skin in mirror in bathroom
This is what we all experience as we age. | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images 

From dryness to sagging, WebMD notes aging severely affects the skin. You’ll likely notice it becoming more transparent, rougher, and dryer — but that’s not all. You also lose elasticity in your skin, which is why it sags.

While there’s little you can do to stop sagging, you can keep your skin looking as healthy as possible by staying out of the sun. Wear a hat and sunscreen when you’re outside for extended periods.

Next: The vast majority of seniors have to deal with this pain. 

8. Tendonitis wreaks havoc on your joints

Physically, you may not be able to do as much as you used to. iStock.com

You’ll notice a few more aches and pains as you age, which is unfortunately quite common. WebMD notes many seniors develop osteoarthritis due to the cartilage between the joint and the bone breaking down over time, which can certainly cause a great deal of pain. Even for seniors without arthritis, inflammation of the tendons can also be quite painful in the joints. Activities involving repetitive motions typically make tendonitis worse.

Next: You might need a hair cut in the near future. 

9. Your hair permanently thins out
Smiling elderly woman comb hair and looked in the mirror
Even in women, this side effect of aging can occur. | MilicaStankovic/Getty Images

Thinning hair may be unpleasant, but it’s actually totally natural and common. The Huffington Post explains hormonal changes can affect hair growth, and your hair follicles also shrink in size as you age. The follicles start producing hairs that are extremely fine and barely visible, thus why it appears like you may be balding.

The best thing you can do is strengthen the hair you still have. Reducing breakage and eating plenty of nutrients will help you greatly in the long run.

Next: You’ll want to avoid the hospital as much as possible as you age.

10. A stay at the hospital can turn into a nightmare
senior with painful arm during rehabilitation
Health issues after a hospital stay are common. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

CNN shared startling research that found a third of hospital patients above the age of 70 leave the hospital in worse shape than when they first got there. The noisy, restrictive hospital atmosphere can do lasting damage to seniors. If they’re not getting enough sleep, eating low-quality food, and unable to move about freely, it can set them up for a wealth of issues after they leave the facility — some of which are unrecoverable.

Next: It’s not just those with dementia who experience this issue.

11. Memory loss may occur
Male doctor talking to patient
You may have trouble remembering little details from time to time. | Seb_ra/iStock/Getty Images

You may forget where your keys are more often as you age — and unfortunately, that’s totally normal. The Mayo Clinic explains a decline in your thinking skills and memory is natural. And there’s a big difference between age-related decline and dementia-related memory issues.

If you find yourself asking the same questions over and over again, forgetting words while you’re talking, mixing up words, and misplacing items with frequency, these are all early symptoms of dementia. Ask your doctor for testing if you’re concerned.

Next: Age doesn’t just affect your physical health. 

12. You may feel more depressed than ever before
Older sad
Feeling blue? | Dmitry Berkut/iStock/Getty Images

Many younger folks are plagued with depression, but they’re not the only ones. As you age, you’re going through a ton of life changes, from retirement, to the death of loved ones, to new medical issues. And the National Institute of Mental Health says most adults cope with these changes — but not everyone gets away unscathed. You may become one of the millions with depression.

If you feel persistent feelings of sadness or anxiousness and you’ve lost interest in your favorite activities, these are a few signs your unhappiness may need medical attention.

Next: You may be seeing the doctor more often for this reason.

13. Your risk for a variety of diseases increases
Nurse standing with old patient
You may be more prone to disease and infection. | Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images

It’s true that seniors are more susceptible to a diseases and infections. As you get older, it’s common for your immune system to work less efficiently, Healio explains. In addition, you may have also developed another condition by this point, like diabetes or arthritis. The combination of a less effective immune system along with the development of another condition is likely to lead to bigger health issues and infections down the line.

Next: The shots you received as a child may be ineffective. 

14. Your childhood immunizations may not work as well anymore
Doctor Giving Male Patient Injection
You may need to get those shots updated as you age. | monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

You received several vaccines as a child, but those aren’t likely to last forever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains your childhood vaccines wear off over time, leaving you susceptible to more illnesses than you think. Visit your doctor to get up-to-date immunizations.

Additionally, if you’re over the age of 65, you should take extra care to get the flu shot. Over 60% of those who are hospitalized from the flu are 65 or older.

Next: A visit to your eye doctor may be in order. 

15. You’re more likely to have eye troubles
Sight of old woman verifying by apparatus
Your vision may shift as you age. | YakobchukOlena/Getty Images

If your glasses just aren’t cutting it anymore, you’re not alone. AgingCare.com explains one in three Americans have an eye condition that impairs their vision by age 65. Glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy are all common conditions that affect seniors.

If you’re having vision issues, be sure to visit an eye doctor. If left untreated, the medical problems can worsen and result in blindness in some cases.

That's a cheerful article!
I've lived a further 18 years than the 65 downward spiral. I certainly don't have flu shots and I don't get colds or flu. I don't get depressed nor am I falling apart just yet. My brain still functions reasonably well.