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Archives for March 2012

Fluorosilicic acid is a ‘toxic waste’

By: Ayesha Drouillard (Letter to the Editor), The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 28-Mar-2012 — Re: Fluoride debate: Advice for city council, Star editorial, March 19.

The report submitted by the Windsor Utilities Commission a few weeks ago clarified one critical issue that council cannot ignore. Can the WUC provide clinical evidence to show fluorosilicic acid (HFS) is safe?

The report refers to the National Sanitation Foundation’s regulatory statute Standard 60, which establishes minimum requirements to ensure the safety of fluoride-delivery agents. Compliance demands a toxicology review of such agents.

However, WUC general manager, John Stuart, confirmed there are no toxicology studies of HFS that he is aware of. So the answer to the question is, no. There is no evidence that demonstrates HFS is safe.

It was also confirmed at the Feb. 29 fluoridation meeting that, contrary to public claims by the Medical Officer of Health, HFS is indeed a byproduct of phosphate fertilizer production. More importantly, HFS is classified as toxic waste and is illegal to dump anywhere in the environment – unless it is funneled into tankers for sale as a fluoride-delivery agent. This simple act results in reclassification as a commercial product but it is still hazardous, still toxic, still persistent and still bio-accumulative, even when it’s diluted.

Since nearly all of this water returns to the environment – where legislation prohibits dumping of HFS in the first place – the negative impact on our ecosystem is undeniable.

http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/Fluorosilicic+acid+toxic+waste/6370377/story.html

Petrolia’s fluoride debate starts to brew

Sink-Faucet-Blue-COF-COF.-300-x-200By: David Pattenaude, The Petrolia Topic, Petrolia, Ontario 28-Mar-2012 — Fluoridation of drinking water has been a contentious debate in communities for years and the debate has begun in Petrolia — and may continue at Petrolia council’s April 23 meeting.

Councillors have received inquiries about fluoride being added to the town’s drinking water so the town asked for the opinion of Dr. Christopher Greensmith, Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health.

Greensmith has told the town in a letter that “…community water fluoridation is beneficial to all residents, especially children, low income families and the elderly. Over 90 international organizations (such as the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) support the addition of fluoride into community water supplies.”

Greensmith added it’s important that children have access to fluoride “…to strengthen their teeth enamel and prevent dental disease.”

But Petrolian Al Petersen, speaking to council at its March 19 meeting, said “…the risks (of fluoride) outweigh the limited benefits.”

He gave council a report, based on his research, that said “…producing safe drinking water does not require fluoride to be added to it.”

Petersen asked council to take a precautionary approach and discontinue fluoridation.

Fluoride (fluorosilic acid) is added at the town’s water treatment plant in Bright’s Grove at a dosage rate between .60 and .70 parts per million, according to town corporate services director Scott Gawley.

Ontario Clean Water Agency operators contracted by the town to operate the water treatment plant are responsible for adding fluoride to the drinking water, as required under the plant’s certificate of approval issued by the Environment Ministry, said Gawley in a report to council.

“The addition of fluoride in the town’s drinking water is primarily a municipal issue in consultation with the public and the medical officer of health, he said. After the meeting, Gawley explained the ministry doesn’t require a municipality to use fluoride.

Gawley said staff is checking to see how long fluoride has been added to Petrolia’s drinking water.

Petersen’s report also said fluoridation is not required under Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act; it is a municipality’s option.

His report said Petrolia council “…assumes full responsibility for verifying the safety of the product (fluoride) used, its application to the water supply, and the health risks which occur; yet take it on faith from other authorities the product used not only meets the criteria, but is otherwise safe, even though it’s up to the town alone to make that final determination.

“The Ministry of Environment, local medical officer of health, Health Canada, and the American Water Works Association can state in a general sense the concept of fluoridation is beneficial because they assume no liability for responsibility and decisions about Petrolia’s drinking water system and chemical supplies.”

Petersen said fluoride is only potentially effective in protecting teeth as a topical treatment; not from ingestion. He added because fluoride is also ingested with mouthwash, food, toothpaste and beverages, “…total fluoride exposure needs to be limited.”

He said by adding fluoride to the water supply, council is accepting unnecessary liability for potential damages and health impacts.

Petersen said ending the use of fluoride would:

• Eliminate the risk of chronic workplace exposure to hydrofluorosilic acid chemical emissions for water treatment plant operators;

• Eliminate the potential risk to the health of drinking water consumers; and

• Eliminate exposure to liability for damages and impacts.

Peterson said it’s challenging to determine if exposure to low concentrations of any known hazardous compound over a long period of time causes health impacts.

But he said many municipalities have discontinued using fluoride and added “It’s clear from a simple risk/benefit analysis the benefits of water fluoridation don’t justify the cost and the risk.”

Council tentatively tabled discussion about fluoride to its April 23 meeting after Councillors Mary-Pat Gleeson and Joel Field said Peterson’s report and supplementary information is a “lot of information” to digest.

“There’s a lot of information to go through, to make sure we are making the right decision,” said Field.

Mayor John McCharles said a municipal referendum would be needed to take fluoride out of the town’s drinking water

Gawley said after the meeting staff is checking to see if a referendum would actually be needed; and is also checking to see if a referendum was used to begin the use of fluoride. If a referendum was used to start it, another would be needed to end it, he said.

Gawley said April 23 is only a tentative date to continue the fluoride debate because the town is still trying to secure the attendance of people such as Greensmith and Petersen.

http://www.petroliatopic.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3517108

Meet Dr. Paul Connett, co-author of ‘The Case Against Fluoride’ on April 19th, 2012 (7:00 PM), Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto

Your are cordially invited to meet Dr. Paul Connett (PhD), co-author of ‘The Case Against Fluoride’, on  April 19th, 2012 (7:00 PM), Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto (at Wellington Street).

The meeting and discussion will be to update fluoridation issues to 2012, and discuss next steps.

 


In cooperation with:

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Event Contacts:

Karen Buck
karenbuck@rogers.com
416-690-7593

Gerry Cooper
gwgcooper@gmail.com
416-444-6444

 

 

 

Dr. Paul Connett (PhD), who has spent 16 years
studying the impact of water fluoridation, said there is
mounting evidence that ingesting fluoride can cause a
range of problems, including damage to the brain,
kidneys, teeth, and bones.

Can get fluoride in non-water ways

By: Roger Dzugan (Letter to the Editor), The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 23-Mar-2012 — Re: Removing fluoride unwise, costly, by Harry Hoediono, March 9.

In response to Dr. Harry Hoediono’s letter regarding fluoride in our drinking water, how do you know what and how much of any food or liquid each and every patient consumes?

I personally consume very little tap water, drinking more milk, juice, pop, Gatorade and other liquids. People may drink more bottled water.

Our bodies are as different as our DNA, so making any kind of accurate comparisons seems impossible to me. The other fact is that, out of all the water the city puts this hydrofluorosilicic acid in, only about one per cent gets ingested, the rest being wasted into our Great Lakes, posing another threat to environmental sustainability.

There are other ways to apply fluoride to your teeth without jeopardizing your health or the environment. We just need to be more educated.

http://www.windsorstar.com/technology/fluoride+water+ways/6346480/story.html

Fluoride untested toxic waste

By: Christine Moody (Letter to the Editor), The Windsor Star, Amherstburg, Ontario 23-Mar-2012 — I usually respect your opinion. However, that was until I read The Star’s editorial endorsement of water fluoridation.

If you’d attended any of the meetings or heard Dr. Allen Heimann’s own admission that testing has not been done on the fluoride product to ensure it’s safe for ingestion, perhaps you’d have a different opinion.

Growing up in Kingsville where there has never been fluoridated water, I can tell you ingested fluoride does not make a difference in the health of our teeth. Nutrient-rich diets and oral hygiene should be what our health authorities are promoting, not ingestion of untested hazardous waste.

The type of fluoride used in fluoridation is not medical grade and not naturally occurring, but rather industrial waste (as confirmed by Windsor Utilities Commission).

A year ago I didn’t really care whether our water was fluoridated or not, but now I’ve researched on my own and followed the presentations of both Fluoride Free Windsor and health authorities. Dr. Heimann’s job is to promote this practice even though he admits the product hasn’t been tested for safety.

We can’t look to those who are paid to say “safe and effective” as credible; we need scientific proof of safety. You’re obviously old school when you promote a 60-year-old practice based on 60-year-old science.

I’m thankful I live in Amherstburg where the councillors made it a point of educating themselves, weighed the information and voted on the side of precaution. I still work in Windsor and have family living here, and so I hope Windsor council will get informed and side with caution, too.

http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Fluoride+untested+toxic+waste/6346483/story.html

Petrolia’s fluoride debate starts (water fluoridation to be reconsidered)

BY: David Pattenaude, The Petrolia Topic, Petrolia, Ontario 21-Mar-2012 — Fluoridation of drinking water has been a contentious debate in communities for years and the debate has begun in Petrolia – and may continue at Petrolia council’s April 23 meeting.

Councillors have received inquiries about fluoride being added to the town’s drinking water so the town asked for the opinion of Dr. Christopher Greensmith, Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health.

Greensmith has told the town in a letter that “…community water fluoridation is beneficial to all residents, especially children, low income families and the elderly. Over 90 international organizations (such as the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) support the addition of fluoride into community water supplies.”

Greensmith added it’s important that children have access to fluoride “…to strengthen their teeth enamel and prevent dental disease.”

But Petrolian Al Petersen, speaking to council at its March 19 meeting, said “…the risks (of fluoride) outweigh the limited benefits.”

He gave council a report, based on his research, that said “…producing safe drinking water does not require fluoride to be added to it.”

Petersen asked council to take a precautionary approach and discontinue fluoridation.

Fluoride (fluorosilic acid) is added at the town’s water treatment plant in Bright’s Grove at a dosage rate between .60 and .70 parts per million, according to town corporate services director Scott Gawley.

Ontario Clean Water Agency operators contracted by the town to operate the water treatment plant are responsible for adding fluoride to the drinking water, as required under the plant’s certificate of approval issued by the Environment Ministry, said Gawley in a report to council.

“The addition of fluoride in the town’s drinking water is primarily a municipal issue in consultation with the public and the medical officer of health, he said. After the meeting, Gawley explained the ministry doesn’t require a municipality to use fluoride.

Gawley said staff is checking to see how long fluoride has been added to Petrolia’s drinking water.

Petersen’s report also said fluoridation is not required under Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act; it is a municipality’s option.

His report said Petrolia council “…assumes full responsibility for verifying the safety of the product (fluoride) used, its application to the water supply, and the health risks which occur; yet take it on faith from other authorities the product used not only meets the criteria, but is otherwise safe, even though it’s up to the town alone to make that final determination.

“The Ministry of Environment, local medical officer of health, Health Canada, and the American Water Works Association can state in a general sense the concept of fluoridation is beneficial because they assume no liability for responsibility and decisions about Petrolia’s drinking water system and chemical supplies.”

Petersen said fluoride is only potentially effective in protecting teeth as a topical treatment; not from ingestion. He added because fluoride is also ingested with mouthwash, food, toothpaste and beverages, “…total fluoride exposure needs to be limited.”

He said by adding fluoride to the water supply, council is accepting unnecessary liability for potential damages and health impacts.

Petersen said ending the use of fluoride would:

• Eliminate the risk of chronic workplace exposure to hydrofluorosilic acid chemical emissions for water treatment plant operators;

• Eliminate the potential risk to the health of drinking water consumers; and

• Eliminate exposure to liability for damages and impacts.

Peterson said it’s challenging to determine if exposure to low concentrations of any known hazardous compound over a long period of time causes health impacts.

But he said many municipalities have discontinued using fluoride and added “It’s clear from a simple risk/benefit analysis the benefits of water fluoridation don’t justify the cost and the risk.”

Council tentatively tabled discussion about fluoride to its April 23 meeting after Councillors Mary-Pat Gleeson and Joel Field said Peterson’s report and supplementary information is a “lot of information” to digest.

“There’s a lot of information to go through, to make sure we are making the right decision,” said Field.

Mayor John McCharles said a municipal referendum would be needed to take fluoride out of the town’s drinking water.

Gawley said after the meeting staff is checking to see if a referendum would actually be needed; and is also checking to see if a referendum was used to begin the use of fluoride. If a referendum was used to start it, another would be needed to end it, he said.

Gawley said April 23 is only a tentative date to continue the fluoride debate because the town is still trying to secure the attendance of people such as Greensmith and Petersen.

Council meetings start at 7 p.m.

http://www.petroliatopic.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3507750

Toronto Chapter, Council of Canadians – Water Forum this Saturday March 24, 2012 (10am – 4pm)

Your are invited to come visit the Toronto Chapter, Council of Canadians, at their award winning annual ‘water forum’ — this coming Saturday, March 24, 2012 (10am – 4pm).

This event is being held at the United Steel Workers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, Ontario (south of College Street, east of Spadina)

TOPICS INCLUDE: Melancthon Megaquarry, Our Great Lakes Commons, UnFluoridate It, Oak Ridges Moraine, Toronto City Water, CETA & Water Privatization, Water as a Human Right

Dr. Hardy Limeback (BSc PhD DDS) and the Science/Health Liaison Officer for Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation ~ Canadiens Opposés à la Fluoration (COF-COF) will be the keynote speaker for the UnFluoridate It segment of this broad reaching forum.

Come, listen, ask questions, contribute, learn.  Free lunch!  Bring your own mug!

RSVP (appreciated) to torontochapter@gmail.com or sign-up on Facebook!

SEE: Toronto Chapter COC 2012 Water Forum Poster

 

Make our drinking water safe

By: Kimberly Deyong (Letter to the Editor), The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 16-Mar-2012 Re: Removing fluoride unwise, costly, by Harry Hoediono, March 9.

WUC has a mandate to supply safe water. Last year the Town of Lakeshore’s water admin recommended the same to their council as WUC did because “fluoridation is a process that does not contribute to the municipality’s objective of providing safe drinking water.”

Dr. Harry Hoediono of the Ontario Dental Association “encourages council to seek advice of Health Canada and public health” – but we already know they promote fluoridation and that, along with the dental health agencies, are:

• Not accountable and can’t be held liable for their recommendations.

• Not elected by the people of Windsor.

• Can’t provide the toxicological studies or clinical data to prove the practice they endorse is safe, particularly for cancer patients, the elderly and small children.

He also mentioned other unaccountable agencies such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control. The CDC conceded that fluoride works topically, not when swallowed. The WHO states “dental and public health should be aware of the total fluoride exposure in the population before introducing any additional fluoride programs …” this has never been done.

And the Canadian Dental Association also states, “The availability of fluorides from a variety of sources must be taken into account before embarking on a specific course of fluoride delivery.” Public health has admitted that no one has assessed our community or is monitoring our total fluoride intake from all sources.

Finally, Dr. Hoediono says, “removing fluoride could have profound consequences,” and I agree. The peer-reviewed published studies prove that when fluoridation ends, cavities continue to decline and dental fluorosis rates decline.

In addition, the costs and health risks of the non-dental effects on our population from ingesting fluoride will also decline. These are consequences we’re looking forward to.

Council would be well advised to take the recommendation of the WUC admin and of the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee and side with precaution to cease fluoridation and make our drinking water as safe as possible.

[ We learned many important things at the WUC meeting but 2 things stand out: 1) the source of fluoride for our drinking water is a product classified as hazardous waste, a by-product from the fertilizer industry and 2) that the product, hydrofluorosilicic acid, has never undergone toxicological safety studies. This was confirmed by WUC admin and interested citizens can visit FluorideFreeWindsor.com to see video of these facts for themselves. ] NOTE: This section was not published from the original submission.

http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Make+drinking+water+safe/6310833/story

http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Removing+fluoride+unwise+costly/6275253/story

Don’t fluoridate drinking water

By: Donna Mayne (Letter to the Editor), The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 16-Mar-2012 — Re: WUC urges moratorium on fluoridation, by Beatrice Fantoni, March 1.

Consuming and bathing in water artificially fluoridated with hydrofluorosilicic acid – a classified, persistent, bioaccumulative toxin – goes beyond ridiculous. But thanks to a majority of members of the Windsor Utilities Commission, especially city councillors Drew Dilkens and Bill Marra, logic trumped the status quo.

Thank you for recommending Windsor City Council review its artificial water fluoridation (AWF) policy.

Coun. Ed Sleiman dissented, saying he is not a doctor and therefore relies on advice provided by AWF proponent and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann. Perhaps Coun. Sleiman is listening to the wrong doctor.

What doctor prescribes without first assessing a patient, let alone failing to get his patient’s consent? That, unfortunately, is the endgame of artificial water fluoridation.

We are being forced to ingest a substance intended for topical use.

Meanwhile a dozen doctors with the United States National Research Council spent more than three years reviewing adverse health effects associated with fluoride in drinking water and published a 508-page report in 2006.

More recently, the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control, have both issued advisories for parents not to administer fluoridated water to infants or use it to mix formula.

And just last year, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ruled that health benefits claimed by a manufacturer of artificially fluoridated water for infants (nursery water) are illegal.

Against this backdrop, the fluoride level of Windsor’s raw water currently is 0.15 ppm. This exceeds the 0.12 ppm level set out in the federal Species at Risk Act.

Clearly, WUC’s average AWF level of 0.65 ppm is adversely affecting our area’s richest natural resource.

WUC’s own report states the National Sanitation Foundation’s regulatory statute “Standard 60,” to which it adheres, establishes minimum requirements to ensure fluoride-delivery agents are safe. And compliance demands “a toxicology review” of such agents.

The problem? There are no toxicological studies of hydrofluorosilicic acid. So, in addition to growing evidence that AWF causes harm, the WUC’s AWF protocols do not comply with critical regulations.

http://www.windsorstar.com/health/fluoridate+drinking+water/6310832/story

MEETING NOTICE: Upcoming public discussion about Hamilton, Ontario’s water fluoridation, March 21, 2012

COF-COF Kids Shadow On Sand Safe Drinking Water 300 x 300 SharpenGreat Kick-off just before World Water Day.

You are invited to join us for a free, public discussion about water fluoridation in Hamilton.

‘Is our tap water safe’?

What every parent should know.
What every citizen should ask.

Hosted by the Hamilton Chapter, Council of Canadians
CoC Hamilton Fluoridation Resolution

Wed. March 21st, 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer Hamilton
267 King St. East
(Between Ferguson and Wellington)
Hamilton
Everyone welcome.  Refreshments provided.

We’re getting lots of interest.  Hope to have a full house.  For more info contact Cindy Mayor  (905) 689-4255 or cindymayor@hotmail.com