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Group demands fluoride be flushed from water

By: Cheryl Brink, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Cornwall, Ontario 12-Sep-2012 — A group protesting fluoride in municipal water took their campaign to city hall on Monday.

Paul Brisebois, of Fluoride Free Cornwall, presented their case against the chemical, suggesting the city should follow the example of dozens of other municipalities that have stopped using fluoride in their water.

“Members of council are free to remove it if they wish,” he said. “…It’s Cornwall’s turn to act.”

Brisebois said false information and misleading marketing has convinced residents fluoride has benefits, though it’s actually toxic.

“It’s a scam,” he said, suggesting dozens of health problems could arise in the future because of the small, but consistent, doses.

“I think we’re not doing any good for our children,” he added.

Council passed the presentation on to staff for a report, but Mayor Bob Kilger said the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is pretty clear in its support for the use of fluoride.

A 2011 report from chief medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis calls fluoridation “one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century” because of its contribution to reducing tooth decay.

But Brisebois said even if the city can’t agree on the risks or benefits of fluoridation, they should end the practice because of the expense.

He said gallons of fluoridated water are being wasted on washing cars and watering lawns, costing the city around $35,000 a year.

“Ninety-five percent of the water you’re taking the time to fluoridate is going down the drain,” he said.

“This is a chance to save some money.”

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2012/09/12/group-demands-fluoride-be-flushed-from-water

Brewer’s ‘Daily Dose’ 12-Sep-2012

Harvard scientists: Data on fluoride, IQ not applicable in U.S.

By: Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle, Kansas.com, Wichita, Kansas 12-Sep-2012

Harvard University scientists say that Wichita voters shouldn’t depend on a research study they compiled to decide whether to put fluoride in the city’s drinking water to fight tooth decay.

While the studies the Harvard team reviewed did indicate that very high levels of fluoride could be linked to lower IQs among schoolchildren, the data is not particularly applicable here because it came from foreign sources where fluoride levels are multiple times higher than they are in American tap water.

Opponents of adding fluoride to Wichita’s drinking water have frequently cited the Harvard research in their efforts to persuade Wichitans to reject a ballot initiative that would require the water department to introduce the cavity-fighting chemical into the water supply.

Fluoride supporters gathered more than 11,000 signatures in favor of fluoridated water, forcing the City Council to put it to a vote on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Two of the scientists who compiled the Harvard study on fluoride said it really doesn’t address the safety of fluoridation levels typical of American drinking water.

“These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S.,” the researchers said in an e-mail response to questions from The Eagle. “On the other hand, neither can it be concluded that no risk is present.”

The researchers noted that the fluoride levels they studied were much higher than what is found in fluoridated water in the United States and recommended “further research to clarify what role fluoride exposure levels may play in possible adverse effects on brain development, so that future risk assessments can properly take into regard this possible hazard.”

The e-mail was jointly signed by the study’s primary authors, research scientist Anna Choi and Associate Professor Philippe Grandjean, of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

But the researchers’ acknowledgement that their study doesn’t draw conclusions about the safety of American fluoridated water won’t necessarily put the controversy to rest.

“The key takeaway for me in the study is one, they didn’t rule out the danger, and two, they said further research is necessary,” said Don Landis, a spokesman for the group Wichitans Opposed to Fluoridation. “That’s what we’re saying; the science is not settled.”

“No research is done on low-dosage fluoride,” he added. “The Harvard study is very valuable in pointing that out.”

Landis said he has looked for and been unable to find comprehensive research on the effect of fluoride, “not on just the so-called effect on teeth, but to the rest of the body.”

Larry Hund, a pediatrician and leader in the pro-fluoride group Wichitans for Healthy Teeth, said he had taken the Harvard study with a grain of salt even before the researchers acknowledged that it didn’t address American fluoridated water.

“They’re looking at fluoride levels 10 times what we see here in the U.S.,” he said. In addition, he pointed out that most of the studies were done in China and didn’t account for other factors that can influence IQ scores such as poverty, exposure to heavy metal pollution and dietary deficiencies.

He said fluoridated water has been used in the United States for about 65 years without causing noticeable problems.

“We have the best research hospitals in the world,” he said. “They’re in communities using fluoridated water. If something was wrong, these researchers would be waving a red flag.”

He said he’s passionate about the cause because he sees children in his practice – especially those whose parents can’t afford much dental treatment or fluoride supplements – go through unnecessary pain that could be prevented.

“The saddest ones you see are the kids with several cavities that need to be fixed and their parents can’t afford it,” he said. “I think it’s a shame we’re withholding this from our children.”

The Harvard scientists did not gather the original data for the paper they published in July, titled “Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

The Harvard paper was a compilation of 27 other studies, 25 of which were done in China.

“On average, children with higher fluoride exposure showed poorer performance on IQ tests,” the Harvard researchers wrote. “Fluoride released into the ground water in China in some cases greatly exceeded levels that are typical in the U.S. In general, complete information was not available on these 27 studies, and some limitations were identified.”

One of the Chinese studies that has been translated into English, “Research on the intellectual abilities of 6- 14- year-old students in an area with endemic fluoride poisoning,” gave a glimpse of what the study limitations are.

The students in the study were drinking well water containing seven parts per million of fluoride – 10 times the amount proposed for Wichita water.

The study compared children in a control group with those whose water had high levels of fluoride.

The children in the control group were drinking water with up to .8 parts per million of fluoride, a slightly higher level than .7 parts per million that will be in Wichita water if the ballot issue passes.

The Chinese researchers found children using the high-fluoride water had IQs about a point lower than the control group.

But the researchers also found the IQ differential didn’t appear to last to adulthood.

“The IQs of adults in the area were also measured and the intellectual ability and even life expectancy of people in the (high-fluoride) endemic region appeared to be higher than the non-endemic region, indicating that the effect of fluoride poisoning on intellectual ability is negligible,” the study said.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/09/11/2485561/harvard-scientists-data-on-fluoride.html

 

Portland approves fluoride: ‘Science is on the side of fluoridation’

By: KATU.com Staff and Associated Press, Portland, Oregon 12-Sep-2012

In clash over fluoride, Oregon’s Portland weighs cost of dental health and freedom of choice

In a meeting where police had to remove unruly protesters for yelling, swearing, hissing and disrupting the vote, the Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved adding fluoride to the city’s drinking water.

City councilors argued it’s Portland’s responsibility to protect childrens’ health. Medical experts say it’s a safe and effective way to keep teeth healthy.

“Reasonable people can disagree, but the science is on the side of fluoridation,” said Mayor Sam Adams.

Read a statement from Commissioner Dan Saltzman explaining his ‘yes’ vote.

Portland was the largest U.S. city without fluoridation.

Opponents disputed whether fluoride is safe and said adding the mineral to drinking water violates a person’s right to consent to medication.

They also say council members rushed into action without a public vote. They plan to collect almost 20,000 signatures in the next 30 days to force a referendum early next year — before the mineral is added to a water supply that serves about 900,000 people in Portland and a few suburbs.

“There is no question that we are going to need a lot of financial and volunteer support to make this happen, but we are seeing a major backlash to how the City Council has handled this,” said Kim Kaminski, executive director of Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water.

Mayor Sam Adams repeatedly called for order during the meeting as outraged fluoride protesters continued to yell and shout. One protester dropped a large banner from the balcony demanding a public vote.

Other opponents booed, hissed and held signs that said “Public water, public vote.” When it became apparent that commissioners would indeed approve the ordinance, they stood with their backs turned.

Many protesters also brought their children to the meeting.

Commissioner Nick Fish said he couldn’t remember an issue that brought out so much passion on both sides.

Fish, who co-sponsored the plan, has said more than 200 million Americans drink water with added fluoride, and it doesn’t appear to have caused great harm. Most mainstream health organizations, such as the American Medical Association and American Dental Association, endorse it as safe.

Commissioners said now is the time to act because Portland children have more dental problems than kids from neighboring states that fluoridate, and adding the mineral to the water is the most safe, effective and affordable way to address it.

They say fluoridation will at least give children, particularly those from families without money or education, some protection against tooth decay.

“A 3-year-old child can’t be expected to take responsibility for their dental care,” Commissioner Dan Saltzman said, to which a frustrated member of the audience shouted: “Their parents can.”

The ordinance calls for Portland’s water to be fluoridated by March 2014 at a projected upfront cost of $5 million.

Opponents told KATU News they plan to file for a citizen referendum with the goal of bringing the issue to a public vote.

A referendum would need 19,858 valid signatures, which is six percent of the total number of people who were registered to vote during the last primary election, according to City Elections Officer Deborah Scroggin.

Unless the City Council calls for a special election, a qualifying referendum petition would appear on the ballot in the next primary or general election, which is May of 2014.

The deadline for items on the ballot in the 2012 general election was Sept. 6.

Voters in Portland twice rejected fluoridation before approving it in 1978. But that plan was overturned before any fluoride was ever added to the water.

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Portland-City-Council-to-vote-on-fluoride-169476836.html?abc=DuXDUPuH

 

Group demands fluoride be flushed from water

By: Cheryl Brink, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Cornwall, Ontario 12-Sep-2012

A group protesting fluoride in municipal water took their campaign to city hall on Monday.

Paul Brisebois, of Fluoride Free Cornwall, presented their case against the chemical, suggesting the city should follow the example of dozens of other municipalities that have stopped using fluoride in their water.

“Members of council are free to remove it if they wish,” he said. “…It’s Cornwall’s turn to act.”

Brisebois said false information and misleading marketing has convinced residents fluoride has benefits, though it’s actually toxic.

“It’s a scam,” he said, suggesting dozens of health problems could arise in the future because of the small, but consistent, doses.

“I think we’re not doing any good for our children,” he added.

Council passed the presentation on to staff for a report, but Mayor Bob Kilger said the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is pretty clear in its support for the use of fluoride.

A 2011 report from chief medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis calls fluoridation “one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century” because of its contribution to reducing tooth decay.

But Brisebois said even if the city can’t agree on the risks or benefits of fluoridation, they should end the practice because of the expense.

He said gallons of fluoridated water are being wasted on washing cars and watering lawns, costing the city around $35,000 a year.

“Ninety-five percent of the water you’re taking the time to fluoridate is going down the drain,” he said.

“This is a chance to save some money.”

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2012/09/12/group-demands-fluoride-be-flushed-from-water

 

Harry Valentine of Cornwall Ontario on EOHU Flouride Support & Council Presentation

By: Harry Valentine (Letter to the Editor) CornWallFreeNews.com, Cornwall, Ontario 11-Sep-2012
On Monday evening,  Paul Brisebois, spokesman for Fluoride Free Cornwall appeared before Cornwall City Council asking that the city stop adding fluoride ro the municipal water supply. His submission had previously been posted on the website for the agenda of council meetings.

During his presentation, Brisebois mentioned that he had contacted city staff to find our when Cornwall began to add fluoride to the city water. It appeared that city staff could find no record of a previous council ever having voted as to whether or not to add fluoride to city water. So the question begs to be asked, “How is it possible for a city department to have incurred an expense to add fluoride to the city water, when the elected council appears to have known nothing about it ??”

City staff included a presentation from none other that the medical officer of health, who included plenty of references that attest to the alleged benefits of fluoridated drinking water. One of the references was a 1998 report by Calgary Health on the benefits of fluoride. Except during mid-2011, Calgary City Council voted overwhelmingly to end fluoride in that city, see link:

He also includes in his list of references, a link to a 2007 study by Quebec’s National Institute of Public Health that aimed at 50% fluoridation by 2012, seehttp://www.inspq.qc.ca/pdf/publications/705-WaterFluoration.pdf

Except that by 2012, Quebec was 97.6% free from fluoride, courtesy of the efforts by such groups as Fluor Action Quebec, Quebec Friends of the Earth and also Coalition Eau Secours under director Gilles Parent (with whom I have had contacted). Gatineau QUE and Kitchener-Waterloo ON both had plebiscites .  .  . Gatineau voted to be fluoride free and K-W voted to end fluoride.

By some interesting coincidence, the head of EOHU presents to the City of Cornwall the same pre-2010 references that were presented to Calgary, Gatineau, Kitchener-Waterloo to end fluoride or to keep out fluoride. So the question begs be asked,

“What is the head of EOHU trying to achieve ???

The head of EOHU may be aware that fluoride is an ingredient in anti-depressants, see http://rense.com/general78/fluo.htm

http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/2003-08-Prozac-Paxil-Fluorophenyl.htm

And that a percentage of teenagers commit suicide while on anti-depressants (that contain fluoride), see http://rense.com/general53/ansau.htm

And that fluoride can harden the arteries, see 2012 research at:

http://naturalsociety.com/breaking-fluoride-linked-to-1-cause-of-death-in-new-research/

A public health nurse advise me that children and teenagers only drink 1 to 2-litres of water per day, though they may flush toilets with tanks of 5 to 8-gallons (23 to 36-litres) between 3 to 5-times per day. The fluoride target group of 5 to 17-year olds account for less than 20% of the population and drink less than 0.5% of municipal water .  .  . the remainder of over 99.5% going down the toilet or the drain. This makes

fluoridation of municipal water a scam if over 99% is being wasted.

I would remind the head of EOHU that one of his staff approach me to buy cigarettes as she had forgot her age-of-majority card at home, while a 2nd attempt at similiar entrapment occurred at a later date.

http://cornwallfreenews.com/2012/09/letter-to-the-editor-harry-valentine-of-cornwall-ontario-on-eohu-flouride-support-council-presentation/

 

To fluoridate or not: Red Deer city council to decide whether to keep it in water

By: Staff Writer, Winnipeg Free Press, Red Deer, Alberta 12-Sep-2012 — City council in Red Deer, Alta., will decide next month whether to reduce, increase or eliminate fluoride in drinking water.

Or it may allow residents decide the issue in a plebiscite next year.

Earlier this week, the two sides of the fluoridated water debate was argued before city council decides on Oct. 29.

James Beck, a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Calgary, said fluoride is ineffective in fighting cavities, unsafe and unethical.

He discounted studies that showed fluoride prevents cavities and not harmful to health.

Dr. Digby Horne, chief medical officer of health for the Central Zone, argued that water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective method of reducing dental caries or cavities.

Horne said the cavities are an important health issue and there is no better alternative to fluoride.

“At this point several reviews have looked at potential health concerns,” said Horne. “There’s nothing definite. They are saying nothing definite at this time. There’s no negative health affects that we are aware of at this time.”

Dentist Jo Scalzo has practised in Red Deer for 31 years and she says she has seen a drastic increase in the number of tooth decay in her patients because of the consumption of pop, juices and sugary drinks.

“I think they are not looking realistically at what will happen here if they take fluoride out. What will we see if there’s no fluoride if there’s no protection? It’s going to be devastating.”

Fluoridation of Red Deer’s public water supply was mandated by a plebiscite that was held in the 1950s. The water treatment plant is legally required to continue this practice until administration is directed by council to apply for an amendment to the province.

Earlier this year the city reduced the amount of fluoride to 0.7 milligrams per litre from 0.8 milligrams, in keeping with the latest Health Canada recommendations.

The city supplies water to more than 145,000 customers.

(Red Deer Advocate)

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/sci_tech/to-fluoridate-or-notred-deer-city-council-to-decide-whether-to-keep-it-in-water-169550546.html