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Brewer’s ‘Daily Dose’ 12-Apr-2013


By: The Hot Press Newsdesk, Hot Press, Dublin, Ireland 12-Apr-2013

Health Minister Yael German has decided to end the mandatory fluoridation of Israel’s drinking water within a year…

On Thursday, April 11, Israeli Health Minister Yael German signed off on historic regulations that negate the mandatory fluoridation of Israel’s drinking water.

As well as the decision to end tap water fluoridation, the regulations also call for reducing the permitted bacteria concentration in water to zero, and to increase water inspection. These new regulations are pending legal confirmation at the Ministry of Health, and will take effect starting in 2014.

Once these regulations are fully in place, Israel will join the likes of China, Germany, Holland, Sweden and France as countries that don’t have mandatory fluoridation of drinking water.

Central to this historic high court case is the work of scientist Declan Waugh. The respected scientist’s extensive reports have been at the forefront of the Hot Press anti-fluoridation campaign – and have also had a crucial role to play in the Israeli case.

German’s decision however has been met with protests from the Israeli Pediatric Association. They argue that ending mandatory fluoridation could harm children’s dental health.

In our recent Hot Press Open Letter To The Junior Minister For Health we addressed that argument put forward by the Israeli Pediatric Association and other pro-fluoridation bodies, and recommended a commonsense alternative strategy against the mandatory fluoridation of Irish drinking water.

We asked: Would it make more sense to target children with education for better dental hygiene and diet? And suggested the initiation of a campaign to get children to consume less sugar and take personal responsibility for care of their teeth.

In the new issue of Hot Press we continue investigating the fluoride issue, and reveal startling new evidence which suggests that the judgement in the 1963 constitutional case, taken against the mandatory fluoridation of water in Ireland, may have been unsound.

Brewer’s ‘Daily Dose’ 12-Apr-2013

New order drops water fluoridation requirement

By: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, Israel 12-Apr-2013

Health Minister German signs controversial regulations not requiring local fluoridation for drinking water; dentists say harmful.

As pediatricians and dentists charged that it would harm children’s dental well-being, Health Minister Yael German said Thursday that municipalities and local authorities would in a year no longer have to fluoridate their drinking water.

German, who previously as mayor of Herzliya opposed “forcing” residents to take the mineral with every drop they drink, said there were more effective and safer ways to protect children’s teeth – such as fluoride pills, toothpastes and education.

She said she signed new regulations for stricter supervision of water supplies that included canceling mandatory fluoridation. German then even appealed to the High Court of Justice against the Health Ministry’s requirement – since 2002 – that water be fluoridated in every authority with at least 5,000 residents.

But the Israel Pediatrics Society said that bringing the national fluoridation project to a halt in another year “is liable to harm children’s dental health. Adding fluoride is the safest, most efficient and egalitarian way of reducing the prevalence of dental caries. It also provides clear economic and social benefits.”

Even if parents don’t ensure their children’s health by brushing with toothpaste and avoiding sweets, even poor children will be protected, the society argued.

Society head Prof. Eli Somech and director-general Dr. Tzahi Grossman said they were “convinced that the procedure is safe and that 400 million people in 60 countries – especially the youngsters – benefit from an optimal level of fluoride in their drinking water.”

Many decades of research and public statements by governmental and nongovernmental organizations have “already announced publicly that they support the continuation of fluoridation. Among them are the World Health Organization, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association and the American Pediatrics Academy. The WHO has even come out with a statement supporting the Israel Pediatrics Society in its position.

But German said that the regulations that require fluoridation have expired and that “professional views are in dispute.” She said that opponents of fluoridation claim it could cause osteoporosis, reduction of insulin efficacy in dealing with sugar, the accumulation of aluminum in the body, IQ reduction and fluorosis (spotting of teeth).

As the Health Ministry has responsibility for monitoring water quality, it is also responsible for monitoring on fluoridation.

Ministry director-general Prof.

Ronni Gamzu said that during the coming year, the ministry will invest funds to help the socioeconomically disadvantaged protect their teeth in other ways, if local authorities decide not to continue fluoridating their drinking water.

The voluntary organization Adam, Teva Ve’Din – which has for the last decade tried to change regulations regarding water standards, including better monitoring of contaminants – congratulated German on her decision, because water quality standards are “outdated.”

It said that during the coming year, there will be time for a public debate to decide if fluoridation is harmful or beneficial.