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Lismore is back on the path to fluoridation as councillors at last night’s marathon meeting overturned last month’s decision to not fluoridate the water supply.

They also voted to hold an urgent workshop to consider the issue in greater depth, which ironically could result in a councillor putting up a further notice of motion to prevent fluoridation.

The fluoride debate attracted a full public gallery and a long list of public speakers on the issue, which included former Lismore City Council (LCC) mayor and councillor Dr Ros Irwin, local GP Dr Sue Page, and state chief medical officer Dr Kerry Chant. Public access and question time went almost two hours before Council began their decision-making process.

Dr Irwin later left the Council Chambers and questioned due process during the public access time as the pro-fluoride presentation by Drs Chant and Page went well over allocated time. In fairness to the joint presentation they were asked numerous questions from councillors, but continuously extended their answers to include further information.

Mayor Dowell repeatedly asked the gallery to respect the rules of Council by not commenting on statements by the pro-fluoride speakers, yet the gallery witnessed many interruptions coming from those same pro-fluoride speakers when they returned to the gallery, at some points providing councillors with supporting information.

Dr Irwin condemned the Murdoch press for misrepresenting those opposing fluoridation.

‘This is offensive to the many thousands of scientists, doctors and dentists and those who have researched the issue for themselves,’ Dr Irwin said.

Dr Irwin told Council that ‘fluoridation has been discontinued from most of Europe and now only eight countries in the world have the majority forcibly drinking fluoridated water’.

Speakers at the meeting said there was a major lack of studies on the systemic results of fluoride ingestion, with most research predominantly focusing only on teeth.

‘This is a concern,’ said Dr Irwin, ‘as fluoride is stored in our bones and steadily increases with age, which makes bones more fragile.’

Dr Irwin cited many peer-researched studies that indicate other areas of harm associated with the process.

Cr Ekins asked Dr Chant if the Department of Health had conducted any epidemiological research into levels of fluoride in blood and bones.

‘I am not aware of any specific studies that have been conducted in relation to blood and bone,’ responded Dr Chant.

Dr Chant went on to discount Dr Irwin’s reference to research on fluoride increasing skeletal fractures.

‘There is no evidence of fluoride at one part per million of increase in bone fractures,’ she said.

Dr Page agreed that claims there is risk to people using renal dialysis machines were not valid.

Both sides use same research

Findings from the same research were used to support and to oppose fluoridation.

A systemic review of public water fluoridation was released in 2000 by the National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, United Kingdom.

This was referred to by Dr Chant in her presentation to support water fluoridation, and is what the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2007 guidelines are based on.

NHMRC concluded from this research that ‘fluoridation of drinking water likely increases the proportion of caries-free children by approximately 15 per cent’.

Dr Irwin informed Council that the university’s founding member, Professor Tony Sheldon, ‘had to go public to clarify that the results were widely misrepresented by the British Dental Association, the British Medical Association plus others and those abroad’.

Cr Ekins challenged Dr Chant on the same issue, to which she responded, ‘I am not trying to oversell the 15 per cent benefit from fluoridation, but 15 per cent is very significant’.

Dr Page referred to ten years of research into benefits of fluoridation in the Blue Mountains NSW, which Dr Page said indicated more dramatic declines in tooth decay.

Medical ethics came under scrutiny during the meeting.

Dr Irwin added that ‘it is a violation of medical ethics as it is mass medication with an uncontrolled dose’.

‘I will read directly from Professor Sheldon’s letter… the review did not show water fluoridation to be safe. The quality of the research was too poor to establish with confidence whether or not there were potentially important adverse effects.

‘… the report recommended that more research is needed… until then there will continue to be legitimate scientific controversy.

‘The report also showed there was little evidence to show that water fluoridation has reduced social inequalities in dental health.’

The gallery cheered Dr Irwin, to which mayor Jenny Dowell responded ‘this is not a concert’.

Children’s benefit questioned

Cr Ekins asked Dr Irwin about the background to the pro-fluoridation lobby.

‘I have no doubt that people supporting fluoride do so from of a belief that fluoride actually works. Apart from that I think there are four very important lobby groups behind what is happening now.

‘One is the sugary food industry that benefits from the notion that there is a magic bullet that stops tooth decay whatever sugary food children eat.

‘Two is the phosphate fertiliser industry that sells its waste, which is contaminated with traces of arsenic and heavy metals.

‘Thirdly the aluminium industry, which had an image problem with its atmospheric fluoride solution that it emits from smelters, and which funded some of the questionable early research in naturally fluoridated regions of the USA.

‘Finally some governments consider that fluoridating is a cheaper way of addressing tooth decay than running effective dental services for school children.’

The targeted group for water fluoridation is young children from low socioeconomic backgrounds who would differ individually in how much tap water they consume and if they will receive what is considered optimum dosage.

Mayor Dowell acknowledged the difficulty in instructing the target group to attend to their dental health, admitting the same argument can be applied to the consumption of town water to get optimum doses of fluoride.

‘It is no good instructing a poor family who is struggling to survive,’ said Cr Dowell, ‘with statements like you should be encouraging your children to drink more water, you should be encouraging your child to not drink Coke, you should be teaching your children to brush and floss. It is not going to happen.’

Dr Chant told Council that lower dosages of fluoride (around 0.7 parts per million) would be added to areas where there is higher water consumption.

Regarding dosages she added, ‘in relation to baby formulas, the Australian formulas have been modified to be lower in fluoride to account for the fact that people would use tap water containing fluoride’.

‘Australia is also at the leading edge in promoting toothpaste that is low in fluoride for the early years when children are most likely to ingest it.’

An alternative, more targeted, strategy mentioned by Cr Glenys Ritchie is a process known as fluoride varnishing, where fluoride is topically applied to the individual who needs it. Cr Ritchie referred to the use of this procedure in the Northern Territory and asked Dr Chant if this was considered an option for treating tooth decay in targeted groups.

‘We are exploring fluoride varnishing – there are a couple of trials happening in discrete communities,’ said Dr Chant.

‘Fluoride varnish is seen as more for particular sub-groups in the population rather than valuable and effective on a broader scale.

‘So yes, definitely beneficial, but it’s a targeted strategy that we would put in addition to water fluoridation. It is not an alternative to water fluoridation.’

Dr Page shared how she witnessed poor dental health around 35 years ago when she practised as a GP in Nimbin, compared to what she had seen in Canberra and Sydney, and acknowledged the association with poor dental health and poor dental care.

Cr Ekins asked Dr Page if there was a free dental service in Nimbin.

‘I don’t know whether it is actually located in Nimbin but there is certainly free dental access for them,’ Dr Page answered.

‘At the moment our free dental services have been pretty overloaded.’

Dr Chant said that ‘dental clinics are at the wrong end of the spectrum’.

Dr Page discounted that the area’s high incidence of dental caries, which she quoted as twice the state average, was related to poor access to dental services.

Dr Page challenged the notion that people could be allergic to fluoride.

‘You can’t be allergic to it as it is naturally occurring in the Earth’s crust, so you would be allergic to it walking around on the ground,’ Dr Page said.

Cr Ekins questioned Dr Page about her comments when ‘we are not getting naturally occurring fluoride in our water supply, we are getting a by product from a Chinese factory with contaminants’.

Dr Page ensured that ‘as well as measuring the fluoride we keep a close watch on any of the trace elements. It will be checked and measured before entering the water supply.’

Dr Chant told Council that ‘the issue is that fluoride is not a waste product, it is a co-product because it is naturally occurring.

‘Our water supply is monitored very closely and on a regular basis. We have not had a problem in NSW with the fluoride addition.’

Dr Page added that ‘fluoridated water is quite okay from an organic farming point of view’.

Emotional issue

Cr Clough asked Dr Page to respond to the inundation of emails he has received from concerned citizens who have chemical sensitivities, particularly the ingredients in the proposed dosing agent and many who can’t even use fluoride toothpaste.

‘I have also had people tell me that when they go to Sydney they get rashes when they have a shower,’ Dr Page said.

‘When you see how much of NSW is already fluoridated (96 per cent) it is very hard to not be exposed to fluoridated water; you would expect that those people would be having the same issues elsewhere in NSW.

‘I think that people are concerned about this from an emotional and gut reaction type level and we know that the emotions are not always logical.’

The gallery laughed at the comment as the issue is emotional for many, including for pro-fluoride Cr Dowell, who was brought to tears during the debate when she shared her account of moving to the area and bearing witness to the decay in young children’s teeth.

‘If there is one issue that I would stop being mayor for, it is this one and I would hold my head high and my shoulders back. I am passionate about it. I am sorry but you can tell that it is an emotional issue,’ Cr Dowell said.

Shocking images of tooth decay were shown to the gallery by Drs Page and Chant.

‘This is a health issue where you as councillors are trying to make a decision where there is evidence as put out by health professionals that something can be done to reduce these dental impacts on lifelong health in your community.

‘This isn’t a roads and infrastructure issue, this is a health issue.’

Dr Chant addressed Council on the costs of fluoridation in her public access time. The state government have funded the capital costs but Rous Water will pick up the ongoing costs estimated by Rous as $295,000 per annum. According to Dr Chant’s presentation, Lismore will have a 30 per cent share of this, which is $88,500 or approximately $2 per resident per year.

Cr Ekins, who also represents Rous Water, asked Dr Chant ‘was she aware that Rous Water is in over $40 million dollars of debt for the Lismore Source and can’t afford to fix its broken pipes?’

‘So for the health department to tell us we can pay for the fluoride is unreasonable. The $300,000 per anum costs do not include maintenance costs. Look at Richmond Valley; their plant has broken down several times a year for years now. Who will cover that here, we can’t?

‘The Department of Health has been lobbying hard for several years now to fluoridate; if they want it so bad they should pay for it.’

Councillors did vote (Cr Schiebl and Battista against) to request the state government funds the ongoing operating, maintenance and repair costs.

Grouping the opposers of immunisation and fluoride is common in the Murdoch press but had there been further investigation, last month LCC decided to not fluoridate its water supply on the same night they voted to write to the NSW health minister, the minister for the north coast and the Australian minister for health and medical research to show their strong objection of the removal of the free whooping cough vaccinations given to new mothers in the region.

Cr Clough added to the analogy, ‘these situations are very different as vaccinations are undertaken under medical conditions by highly trained medical staff; it is administered as a measured dose to a recipient that is agreeing to it. None of these issues are present in the case of fluoride.’

Dr Chris Ingall also spoke at public access on behalf of a paediatric group and also a broader group of doctors at the Lismore Base Hospital.

‘We have come to regard the situation with our children’s teeth in this region as the norm,’ Dr Ingall said.

‘This is sad. I can pick the people who have grown up in the northern rivers. If I see beautiful teeth I will ask where did you grow up and they will say Sydney.’

Ms Jill Garsden told Council during public access that she was raised on fluoridated water for the first 25 years of her life and was told by a dentist in this area when she arrived here that her teeth wouldn’t last until near her forties.

‘I am happy to report that having lived in this area without fluoride and now being 63 I have great teeth,’ Ms Garsden said.’

Councillors voted unanimously to support Cr Marks’s notice of motion for an urgent workshop to hear from ‘relevant health professionals and scientists’ on both sides of the debate.

Anasuya Claff told Council during public access time ‘she was concerned about who is deciding who is relevant’.

‘There are a number of alternative health practitioners that have looked into this quite deeply and have come up with opposite conclusions from the health minister and the doctors we heard from tonight speaking for fluoride.

‘I suggest that members of the community are also able to speak to the council during the workshop process.’

Cr Graham Meineke failed to persuade fellow councillors (Cr Ekins, Bennett, Smith, Clough, Ritchie, and Houston against) to write to the state government requesting direction regarding fluoridating the LCC water supply.

Cr Clough questioned where LCC would stand if they decided, post workshop, that they did not want fluoridation, and they had sent the letter to the state government.

Dr Chant responded that ‘once you have been directed to fluoridate and you don’t, there are penalties’.

Time ran out for further speakers from the gallery but local herpetologist Richard Wells had an important comment to make.

‘For many years it has been well known by people who keep frogs in captivity, endangered frogs in particular, that you don’t add tap water with fluoride to their enclosures,’ Mr Wells said.

‘They don’t breed as well if at all, and suffer central nervous debilitation.

‘The areas where water comes out from water fluoridation plants are notoriously frog-deficient areas. I’m curious about what studies have been done that relate to the impacts of fluoridation on aquatic ecosystems that receive this contaminated water,’ he said.

Dr Irwin told Echonetdaily that she ‘had never in 17 years of local government seen process go like that.

‘Mayor Dowell was abysmal how she chaired that meeting and no councillor put in a point of order for things like Cr Ekins would ask Dr Page a question then Dr Chant would come over and add her bit as well. It is outrageous,’ Dr Irwin said.

It is believed that conservatively, humans will only consume five  per cent of the total fluoridated water supply; the remainder goes downstream.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. Last night, I spoke at the Lismore City Council meeting, presenting my view that fluoridation of the water is unjust because it overdoses some of us on fluoride and does not effectively treat those whose diets are based on processed, sugary foods and soft drinks rather than fresh food and water, that it is undemocratic because it forces us into ingesting fluoride whether or not we are willing to do so, and that it has the potential to be unsafe, given the fact that mistakes currently occur at dosing plants with regard to dosing our water with chlorine. Prior to my talk, as indicated in the article above, there were a number of other speakers, including Dr Ros Irwin, who listed the numerous ill-effects on the human body that research indicates may be caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride, and three medicos, who presented evidence that children’s dental health benefits from fluoridation of the water.

    I was offended by the claims made by the medical fraternity, which included a suggestion that the anti-fluoride lobby was based on ’emotion and gut reaction’ rather than evidence, a claim that the evidence that fluoride is harmless is conclusive, and the assertion that fluoridation of the water is the most equitable measure across the population – all of which is untrue from my perspective and that of many others. I was most dismayed by the claim of the doctors that there was ‘no evidence’ of harm caused by fluoride – dismayed because that lack of evidence stems from the fact that there have been, to my knowledge, no longitudinal holistic studies of human health impacts of fluoride in the Australian context, and because it chooses to ignore the numerous studies that are indicative of many possible harmful effects.

    The very evidence that the doctors used to support their arguments, such as pictures of rotted teeth which would allegedly have been avoided had the water been fluoridated, are very similar, if not identical, to the pictures that my dentist has shown me to illustrate the impact of the sugar/soft drink diet and lack of dental hygiene, regardless of whether or not water is fluoridated. I find it difficult to understand how intelligent people can choose to ignore arguments and evidence that does not support their case, and to accept that water fluoridation is a better alternative than a targeted program of dietary and dental education.

    I appreciate the passion and the motive that our Councillors have to take measures to care for our children’s teeth, and I am not anti-fluoride per se. I am, however, hugely opposed to the mandatory ingestion of a substance which may well cause harm to some of us; and I am puzzled by the apparent unwillingness to investigate and consider alternative ways of delivering fluoride to those who may need or want it. Despite its support for fluoridation, Council has now proposed a workshop be held to present the arguments for the health benefits or otherwise of fluoride (in the hope of calming the community debate on the issue), and I also have concerns about this, given that the motion for this workshop stated that presenters should be ‘relevant health professionals’….who decides which health professionals are ‘relevant’, given that many of us lack faith in the practice of western allopathic medicine and prefer alternative health practices, and who will ensure that there is an adequate coverage and balance of all the perspectives on this contentious issue?

    I’ve noticed this morning that some of those who are anti-fluoridation have indicated their despair and surrender to the inevitable. To them, I say thank you for standing up for your views, and I ask you to continue to do so – but in a way that engenders respect for your cause. I thank the Councillors who listened to and respected all the arguments presented last night, and I thank all of the Councillors for their passion to promote better dental health. But I beg everyone to expand their perception and willingness to take into consideration all the factors that are relevant to this debate, many of which I haven’t touched on in this post. Whilst there is still time before a fluoridation directive is sought from the state government, please remember the numerous times in the past where western medical practitioners have claimed there was ‘no evidence’ for the real causes of disease (for example, it used to be thought that malaria and other diseases were caused by ‘miasmas’) and err on the side of caution rather than than the possibility of harm. There are alternative and far more effective and efficient ways of providing fluoride to those who need it!

  2. It is correct reporting that the pro-fluoride “heavyweights” were given preferential treatment last night, running well over time, interjecting with pro-fluoride raves supporting pro Councillors and using slide shows to support their case. In the end they actually state that there may be an improvement in 15% 0 to 8 year old children’s dental health, which is seen as a mandate to poison the whole Community.

  3. Here we go again – most of the world’s nations got it wrong, the US and Australia have got it right. In the process, we introduce one more poison to the cumulative mix of poisons we already imbibe on a daily basis.
    Personally, I’d rather believe the carefuly considered opinions of European governments that the Coke and Macca lobbies in the USA.
    It is not surprising that the medical fraternity and the state government are all for it: After all, it saves them addressing the real issues. BAU: apply a cheap and nasty fix rather than resolving it. By the way, the best teeth I have seen in Australia re those of indigenous people before they came into contact with Big M and sweet drinks!
    I’m disgusted that just the single argument of forced meditation is not enough to stop this madness. What are we – guinea pigs?

  4. Finally some sense has prevailed.
    Mass medication – those who appose, I respectfully point out they should not eat commercially made bread, or use commercially made salt – both products contain additives to improve health. This has been the case for years.
    The addition of traces of fluroide into the drinking water is the most cost effective way to improve oral health.

    I am glad the majority has finally seen the light of the “flat earthers” who also want to stop immunisation – next it will be close down sewerage treatment plants and go back to septic tanks.

    The larger issues with society today are over-use of alcohol and smoking.
    In a free society like we proport to live in, people have the right to make decisions (both good and questionable), they do not have the right to expect others to boil them out when they make poor decisions. – Smoke all you want, but don’t expect a hospital bed when you have lung cancer.
    If you (the minority) does not want potable drinking water supplied to your house for drinking, put in a small rain water tank. That is your choice.

    • Thank you Jill for your lucid comments. Much as I’d like to, I can’t ignore Peter’s comment. The difference between additives to food products is that one can choose to purchase them or not. Water is life and we cannot avoid drinking it – as you say in your comment, people have the right to make decisions, not to be forced to ingest substances they do not wish to. Please stop the offensive categorising of those opposing fluoridation as ‘flat-earthers’. Instead, research the scientific evidence from thousands of doctors, dentists and researchers who have concluded that water fluoridation isn’t safe or as great as the pro-fluoride lobbies suggest – and then make respectful comments. If you watched Catalyst you would know that the major cause of obesity in Australia and the US is sugar, which health professionals are saying should be treated in the same way as tobacco, and is even more of a health and social issue than either alcohol or tobacco. And guess what sugar affects? Teeth.

    • Peter: Is it just pride and arrogance that drives the medical/dental fraternities to stubbornly ignore the hundreds of peer reviewed scientific reports showing that fluoride, even in small doses, is a carcinogen and harms human cells including brain function? In regard to the latter there are 100 animal and human studies. Are you seriously suggesting that daily ingestion of varying amounts of this S6 poison through the skin and stomach poses no health threat? Would you not even countenance applying the precautionary principle given the existence of those scientific reports? I see no other solution than the matter going to court where justice and reason might prevail, as they did in Israel recently, where the Supreme Court ruled that fluoridation cease from 2014.

  5. What fools to do this, it is a poison, from aluminum. Doctors say its OK, unfortunately doctors are feed a false philosophy, fools gold. This philosophy has brought us to the edge of a cliff. The miss use of antibiotics is a cataclysm waiting for us, this madness tells you that fluoride is safe and you have belief in fools gold. Wake Up look for yourselves. Peace Paul

  6. Just an addition. The problem that fluoride is supposed to resolve is basically the fallout from junk food, you know sugar masked as food. Coke cola, and the rest of the rubbish. This sugary rubbish not only effects the enamel of teeth etc etc but it has behavioral issues, if you think it just hypers children then think again. So we use a dangerous poison to remedy another poison. If this was homeopathic then fair enough but its just madness. Initiates learn a sacred language called the language of the birds, this language expresses itself in all manner of things. Lets from this high over all view of the birds look at sugar in Australia, the cane toad is a legacy of this, it was brought in to remedy another issue with sugar and now its destroying the NATIVE creates. History repeats itself until it is resolved. When will you fools wake up!!!! We are taught to read at school but the obvious before yours eyes goes unseen. Someone once said “for those with eyes to see” there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. Madness has its own reward, cane toads was a madness and we have its reward, now fluoride.

  7. It is not up to any council to vote for a community. Its the community who should decide! This is wrong. Fluoride should not be in our drinking water!

  8. What a fantastic comprehensive article of the night
    Thank you Mel Hargreaves

    please sign and share
    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/we-do-not-support-water-fluoridation.html

    There is still time to show Councillors that we, some % of the electorate that they work for, insist on better, more democratic ways to help the poor kids teeth, allowing 100% Lismore electorate to have their civil rights to choose therapeutic substances and medications. How can they be blind to this human rights issue, regardless of what science they choose to favour.

    Please get involved in the council public WORKSHOP when it happens

  9. It’s my body. I want the right to choose what I ingest, I resent the council for their decision to put this poison in my drinking water. My human right is for clean water, clean air, and safe food.

  10. how can we get our councils to hear these fact? The scariest thing is the blinded tunnel vision of our dentist who seem totally convinced that nothing is amiss with fluoride.

    Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ
    August 14 2012 | 165,803 views

    A recently published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

    In a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives1, the researchers said:

    “A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC 20062) concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that additional research is warranted. Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory…

    To summarize the available literature, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies on increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopmental delays. We specifically targeted studies carried out in rural China that have not been widely disseminated, thus complementing the studies that have been included in previous reviews and risk assessment reports…

    Findings from our meta-analyses of 27 studies published over 22 years suggest an inverse association between high fluoride exposure and children’s intelligence… The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults…

    Serum-fluoride concentrations associated with high intakes from drinking-water may exceed 1 mg/L, or 50 Smol/L, thus more than 1000-times the levels of some other neurotoxicants that cause neurodevelopmental damage. Supporting the plausibility of our findings, rats exposed to 1 ppm (50 Smol/L) of water-fluoride for one year showed morphological alterations in the brain and increased levels of aluminum in brain tissue compared with controls…

    In conclusion, our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.

    Future research should formally evaluate dose-response relations based on individual-level measures of exposure over time, including more precise prenatal exposure assessment and more extensive standardized measures of neurobehavioral performance, in addition to improving assessment and control of potential confounders.”

    Studies have Repeatedly Linked Fluoride to Reduced IQ and Brain Damage

    There are so many scientific studies showing the direct, toxic effects of fluoride on your body, it’s truly remarkable that it’s NOT considered a scientific consensus by now. Despite the evidence against it, fluoride is still added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies.

    It amazes me that the medical (and dental) communities are so stubbornly resistant to connect the dots when it comes to the skyrocketing increase of cognitive decline in adults, and behavioral issues in children (ADD, ADHD, depression and learning disabilities of all kinds). In fact, there have been over 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage3. Fluoride can also increase manganese absorption, compounding problems since manganese in drinking water has also been linked to lower IQ in children. By Dr. Mercol

  11. Unfortunately for our population, dentists, doctors & their interests (allegedly) are recklessly negligent in their `belief` (and the forcing of it on us all) in water fluoridation/pollution. It is only their political power and media power and also the ‘corporate sponsorships’ of dental schools at Universities that keeps these dangerously corrosive hazardous waste pollutants fluorosilicic acid/silicofluorides and co-contaminants of lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc., known as `water fluoridation` polluting our water supplies (and hence our food chain). (Also added to that hazardous waste soup is aluminium sulphate).

    Australia wide in dental crisis after widespread fluoridation in every State, first commencing Beaconsfield, Tasmania in 1953 – likewise USA in dental crisis after widespread `fluoridation` first beginning in 1945 Grand Rapids Michigan

    The only answer EVER was to provide access to affordable dental health care services for all the population, not the disposal of hazardous waste pollutants fluorosilicic acid/silicofluorides and co-contaminants of lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium etc., (known as water fluoridation); into our drinking water supplies and hence also the contamination of our food chain and using the populations` kidneys as hazardous waste disposal/filtration units.

    REPORT: Brief Overview of Water Fluoridation/Pollution – 11 September, 2013 Diane Drayton Buckland
    http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/brief-overview-of-water-fluoridation_pollution-11-september-2013-diane-drayton-buckland1.pdf

    REPORT: 100% fluoridated Kentucky, USA – Rampant Dental Decay & chronic disease epidemic – DDB http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/rampant-dental-decay-chronic-disease-epidemic-in-100-fluoridated-kentucky-usa-13-aug-2013-ddb.pdf

    REPORT: Can Dentists & Doctors be trusted when they say Water Fluoridation is Safe & Effective?
    http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/can-dentists-doctors-be-trusted-when-they-say-water-fluoridation-is-safe-effective.pdf

    Aboriginals affected even worse than Caucasians: Silicofluorides (Water Fluoridation Chemicals)
     http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/violencecriminality/silicofluorides-water-fluoridation-chemicals/
    Aboriginal Prison Rates – Violence and Crime – Kidney Disease – Silicofluorides (Water Fluoridation Chemicals) http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/aboriginal-prison-rates-violence-crime-silicofluorides-water-fluoridation-chemicals2.pdf

    Some Health Effects: http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/health-effects/

    Brief Primer: on water fluoridation/pollution – Diane Drayton Buckland – 8 Oct. 2013 http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/a-brief-primer-on-water-fluoridation_pollution-diane-drayton-buckland-8-oct-2013.pdf

    REPORT: Download Full Report >
    http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/report-water-fluoridation-pollution-must-end-diane-drayton-buckland-independent-researcher-14th-january-2013.pdf

    Website: http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/fia-report-archives/

    Research AFAM http://afamildura.wordpress.com/basics/

    Raw Fluoridation Chemical Analyses – Freedom of Information – South Australia Water Corp. Raw fluoridation chemical analyses of South Australia’s drinking water, listed below. This data has been scanned from original documents provided to Sapphire Eyes Productions by Dr. Andrew Harms and Ann Bressington. These documents show the toxic, heavy metal contaminants contained in the chemicals used to fluoridate your drinking water. These include lead, arsenic, mercury, uranium, and more. ‘FIRE WATER’ FILM SOURCE: http://tiny.cc/9oj4g  
    Source:    http://sapphireeyesproductions.blogspot.com/
    Watch:  http://www.firewaterfilm.com

  12. Dennis Stevenson, a former Parliamentarian and Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly ‘Fluoridation Inquiry’ (1989-91). The majority of inquiry members would not report the scientific, medical, dental and court evidence received in worldwide submissions proving that fluoridation causes disease, deaths, tooth decay and is useless and environmentally destructive. Dennis put this evidence in a 177 page Dissenting Report, part of this major government report, but longer than the 131 page section which attempted to suppress the evidence.

    For over 100 years, science and medicine have understood the poisonous nature of fluoride. In the 1930’s and 40’s, giant US companies, e.g. ALCOA, were sued for millions of dollars due to toxic fluoride waste escaping from factory smokestacks killing crops and livestock. ALCOA’s owners (Mellon) figured that if people could be persuaded fluoride isn’t poisonous but is good for teeth, profits could be protected. So, to introduce water fluoridation, they hired the brilliant ‘father of propaganda’ Edward L. Bernays. Joined later by other fluoride polluting industries (e.g. nuclear) and the multi-billion dollar sugar, toothpaste, confectionary and soft drink industries, they became strong financial supporters of dental associations that promoted fluoridation. One such support group, the Dental Health Education & Research Foundation (DHERF) was founded in Australia in 1962. Its Governors, Members and donors comprised key representatives from Coca-Cola, CSR, Kelloggs, Colgate-Palmolive, Wrigleys, Arnotts, Scanlens, Cadbury Schweppes, etc. 
The following 12 points require no expertise in fluoride toxicity, just common sense:….

    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/33574

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    “EPA has more than enough evidence to shut down fluoridation right now.” (Dr. Robert Carton)
     “Fluoridation,” says former EPA senior scientist Robert J. Carton, PhD, “presents unacceptable risks to public health, and the government cannot prove its claims of safety. When this man talks of fluoridation dangers, it is time to listen. I am pleased to present the following exclusive interview, in edited form, with this outspoken EPA dissenter.
    Dr. Carton has considerable experience as a risk assessment manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency, investigating asbestos, arsenic, hexachlorobenzene, hexachlorobutadiene, and, of course, cancer incidence. Then, for ten years, Dr. Carton was with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was Chief of Environmental Compliance, responsible for environmental compliance of the Army’s medical research with the National Environmental Policy Act. He also managed the preparation of environmental assessments of biological and chemical defense laboratories throughout the U.S.. Diametrically opposite of the raving, fictional general in Dr. Strangelove, Bob Carton is the real deal: he has a B.A. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.  http://www.doctoryourself.com/carton.html
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    Dr. William Marcus, Ph.D, Environmental Protection Agency Scientist, Food & Water Journal, Summer 1998″Fluoride is a carcinogen by any standard we use. I believe EPA should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity, & other effects.”
    http://www.fluoridation.com/quotes.htm#JAMA,%201943,%20Editorial

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    FLUORIDE FATIGUE Revised 4th printing
    FLUORIDE POISONING: is fluoride in your drinking water – and from other sources – making you sick?
    BRUCE SPITTLE Forewards by Professors Albert W. Burgstahler and A.K. Susheela
    http://www.pauapress.com/fluoride/files/1418.pdf

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