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April 11, 2021

Opponents step up the fight against fluoride

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Anti-fluoride activists have opened up a new front in their fight against the fluoridation of the region’s water supply … a shop front.

The Northern Rivers Fluoride Free group has rented office space in Lismore from which they say they will launch a campaign to cripple the fluoride industry in Australia.

The opening comes as Rous Water general manager Kym Lavelle confirmed to the Echonetdaily this week that the Corndale dosing plant had to be shut down for maintenance after pipes were found to be leaking.

The closure, which followed an earlier closure of the Clunes dosing plant in September, was discovered by fluoride opponents who have been monitoring the levels of fluoride from taps in Lismore.

‘We noticed that the level of fluoride in the water had dropped and rang Rous Water to find out what was going on,’ fluoride activist Al Oshlack said.

Mr Lavelle said however that the closure was nothing serious, and the contractor who installed the dosing plant had made the necessary repairs.

Meanwhile, Rous Water delegate Vanessa Ekins told Echonetdaily that she still hasn’t been provided with information about suspensions to the fluoridation of Richmond Valley water supplies, despite lodging a freedom of information request.

She did however hear back from the NSW Department of Health following a complaint that the Rous Water general manager had stopped her lodging a notice of motion regarding fluoride levels.

Cr Ekins had called for the suspension of the fluoridation program until the National Health and Medical Research Council had completed a review of fluoride concentration levels.

At the moment Rous is putting one milligram per litre, which was the 1970s standard, while world best practice standard now is 0.7 milligrams per litre.

‘I sent my complaint in six weeks ago and hadn’t heard anything so I sent an email this week asking what was happening,’ she said.

‘I got a one paragraph response the next day from the department saying in their view, with the evidence available, it was appropriate for the general manager to call my motion illegal.

‘I don’t think they really investigated very thoroughly,’ she said.

Cr Ekins said she would now wait until the February meeting of Rous Water to lodge a motion calling for a community poll on fluoride.

The new office of Northern Rivers Fluoride Free group is at 3/142 Keen Street, Lismore.

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  1. Fluoridation began with the mistaken belief that fluoride was an essential nutrient to protect teeth from cavities. Modern science shows that fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth.

    Like many drugs, fluoride has adverse health effects causing damage to bones, brains, kidneys, thyroid and pineal glands, as well as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and more. Inform yourself of the science for each disease.

    See http://www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health

    • Water fluoridation actually started after investigation into ‘Colorado brown stain’ which found that people living in areas with naturally high levels of fluoride had less dental caries. This led to a hypothesis, which was tested, refined, re-tested, and lead to the standard practice of dosing to 1mg/litre. This is scientific method at work. All of this information is readily found on Wikipedia.

      Calling fluoride a drug in this context, though technically correct, is misleading because you are implying that it is bad by it’s very nature, which is not the case. Toxicity is not binary, it depends on dosage and exposure. There is no evidence that water fluoridation at 1mg/L has any negative health effects.
      See NSW Health fluoride fact sheet – http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Documents/fluoridation-questions-and-answers-nsw.pdf

      The FAN is hardly scientific as they are notorious for cherry picking data to support their views and fall to the correlation does not equal causation fallacy. Please do not fear monger.

  2. Well jwillie6, I want to see some evidence for these remarkable claims you make about fluoride. Oh, I don’t want links to some dodgy site, I want to peer reviewed papers. Real science! Not make-up pretend rubbish!

    • Dear P Bullman. Lets not leave it to jwillie6 to do our research. I can offer a great start. Just Google this text “the scientific case against fluoride”. Pick the results that fit your requirements for real science and share that with all of us – please?

      • Googling “the scientific case against fluoride” is a biased search from the beginning and of course you will get results that support your own view point. The thing with the internet is that literally any person can create a website, call themselves a doctor and say whatever they like. Just because you read it on the internet doesn’t make it true, correct, and in the appropriate context.

        Spending two hours on Google doesn’t make you an expert and doesn’t discount over 60 years of peer-reviewed scientific data. To ignore this research is to cherry pick results and to make an invalid argument.
        NSW health has a fact sheet on fluoride which includes a reference list to all of the scientific peer-reviewed articles it sites.

        Federal Government research: NHMRC Public Statement: Efficacy and Safety of Fluoridation – http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/eh41

  3. I guess P Bullman, the pro-fluroide shill who spouts on behalf of the phosphate fertilizer industry, has been brainwashed to believe fluoride, which is as toxic as lead and arsenic, is somehow good to drink. I would like to see peer-reviewed science that is not faked due to corruption, coming out of the medical industry. The independent objective studies all show fluoride is toxic at any dosage. All of them. Not just a few.

    • Water fluoridation has been implemented in countries all over the world for more than 60 years. To suggest that the phosphate fertilizer industry or any other industry is financially backing or coercing mulitple countries to fluoridate, is delusional and nothing but pure conspiracy theory. The onus is on you Syd Barrett to provide evidence for the claims you are making.

      Toxicity isn’t binary, it depends on dosage and exposure. There is arsenic in apple seeds, but that doesn’t mean that you if accidently swallow one you will die – it’s too low of a dosage. There is no evidence that suggests any adverse health effects with water fluoridation at 1mg/L.

      The NSW Health fluoride fact sheet is full of peer-reviewed scientific research from a wide variety of sources including the British Medical Journal, Australia New Zealand journal of Public Health, American Journal of Public Health Dentistry and many more.

    • Your name says it all dude. Do you get your scientific information from your acid dealer? I suppose you think that’s a more reliable source. “Big Science” conspiracies lol.

    • Demanding proof a negative is not valid science. In order to credibly demand proof that a problem does not exist, there first must be valid evidence that one does exist. Fluoride has existed in water since the beginning of time. The public health initiative of water fluoridation has been in existence for the past 70 years. There has never been any proven adverse effects of fluoride at the optimal level utilized in water. Never. Attempting to provide proof of safety of fluoridation against the constant barrage of unsubstantiated claims put forth by antifluoridationists would be a never ending exercise in futility. Demanding such is unreasonable, and invalid science.


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