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EEB welcomes European Parliament’s vote on mercury
Posted March 22 2017:
Yes, the same profession that insists water fluoridation is ‘safe and effective’ (and makes more $$ when water is fluoridated) has been filling cavities with mercury (aka amalgam or “silver” fillings) for hundreds of years. Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known. Ethical dentists have been trying to stop this mad practice since the 1840’s.
Submission on fluoridation by Paul Connett, PhD, Former Director of the Fluoride Action Network, Co-author of The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2010) to NZ Parliamentary Committee
From York University we learn that the U.S. National Institute of Health questions fluoridation’s safety
Oral Health 2016 Report Released
Artificial fluoridation stopped in Windsor, Ontario in March, 2013. Here is the latest data the Health Unit has provided from screenings they conducted for JKs, SKs and Grade 2s. They predicted a 35% – 60% increase in tooth decay. Is it just us, or were their calculations a little off? Click to view the report.
Fluoride will stop being added to the drinking water in Parry Sound and McDougall, Ontario
At last night’s meeting, McDougall passed a by-law to discontinue adding fluoride to the drinking water which was the final step in the process. Learn more
Pennsylvania, USA: Guilford & Green townships, PA, ceased fluoridation because of conflicting opinions
Fluoride is known to prevent tooth decay, but in recent years people have questioned the safety and ethics of placing the naturally occurring chemical in a public water supply. Learn more
Bob Delaney, Ontario MPP
Moving forward on our plan to ensure every Ontario citizen is protected by municipal drinking water fluoridation,… http://fb.me/21wAz5Juk [this link doesn’t work for me. Bob Delaney is a Member of Provincial Parliament]
Let Bob know the dangers of water fluoridation: Bob Delaney @BobDelaneyMPP
Colorado, USA: Poisoning us with fluoride and dihydrogen monoxide (editorial)
Ah, Snowmass, where the air is thinner and the conspiracy theories are thicker. A few semi-hypoxic individuals up there have issued a warning to the rest of us. Their warning is that the stuff in our drinking water that we call “fluoride” is actually poison. Read more
Astoria, Oregon: Let’s stop all that eye-rolling about fluoridation (editorial)
Most western, industrialized countries have rejected water fluoridation, but have nevertheless experienced the same decline in childhood dental decay as fluoridated countries. A majority of U.S. cities (about 70%) add the chemical to their water supplies and have been doing so for decades with the blessings of the medical establishment even though to date there have been no long-term global effects studies done. Because of this we are truly unable to talk intelligently about the long-term effects of water fluoridation. Read more
Queensland, Australia: FLUORIDATION of town drinking water has been a hot topic across Queensland
We asked Rockhampton region’s mayoral candidates where they stood on the controversial subject after the current council voted to stop fluoridation. (Most opposed) Learn more
Calgary, Alberta Study by McLaren
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A recently published study concludes that tooth decay rates in Calgary, Alberta, have increased because of the city’s decision to scrap its fluoridation program. But the study omits data showing that the spike in decay mostly occurred when fluoride was still in the water and used methods that a leading scientist says do “not provide a valid assessment,” reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
In recent years, dozens of Canadian communities, including Calgary, have stopped fluoridating water, citing concerns about safety, effectiveness, and cost. The number of Canadians drinking fluoridated water has plummeted by over 30% since 2005.
Now a new study is fueling a lobbying blitzkrieg, with calls for Calgary and other non-fluoridated Canadian cities to resume fluoridation, based on claims that Calgary children suffered a dramatic spike in cavities in the three years following fluoridation’s end in 2011.
The study, however, is riddled with problems, and is “not a valid assessment of the effect of fluoridation cessation,” says Dr. Trevor Sheldon, Dean of Hull York Medical School and scientist who specializes in studying the effectiveness of health care interventions, including fluoridation.
The study determined Calgary’s pre-cessation cavity rate based solely on a small survey conducted 6 years prior to fluoridation ceasing, even though a much more comprehensive survey was conducted just 1 year prior to fluoridation ending.
The omitted survey, conducted in 2009/10, shows that most of Calgary’s increase in tooth decay occurred while Calgary was still adding fluoride to its water. As Sheldon explains, the omitted data “shows a higher average annual rate of increase in [tooth decay] in the period before cessation (7%) than in the period which includes years after cessation in Calgary (5%).”
Says Sheldon, “this is contrary to what one would expect if fluoridation cessation was the primary driver of increases in caries over the period.”
The increase in cavities seen in Calgary is not unusual, but part of a larger trend. Tooth decay in baby teeth has been on the rise since the 1990s throughout North America, including in fluoridated cities likeEdmonton.
“To imply that ending fluoridation is the cause of Calgary’s increased decay while omitting data which shows that most of the decay occurred when fluoride was still in the water, raises serious questions about the study’s credibility,” says attorney and FAN Executive Director, Michael Connett. “The aggressive, orchestrated way this study has been rolled out to pressure city councilors to resume fluoridation raises the specter of a politically motivated study.”
The lead author of the study, Lindsay McLaren, is not an independent scientist on the fluoridation controversy.
McLaren currently serves as a member of the Alberta Health Services’ Community Water Fluoridation committee, has written pro-fluoridation commentaries, and, in 2013, spearheaded a successful effort to convince the Alberta Public Health Association to begin lobbying for fluoridation.
January 29, 2013
Windsor Votes to Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water
Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority. The motion passed 8-3 late Monday night. Source: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/01/28/windsor-votes-to-remove-fluoride-from-drinking-water/
Kirkland Lake, ON
December 05, 2012
Kirkland Lake Council Votes to End Fluoride in Town’s Water Supply
Kirkland Lake council unanimously voted in favour of motion not to add fluoride to the town’s water. The town had stopped adding fluoride to the water Sept. 28 because the fluoridation system could not longer be operated safely. The cost of replacing fluoridation tanks is estimated to be between $360,000 and $375,000. Cost was not the major factor in council’s decision to support the motion. Several members of council voiced concern about forcing people to ingest a substance into their bodies that is not natural in the water. Councillors also voiced concern that babies and adults receive the same amount of fluoride in the water and there could be health concerns about this. Source: http://www.fluoridealert.org/news/kirkland-lake-council-votes-to-end-fluoride-in-towns-water-supply/ The mayor asked, “Why do I want to put something in people’s water system? I do not think that is ethical.” He also noted that fluoride is available in toothpastes, mouthwashes and some bottled water. As for paying for resident’s fluoride pills Enouy said if the health unit thinks it is necessary for people to have fluoride then the health unit can pay for it. Enouy concluded that a few years ago asbestos was considered safe and water was delivered in lead pipes and it was not until people studied these did they know they were unsafe. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/12/kirkland-lake-council-votes-to-end-fluoride-in-towns-water-supply/
November 11, 2012
Eastern Ontario Health Unit to Bring Big Gun Dr. Paul Before Cornwall City Council
Back in September, Paul Brisebois from Fluoride Free Cornwall appeared before Cornwall City Council asking that the City terminate the practice of adding fluoride to the city’s municipal drinking water. In response, Cornwall city administration has invited the head of the EOHU to present his response at the Cornwall City Council meeting of Tuesday November 13, 2012. The head of the EOHU will be accompanied by a representative from Health Canada. Let us recall that many years ago, people and cattle on Cornwall Island began experiencing health issues after Reynolds Aluminum and ALCOA set up aluminum smelters at Massena. The plants emitted high amounts of fluoride into the water and atmosphere. At the time, a representative from Health Canada concluded that health problems on Cornwall Island were unrelated to fluoride. Except that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (the MCA) rejected the claim and engaged independent researchers that included Dr Shirley Conibear from the University of Illinois, to investigate the problem. The independent research team indeed found fluoride contamination in the soil and vegetation on Cornwall Island. The Head of Environment for the MCA presents some of the findings regarding the harmful effect of fluoride in this region, in the following presentation. The findings of the research team suggest that the representative from Health Canada presented false and misleading information in regard to dismissing fluoride as the cause of health problems on Cornwall Island. In short, the MCA did not believe the findings of Health Canada at the time. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/11/lte-fluoride-eohu-to-bring-big-gun-dr-paul-before-cornwall-city-council/
November 14, 2012
Doctors Argue for Continued Use of Fluoride in Our Water
By: CornwallSeawayNews.com, Cornwall, Ontario City council heard from medical professionals Tuesday night that argued Cornwall should stay the course on the use of fluoride in drinking water. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/11/brewers-daily-dose-14-nov-2012/
September 10, 2012
Group Wants Fluoride Removed from Drinking Water
City councillors will get a mouthful from a local group tonight, who want to see Cornwall ban the use of flouride in our drinking water. Fluoride Free Cornwall will make its pitch to city councillors because the group’s members say the addition of fluoride to drinking water poses a health risk. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/09/9284/
October 4, 2012
Group Forms to Rid Water Systems of Flouride
Although essentially in every public water system in the province and nation, the use of fluoride in Muskoka’s water has a group of local citizens concerned and hoping to see the district end its use. “The concern we have is that we have more than 4,000 health professionals telling us this is not safe to swallow,” said health care professional and nutritionist Ruth Bednar of Gravenhurst. “We’re ingesting five times more fluoride than when it was introduced (to drinking water systems) in 1951 and now it’s in all of our food.”Source: http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/news/article/1513854–group-forms-to-rid-water-systems-of-flouride Informative website: http://muskokacof.webs.com/
September 13, 2012
Fluoride in Water Questioned
Cranbrook is taking a second look at the fluoride it adds to the water system after a group appealed to council Monday night. Brian Kostiuk and Brad Brehm presented to city council on September 10 their concerns about fluoride in Cranbrook’s drinking water. “What we are questioning here today is the effectiveness of adding fluoride to the municipal water supply and if it’s actually achieving its goal,” said Brehm. “Fluoride is not what it’s put out to be,” said Kostiuk. “It is a dangerous chemical.” The pair brought research papers from the group Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, as well as letters from dentistry and chemistry professors.Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/09/9457/
September 05, 2012
Case Proceeds Against the Ontario Dental Association
The case is proceeding against the Ontario Dental Association and two former presidents of the organization accused of contravening the Ontario Municipal Elections Act during the run up to the fluoridation referendum in 2010. Justice Arthur Child ruled last week against a motion to dismiss the case, and it is set to go to trial Nov. 13 in Provincial Offences Court. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/09/oda-waterloo-chronicle/
August 21, 2012
YOUR WATER: Grade of ‘F’ in Water Chemistry for Ingersoll Schools
Despite decades of international research that shows toxic effects on every system of the body (especially the brain), the province of Ontario continues to defend a Drinking Water Standard for fluoride (F) of 1.50 milligrams per litre (mg/L), while at the same time neglecting to use current technology to test each residential tap for all possible contaminants. Policy analysts allege that the current water standards protect industry and governments more than people or the environment that sustains them. Scientists worry that this policy is dangerous for children in particular because it is so much higher (115 times) than breastmilk, and there is no way to control the actual dose received by individuals of radically different body weights, intakes and developmental stages. Fluoride also increases the formation of potentially toxic chemicals from other ingredients in the water and leaching of heavy metals from the pipes, particularly new ones. Source: http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/08/21/your-water-grade-of-f-in-water-chemistry-for-ingersoll-schools
July 24, 2012
Town Continues to Weigh Fluoridation Question
Fairview Town council again discussed whether the town should discontinue the fluoridation of town water or not as Associated Engineering sent engineer Rudy Chan to do a presentation on fluoridation… Chan said a number of communities have decided to not fluoridate their water including Athabasca, Grande Prairie, Spirit River, City of Calgary and Slave Lake. Locally, the Town of Manning and M.D. of Northern Lights still add fluoride to their water. Source: http://www.fairviewpost.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3596214
July 16, 2012
Rosetown, Saskatchewan Stops Artificially Fluoridating the Town’s Drinking Water
The community of approximately 2300 people will no longer receive artificially fluoridated water. After the town’s fluoridation feed-pump broke down, a decision was made that there is already a sufficient amount of fluoride in the town’s well water. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/07/rosetown-saskatchewan-will-no-longer-be-fluoridating-their-water/
July 16, 2012
City Says No to Fluoride
Orillia’s politicians have said no to fluoridating the municipal water supply. “I just believe there has to be alternatives,” Mayor Angelo Orsi said at Monday’s council committee meeting. “This is a very touchy decision when you’re basically dealing with freedom of choice.” Source: http://www.orilliapacket.com/2012/07/16/city-says-no-to-fluoride
December 14, 2012
No More Fluoride as of December 20th
Injection of fluoride into Okotok’s water system will cease effective December 20, 2012.
March 26, 2012
Okotoks to Remove Fluoride from Our Water Supply
The Town of Okotoks voted to discontinue fluoridation of the municipal water supply. Town Council also directed Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and the Okotoks Healthy Family Resource Centre to implement strategies to support residents who are at risk of dental caries (cavities). FCSS worked with Alberta Health Services (Oral Health) and the Primary Care Network to develop a plan to help families with young children. (Other strategies include enhanced promotion of good oral health practices.) We are pleased to announce that the first preschool dental clinic in Okotoks will run on Saturday, November 3, 2012. This is a free clinic for children aged 12-35 months whose parents do not have a dental plan OR who have an Alberta Child Health Benefit card are eligible for the service. Please see the attached poster for details. Source: http://www.okotoks.ca/default.aspx?cid=1873&
December 13, 2012
Despite WUC Recommendation, Fluoridation of Water Continues
Almost a year after the Windsor Utilities Commission’s board voted to end fluoridation of the city’s drinking water, the additive long used to combat rotten teeth in kids — but described by critics as toxic — is still being mixed in with local tap water. Don’t blame city hall for the long delay in getting the matter before city council. CAO Helga Reidel said administration only recently received the WUC staff report dealing with its board recommendation. For fluoridation to end, city council has to first give its consent, and Reidel said the matter should now be on the council agenda early in the new year. Source: http://cof-cof.ca/2012/12/despite-wuc-recommendation-fluoridation-of-water-continues/
May 24, 2012
Remove Fluoride from Windsor Water, Utilities Chair Says
The chair of the Windsor Utilities Commission supports removing fluoride from the city’s drinking water… Coun. Bill Marra chairs the commission’s board of directors and supports the motion. He said he’s hearing from the public on the issue. “Obviously a lot has changed in 60 years and what’s changed significantly is the opinion of the average person,” Marra said. “We’re hearing — whether you can call them a vocal minority — there is a very concerted, organized effort out there suggesting to the decision makers that fluoridation should be revisited and that’s what we’re doing.” Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/05/24/wdr-fluoride-bill-marra.html
December 20, 2011
Moncton Removes Fluoride from Water
Moncton, New Brunswick is joining a growing list of Canadian cities that are getting rid of fluoride in their drinking water which is added to reduce tooth decay. City councillors voted 7 to 4 Monday night to stop the practice of adding fluoride to the city’s tap water. Source: http://www.endalldisease.com/breaking-moncton-removes-fluoride-from-water/
Canada Supreme Court Rules Adding Flouride to Water is “forced medication”
Water is consumed everywhere and adding it to our water removes our ability to avoid consuming the drug. Source: Forest Hill vs City of Toronto