out of the mouths of geographically
letter to the editor
F word - again!
Recently, because of related health concerns, Health Canada
has recommended that fluoride levels be lowered in Canadian water
supplies to 0.7 of one part per million which is 30 percent lower than
previously advocated by health authorities as optimal for dental
health. Reduced fluoride in children's toothpaste and infant
formula was also recommended but Health Canada has claimed that
"the weight of evidence does not support a link between fluoride
and intelligence quotient deficit".
reassurance will be seriously questioned this week at conferences in
Toronto where new science indicating fluoride's dangers to the brain
and other organs will be presented by prominent fluoride research
major conference is the 38th annual conference of the International
Society for Fluoride Research, an independent non-profit organization
that promotes the sharing of scientific information on all aspects of
fluorides. The society publishes the quarterly open access journal
Fluoride which can be located, including the latest issue, at
conference will cover a representative cross section of topics in the
area of research on fluoride neurotoxicity. Keynote speaker is
Dr. A.K. Susheela (Executive Director, Fluorosis Research and Rural
Development Foundation, India) who is reputedly the most knowledgeable
of any living scientist about fluoride's toxic effects on the body.
It will be important that officials, such as those in the Northland
District Health Board who promote water fluoridation, and those in the
Far North District Council who implement it, hear what she and others
have to say.
The Ontario Dental Association did not accept an
invitation to present a cogent and scientifically-referenced defense
of fluoridation at a conference forum and instead released a media
statement urging legislators and communities to stand up in support of
fluoridation as is the practice of this countryís Ministry of Health
and district health boards.
into the conference the latest issue of Fluoride has published
12 studies which are made widely available for the first time in
English. They are of great importance worldwide for a fuller
understanding of how fluoride can affect neurological development,
function, and performance. Comparison of the findings of these 12
studies with those of other research reports published in
Fluoride reveals a fairly consistent pattern of the adverse
effects of fluoride on brain biochemistry and neurological development
and behavior or performance.
Fluoride is added to water supplies
ostensibly to prevent tooth decay. It is also in many foods and
beverages. Fluoride's effects on the brain were never examined prior
to water fluoridation.
In June of
this year more concerns surfaced as the National Kidney Foundation
withdrew its support of fluoridation at the same time as the largest
association of water professionals in the world was warned not to
destroy evidence that might be required in legal actions filed by
individuals harmed by drinking fluoridated water.
reports of the NKF's acknowledgement that patients with kidney disease
should be notified of the potential risk to their health from drinking
fluoridated water, the American Water Works Association was given
notice that it must not eliminate or tamper with documents or
recordings relating to fluoridation, indicating that lawsuits could be
filed in the near future.
evidence preservation notice to the 60,000-member water association
named AWWA's Denver headquarters, regional offices and national and
regional officers as "potentially responsible parties" who
might be named in lawsuits filed on behalf of kidney patients and
other individuals injured by ingesting fluoride.
Bruce Spittle, former senior lecturer in the Department of
Psychological Medicine at Otago University, recently published a well
reviewed booklet titled 'FLUORIDE FATIGUE - Fluoride Poisoning: Is
fluoride in your drinking water -and from other sources - making you
sick?' One reviewer of that paper, Dr Albert W Burgstahler,
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Kansas, states that
"Those who deny reality and persist in discounting sensitivity to
fluoride in drinking water are like ostriches with their heads in the
sand. They would do well to heed what Dr. Spittle has reported
here and stop continuing to promote and be misled by scientifically
indefensible claims that do not hold up under scrutiny."
interesting and relevant question is "Think about it: If a 100 kg
man and a seven kg baby each drink one glass of water, they each
receive the same dose of fluoride. Does it make any sense at all
to give both of them the same amount, regardless of body size or
health history, and to not know or monitor how much fluoride they're
drinking or ingesting from other sources?"
When asked under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act in April of this year if
delivery point monitoring of fluoride was undertaken as part of the
stipulated two year monitoring of fluoridation in Kaitaia and Kaikohe
the FNDC replied that fluoride sampling was not undertaken at random
tap outlets and that surveys at delivery points in the reticulation
areas have not been undertaken. The NDHB did not specifically
respond to this question but did state that it had not issued any
press release regarding mixing infant formula with fluoridated
The Mayor's office is reported as stating that
the FNDC will never hold a referendum on fluoridation but that should
not be crucial as the Chief Executive Officer has assured me that it
continues to monitor developments in all aspects of drinking water,
including fluoride, and will advise Council in the event of any
It will be interesting to see if the proceedings
of the Toronto conferences and the currently available information in
Fluoride journal will independently alter Council views on
fluoridation or if the ideological mantras of the Ministry of Health
and NDHB hold sway.