Halton Regional Council is set to revisit the issue of the fluoridation of Halton’s water in January 2012, which means now is the perfect time to start really looking into this issue.
All across Canada, from Waterloo to Calgary, communities are deciding to end water fluoridation. American cities are also opting out and thousands of scientists and medical professionals worldwide are saying the fluoridation of drinking water must end. Just recently, the Council of Canadians joined the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Great Lakes United in demanding an end to the practice.
Why are so many people concerned about what’s in the water?
Interviewed recently on Coast to Coast AM, Director of the Fluoride Action Network, Paul Connett and leading dentist in the fight against fluoride, Dr. Bill Osmunson discussed the dangers and risks of the use of fluoride in our toothpaste and drinking water. The deliberate addition of fluoride to the water supply was begun in 1945 with the idea that it would reduce dental decay. But kids are being overexposed (some 32% have dental fluorosis), and 23 studies have shown that fluoride lowers IQ in children, Connett reported.
90% of fluoride comes from the phosphate fertilizer industry — it’s a hazardous waste sold to communities who add it to their water supply. But using the water supply as a way to deliver medicine is risky as the dosage can’t be controlled, Connett pointed out. Dental schools taught that this practice was safe and effective, but statistics now show there’s no benefit from fluoridation, Osmunson stated. Fluoride can really be considered more of a poison than a drug, he claims, while Connett noted the National Research Council conducted a 3 1/2 year study which found the level of allowable fluoride in the water supply was too high.
On tubes of toothpaste, it clearly states not to use more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride and to call poison control if more than that amount is ingested. If that’s the case, how do we know this is safe to add to our drinking water? Fluoride was originally shown to be effective when applied topically, not ingested, Osmunson pointed out. And what about babies and infants who are consuming formula mixed with fluoridated water? The American Dental Association was so concerned that they now recommend against giving babies fluoridated water.
There are plenty of studies that show no difference in tooth decay in countries with no water fluoridation compared to those that do fluoridate. In some cases, non-fluoridating countries even have lower rates of tooth decay. Instead of forcing everyone to ingest fluoride, wouldn’t a better solution be to have those who wish to drink fluoridated water simply add it themselves using tablets without going through the ethically dangerous practice of medicating the general populace?
Fluoridating the water supply also causes an issue surrounding dosage. If you take a prescribed drug, you follow a certain specific dosage for that drug. As well-intentioned as it may have been to fluoridate the water supply, a major issue is that the general population is then consuming fluoride at uncontrolled dosages — some people drink much more water than others, so they will be exposed to much more fluoride than others.
Connett also stated that fluoride concentrates inside the bones and can make them more brittle and cause problems akin to arthritis. Because its molecules are so small, fluoride is not removed by smaller filters such as Brita. Reverse osmosis filters do eliminate it, but people are still being exposed during bathing, Osmunsum detailed. The Internet will ultimately bring an end to fluoridation, as the truth can’t be hidden anymore, declared Connett. People can visit the Fluoride Action Network to take action and sign up for bulletins to receive the latest news about communities voting against water fluoridation.
Here are some communities in Canada and the United States who have decided to end water fluoridation in the past year or so:
Oct. 31 — Lakeshore, Ontario (33,000)
Oct. 25 — Palmer, Alaska (8,400)
Oct. 18 — Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (11,000)
Oct. 16 — Churchill, Manitoba (1,000)
Oct. 13 — New Plymouth, New Zealand (50,000)
Oct. 4 — Pinellas County, Florida (700,000)
Sept. 30 — Spencer, Indiana/ BPP Water (10,500)
Sept. 22 — College Station, Texas (100,000)
Sept. 12 — Slave Lake, Alberta (7,000)
Sept. 6 — Hohenwald, Tennessee (4,000)
Aug. 16 — Pottstown, Pennsylvania (15,500)
Aug. 15 — Spring Hill, Tennessee (30,000)
Aug. 8 — Philomath, Oregon (4,500)
July 20 — Taber, Alberta (6,500)
July 4 — Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan (5,000)
June 30 — Taumarunui, New Zealand (5,000)
June 6 — Fairbanks, Alaska (30,500)
May 18 — Naples Village, New York (1,070)
May 16 — Mount Clemons, Michigan (17,300)
April 21 — Lago Vista, Texas (6,500)
Mar. 17 — Marcellus, Michigan (1,100)
Feb. 16 — Independence, Virginia (1,000)
Feb. 8 — Calgary, Alberta (1,300,000)
Feb. 7 — Yellow Springs, Ohio (3,200)
Feb. 7 — Vercheres, Quebec (5,240)
Jan. 19 — Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania (5,500)
Nov. 15, 2010 — Sparta, North Carolina (2,000)
Nov. 4, 2010 — Tellico, Tennessee (900)
Oct. 25, 2010 — Waterloo, St. Jacobs, and Elmira, Ontario (103,000)
Total: 2,571,500 people
The community organization Milton Green — dedicated to sustainable solutions to preserve the environment of Milton — has alerted us to an upcoming public discussion on this matter:
You are invited to a free, public discussion about water fluoridation in Halton hosted by Oakvillegreen Conservation Association. Refreshments provided. Everyone welcome.
Water Fluoridation: What Every Parent Should Know, What Every Citizen Should Ask
Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Oakville Town Hall,
1225 Trafalgar Road, in Committee Room 1
Regional Council will be revisiting the fluoridation of Halton’s water in January of 2012 so this is an important meeting.
If you would like to help with this campaign or if your children are among the up to 35% of Halton kids suffering from dental fluorosis caused by over-exposure to fluoride, we’d like to hear from you. Emails can be sent to Karen at email@example.com.
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Here in Milton specifically, it’s a non-issue for one segment of the population. ‘Old Milton’ — or the parts of Milton built before the 2000′s — receive their drinking water from the nearby escarpment. The newer areas of Milton (now approximately 2/3 of the town’s population) are serviced by the ‘big pipe’ from Lake Ontario. That water supply is indeed fluoridated.
We encourage everyone to educate themselves on this matter and attend the public meeting on December 6th in an attempt to have the region consider ending water fluoridation.
On top of the obvious health concerns, there is also the issue of cost: municipalities spend tens of thousands to millions of dollars annually to fluoridate drinking water. With local governments obsessed about being cost-conscious with taxpayer money, the cost of fluoridation becomes another important consideration to the Region of Halton who has worked effectively to keep tax rates as low as possible.
As always, we invite you to leave your $.02 in the comments section below.