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After a long night of delegations, council voted 8 to 3 to end the artificial fluoridation of Windsor’s water. Thank you to the progressive forward thinking council members that could see through the unproven opinions and endorsements of the fluoridation lobbyists.
Voters need to seek and support those candidates that are not afraid to challenge the status quo and who listen to the will of the people.
In the end, many councillors said they couldn’t support the mass medication of the population against their will and made reference to the many other methods of obtaining good oral health that don’t involve dumping hazardous waste into our drinking water.
Councillor Dilkens advised that when fluoridation began, fluoridated toothpaste was not available.
Councillor Jones cited several experts who are allowed to have independent opinions and who are opposed to fluoridation, implying that the public health and dental community are required to promote fluoridation as ‘safe and effective’. He also brought up research that attributes improved oral health from naturally occurring calcium fluoride to the calcium and not the fluoride.
Councillor Payne and Valentinis thought councillors should follow the advice of Public Health. Councillor Gignac offered very little to the discussion and stuck to the out-dated propaganda that the CDC claims fluoridation is a top 10 public health measure – these folks were not interested in addressing the lack of proof of safety nor the scientific evidence that fluoridation is unnecessary.
Mayor Francis questioned that if this policy was so important why hasn’t public health ever lobbied Kingsville or Leamington to start fluoridation.
Councillor Maghnieh said he couldn’t support a policy that wasn’t protective of formula fed infants.
Councillor Marra pointed to the fact that all the legislation is provincial and that health care was a provincial issue, not a water systems one.
Councillor Hatfield said that the choice to ingest fluoride should be up to the individual.
Councillor Halberstadt called fluoridation a paternalistic policy and questioned Peter Cooney’s lobbying for continued use of mercury fillings; mercury is a known neuro-toxin that our chief dental officer claims is a good alternative for the poor.
Indeed it seems these toxic health policies are often targeting the poor. Mercury fillings for the poor but if you can afford it you can get fillings without this toxin. Water treated with hydrofluorosilicic acid for the poor but if you can afford it you can protect your family with expensive filter systems.
Local dentists attempted to use fear-mongering claiming that dental decay will increase significantly. However their own statistics showed less than one cavity difference between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities and several studies were provided to the council that proves when fluoridation ends, dental decay does not increase. However, dental fluorosis rates decrease.
A mother of a child with dental fluorosis who is also the wife of a dentist made this remark about the meeting:
I personally found the minimization of dental fluorosis insulting and disconcerting. The medical and dental folks completely avoided any reference to the costs involved (and for which dentists profit) to remedy the cosmetic issues. My own husband has struggled with it in dealing with our own son. Bleaching was ineffective, and I believe he has lately resorted to some manner of micro abrasion. I don’t even want to ask him how much an off-the-street patient would be paying out of pocket for that treatment. Let it suffice to say it would be punitive over and above knowing that your child was exposed to toxic levels of any compound.
There were several parents in attendance with children that have been diagnosed with dental fluorosis, the visible sign of fluoride poisoning. There were also those that are sensitive to fluoride that can’t ingest fluoridated water. Going forward, parents in Windsor, Tecumseh and Lasalle will be better able to monitor their children’s fluoride exposure now that their drinking, cooking and bathing water will be free of it and the water will be safe for everyone.
Congrats to all the safe water advocates and citizens that let it be known that they want water to just be water and not a vehicle for unregulated drugs.
Video of the meeting will be available soon.
The time is NOW! Windsor Council is holding a special meeting to decide the fate of WUC customer’s drinking water. Will they continue to medicate the water indiscriminately or will they take precaution and make the drinking water safe for everyone?
Thank you to Anne Jarvis of the Windsor Star for sharing the truth about where this supposed ‘tooth medicine’ comes from.
By: Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 25-Jan-2013 –
Why would a city pay to force its residents to ingest nocuous industrial waste for no reason?
That’s what the reams of documents on fluoridating water, the conflicting claims and counter-claims threatening to bury city council, boil down to.
I was horrified to find out where the fluoride added to our drinking water comes from: it’s an industrial derivative called hydrofluorosilicic acid, and it comes from the scrubbers of smokestacks at fertilizer factories. As Dr. Hardy Limeback writes in a letter to council, “I find it absurd that industrial toxic waste is shipped to the water treatment plants in large tanker trucks and trickled into the drinking water of major cities in North America.”
Limeback is a dentist and former head of preventative dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto who has studied the effects of fluoride on teeth and bone. He also served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences subcommittee on fluoride in drinking water. He’s not a crank. He was a leading authority on fluoride who was often cited by health officials defending fluoridation – until he could no longer ignore the research. In 1999, he changed his position and apologized to his faculty and students, saying he had “unintentionally misled” them.
Why did he change his mind? “I was initially concerned with the chronic accumulation of fluoride in teeth causing dental fluorosis and in bone causing changes in our skeletal system, which was the focus of my research at the University of Toronto,” he told me in an interview, “but then I found out industrial waste was being used to fluoridate the drinking water. The chemicals used in over 90 per cent of cities in North America are fluorosilicates: they are contaminated with cancer-causing arsenic and radioactive particles and have never been tested for safety in humans.”
Fluorosis is irreversible scarring or mottling on children’s teeth, and it has increased significantly in North America. No one, not even proponents of fluoridation, disputes that it’s caused by fluoride. Limeback calls it a biomarker for fluoride poisoning. The main source is fluoridated water. It’s worse in cities with fluoridated water, and it decreases in cities that stop adding fluoride to their water. Municipalities in New Hampshire are required to put warnings on their water bills about fluorosis.
If fluoride damages tooth enamel, it made sense to question whether or not it also damages bone, Limeback reasoned.
Indeed, studies suggest that fluoride accumulates in bone with age, making it more brittle and increasing the risk of hip fractures in the elderly.
Fluoride has also been associated with lower IQ, adverse effects on the thyroid and pineal glands and increased risk of bone cancer, and more studies have been recommended. The people conducting this research aren’t cranks, either.
They’re from institutions like the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council in the U.S. and the Harvard School of Public Health. These studies are published in places like the Journal of the American Medical Association. There are Nobel laureates who oppose fluoridation.
Yet many public health officials, including local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann, continue to defend fluoridation, saying there “needs to be very strong evidence” to discontinue it.
I prefer this argument by Dr. James Beck, a retired medical doctor in Calgary who successfully lobbied his city’s council to stop adding fluoride to water: “Any minimally responsible health official would admit there are doubts (about the safety of fluoride),” he told me, “and even with these doubts, you keep giving this stuff to people until someone tells you with absolute certainty this is toxic? That doesn’t make sense.”
Health officials, including Heimann, warn of a rise in tooth decay if cities stop fluoridating. But fluoride’s effect is topical; it helps prevent decay when it touches teeth, not when it’s ingested. And cavities have dropped dramatically in developed countries around the world regardless of whether they fluoridate (most of Europe doesn’t fluoridate). This is because of fluoride toothpaste, milk fortified with Vitamin D, penicillin that kills bacteria that cause decay, better oral hygiene and access to dental care.
Adding fluoride to drinking water, once thought to be the best way to ensure that everyone receives equal care, is now seen to pose unfair risks. Some people, like construction workers and athletes in hot weather, drink a lot more water. Some, such as those with kidney failure, can’t excrete the fluoride properly. Those with poor diets are believed to be more susceptible to the risks of fluoride. And some people can’t afford bottled water to avoid drinking fluoridated water.
Fluoride is classified in the U.S. as an “unapproved drug,” yet it is administered without consent, without warning about the risks, and its effects aren’t monitored. We’d never do that with any other drug.
So why does the public health establishment continue to support fluoridation?
“To save face,” according to Limeback. “Everyone believes they are right because they are backed by so many other organizations that believe they are right.”
Yet, he maintains, “none of them do original research (… clinical trials to prove safety) and large portions of the fluoride toxicity literature (are) being ignored.”
Limeback’s credibility and reputation were attacked when he changed his position. He retired from academia early because of his stand.
So this is what city councillors in Windsor are up against when they meet Monday to debate whether to continue adding fluoride to our water. They need to remember what Beck, the medical doctor, said: ” … even with these doubts, you keep giving this stuff to people until someone tells you with absolute certainty this is toxic? That doesn’t make sense.”
Please come out to show your support for safe water: Council Chambers, January 28, 2013 at 6pm.
What’s the difference?
“Fluoridation at optimal level is safe for everyone.”
“Fluoride concentration in water is very, very strictly regulated.”
“At optimal levels in drinking water, overdose does not occur.”
Public health officials are on record stating that fluoridation at the recommended level is safe and effective because “optimal concentration” provides a safe dose of fluoride in the water that benefits the dental health of everyone, young and old, every day, regardless of income or other factors.
Is this really true? Many councillors and members of the public are confused.
“Optimal concentration” has a number but “optimal dose” does not. How do we protect ourselves and our children from fluoride overdose when the concentration of fluoride in our tap water has been increased far more than nature provides?
Concentration IN water does not regulate dose FROM water.
Concentration = level of dilution.
Dose = concentration x volume consumed.
You are a hospital patient. The nurse has orders to give you a certain concentration of a drug through your intravenous line. Shouldn’t the doctor write the dose and dosage so that the nurse can calculate the volume and rate of flow of the drug solution to administer?
Many people are advised to reduce sodium intake. If there is one teaspoon of salt in one liter of soup, the concentration of sodium is the same in one spoonful of soup as it is in one bowl and the whole pot. But what is the dose per serving?
Vitamin pills can poison a child. Your 13-kilogram toddler got into your vitamins with a dose of one milligram of iron in every large pill and ate thirty pills. You rush to the hospital in a panic. A doctor trained in public health administration says, “Oh, don’t worry; the concentration of iron in these pills is too low to cause iron poisoning. Iron is a nutrient mineral. Vitamins with iron are safe and effective, just like fluoridation.” Do you find another doctor to pump your child’s stomach from the toxic overdose of 30 milligrams?
It used to be legal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration up to .08 on the Breathalyzer. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) proved that drivers are impaired at much lower level, from consuming even one beer. A bottle of beer or glass of wine with a low concentration of alcohol delivers the same unsafe dose for a driver as a shot of whiskey with higher concentration. The laws were changed.
The same dose from water has different effects on different people.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford weighs 150 kilograms (kg), and Angel Voice, an eleven year old contestant on American Idol weighs only 40. They both drink two liters of tap water a day. At the fluoridation level of 0.7 they both get the same dose of 1.4 mg.
Mayor Ford’s body dose is 1.4 ÷ 150 = .009 mg/kg.
Angel Voice’s body dose is 1.4 ÷ 40 = .035 mg/kg: ~ 4x more.
Mayor Ford excretes half of his dose in urine. Absorbed dose: .7 mg. Body dose: .0045 mg/kg.
Angel Voice absorbs most of her dose into her still-growing bones. Absorbed dose: 1.2 mg. Body dose: ~ 7x more than Mayor Ford’s.
The dose of fluoride in mother’s milk to a breastfed baby is .004-.010 mg/day. The dose of fluoride to a baby fed formula made from powder and boiled fluoridated tap water is .400-1.000 mg/day, one hundred times more.
Fluoride dose of more than .010 mg/day may affect infant development adversely. The harm is greater if the baby is deficient in iodine. (NRC report 2006)
The impact of a daily fluoride dose 100 times higher than Mother Nature provides to a baby is likely to be irreversible: a reduction in IQ and dental fluorosis, both which will be evident by age 7. (fluoridealert.org; The Case Against Fluoride, Connett-Beck-Micklem)
Toronto Water has had overfeeds of fluoride resulting in tap water with more than 2 mg/L for unknown periods of time.
In one day Angel Voice would get an overdose of 4 milligrams.
A bottle-fed baby, five times smaller, would get 2 milligrams, capable of causing vomiting and diarrhea, impaired kidney function, and damage to growing bones and teeth.
Concentration of fluoride is NOT regulated.
Fluoride level in drinking water is not regulated by Health Canada, provincial law or municipal bylaw. There is no required “optimal”, nor penalty for exceeding the World Health Organization limit of 1.5 mg/l. There is no law to warn or protect the public from a toxic level in drinking water from nature, machine, accident or human error.
Everyone is overdosed by fluoridation.
Water intake is regulated by biological need, not law. But there is no biological need for fluoride at all. Supplementary fluoride in any daily dose, large or small, whether from kitchen tap or pharmacy, is neither effective in reducing tooth decay nor safe for everyone. Any artificial increase in daily fluoride intake is overdose. There is nothing “optimal” about this.
The vulnerable are harmed the most.
Harmful effect is regulated by age, nutrition, genetics and kidney function – not level of fluoride in water! The developing fetus, bottle-fed infant and child are most vulnerable. When water is artificially fluoridated, they get the largest overdose, accumulate higher body burden sooner, and suffer higher risk of irreversible effects.
Your municipal councillors must use their authority under provincial law to vote to stop fluoridation.
That’s what it takes to end the overdose.
Windsor Utilities Commission (WUC) is the last water supplier in all of Essex County to fluoridate the municipal drinking water supply. Communities across Ontario and Canada have been ceasing fluoridation, which is great news for our health and the health of our environment. Canada is now less than 40% artificially fluoridated.
Fluoride Free Windsor has documented on video some very important facts that have come to light during our Safe Water Campaign.
We urge all WUC customers to watch these videos and forward them to their fellow neighbours, friends and families. These are facts that, once widely known, can help us achieve our goal of having safe water for all (not just those that can afford expensive filter systems and bottled water). After viewing, be sure to write to Windsor Council and let them know you want safe water. Council needs a reason to go against the recommendation of health authorities (who are paid and mandated to endorse this practice) by hearing from the folks that vote and elect them into office!
What is the product used to fluoridate our water?
Is it the pharmaceutical grade fluoride found in our dentists’ office? Is it naturally occurring calcium fluoride that fluoride lobbyists allude to? Windsor Utilities Commission administration confirmed that the product, hydrofluorosilicic acid, used to fluoridate our drinking water is industrial waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry.
Has this product been tested for safety?
The license to operate a water system states that chemicals used must meet standard NSF60, which requires that toxicological safety studies be conducted on all chemicals. But these haven’t been done. So, not only are we drinking hazardous waste, but we’re drinking hazardous waste that has never been tested for safety to ingest! No Safety studies, means no compliance with legislation and no legal product with which to fluoridate. No Means No.
Wouldn’t the precautionary principle be prudent?
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heimann, admits that in the absence of SAFETY STUDIES, precaution should be taken. Tecumseh council wanted to see the toxicological safety studies on hydrofluorosilicic acid, but they don’t exist and so the precautionary principle should be applied. If in doubt, leave it out.
Windsor council will be receiving recommendations to cease artificial water fluoridation from Windsor Essex County Environment Committee, Windsor Utilities Commission, Great Lakes United, Council of Canadians, Town of Tecumseh, Fluoride Free Windsor, CAW Environment Committee and hopefully from YOU, too! These reports and recommendations will find their way to the council agenda in about 60 days. It would be ideal if those interested in having safe water would email council with their concerns and then show up to the meeting, fill the council chambers, support the safe water delegates and champion for safe municipal drinking water free of unnecessary, untested, unsafe industrial waste chemicals!!
“My ignorance of fluoride in the beginning was a matter of chance. If you ignore this evidence today, it will be a matter of choice. Good luck with doing the right thing.” Dr. Phyllis J. Mullenix, neuro-scientist.
Democracy in Action
Fluoride Free Windsor, Heather Gingerich of the International Medical Geology Association and three local residents presented to Amherstburg Council about the product, the law, the health effects and the ethics of artificial water fluoridation. Council was very receptive to the facts presented to them and voted unanimously to cease fluoridation (or rather to put a moratorium on it until hydrofluorosilicic acid is tested and shown safe (not likely to ever happen) and to not undergo the equipment upgrades that would be required for them to re-establish their fluoridation practice).
Councillor Davies (and nurse practitioner when she isn’t wearing her councillor hat) spear-headed the motion, she’s known ‘since she had brown hair’ that fluoridation is bad for our health.
Congrats to all of the Amherstburg residents, tourists and visitors – your drinking water is now safer for everyone!
Forward Thinking Policy Makers
Kudos to the progressive council who were able to discern modern research from worn-out policies; who chose to be proactive in their protection of future generations and who opted to take precaution when it comes to living in harmony with our environment.
See local coverage of this meeting:
Is a Fluoride Free County next?
Fluoride Free Windsor presented to Tecumseh on January 24th where a motion was passed to defer any decision until more information could be obtained. Deputy Mayor, Cheryl Hardcastle, wanted to know about the fluoride product used by the WUC. She asked if it was the same as what is in the dentist’s office (definitely NOT!) and if it was the “smoke-stack stuff” she’s heard about (definitely IS!). Councillor Jobin asked if there was a safer fluoride product that didn’t contain the co-contaminants (yes there is, still toxic but not contaminated pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride which was originally used before the bait and switch to the cheaper unregulated industrial hfsa), councillor Ossington said we should have a choice and not be forced to drink fluoride and councillor Bachetti said his young daughter had many cavities. He wasn’t convinced about effectiveness and wanted to know what else it could be doing inside our bodies.
Mayor McNamara gave a long speech and went off topic even mentioning wind-turbines at one point. He is the chair of the Health Unit Board and believes in keeping the status quo policy. He asked “Is there enough science out there to justify the risk?” and we ask where are the toxicological studies and clinical data done with hydrofluorosilicic acid to show it is safe for us to be ingesting every day of our lives and safe to dump into our environment? Here’s a hint – there aren’t any. And consider that the best the fluoride lobbyists can claim(if you take what they say without controlling for delayed tooth eruption caused by fluoride) is that 1-2 tooth surfaces will be saved from dental decay (a molar has five tooth surfaces) so we’re drinking industrial waste to maybe prevent one tooth from decay. Indeed, Mr. McNamara – can we justify the risk?
Fluoride Free Windsor will be presenting to the Town of Lasalle council at their next meeting, February 14th. Come out and show your support for SAFE WATER!!
Medical Geologist and Fluoride Toxicity Expert, Heather Gingerich will be giving a fluoride toxicity presentation in Windsor on February 6th at 11am at The Moon Family Fun Centre.
This presentation is for parents, grandparents and caregivers. Heather’s specialty is the toxicity of fluoride for children and infants.
Bring your children to the playground, pay only their admission to the centre – we’ll keep an eye on your children (2 certified teachers) while you head upstairs for the presentation. Learn about fluoride toxicity, learn about provincially funded dental programs and bring your questions.
To get an idea of the level of expertise Heather brings to this topic see this article Recognition and Management of Fluoride Toxicity that she co-authored with Canada’s leading fluoride toxicity expert, Dr. Hardy Limeback.
In pursuit of an alternate approach to exposing and overturning municipal water fluoridation practice, we may wish to consider and learn from the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” written by Hans Christian Andersen (circa 1837). In the end it all came down to a little child, whose innocent voice, focused by child-like candour and reason, brought forth the truth. That story goes as follows, with these Canadian fluoridation connotations inserted for humour as well as thought provocation. It is hoped you enjoy the read and receive the relevant and inspiring underlying message.
The Emperor’s New (Teflon) Clothes
Many, many years ago (now) lived an emperor (Health Canada), who thought so much of new clothes (fluoridation) that he spent all his money (taxpayer’s money) in order to obtain them; his only ambition was to be always well dressed (heralded as one of the 10 best… in the 20th century). He did not care for his soldiers (people), and the theatre (hard science) did not amuse him; the only thing, in fact, he thought anything of was to drive out and show a new suit of clothes (push fluoride whilst donning a protective Teflon suit, also made from fluoride). He had a coat (biased fluoride study of poor quality) for every hour of the day; and as one would say of a king “He is in his cabinet” (has title and office so must know what of he speaks), so one could say of him, “The emperor is in his dressing-room (sure must know his stuff about fluoride)”.
The great city (Health Canada Office) where he resided was very gay (politically worried); every day many strangers (for and against fluoridation) from all parts of the globe arrived. One day two swindlers (fluoride industry promoters) came to this city; they made people believe that they were weavers (good scientists), and declared they could manufacture (spin from myth and environmental waste) the finest cloth (inorganic fluoride) to be imagined. Their colours and patterns (hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride), they said, were not only exceptionally beautiful (safe and effective), but the clothes made of their material (water-based smokestack emission scrubbings from phosphate fertilizer production) possessed the wonderful quality of being invisible to any man who was unfit for his office or unpardonably stupid (so politically obtuse as to admit causal harm, having used this cheapest toxic fluoride this long).
“That must be wonderful cloth,” thought the emperor (Health Canada). “If I were to be dressed in a suit made of this cloth (Teflon cloth made from fluoride) I should be able to find out which men in my empire were unfit for their places (spoke the truth about fluoride), and I could distinguish the clever (anti- fluoridationists) from the stupid (pro-fluoridationists). I must have this cloth woven for me without delay (without science).” And he gave a large sum of money (more taxpayer’s money) to the swindlers (fluoride industry promoters), in advance (without toxicology research), that they should set to work without any loss of time (without bogging down in any substantive research). They set up two looms (naïve medical officers1 and naïve dentists2), and pretended to be very hard at work (many speaking junkets without science properly reviewed or even properly cited), but they did nothing whatever (no substantive science) on the looms. They asked for the finest silk and the most precious gold-cloth (even more taxpayer’s money); all they got they did away with (gave to offset the fluoride producing industry’s environmental disposal costs), and worked at the empty (non-science based) looms till late at night (until the educated science-citing anti-fluoride public became exhausted and anguished).
“I should very much like to know how they are getting on with the cloth (‘spinning’ things around),” thought the emperor (Health Canada). But he felt rather uneasy when he remembered that he who was not fit for his office could not see it (not ‘spin’ as good as the rest of them). Personally, he was of opinion (must believe) that he had nothing (no science) to fear, yet he thought it advisable to send somebody else first (the most arrogant and unknowing of the dental profession) to see how matters stood. Everybody (pro-fluoridationists) in the town knew what a remarkable quality the stuff (hydrofluorosilicic acid) possessed (although few could even spell or pronounce hydrofluorosilicic acid despite all the ‘scientific reviews’ and ‘panel discussions’ claimed) and all were anxious to see how bad or stupid (intelligent) their neighbours were (anti-fluoridationists who could spell and pronounce hydrofluorosilicic acid because they had thoroughly reviewed the science).
“I shall send my honest old minister (Public Health) to the weavers,” thought the emperor. “He can judge best how the stuff looks, for he is intelligent (bureaucratic and tows the political line), and nobody understands his office (the need for governmental spin without pointing to the science) better than he.”
The good old minister (Public Health) went into the room where the swindlers (fluoride industry promoters) sat before the empty looms (empty science). “Heaven preserve us!” he thought, and opened his eyes wide, “I cannot see anything at all (no fluoride ingestion safety research, no demonstrated benefit from ingesting fluoride),” but he did not say so (did not offend Health Canada and adhered to his ‘marching orders’). Both swindlers (fluoride industry promoters) requested him to come near, and asked him if he did not admire the exquisite pattern (safety) and the beautiful colours (efficacy), pointing to the empty (inorganic fluoride) looms. The poor old minister tried his very best (to save face and reputation), but he could see nothing (not surprising), for there was nothing (no good science) to be seen (hmmm?). “Oh dear,” he thought, “can I be so stupid (yep!)? I should never have thought so (taken this job), and nobody must know it (I must bury this huge liability)! Is it possible that I am not fit for my office (again… yep!)? No, no, I cannot say that I was unable to see the cloth (speak the truth now).”
“Now, have you got nothing to say?” said one of the swindlers (fluoride industry promoters), while he pretended to be busily weaving. “Oh, it is very pretty, exceedingly beautiful (spin–spin–spin),” replied the old minister (Public Health) looking through his glasses (rose-coloured, bureaucratic, political blinders). “What a beautiful pattern, what brilliant colours! I shall tell the emperor that I like the cloth very much (will continue to do Health Canada’s bidding).”
We are pleased to hear that,” said the two weavers (fluoride industry lackeys), and described to him the colours and explained the curious pattern (H. Trendley Dean’s ‘curious’ naturally occurring fluoride research). The old minister listened attentively, that he might relate to the emperor what they said; and so he did.
Now the swindlers (fluoride industry promoters) asked for more money, silk and gold-cloth (further taxpayer’s hard earnings), which they required for weaving (promotional engagements and disposing of this toxic waste). They kept everything (profits beyond promotion and/or disposal costs) for themselves, and not a thread came near the loom (funded fluoridation’s scientific research), but they continued, as hitherto, to work at the empty looms (in the absence of empirical, peer-reviewed, published, variable controlled, statistically significant, scientific evidence).
Soon afterwards the emperor (Health Canada) sent another honest courtier (willing but naïve dentist2) to the weavers to see how they were getting on, and if the cloth was nearly finished. Like the old minister (Public Health), he looked and looked but could see nothing, as there was nothing to be seen (no evidence supporting causal reduction of dental caries due to drinking fluoridated water).
“Is it not a beautiful piece of cloth?” asked the two swindlers (fluoride industry promoters), showing and explaining the magnificent pattern (questionable science), which, however, did not exist (remained questionable).
“I am not stupid (I am a credentialed important person),” said the man (naïve dentist2). “It is therefore my good appointment for which I am not fit (I don’t know anything about systemic ingestion of hydrofluorosilicic acid). It is very strange (why send me… I’m a dentist… I’m not trained in toxicology or tissues and organs beyond the mouth), but I must not let any one know it;” and he praised the cloth (drink-up everyone!), which he did not see (even understand), and expressed his joy at the beautiful colours and the fine pattern (promotion money that could be made if this stuff were proven safe and effective). “It is very excellent (keep fluoridating),” he said to the emperor (Health Canada).
Everybody in the whole town talked about the precious cloth (water fluoridation). At last the emperor wished to see it himself (try, at least, to find some supportive study abstracts – but not heavily review unsupportive science), while it was still on the loom (still possible to bury this issue once more). With a number of courtiers (more naïve dentists2), including those who had already been there, he went to the two clever swindlers (fluoride industry promoters), who now worked as hard as they could, but without using any thread (any gold-standard, empirical, peer-reviewed, published, variable controlled, statistically significant, scientific research).
“Is it not magnificent (look at all the claimed cavity reduction)?” said the two old statesmen who had been there before. “Your Majesty must admire the colours (safety) and the pattern (effectiveness).” And then they pointed to the empty looms (dental libraries devoid of any “Fluoride” journal), for they imagined the others could see the cloth (just trust us, we don’t actually need to prove ourselves… we’re credentialed for F’n4 sake).
“What is this?” thought the emperor (Health Canada), “I do not see anything at all (holy cow… they haven’t done any science either). That is terrible (we may be found out)! Am I stupid (yep!)? Am I unfit to be emperor (yep, yep!)? That would indeed be the most dreadful thing that could happen to me (I could lose my F’n4 job!).”
“Really,” he (Health Canada) said, turning to the weavers, “your cloth has our most gracious approval (I’ve got your six-o’clock if you’ve got mine);” and nodding contentedly he looked at the empty loom (no hard science whatsoever), for he did not like to say that he saw nothing (not even supporting evidence for ingestion). All his attendants, who were with him, looked and looked, and although they could not see anything more than the others, they said, like the emperor, “It is very beautiful (everybody here couldn’t really have goofed up so badly… could they?).” And all advised him to wear the new magnificent clothes (let’s go with it) at a great procession which was soon to take place (otherwise people could never sleep at night again, once they knew we goofed up so badly!). “It is magnificent, beautiful, excellent,” one heard them say (look everybody, this has to be why cavities are on the decline); everybody seemed to be delighted, and the emperor (Health Canada) appointed the two swindlers “Imperial Court weavers (the best of the ‘spin-doctors’).”
The whole night previous to the day on which the procession was to take place, the swindlers pretended to work (pretended to do meaningful ‘panel research’ and ‘scientific reviews’), and burned more than sixteen candles (spent even more of the people’s money). People should see that they were busy to finish the emperor’s new suit (doing an ‘earnest’ review). They pretended to take the cloth from the loom, and worked about in the air with big scissors (cutting away conflicting science), and sewed with needles without thread (without supportive science), and said at last: “The emperor’s new suit is ready now (now we’ll say we need fluoridated water more than ever to fight cavities… let’s rename cavities an ‘infectious disease’… not merely ‘dental decay’).”
The emperor (Health Canada) and all his barons (spin-team) then came to the hall (press conference); the swindlers held their arms up as if they held something (science-like) in their hands and said: “These are the trousers (dental health benefits)!” “This is the coat (refutations of health harm)!” and “Here is the cloak (cloak of ignorance whilst hiding behind titles and name dropping)!” and so on. “They are all as light as a cobweb (ephemeral), and one must feel as if one had nothing at all upon the body (no risk of health harm); but that is just the beauty of them.” “Indeed!” said all the courtiers (naïve dentist2); but they could not see anything, for there was nothing to be seen (these guys know… we don’t really need to check for ourselves… right?).
“Does it please your Majesty now to graciously undress,” said the swindlers (fluoride industry promoters), “that we may assist your Majesty in putting on the new suit before the large looking-glass (a renewed and more sophisticated scientific public opinion)?” The emperor undressed (what choice does Health Canada have now), and the swindlers pretended to put the new suit upon him, one piece after another; and the emperor looked at himself in the glass from every side (saying look… no horns3).
“How well they look! How well they fit!” said all. “What a beautiful pattern! What fine colours! That is a magnificent suit of clothes!”
The master of the ceremonies announced that the bearers of the canopy, which was to be carried in the procession, were ready (let’s sell this water fluoridation as an ‘elixir’ of cavity prevention).
“I am ready,” said the emperor. “Does not my suit fit me marvelously?” Then he turned once more to the looking-glass, that people should think he admired his garments (yeah… I can live with myself… the money’s good… not to mention my revered status).
The chamberlains (Municipalities, and Provincial Ministries of the Environment), who were to carry the train, stretched their hands to the ground as if they lifted up a train, and pretended to hold something in their hands; they did not like people to know that they could not see anything (Health Canada’s holding the bag on this one… right? It’s Ministries of the Environment? Anybody check out the law here?… WHAT?… MUNICIPALITIES GET LEFT HOLDING THE BAG!).
The emperor (Health Canada) marched in the procession under the beautiful canopy, and all who saw him in the street and out of the windows exclaimed: “Indeed, the emperor’s new suit is incomparable!
What a long train (list of fluoridation endorsements) he has! How well it fits him!” Nobody wished to let others know he saw nothing (no real benefit to water fluoridation), for then he would have been unfit for his office or too stupid (rebuked… or worse… never re-elected due to such an oversight!). Never emperor’s clothes were more admired (what a F’n4 predicament).
“But he (Health Canada) has nothing on at all,” said a little child at last. “Good heavens! Listen to the voice of an innocent child,” said the father, and one whispered to the other what the child had said. “But he has nothing on at all (no safety or efficacy research of any import),” cried at last the whole people. That made a deep impression upon the emperor (Health Canada), for it seemed to him that they were right; but he thought to himself, “Now I must bear up to the end.” And the chamberlains walked with still greater dignity (yet again lowering fluoride concentrations in municipal drinking water without ever addressing the real issues at hand), as if they carried the train which did not exist.
1 “Naïve medical officers” does not express or imply every medical officer nor all medical officers.
2 “Naïve dentist(s)” does not express or imply every dentist nor all dentists.
3 “No horns” is in reference to a comment made by Health Canada’s Chief Dental Officer of Health speaking in Dryden, Ontario on April 1st, 2008 whereby he stated; “When I walked down through the centre of Dryden, I didn’t see anyone growing horns, and you guys have been drinking fluoridated water for forty years. So please don’t feel it’s going to cause huge health problems to you because it isn’t.” On April 14th, 2008, 87% of Dryden’s voting public decided to turn off their water fluoridation.
4 “F’n” refers to fluoridation.
*** THE END ***
As one little girl who heard ‘the looms spinning’ more recently said:
“I don’t understand… if this stuff (hydrofluorosilicic acid) in our water doesn’t really fight cavities, and it only harms us, why are we putting it in our water?”
Young girl who stepped up to the podium during the Citizens for a Safe Environment open forum on water fluoridation, held in downtown Toronto on August 11th, 2008; in conjunction with the International Society for Fluoride Research Conference and the Fluoride Action Network Conference, all being covered by the media around the same time frame.
In the end it all came down to a little child, whose innocent voice, focused by child-like candour and reason, brought forth the truth.
Robert J. Fleming (Executive Director, WaterlooWatch) http://www.waterloowatch.com