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.
“Knowledge is Power”
The Ethics of Public Drinking Water Fluoridation
Ethical Considerations Regarding
Public Drinking Water Fluoridation.
The ethical argument is clear. The canons of medical ethics require that a drug or procedure, before administration, must have been approved by an appropriate body (usually, in North America, by Health Canada or the Federal Drug Administration in the USA) for its specific use and must be administered under supervision of a qualified professional (physician or dentist in this context).
The recipient must have been informed of the reason for the drug or procedure, the expected benefits and possible side effects and risks.
The recipient must have been informed by a qualified professional and must have been able to question said professional and must have given consent for taking the drug or procedure.
The recipient must have the choice of stopping the administration at will. The effects of the drug or procedure on the individual must be monitored by a qualified professional and such information must be available to the recipient.
The administration must be controlled with respect to dose or intensity and safety.
Clearly the artificial fluoridation of public water supplies does not meet any of these requirements.
Author: Dr. James Beck
* Chapter 1 of The Case Against Fluoride.
* The Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics
* The Canadian Dental Association Code of Ethics.
Newly released documentary featuring
several Canadian safe water advocates!
Topics covered include: the product, hydrofluorosilicic acid; the ethics of using a population to experiment on with untested chemicals; the suppression of science; and the politics surrounding the practice of artificially fluoridating the drinking water supply.
It takes only three teaspoons of 0.7 mg/l fluoridated tap water to meet the bureaucracies’ falsely labelled “Adequate Intake” of fluoride of 0.01 mg per day. Their equally falsely labelled “Adequate Intake” number used to be higher, I think it was 0.25 mg/day – but the NRC report coming after Dr. Hardy Limeback’s research, the admission from the Institute of Medicine that fluoride is NOT a nutrient and the CDC announcing that fluoride’s action is topical not systemic, had forced it way down.
The official WHO member resolution on infant feeding does not mention fluoridated water or fluoride supplements at all. It says infants should be breastfed as long as both mother and infant like, and weaning foods introduced by nine months of age should be fresh and nutrient-rich (does not say “fluoride-rich”). Despite Health Canada’s claim that it complies with WHO/UNICEF directives in recommending fluoridation, there is no evidence that these agencies formally recommend increased fluoride intake at all for infants.
Regarding pharmaceutical fluoride drops and pills: Health Canada now states that infants should not be supplemented. The Canadian Dental Association now says infants should not be supplemented. The Canadian Paediatric Society now says infants should not be supplemented. Their current recommendations are reversals of their previous positions of ordering fluoride be given to breastfed babies in escalating amounts from birth onward.
Obviously, their fraudulent “Adequate Intake” (AI) of 0.01 mg/day is sufficient. But sufficient for what? Teeth and bones? Then why fluoridate water if mother’s milk and ambient background levels in most tap water already provide this AI for teeth and bones?
Health Canada says fluoridated water is safe for making infant formula and does not overdose them. Really? Fluoride dose from water 100x higher than their sham AI is not overdose? Odd how they recommend as safe for infants an intake of supplementary, non-nutrient fluoride that is 100x higher than any AI for any essential nutrient, or even for water itself, and goes against their own recommendation that infants should not be supplemented with any fluoride at all.
Health Canada says everyone can drink fluoridated water and there is no credible evidence of any health effect at 0.7 mg/L. Well, that’s only true if babies are limited to three teaspoons of water a day. Health Canada’s appalling lack of basic arithmetic skills highlights the fact that: “According to Health Canada’s own recommendations, babies exceed the AI when they get more than a tablespoon of fluoridated tap water a day.”
Therefore this agency should not be relied upon by our municipal councils for credible advice on water fluoridation providing a safe intake for formula fed infants.
“If a public water supply is fluoridated, the following notice shall be posted in the water system’s consumer confidence report: ‘Your public water supply is fluoridated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis. Consult your child’s health care provider for more information.'”
Dental fluorosis is the visible sign of fluoride poisoning. “Like bones, a child’s teeth are alive and growing. Fluorosis is the result of fluoride rearranging the crystalline structure of a tooth’s enamel as it is still growing. It is evidence of fluoride’s potency and ability to cause physiologic changes within the body, and raises concerns about similar damage that may be occurring in the bones.” Environmental Working Group March 2006
City council is charged with the responsibility of ensuring our drinking water is safe for EVERYONE! Will they vote to cease artificial water fluoridation to protect our formula fed infants?
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!!