Erin Brockovich Says No to Fluoride in Drinking Water

Don't you just love the movie Erin Brockovich? I know I do especially as it's based on the real life story of an incredible woman who inspired the world about the power of how one individual can change the world. Now this great lady is speaking out about water fluoridation in the US. I love her even more!

People are no longer prepared to believe that water fluoridation is safe at the 'optimum' level. Why? Because there is no way of tracking the optimum level when people drink varying amounts of water and foods prepared using fluoridated tap water also contain fluoride. 

Erin Brockovich is an international clean water advocate who supports the end to water fluoridation. 

Erin Brockovich is an international clean water advocate who supports the end to water fluoridation. 

South County Dublin Votes No to Fluoride

Are we another step closer to ending water fluoridation? Councillors from South Dublin County Council passed a motion this month calling on the government to end water fluoridation. Many thanks to Councillor Danny O' Brien (SF) who put forward the motion and who explained to Councillors that not only do we we have enough fluoride in toothpaste today but that the so called optimal dose (difficult to define given that we all drink varying amounts of water) is too close to the level that causes harm. Fantastic to see how councils throughout the country are representing the wishes of their constituents. Grassroots power is the way to create positive change.

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Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Leitrim, Cavan and Wexford Vote No to Fluoride

On January 26th councilors in Galway passed a motion calling for members to register their opposition to fluoridation “based on documented research that shows a decrease dental caries in all western countries irrespective of whether the water is fluoridated or not, as well as research which shows the effect of fluoride to be topical not systemic (ie works at the location not through the body)”. The motion also called on the Government to organise a national referendum on water fluoridation in the next 18 months, which will “educate the public thoroughly on both sides of the debate and allow their voice to be heard”.
Galway is the sixth most populous city in the country with over 75,000 residents. The vote comes only several months after Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country passed similar motions.
A similar vote by the Cavan County Council (which represents 72,000 residents), comes only two weeks after both the Leitrim and the Wexford County Councils—representing approximately 180,000 residents--passed motions calling for a ban of fluoridation. 
According to one Cavan councillor, Cllr McDonald, “This over exposure to fluoride has serious side effects, including dental fluorosis, a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development. The evidence against fluoridation is overwhelming. It is time to stop this mass medication.”

Poll by The Journal receives overwhelming support to end fluoridation

This weeks poll, conducted by The Journal in response to Galway calling for an end to the current policy of public water fluoridation and for the Government to organise a referendum on the matter within the next 18 months, received unanimous support last Monday from all Councillors of Galway County Council against the backdrop of Letrim and Wexford taking similar positions in recent weeks. Great momentum is building in the movement for a fluoride free Ireland. 

Cavan County Council Vote to End Fluoridation

Cavan County Council also passed a motion calling on the Government to immediately scrap The Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960 a few weeks ago becoming the 4th Council in January to pass a motion and the 9th Council in the last 12 months.

Monday, 26th January, 2015 8:26pm

Story by Seamus Enright @ AngloCelt

Council wants to end fluoride in tap water

A proposal has been passed by the members of Cavan County Council to ask the executive to write to Irish Water seeking an end to the practice of adding fluoride to public water supplies.

Passed at a meeting of councillors earlier this month, the meeting was told the decision is dictated, at the present time at least, by the Department of Health under the Fluoridation of Water Supplies Regulations 2007 and European Communities (Drinking Water) (No.2) Regulations, 2007.

The fluoridation of our water started in 1964 after the introduction of the Fluoridation of Water Supplies Act 1960, and Ireland is only one of four EU states that support fluoridation of water. Switzerland was the last European country to end fluoridation in 2000.

Sinn Féin’s Paddy McDonald raised the issue at the Cavan meeting, stating there has been widespread opposition to fluoridation since Gladys Ryan took her case to the High Court in 1964 on the basis that citizens had no choice but to drink medicated water.

“This over exposure to fluoride has serious side effects,” Cllr McDonald claimed, including dental fluorosis, a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development.

“The evidence against fluoridation is overwhelming. It is time to stop this mass medication,” he said, calling on fellow members to back his motion, as their parties had done against successive governments.

Fine Gael’s Madeleine Argue backed her chamber colleague, seconding the motion to ban the addition of fluoride to local water supplies.

"She claimed the chemical is dangerous at high doses and that people get enough fluoride from modern toothpastes."

However, Director of Services for Environmental Section with Cavan County Council, John Brannigan, reminded the meeting issues concerning water services are now under the remit of Irish Water. But, as an agent of the semi-state company, the local authority will continue to follow HSE and regulatory advice and requirements, in relation to the appropriate treatment for public drinking water supplies.

http://www.anglocelt.ie/…/4035304-council-wants-to-end-flu…/

Galway Council pass motion to end water fluoridation 26th January 2015

Galway Councillors at (Monday 26th January) meeting just passed a motion of opposition to compulsory water fluoridation in Ireland.

The motion, tabled by Cllr Jim Cuddy (NP) and seconded by Cllr Sean Canney (NP),
“That this Council records its opposition to the current policy of water fluoridation in Ireland, based on documented research that shows a decrease dental caries in all western countries irrespective of whether the water is fluoridated or not, as well as research which shows the effect of fluoride to be topical not systemic (ie works at the location not through the body); calls on the Government to organise a national referendum on water fluoridation in the next 18 months, (possibly in tandem with another referendum), which will educate the public thoroughly on both sides of the debate and allow their voice to be heard on this important public health issue; and that a letter recording this resolution shall be forwarded directly to the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment and CC'd to all cabinet Ministers, requesting the matter to be discussed at cabinet level.”
The motion received unanimous support amongst Councillors of all political affiliation across the chamber floor including Mr Jim Cullen, The Director of Services for Water and the Environment who was present at the meeting.
Cllr Jim Cuddy when contacted for comment said, "He welcomed the motion receiving unanimous support and that he was glad to see Galway calling for an end to the practice of compulsory water fluoridation in conjunction with and supporting 7 other major Council’s who’ve taken similar positions over the past year including Wexford and Leitrim who followed suit just two weeks ago and that he hoped the Department of Health would heed Galway’s resolution today.”
Councils for some 2 million people have now publicly called on the Government to scrap the current policy of mandatory public water fluoridation in Ireland over the past year who’ve publicly taken positions of opposition to involuntary medication through an outdated and dangerous statewide public health policy which continues to inflict irreversible cosmetic and structural malformation damage to the teeth (fluorosis) of close to 40% of the population, threatens the country’s very valuable food and beverage sector of the economy in addition to blatantly contravening legal conditions that were imposed when the policy was given the go ahead in 1964 which otherwise renders the policy as unconstitutional and illegal. Not one other European Country maintain a similar mandatory public water fluoridation policy in 2015 due to health, environmental, legal or ethical concerns as a result of ongoing scientific and medical objection.
Great to see Galway supporting the National Effort today.
Onwards and upwards!!!

2015 could be the biggest year yet in the worldwide campaign to end fluoridation

2015 could be the biggest year yet in the worldwide campaign to end fluoridation. While we may not be able to end the practice entirely this year, it is possible to build up support to make this happen. 
In 2012, the Australian state of Queensland ended their fluoridation mandate. In 2014, Israel’s Minister of Health ended their national mandate, leaving Ireland as the only remaining country with a national fluoridation policy. Now the dominoes are falling in Ireland with the second major community calling for an end to fluoridation in 2015 and the 7th in the past year. 
On January 12, the elected County Council in Leitrim, Ireland (population 39,000) passed a motion calling on the Government to amend the Health (Fluoridation of Water) Act 1960 and subsequent Statutory Instrument (42/2007 Fluoridation of Water Supplies Regulations 2007), and to ban the addition of fluoride to water supplies.” The motion received unanimous support from the council. 
When contacted for further comment Leitrim Councilor Barry (SF) said:
“That the policy of adding fluoride to water needed to stop...This is a neuro toxic industrial waste which can cause damage to the nervous system. Fluoridation is banned in 98% of European countries. The Irish government continues to impose fluoride on the Irish people and on top of that it is now forcing us to pay for it through water charges. The European Commission is on record as saying people do not need fluoride for normal growth and development. Fluoridation of water needs to stop immediately.”
On the same day, January 12th, the Wexford County Council—representing approximately 150,000 residents--passed the same motion. The votes come only a few months after Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country passed motions along with Cork County Council and Laois County Council doing so earlier in 2014. Together these councils represent approximately 1.7 million residents.
While local and county councils don’t have the authority to end fluoridation in Ireland the continued passage of the motions against fluoridation cannot be ignored for much longer. The Irish Government is coming under mounting national cross-party political pressure to end public water fluoridation in the run up to the impending General Election planned for 2016.

Fluoridations 70th Anniversary - Not something to celebrate

January 25, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of fluoridation – forcing Americans to ingest fluoride chemicals via the public water supplies without their informed consent. Fluoridation promoters repeatedly claim that the practice is “safe” and “effective” but science does not support either claim, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Executive Director says, “Politics not science keeps fluoridation alive.  Fluoridation proponents, including the CDC, hire PR agencies to sell us fluoridation using half-truths, talking points and diversions. Dentists at the CDC claim that fluoridation is ‘one of the top public health achievements of the twentieth century,’ in reality it is one of greatest public health betrayals of the twentieth century.”

Today, WHO data indicates no difference in tooth decay in 12-year-olds between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries. Despite 7 decades of fluoridation reaching a record number of Americans, official reports indicate that a tooth decay crisis exists in the U.S. Meanwhile, dental fluorosis – the outward sign of fluoride overdose is impacting over 40% of American teens. As a result,  the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that water fluoride levels be reduced. But its recommendation is far too little and it comes too late.

Current science proves that ingested fluoride doesn’t reduce tooth decay (if it works at all it works topically i.e. on the outside of the tooth) but does expose the entire population to fluoride’s adverse health effects which can range from mottled teeth andstomach pains to thyroid disorders and brain deficits.

According to Connett, “It is reckless to expose bottle-fed infants to levels of fluoride over 100 times the level in mothers’ milk. Nature protects the baby from fluoride and fluoridation is removing that protection for bottle-fed babies.”

Dentists at the ADA and the CDC assure citizens that fluoridation is “safe” but they have no professional qualifications to make pronouncements on any tissue other than the teeth.

FAN’s study tracker contains published studies from major peer-reviewed journals showing fluoride’s harm and not just at high levels.

For example: Forty-two studies show fluoride reduces IQ; 17 at levels the US EPA claims are safe.

According to Connett, “The last children in the US that need a drop in IQ are children from low-income families and they are precisely the children being targeted in fluoridation programs.”

Hundreds of communities have abandoned or rejected fluoridation. Last year the Israel Health Minister banned fluoridation country-wide because of health concerns.

PR people teach dentists and other fluoridation promoters to avoid dialogue based on “Harms and Risks.”

“That’s because no science convincingly supports the safety of fluoridation,” says Connett.  “That’s why they won’t debate this issue with us in public and why after over 4 years they have failed to produce a scientific response to our book, The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2010).

Instead of handling the science in a professional manner both the ADA and the CDC are pouring money into PR to keep this outdated and dangerous practice going.  This includes over 30 million dollars of taxpayer money that the CDC is using over the next 5 years to help fluoridate more communities in several target states and the ADA is lobbying for more. The ADA also is using half a million dollars of its own money on a social media campaign

Fluoridation is a waste of money on many fronts. CDC’s PR claim that, for each $1 invested in fluoridation $38 is saved in dental costs, has been shown to be false by independent scientists.

Incredibly, after 70 years it is still not clear which Federal Agency has jurisdiction for the safety of this program.

However, according to Connett, “Fluoridation would end tomorrow if the FDA and the EPA were to do their jobs honestly.  Shockingly, the FDA has never regulated fluoride for ingestion and the EPA is dragging its feet determining a safe level of fluoride in water (considering it as a contaminant under the Safe Drinking Water Act). Sadly, many communities are being tricked into thinking that there are federal agencies that take responsibility for the safety of this program, but not one does so.”

Connett concluded that, “Continuing this practice in the absence of sound science – and investing millions of dollars in PR to cover up that fact – will further erode the public’s trust in public health programs.  Right now the only thing being protected is the reputation of those who refuse to accept that this program has been a massive failure both ethically and scientifically.”

We love pure healthy water for all the community

We love pure healthy water for all the community

Our Friends In Dallas Need Help To End Fluoridation

Dallas needs your help! The Mayor and City Council will be meeting in less then two weeks, on Wednesday, January 28th to vote on whether or not to purchase fluoridation chemicals for 2015. The pivotal vote could end artificial water fluoridation for over 1.2-million people in the Dallas metro area (including many suburbs like Irving, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill), and would make Dallas the largest city in the U.S. without fluoridation. Ultimately, the vote could have a significant impact on fluoride-free campaigns throughout North America and possibly the world.

Two things working in our favour are:

  • Several council members have already voiced their opposition to fluoridation.

  • The untreated groundwater in Dallas already has a natural fluoride level of 0.5ppm.

But we still need a few more councilors on our side to be successful. The council was originally planning to vote on fluoridation during their December 10th meeting but chose to postpone the decision until January 28th to give them time to gather more information. 

For the past year, Dallas councilors have heard from a creative and well-organized group of local campaigners led by Regina Imburgia, and from a handful of local professionals about the need to end fluoridation and the risks associated with continuing the practice. They have also heard from FAN’s Director, Paul Connett, PhD, who testified in June, and from Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH, who joined Dr. Connett at a town hall event in October. 

BUT THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL. While several council members have been won over, local campaigners have been told that they need more votes to win. This is why they need our help. 

You can read the request for help directly from Fluoride Action North Texas in this press releaseWe have also set up five steps you can take right now to help the residents of Dallas end fluoridation:  

How you can help end fluoridation in Dallas: 

1. Please submit written testimony

Send your email via the city secretary and ask that she share with the council members: 

Rosa A. Rios

Email:  [email protected] 

It’s important that we repeatedly ask councilors, "Do you really want children in Dallas to be drinking water containing a neurotoxic chemical?”  If you need talking points please visit the following links:

-Video of Paul Connett’s Dallas Testimony

-Video of Dallas Town Hall Event

-FAN’s 10 Facts Handout

2. Sign the Dallas Petition

3. Please help them get their great PSA on the air in Dallas.  Ivan Esteves, a passionate filmmaker, organized the production of the PSA (Public Service Announcement) with Ed Begley Jr. to air on TV and internet in the biggest cities in America. Visit their Indiegogo Campaign called “Help Get the F Out!” to learn how you can support the PSA effort.

4. Contact Fluoride Action North Texas to get involved further 

          Email:[email protected]

Phone: (214) 597 5038 

Website           Facebook Page 

Thank you for taking the time to support this important campaign. Please share this message with others in your network who oppose fluoridation. Together we can end this practice once and for all. 

Best Selling Author Bernadette Bohan Recommends Fluoride Free Water

Best selling author and cancer survivor Bernadette Bohan writes about the risk to our health from consuming fluoridated tap water in her recent book Eat Yourself Well. A must read for anyone taking steps to improve their health and kick start the New Year with health boosting recipes and inspiration. 
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Aisling meets Bernadette Bohan at the Rude Health Event in the RDS Dublin

Aisling meets Bernadette Bohan at the Rude Health Event in the RDS Dublin