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Fears over fluoride plans
05-29-2011, 01:22 PM,
Fears over fluoride plans
Quote:Ministers have triggered a major health row by unveiling plans to allow fluoride to be added to all drinking water in England and Wales.

Water companies will be forced to add fluoride if local health authorities order it, despite controversy over the long-term effects on health, the Government confirmed.

The authorities will have to demonstrate that the local population broadly supports such a move, which is designed to reduce dental decay.

But campaigners said they feared fluoridation would be given the green light in many parts of the country after minimal public consultation.

The policy will infuriate environmentalists and consumer groups.

Some believe fluoridation has links to cancer, Down's syndrome, infant mortality and bone damage.

Up to half of those drinking fluoridated water also suffer 'dental fluorosis' - a mottling of the teeth thought to be caused by its effects.

However, studies have shown conclusively that fluoride - similar to an ingredient in many toothpastes - cuts the amount of tooth decay in children by strengthening the enamel in growing teeth.

About one in ten people in Britain drink fluoridated water, with some water companies adding it and others refusing to.

Amendments to the Water Bill will shift responsibility for deciding to treat water away from the companies to regional strategic health authorities.

Campaigners said they would be much more likely to agree to add fluoride.

Public health minister Melanie Johnson told MPs that schemes would go ahead only after wide-ranging consultations 'and the majority of the population have indicated that they are in favour'.

She said large chunks of the country - 'roughly from Hartlepool down to Essex' - had naturally-occurring fluoride in the water.

Another five million people in areas such as Birmingham had fluoridated supplies.

The NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination found no evidence of a negative effect on health with fluoridation.

But Jane Jones, campaign director of the National Pure Water Association, said: ' Fluoridation is indiscriminate mass medication.

' People have an absolute right to determine for themselves what they will and will not put into their bodies. This right is denied when medicine is added to the public drinking water supply.'

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05-29-2011, 03:06 PM,
RE: Fears over fluoride plans
Quote:However, studies have shown conclusively that fluoride - similar to an ingredient in many toothpastes - cuts the amount of tooth decay in children by strengthening the enamel in growing teeth.

Not true. What studies? I notice the corpedia didn't document the article, what a shock!
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05-29-2011, 09:05 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-29-2011, 09:12 PM by IanPotter.)
RE: Fears over fluoride plans
The article you quote is from early 2005; but it's pertinent because of this:

That being the state of play, as of Feb 2011, it's important to clarify a few things:

Most water companies DO NOT want to add crap unnecessarily because there's no benefit to them, which is why the last Labour government changed the law to allow SHA's to demand it of them instead.

One common method of resistance to this kind of tyranny has been to buy bottled water and either deduct the cost from the water bill or stop paying altogether, but this is foolish and self-defeating and puts you outside the law.

As I said, the water co's would rather not do it: it's the SHA's that are responsible; therefore any action you might take is best directed towards them.

So, identify YOUR local Strategic Health Authority here:

And keep a VERY close eye on the bastards.

You can resist, while you STILL HAVE something to lose - or you can wait until later, like these guys did:

Sorry I did that to you folks, but adding a substance known to be highly toxic to your drinking water isn't really all that different when you get right down to it.
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06-01-2011, 07:04 AM,
RE: Fears over fluoride plans
As far as I know, it was still a study and haven't proven yet.
06-01-2011, 07:34 AM,
RE: Fears over fluoride plans
(06-01-2011, 07:04 AM)evelynB Wrote: As far as I know, it was still a study and haven't proven yet.

Are you saying the study is flawed? If it isn't it is proof in itself.

Anyway, are you an advocate of water fluoridation?

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