Thursday, June 21, 2012

HSE Expert Body on Fluoride and Health Not Fit for Purpose

In January 2012 medical researchers published new evidence in the journal of Nuclear Medicine Communications (1) demonstrating that fluoride is a major contributor factor to coronary heart disease, by far the single largest fatal illness prevalent in Ireland today. A disease that has seen a fourfold increase in primary care for cardiovascular conditions in recent years.

Research published in 2011 in a neurological peer reviewed journal (2) found that chronic exposure to and ingestion of the synthetic fluoride chemicals added to water supplies can cause serious brain and neurological damage.

Research published in 2007 by Professor Masters and Dr. Coplan in the peer reviewed journal Neurotoxicology (3) demonstrated that silicofluorides in drinking water increased the bioavailability of toxins such as lead increasing the prevalence of learning deficits, substance abuse and violent crime in fluoridated communities.

Research published in 2006 by Dr. Bassin Dr.
Wypij, Dr. Davis and Dr. Mittleman in the peer reviewed cancer research journal Cancer Causes and Control (4) found that exposure to fluoride in water increased the risk of young boys developing osteosarcoma , a frequently fatal bone cancer disease.

The lack of appropriate risk assessment and due diligence undertaken by the regulatory agencies in Ireland to adding untested silicofluorides to public water mirrors the recent HSE scandal regarding state care of children, which found that the Health Service Executive attempted to cover-up findings, oversaw a culture of official denial and abdicated its duty to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

The recently published report by Dr. Geoffrey Shannon also highlighted the systemic failure of numerous state agencies documenting a litany of human error, poor practice, a refusal of professionals to be accountable and the avoidance of responsibility.

The same reported failures have been demonstrated regarding water fluoridation and safety standards for the protection of children and sensitive subgroups within the population.

For example babies in Ireland fed formula milk made up from fluoridated tap water are exposed to fluoride at levels up to 20,000 percent more than breast fed infants. The United States Institute of Medicine has set an upper daily fluoride dietary intake level for babies of 0.01ppm, the Canadian Paediatrics society has recommend a level of zero.

In Ireland all bottle fed babies are exposed to fluoride levels 8000 per cent higher than the above recommended levels.

The European Food Safety authority have found that when babies are exposed to fluoride that 90% of the fluoride is retained in their developing bones. The Journal of Dental Medicine (5) reported how it delays the eruption of primary teeth in infants may cause hypothyroidism as well as neurological, gastrointestinal and other negative reactions for the exposed individual. Medical research indicates that fluoride exposure may also be a contributory factor in sudden death syndrome.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the American Dental Association (ADA), Canadian Dental Association (CDA), United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), United States Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and the Canadian Paediatrics Society (CPS) as well as many other medical and non-medical organisations, who have advised parents that fluoridated water should not be mixed with concentrated formula or foods intended for babies.

In comparison with the rest of Europe no baby, child, infant or adult are exposed to dangerous chemically synthesized silicofluorides compounds in drinking water. The Health and Environment Departments in every European country believe that the systemic mass fluoridation of a population through fluoridating public water is medically unsound and ethically unlawful.

Despite this the ‘Irish Expert Body on fluoride and health’ falsely maintain that adding unnatural silicofluoride chemicals to drinking water is safe and effective for all ages and every member of the population.

It should be known that there are no medical doctors, immunologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, epidemiologists, gastroenterologists, oncologists, haematologists, nephrologists, neurologists, pathologists, paediatricians, pharmacologists, radiologists, rheumatologists, toxicologists, urologists or biologists, ecologists, environmental scientists, soil scientists, inland fisheries experts, eco-toxicologists or veterinary specialists represented on the body as such it is clearly not fit for purpose and should be disbanded immediately.

1. Li Y, Berenji GR, Shaba WF, Tafti B, Yevdayev E, Dadparvar S. Association of vascular fluoride uptake with vascular calcification and coronary artery disease. Nucl Med Commun. 2012 Jan;33(1):14-20.

2. Valdez-Jiménez L, Soria Fregozo C, Miranda Beltrán ML, Gutiérrez Coronado O, Pérez Vega MI. Neurologia 2011 Jun;26(5):297-300. Epub 2011 Jan 20.Effects of the fluoride on the central nervous system,

Bassin EB, Wypij D, Davis RB, Mittleman MA. (2006). Age-specific Fluoride Exposure in Drinking Water and Osteosarcoma (United States). Cancer Causes and Control 17: 421-8.

4. Myron J. Coplan, Roger D. Masters, Steven C. Patch, Marcia S. Bachman. Confirmation of And Explanations for Elevated Blood Lead And Other Disorders in Children Exposed to Water Disinfection and Fluoridation Chemicals, Neurotoxicology, 2007

5. Feltman R. Kosel G. Prenatal and Postnatal Ingestion of Fluorides-Fourteen years of Investigation Final Report. Journal of Dental Medicine, 1961.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Water Fluoridation and its impact on inland fisheries

According to Dr. Paul Engelking, Chemistry Professor at the University of Oregon, studies undertaken at their University have found that small amounts of fluoride at 0.1 - 0.2ppm can negatively impact on salmon populations. In Ireland fluoride is discharged from waste water treatment plants into over one hundred salmon rivers at levels far in excess of these concentrations. 

Therefore it is entirely plausible that discharges of waste water effluents into surface water rivers and tributaries at concentrations > 0.5ppm would represent a significant hazard for salmon populations and may be a contributory factor to the decline of these protected species in Ireland.

Furthermore the cumulative fluoride concentration from multiple point sources within a single river catchment would represent further hazards especially in dry periods with low flow. The impact of this on salmon spawning grounds has never been determined and unfortunately may now be too late given the four decades since water fluoridation commenced.

It is important to note that National Marine Fisheries Service ecotoxicologist, Dr. John Stein who heads the environmental conservation division at the NMFS's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Canada has stated that the hazards for inland fisheries would be much greater in soft water, as low calcium water increases the amount of fluoride absorbed by the fish that swim in it. According to Dr. Stein "Fluoride is pretty toxic, and the softer the water, the more toxic it is".

Soft water rivers represent all of the major salmon rivers in Ireland. The Rivers Bandon, Ilen, Blackwater and Lee for example are all very soft rivers with very low calcium levels.

Fluoride's threat to salmon is taken so seriously in Canada that British Columbia set a special soft-water standard of 0.2 parts per million. In comparison the surface water guideline level for fluoride established under the Water Framework Directive established by the EPA are 0.5ppm. There is provision within current legislation for the EPA to set lower limits for fluoride, similar to British Colombia to protect inland fisheries. It is clear that at the point of discharge this current limit will be exceeded in receiving waters and and most likely will therefore impact negatively on salmon populations. 

Despite over forty years of fluoride discharges into the environment in Ireland no environmental study has ever been undertake by the State to examine the impact of such emissions on sensitive ecosystems or inland fisheries. What is known however is that almost parallel to introduction of water fluoridation populations of salmon decreased dramatically and have never recovered. The degree to which water fluoridation may have contributed to this is entirely unknown as no study was ever undertaken to predict what the impact of fluoride emission may be on inland fisheries or establish a baseline on which to examine future impacts.

It is alarming to note therefore the ‘Expert Body’ established to examine fluoride has no representatives from inland fisheries, no ecologists, environmental scientists, botanists, biologists, ecotoxicologists, wildlife or fisheries specialists to investigate the environmental impacts of such a policy similarly for that matter it has no medical specialists to examine the impact of silicofluoride compounds on human health.