Back in 2010 we reported that the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) – a European Commission (EC) elected committee – recognized the hazards of water fluoridation and had brought the matter to the EC’s attention…
That was then… and as we all by now know: Medical authorities chop and change their minds at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, despite the SCHER’s report back then, not much has changed in terms of removing this poison from our drinking water… or even to reduce its upper safety limit.
Washing their hands…
In 2007, two key petitions were submitted to the EC concerning the addition of fluoride to the drinking water in Ireland and in the UK. In August 2012, the EC finally responded, saying: “Neither the [World Health Organization] WHO nor the [Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risk] SCHER concluded that an amendment of the limit value for fluoride in the Drinking Water Directive (1.5 mg/l), was necessary because of new scientific evidence. Both recognise, however, that there are specific aspects like the protection of vulnerable groups, such as children, that may be exposed to higher levels of fluorides if no appropriate risk management is in place”.
I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that it took the EC 5 years to respond to the petitions, or that they simply ignored all the scientific evidence against the use of fluoride in drinking water. While I’m at it, let me also say that ‘appropriate risk management’ would be to remove this harmful toxin from our drinking water altogether. Here’s just a couple of reasons why:
- The fluoride added to our water supply is hydrofluorosilic acid or sometimes silicofluoride ?? waste products of the fertiliser and glass industries.
- Hydrofluorosilic acid is listed as a Part II poison under the Poisons Act 1972. As such its use as a commercially ingestible product in water violates UK and EU pharmaceutical legislation governing the regulation of medicinal substances, as well as the Poisons Act.
In fact, Professor Kaj Roholm, former Chief of the Toxicology Committee for the National Research Council, classified hydrofluorosilic acid and hexafluorosilic acid as “extremely toxic.” One chemical company selling fluoride to water suppliers describes it as “a colourless to straw yellow, transparent, fuming, corrosive liquid with a pungent odour and irritating action on the skin.”
Yikes! Suffice to say, the European Union’s (EU) upper safety limit of 1.5 mg/l for fluoride in drinking water – which takes into account both natural and artificial sources – is much too high!
I mean come on. For how much longer do we want to expose children and vulnerable groups to this toxin? If government and national authorities keep ignoring our concerns (and take half a decade to respond to our petitions), how can there be any confidence in their ability to protect us?
Call to Action – for the Irish and UK residents only
The Alliance for Natural Health has started a national campaign to stop the use of fluoride in our drinking water.
Here’s what you need to do:
Write to your national representative and your Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and let them know your concerns. Include a copy of the ANH-Intl position paper, or extract information from it for your personalised letter.
The main points to get across are:
- * Drinking water fluoridation exposes the most vulnerable members of society – infants and children – to known public health risks, the most sensitive of which is dental fluorosis.
- * The margin between the dose that aims to reduce risk and that which causes harm is extremely narrow, and in some cases non-existent.
- * The dosing of fluoride in drinking water fluoridation programmes (which generally aim to deliver around 1 mg of fluoride per litre of drinking water to the consumer) is based largely on studies carried out in the 1940s, when fluoride from other sources was absent.
- * We are now exposed to many other sources of fluoride, in foods, drinks, toothpastes, mouthwashes and other oral hygiene products that, when combined with fluoride in drinking water, may contribute to excessive exposures to fluoride, especially among susceptible groups.
- * The public have not consented to the mass medication with fluoride
- * Alternatives exist, notably good tooth brushing and oral hygiene methods, including reducing the consumption of sugary and starchy foods.
- * Mass medication with fluoride violates human rights.
- * There appears to be no adequate legal basis for the inclusion of fluoride as a medicinal or biocidal product in the public water supply.
- * Given the current status of knowledge on the public health risks caused by total exposures to fluoride, Member State governments (in this case Ireland and the UK), as well as the European Commission, are negligent in their duties to protect public health by allowing the continued fluoridation of public drinking water.
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