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Government gives councils power to decide on fluoride in water supply

Daniel Strudwick

Friday, November 30, 2012

© The Cairns Post

 

FAR Northern councils will not be forced to swallow the mandatory fluoride forced on them by the former State Government, with new laws restoring power to local communities to decide what goes into their drinking water.

The changes, passed last night, are a victory for Tableland residents that have protested against fluoride being added to their water supply since it became compulsory in 2008. It also means other councils that are fluoridating their water, such as Cairns and Cassowary Coast, now have the option to get rid of the chemical.

The move to allow councils to remove fluoride from water supplies has been blasted by the medical profession.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told parliament that fluoride was important for oral health, but the divisiveness of the issue meant local councils should have the ultimate say on introducing it.

"This is a huge win, not only for the Tablelands, but for communities all around Queensland,'' Barron River MP Michael Trout said after campaigning for the changes.

"We're absolutely delighted that choice has entered the equation.''

Tablelands Mayor Rosa Lee Long said the amendments to the Water Fluoridation Act were "democracy at work''.

Cr Lee Long said it also would mean huge savings for her council, which will not be introducing fluoride.

"People were campaigning vehemently in opposition to having fluoride forced into their water supply at Kuranda and Malanda, and we as a council were not looking forward to the expense and effort,'' Cr Lee Long said.

"It's win win.'' 

She said the council had a strong indication from the majority of  Tablelands townships that fluoride was not wanted.

But Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt said he was wary of any laws that relaxed the requirement for fluoride in local water supplies.

He told Parliament the original laws were introduced when Queensland's dental health languished among the nation's worst, except in Townsville where fluoride was already in the water and oral health was 65 per cent better than in other parts of the state.

"It's a safe solution to help the dental health of all Queenslanders,'' he said.

The new laws are likely to re-open old ructions in communities that have already been forced to accept fluoride in their water supply.

Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon said fluoridation was about to be activated at Innisfail, but that could be re-assessed.

"There's certainly a lot of contention about it  the community is divided,'' he said.

"If we're given the right to decide ourselves, then I suspect we may choose to exercise that right, but at the moment we're proceeding to have it turned the system on very shortly.''

Cairns Regional Council has introduced fluoride to all its water supplies except one.

Mayor Bob Manning could not be reached for comment yesterday.

 

Quick facts about fluoride

1) Swallowing fluoride provides little or no benefit to the teeth. Even promoters of fluoridation agree that fluoride works topically (on the outer surface of the teeth), and not via some internal biological mechanism.                                                              

2) Once fluoride is added to the water, there is no way to control who gets it orhow much is ingested. Even if you are on tank water any beverage or meal prepared with fluoridated water in the village will expose you to fluoride. Children at State Schools will drink fluoride in the water.                

3) There is mounting evidence that swallowing fluoride causes harm. Fluoride has been found to damage soft tissues (brain, kidneys, and endocrine system), as well as teeth (dental fluorosis) and bones (skeletal fluorosis). There are now 24 studies that show a relationship between fairly modest exposure to fluoride and reduced IQ in children. Two of these studies suggest that the threshold for damage may be reached at fluoride levels similar to those used in water fluoridation.  

4) The chemicals used to fluoridate water supplies are largely hazardous by-products of the fertilizer industry and aluminium smelters.                          
 
5) Fluoridated water is no longer recommended for babies. In November of 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) advised that parents should avoidgiving babies fluoridated water. Other dental researchers have made similar recommendations over the past decade.                                              

6) 50% of ingested fluoride is retained in the body of healthy adults, 80% in healthy children and people with kidney problems.                                          
7) The National Kidney Foundation (US) has dropped its support for water fluoridation after citing reports by the National Research Council 2006 (US) that fluoride damages bone and teeth.


Why We are Opposed to Water Fluoridation 
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Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Fluoride Effects on IQ
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Fluoride & Teeth
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Fluoride & Health
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Water Fluoridation Status
Find out the latest water fluoridation figures, policies, and issues plaguing the safety of citizens worldwide.
Fluoride History/Politics
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The Chemicals Used to Fluoridate Water
Beware of these potentially dangerous chemicals lurking in your fluoridated water supply.
Increasing Exposure to Fluoride from Food & Non Food Sources
Unfortunately, it isn't only your drinking water that you should worry about. Here are studies and news articles that unveil the food and non-food sources of our fluoride exposures.
Media Coverage
The burning fluoride issues of our time in news and features, videos, general reviews, commentaries, and the latest government and academic studies, along with news coverage of FAN in action.
Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Links 
Sources to visit for more information
Why We are Opposed to Water Fluoridation 
10 facts about fluoride and 50 reasons why FAN stands firm in this issue… Here are reasons why fluoridating our water supply doesn't add up!
Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Fluoride Effects on IQ
Discover how high fluoridation adversely affects your IQ.
Fluoride & Teeth
Does water fluoridation really benefit your dental health? Check out these resources and discover the alarming truth behind this misconception.
Fluoride & Health
Be forewarned against these and water fluoridation accidents/poisonings that are a real threat to you and your family.
Water Fluoridation Status
Find out the latest water fluoridation figures, policies, and issues plaguing the safety of citizens worldwide.
Fluoride History/Politics
Take a peek into the politically charged issue of water fluoridation, how massive debates on its safety and efficacy have sparked, and how the industry and government health authorities continue to protect this toxic yet profitable compound.
The Chemicals Used to Fluoridate Water
Beware of these potentially dangerous chemicals lurking in your fluoridated water supply.
Increasing Exposure to Fluoride from Food & Non Food Sources
Unfortunately, it isn't only your drinking water that you should worry about. Here are studies and news articles that unveil the food and non-food sources of our fluoride exposures.
Media Coverage
The burning fluoride issues of our time in news and features, videos, general reviews, commentaries, and the latest government and academic studies, along with news coverage of FAN in action.
Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Links 
Sources to visit for more information
Why We are Opposed to Water Fluoridation 
10 facts about fluoride and 50 reasons why FAN stands firm in this issue… Here are reasons why fluoridating our water supply doesn't add up!
Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Fluoride Effects on IQ
Discover how high fluoridation adversely affects your IQ.
Fluoride & Teeth
Does water fluoridation really benefit your dental health? Check out these resources and discover the alarming truth behind this misconception.
Fluoride & Health
Be forewarned against these and water fluoridation accidents/poisonings that are a real threat to you and your family.
Water Fluoridation Status
Find out the latest water fluoridation figures, policies, and issues plaguing the safety of citizens worldwide.
Fluoride History/Politics
Take a peek into the politically charged issue of water fluoridation, how massive debates on its safety and efficacy have sparked, and how the industry and government health authorities continue to protect this toxic yet profitable compound.
The Chemicals Used to Fluoridate Water
Beware of these potentially dangerous chemicals lurking in your fluoridated water supply.
Increasing Exposure to Fluoride from Food & Non Food Sources
Unfortunately, it isn't only your drinking water that you should worry about. Here are studies and news articles that unveil the food and non-food sources of our fluoride exposures.
Media Coverage
The burning fluoride issues of our time in news and features, videos, general reviews, commentaries, and the latest government and academic studies, along with news coverage of FAN in action.
Why we are Opposed to Water Fluoridation Links 
Sources to visit for more information

MORE FACTS:

Excessive ingestion of fluoride during the early childhood years may damage the tooth-forming cells, leading to a defect in the enamel known as dental fluorosis.

Teeth impacted by fluorosis have visible discoloration, ranging from white spots to brown and black stains.

Teeth with fluorosis also have an increased porosity of the enamel. In the milder forms, the porosity is mostly limited to the sub-surface enamel, whereas in the more advanced forms, the porosity impacts the surface enamel as well, resulting in extensive pitting, chipping, fracturing, and decay of the teeth.

The discoloration induced by fluorosis, particularly in its advanced forms, can cause significant embarrassment and stress to the impacted child, resulting in adverse effects on esteem.

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