Key Critical Questions

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Introduction

The questions below are extracted from The Arguments Against the Proposal to Fluoridate Southampton – a December 18, 2008 submission by Paul Connett, PhD. Whilst certain aspects of the submission are specific to Southampton or to the UK in general, we believe most of these questions can be used/adapted to current situations; for instance, when approaching Queensland councils that are considering fluoridation. As these questions were penned in 2008, we recommend exploring the FAN website for any relevant updates. We have also hyperlinked some of the original questions to clarify key points and assist with further research.

Key questions for councils/fluoridation proponents to answer

1) How convincing is the evidence that Southampton has a dental crisis that would warrant this kind of intervention?

2) How convincing is the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces dental decay?

3) Is swallowing fluoride the best way of protecting the tooth enamel? Are there more appropriate delivery systems?

4) Have other communities demonstrated alternative methods of fighting tooth decay, which do not involve forcing a practice on people who may not want it?

5) Are children in the community already exceeding the “optimal dose” of fluoride as hypothesized by early promoters of fluoridation?

6) If ingested fluoride is necessary to protect children’s teeth can the SHA explain why it is that the level of fluoride is so low in mothers’ milk (0.004 ppm)? Did evolution screw up on the baby’s first meal and nutritional requirements?

7) What is the evidence that has convinced you, or the experts upon whom you rely, that this program can be applied without causing any damage to the health of your citizens, especially infants and young children, other than an increase in the incidence of dental fluorosis?

8) What is the evidence that has convinced you, or the experts upon whom you rely, that a bottle fed infant will suffer no damage to its growing tissues when exposed to fluids containing fluoride at levels 250 times higher than the level in mothers milk (1 ppm versus 0.004 ppm)?

9) What is the evidence that has convinced you, or the experts upon whom you rely, that fluoride can damage the growing tooth cells (by some systemic mechanism) without damaging any other tissue in the child’s developing body? How convincing is this evidence?

10) What is the evidence that has convinced you, or the experts upon whom you rely, that no one in your community is particularly sensitive or vulnerable to fluoride’s known toxic effects? How convincing is this evidence?

11) Do you dispute the fact that fluoride – given in a sufficient dose – can cause a whole range of health effects from the very mild to the very serious? Do you dispute the fact that this has been demonstrated in hundreds of studies from India, China and other countries and communities that are exposed to high levels of natural fluoride in their water?

12) Please present a discussion of what is meant by “Margin of safety” for a toxic substance or “therapeutic index” for a pharmaceutical substance.

13) In your view, and the view of the experts on whom you rely, is there an adequate margin of safety between the doses or levels reported to cause adverse effects in the National Research Council (NRC, 2006) report, Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards, and the doses that people are likely to receive drinking fluoridated water (together with fluoride from other sources like dental products, pesticides etc) sufficient to protect everyone in your community?

14) There have now been 23 studies from 4 different countries (Iran, India, Mexico and China) (nb. UPDATE) that report an association between fluoride exposure and lowered IQ in children. What evidence has convinced you that all 23 studies (nb. UPDATE) can be safely ignored as suggested by Dr. Barry Cockcroft (a well-known fluoridation promoter) in his public testimony? Has Dr. Cockcroft, or his staff, produced a written scientific analysis supporting this claim?

15) What peer-reviewed and PRIMARY published studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between fluoride exposure and lowered IQ in fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

16) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between fluoride exposure and lowered thyroid function (including sub-clinical hypothyroidism) in fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

17) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have compared the levels of fluoride in the pineal glands of people living in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

18) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between a) fluoride exposure and melatonin levels and b) fluoride exposure and an earlier onset of puberty among children in fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

19) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between fluoride exposure and bone fractures in children in fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

20) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between fluoride exposure and arthritis in fluoridated communities and convinced you that this is not a problem?

21) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have convinced you that lifelong consumption of fluoridated water along with other sources of fluoride will not weaken the bones of the elderly and cause an increased rate of hip fractures, in fluoridated communities?

22) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have examined a possible relationship between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma in fluoridated communities, and convinced you that this is not a problem?

23) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have used the severity of dental fluorosis as a biomarker for epidemiological studies on children in fluoridated communities? (Suggested supplementary reading: A Critique of the York Review, Sect. 3.3 – Dental Fluorosis).

24) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have surveyed the population in the UK or any other fluoridated country, in a comprehensive fashion for the level of fluoride in their bones (suggested supplementary reading: The Case Against Fluoride, Ch. 22 – Weak and Inadequate Science) as a function of age, fluoridation status and other variables?

25) What peer-reviewed and published PRIMARY studies can you, or the experts on whom you rely, cite which have surveyed the population in the UK or any other fluoridated country, in a comprehensive fashion for the level of fluoride in their urine, as a function of age, diet, fluoridation status and other variables? (See: 50 Reasons#9).

26) Are you satisfied that over the 60 year history of fluoridation that sufficient effort has been made by the governments, which promote this practice, to investigate possible health effects (in tissues other than the teeth) in fluoridated communities?

27) If this program moves forward are any health studies planned for the local community? (See: 50 Reasons – #45)

28) If this program moves forward will any compensation be given to children who develop very mild, mild, moderate or severe dental fluorosis? Will they be provided with free treatment for these conditions if desired?

29) If this program moves forward and some citizens complain of reversible symptoms, which elsewhere have been identified as being caused by fluoride (i.e. they cease when the source of fluoride is removed), will any steps be taken to investigate the matter scientifically?

30) Please discuss what you understand by the Precautionary Principle. Do you believe that in the context of the current scientific uncertainties about fluoridation’s effectiveness and safety, and the availability of alternatives, that fluoridation is consistent with the Precautionary Principle?

31) Normally governments only use their police power to enforce medication on people when they are dealing with a life threatening contagious disease. Do you believe that this is the situation that confronts Southampton with respect to current dental decay levels?

32) Bearing in mind your responses to all of the above, are you convinced that the evidence of benefit from this practice is so strong, and the evidence of harm so weak, that it merits the application of governmental police power to force this practice on your citizens regardless of their views on the matter?

33) Could you summarize the evidence that has convinced you that there are no extra problems associated with using hexafluorosilicic acid (an industrial waste product) as a fluoridating chemical as opposed to pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride?

34) If you are convinced that children’s teeth in Southampton will benefit from ingesting fluoridated water please compare these two delivery systems: 1) adding contaminated hexafluorosilicic acid to the public water supply and 2) making fluoridated bottled water available in local supermarkets and chemists, and free for families of low income.

35) Are you prepared to do the whole community what an individual doctor is not allowed to do his or her individual patients: i.e. override the individual’s right to informed consent to medication?

Additional questions formulated within an Australian context

2009 | 2010

Author: AFA Mildura

Administrator, Anti-Fluoridation Association of Mildura

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  8. OzzieEd
    Anyone who is promoting fluoridation needs to be put in jail. That is one way to recognise the evil ones. As an astute observer recently noted, if you think an arab in a cave masterminded and organized 9/11?, you are either one of the bad guys……or, you can’t chew gum and pat yourself on the head at the same time. The same can be said for promoters of fluoride, so……put em all in jail and offer them free fluoridated water. Do you think they will drink it ? Of course not. They know exactly what they are doing except for my brother in law in North Queensland who is unfortunately in charge of water resources and seems to be in the group who have trouble chewing gum and thinking about anything. I guess he is testament to how well fluoride interupts critical thinking. Our govt is EVIL and CRIMINAL and it’s about time these miscreant souls are rounded up and isolated from society so they can do no more harm. Any politician who is pro fluoride can have a free pass into jail. End of story.

    • Its the chemical-pharmaceutical-medical combine who are behind this.

      Unfortunately medical science cannot be described as such and was hijacked by the Rockefeller corporation in the 1910s and 20s.

      We have been brainwashed by the medical establishment in collusion with the government and media to believe that modern medical science is a miracle, water fluoridation being one such miracle.

      Whenever a doctor is interviewed on radio or TV, even by the most hardened investigative journalist, it’s like a little child interviewing an all-knowing adult – just amazing and sickening in equal measure.

      The combine now so effectively manage the media that they even approve the plot lines in TV soaps. You will never view or listen to a proper debate on fluoridation or other important medical matters such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, vaccinations or vivisection.

  9. Neurotoxicologist Phyllis Mullinex, yes absolutely !

    Also I have compiled some additional information for your readers – violence and criminality from silicofluorides (think also enhancement of the uptake of lead as per work of Professor Roger Masters) – Australia wide has a serious problem with widespread violence and criminality – I hope many more people are able to open their minds and get past the propaganda by those in Whitecoats pushing this hazardous waste known as water fluoridation:-

    I dub some of these Fluoride Ferals
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/04/23/07/09/cars-flipped-after-party-turns-feral
    This now is a constant: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/05/12/08/43/teenage-girl-stabbed-at-queensland-skate-park

    Violence in Schools etc.
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/video/watch/17347174/violence-in-schools/

    http://www.wddty.com/fluoride-hyperactivity-and-violence.html

    For example Sydney ‘fluoridated’ since 1968 – NSW now has a saturation rate across the entire State of 96% of these potent neurotoxins known as water fluoridation – this is obscene http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/macquarie-fields-2564 The remainder of Australia heavily fluoridated also.

    Get used to this violence and criminality until you take the potent neurotoxins hazardous waste pollutants fluorosilicic acid/silicofluorides & co contaminants of lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc., (and added aluminium sulphate also) KNOWN AS WATER FLUORIDATION – this of course also contaminates our entire food chain – NEUROTOXINS should be banned from our drinking water (& hence food chain) NOT ADDED BY A GOVERNMENT !!! Violence & criminality and silicofluorides (water fluoridation) http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/violencecriminality/silicofluorides-water-fluoridation-chemicals/ Alzheimer’s Disease EPIDEMIC fluoride – aluminium Wake up and end WATER FLUORIDATION/POLLUTION AS A MATTER OF EXTREME URGENCY AND END IT FOR ALL TIME !!!!!

    Do not continue to ignore the link with Silicofluorides and violence and criminality.

    Fluoride Research on Water Fluoridation and Crime in the United States of America.
    If water fluoridation were ended, it might take a generation for the effects to recede. If it continues to expand, the “signal” identified in this study may get lost in the “noise” of endemic violence.
    http://www.fluorideresearch.org/381/files/38111-22.pdf

    In the documents attached to this Report
    http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/violencecriminality/silicofluorides-water-fluoridation-chemicals/ you will find document headed ‘Yes, lead poisoning could really be a cause of violent crime’ – I had made additions which refer to the work of Professor Roger Masters – Silicofluorides (water fluoridation chemicals) and violent crime and enhanced lead uptake.
    See also: Widespread Violence Tasmania and other States of Australia
    http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/09/15/361611_todays-news.html

    Violent Behaviour and Criminality – adverse health and behaviour from silicofluorides – Research Professor Roger Masters – Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, Hanover, new Hampshire http://www.dartmouth.edu/~rmasters/

    In addition to all else, also of great concern to me is the fact that the effects of these hazardous waste pollutants fluorosilicic acid/silicofluorides on our aboriginal people appear to be even worse – I have a lot of information in my report hereunder – also particularly see http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/violencecriminality/silicofluorides-water-fluoridation-chemicals/
    and http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/violencecriminality/news-media-reports-research/
    Editorial neurotoxic effects of fluoride 44(3)117–124 July-September 2011 Dr. Bruce Spittle http://www.fluorideresearch.org/443/files/FJ2011_v44_n3_p00i-0vi_sfs.pdf

    Harvard Study finds fluoride lowers IQ published in Federal Government Journal Published 15 August, 2012 http://www.fluorideaustralia.org/_img/Article000/art060_ehp.1104912.pdf
    The International Society for Fluoride Research Inc.
    http://www.fluorideresearch.org http://www.fluorideresearch.com http://www.fluorideresearch.net
    Fluoride & aluminium in your water Brain & Kidney Damage http://www.frequencyrising.com/water_filters_fluoride_aluminum.htm
    Fluoride & The Brain – Fluorides Damage To The Brain http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/brain/
    Fluoride health effects http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/
    Psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow of Fox – TV’s Medical News Team says children with brain disorders should avoid fluoridated water http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/08/22/does-fluoride-in-drinking-water-hurt-your-brain/%23ixzz24K2CKJ5J

    Fluoride & intelligence: the 36 studies – reduced IQ learning & memory impaired
    http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/brain01/
    Health effects fluoride & the brain – http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/science-watch01/
    Neurotoxicity of fluoride Dr. Phyllis Mullenix http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/mullenix-interview/
    and more http://www.fluoridealert.org/?s=neurotoxicity+of+fluoride+dr.+phyllis+mullenix

  10. Everywhere with long time fluoridation (pollution) is in dental crisis !! adding/dumping dangerously corrosive hazardous waste pollutants and co-contaminants known as water fluoridation, is sheer insanity ! all orchestrated by the greed and political power and control of the dental lobby and their cronies – a sick and diseased population with damage to their teeth – hmmm very lucrative – continual – never ending business for those in the medical, dental and veterinary fields !!!

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