RESPONSE to Fluoride in safe levels in Melbourne’s water, says Health Department
(The Age | February 17, 2014)
“Health authorities have assured the public Victoria’s water supply is safe after US experts raised concerns about the impact of high levels of fluoride in drinking water on children’s IQs.”
Actually, US experts have not ruled out the risk of fluoride to brain development, at any level in water. What they really say is it cannot “be concluded that no risk is present (in fluoridating nations). We therefore recommend further research to clarify what role fluoride exposure levels may play in possible adverse effects on brain development, so that future risk assessments can properly take into regard this possible hazard” [Learn more].
“Melbourne Water adds less than 1 milligram of fluoride a litre to the water supply to help prevent tooth decay, a Melbourne Water spokesman said, and adding fluoride to drinking water was required by Victoria’s health laws.”
Firstly, yes, the stated purpose is to “prevent tooth decay,” but the evidence for this is weak [Learn more], including within the Australian context [Learn more]. Secondly, “1 milligram of fluoride a litre to the water supply” is the CONCENTRATION, not the DOSE. The dose depends on how much water people drink [Learn more] and how much fluoride they receive from other sources [Learn more]. What this article, therefore, fails to mention is the central issue of MARGIN OF SAFETY [Learn more].
“A spokesman for Victoria’s Department of Health said fluoride was safe and effective.”
When we get beyond the public relations trash and critically examine the evidence, we quickly learn how pathetically weak this mantra actually is [Learn more].
”It prevents tooth decay and the very controlled way it is introduced into Victoria’s drinking water supply should give us no cause for concern.”
This statement is based on propaganda, not sound or complete science [Learn more].
“A review by US chemical experts published in The Lancet Neurology on Saturday said studies, mainly from China, suggested high levels of fluoride in drinking water reduced the IQ of children.”
There is more background to this [Learn more].
“Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan said people should have a choice about ingesting fluoride.”
“The Department of Health water fluoridation information line is 1800 651 723.”
Sure, call that number – if you want the bullshit, industry-funded spin version – but if you’d genuinely like to learn more, click here.