Alf is not fussy about what goes into the local water supply, because he does his best never to drink the stuff, including with whisky.
And – yes – he rinses his mouth after cleaning his teeth with whisky too.
Hence he has been indifferent to goings-on at a Hamilton City Council workshop on fluoridation.
Whatever went on, the Waikato District Health Board was not impressed, because it said the workshop had provided no new, robust evidence to support a change in policy.
That policy, obviously, involves tossing chemicals into the local water supply.
“Hamilton continues to have an Aa rated drinking water supply which, with the addition of fluoride, provides an effective, practical and safe means for reducing and controlling the occurrence of tooth decay in communities,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble who attended the workshop.
The source of Hamilton’s water supply, it transpires, is the Waikato River.
This river carries all sorts of stuff, much of it unpleasant by some accounts, but it naturally carries between 0.2 and 0.3 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.
That’s not enough for health people, and so it is topped up to 0.7 ppm, which (Alf is told) is at the lower end of the recommended concentration from the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.
The health board media release explains –
Fluoridation is considered the most effective and efficient way to prevent dental decay in populations, particularly in children.
Hundreds of million of people have access to fluoridated drinking water including in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Fluoride is found in all water and soils and is the 13th most common element on earth. It protects teeth by strengthening enamel, reducing bacterial activity and fixing the early stages of tooth decay.
The good people of Hamilton bought into that line of stuff, because a 2006 referendum on fluoridation of the city’s water supply garnered 70 percent support.
“Hamilton’s water supply is not only closely monitored but the DHB goes to some lengths to ensure it has the most up-to-date information and is aware of all scientific and technical information and advice on this issue,” Dr Dumble said.
Waikato DHB is one of the beneficiaries of a Ministry of Health-established national agency, the National Fluoridation Information Service (NFIS), that provides the latest information and advice to DHBs, councils and the Ministry of Health on fluoridation.
“The NFIS gives the public access to the most accurate and up-to-date data available but will also help us identify and address any gaps in information on this issue,” Dr Dumble said.
But Alf happens to have noted what the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland Inc was saying a year or so ago.
It alerted citizens to an engineering report for the city of Boulder, Colo., on an evaluation of fluoridation chemicals and sources.
… found that much of the fluoride chemicals used for water fluoridation are now coming out of China with arsenic and lead levels of 50 and 40 milligrams respectively per bag and non-existent regulatory monitoring of the salt or acid compounds from these imports.
This type of trade from a country with a track record of lead paint on toys to antifreeze in cough syrup medicine is completely unacceptable.
Bernard W. Miltenberger, a member of the Maryland committee, said he had visited the Frostburg Water Filtration Plant and
… it has come to my attention that Frostburg has sodium fluoride bags with no source or import information on them.
Only after I asked for the certificate of analysis from Solvay fluorides through Univar USA, which is the chemical supplier for the Frostburg Water Plant, did I receive the certificate of analysis from Shanghai Mintchem Development Co., LTD., the Chinese manufacture of the sodium fluoride.
The material safety data sheets from Solvay fluorides shows that a teaspoon amount of 5 grams of sodium fluoride can be fatal to an average size man of 70kg.
This Miltenberger bugger proceeded to dish up a dollop of disagreeable toxicological information about the prospect of going down with skeletal and dental fluorosis, and thyroid, testes, kidney, liver, ambiguous carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, and fetotoxic and fertility effects.
He concluded his rant –
We can no longer trust our local governments to do the right thing for its citizens. I find it so ironic that the same federal government that is demanding small communities under the clean water act, like Mount Savage to join to the Frostburg Regional water supply, because of an overt concern over possible ground water contamination, then allows this toxic waste byproduct from China to enter this country and be added to this same regional water supply.
Are we insane?
In this country we have the Fluoride Action Network (NZ), which has taken issue with Felicity Dumble’s claim there had been no new evidence of harm from fluoridation.
According to the network, Dumble had admitted to having not read the comprehensive Fluoride in Drinking Water by the National Research Council which was published in 2006.
Nor did she give any indication of having read any of the 19 studies showing that fluoride can lower IQ that have become available since then.
As well as skeletal and dental fluorosis, and thyroid, testes, kidney, liver, ambiguous carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, and fetotoxic and fertility effects, we can lower our IQs by consuming fluoridated water.
The proposition that IQs are lowered can be easily tested.
Just check into the drinking habits of a sample of 20 – let’s say – Labour or Green MPs and the same number of National MPs.
We can take it as a given the Labour and Green MPs have lower IQs than the Nats. The point of the study is to find the source of the water they drink.
If we find the Labour and Green MPs have been more exposed to fluoridated water, we may be should think about banning the stuff – or piping more of it into Labour/Green strongholds.
But if National MPs are similarly exposed to fluoridated water then the anti-fluoride mob has been barking up a wrong tree and fluoride can be exonerated, at least on that score.