It concerns me that
some local authorities in continue to add hydrofluorosilic acid (HFA) to what
are supposed to be safe, potable (drinkable) water supplies. More and more
evidence has emerged about the adverse health effects of this practice. HFA is a
waste product of the phosphate fertiliser industry.
Even the July 2000 edition of the American Dental
Association magazine front-paged an article that attested once again to any
(small) benefit of fluoride coming from topical application. That means it is
best applied to teeth and doesn't need to be swallowed. When ingested studies
show that some 50% will remain and accumulate in body systems, especially
bones. What will the long-term effect of this be? That is known, and
it is frightening.
Further studies show that dental fluorosis affects some 25% of
the population. Fluorosis is not just a cosmetic problem, it actually shows the
first signs of fluoride poisoning.
For more information on this whole sorry issue go to the website
of the Fluoride Information Network, an international organisation of volunteers
drawing attention to the mounting evidence that the practice of compulsory water
fluoridation is wrong. www.fluoridealert.org
Take a look at this recent letter to the Minister of Health by
Dr Robert Anderson, a Member of Physicians & Scientists for Responsible
OPEN LETTER TO the former Minister of Health
I am appalled to hear that you, our 'Minister of Health', are considering
over-ruling public concern by handing carte blanche the fluoridation decision to
the Ministry of Health, irrespective of citizens' views.
Helen Clark's concern over 'primary' health care in her interview with
Linda Clark on Face the Nation recently belies the facts - surely not feeding
New Zealanders fluoride or GE foods will assist with improving the nation's
health and reduce calls on the primary health care system.
Fluoride is a toxic waste by-product of phosphate fertiliser production
and aluminium manufacturing. Consequently, the disposal of this hazardous waste
is costly. Industry has found it cheaper to support a clever innovative economic
scheme, backed of course by `scientific research', into the benefits of
consuming this lethal waste.
To sell it to cities as a health product rather than having to dispose of
it properly is a brilliant coup.
Quite apart from our democratic rights, there is ample irrefutable
evidence that the fluoridation of water is dangerous to human health. Having
sufficient toxic chemicals nourishing our cancer burden in NZ, you envisage
adding yet another?
This policy is still based on the arguments of 1960-that fluoridation of
water supplies is effective in reducing tooth decay and is absolutely safe. For
years the Government has ignored the overall health effects of fluoridation and
has failed to carry out health surveys on the effects of fluoridation.
Government has persisted in justifying its policy solely on dental health
grounds. but these assumptions are not valid. This is evidenced by many studies
in countries where long-term dental health records have been analysed.
Not one statistically acceptable trial exists which proves that
fluoridation benefits teeth. Recent world-wide studies involving 480,000
children found no significant differences in tooth decay between fluoridated and
In 1987, the largest US study into the effects of fluoride, involving
39,207 children aged 5-17, revealed no difference in the decay of teeth between
fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
Accumulated fluoride leads to increased osteoporosis among middle-aged women and
increased hip fractures in the elderly;
Bone cancer among young males has been found to be up to seven times more
common in fluoridated than in non-fluoridated areas of the USA;
In a 1977 study, cancer deaths in fluoridated US cities were 10% higher
compared to cancer deaths in non-fluoridated cities; Very low levels of fluoride
can interfere with the male hormone testosterone.
The most worrying health damage is to the nervous system. Studies in China show
reduced IQ in children over-exposed to fluoride from drinking water.
Fluoride has been shown to combine with aluminium to cross the blood-brain
barrier producing effects similar to those found in Alzheimers sufferers.
Faced with this increasing body of epidemiological evidence of the danger of
long-term ingestion of fluoride it is no surprise that virtually all of Europe
as well as Japan, Germany and Sweden have long since discontinued fluoridating
their water. Yet you still aim to force-feed us this poison?
While Governments have become increasingly arrogant and contemptuous of its
public, this particular inconceivable disregard for health leaves me
Dr Robert Anderson
Member Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics