Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cairns Post Letters from the Wingnuts #4 (Fluoridation)

Turning to Friday, we find a letter from Bill Kilvert, the Far North Queensland Branch Co-ordinator for a group calling themselves Queenslanders For Safe Water and Air:
Your recent letter from Graham Wessling of Gatton, shows that he does not know what he is talking about.

The silicofluorides placed in the Cairns water supply are from China, are industrial grade and contain traces of heavy metals.
Eek! The Yellow Peril! The Chinese Menace! Fluoridation is a socialist plot? Anyway, it seems that our fluoride is actually coming from Belgium. Oh, but they're socialist too aren't they?

"Industrial grade" is a rather meaningless term that is being used to scare people as well. Industry can, of course, be fairly demanding on purity depending on the purpose. As for the "traces of heavy metals", are they at a high enough dose to cause harm? No. Water in mountain streams contain "traces of heavy metals" too. I would certainly sooner drink our fluoridated tapwater than the water in the Barron River.
These silicofluorides have not been scientifically proven to be safe for human consumption.
I'm not sure what he is asking for here. Does he want evidence for a specific factory? When used in water supplies, the chemicals break down into hydrogen ions, fluoride ions, silica and water. It's safe. At the levels being used in Australia the only measurable effect is an increase in dental fluorosis, most of which is only visible on close inspection by a dentist.
He should do his homework on this subject, not blindly support the blunders of the last discredited premier, Anna Bligh.
Even if Mr Wessling had not researched his claims, why does Mr Kilvert suggest he is blindly following Anna Bligh rather than the World Health Organisation, the Australian Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the US Centers for Disease Control, and all the other professional associations and health bodies that favour fluoridation?

Related post: The anti-fluoridationist threat to public health

7 comments :

  1. But fluoridation IS a socialist plot .....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB5Vvs2cdqY&feature=fvwrel

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  2. Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. No adult has ever walked out of their doctor's office with a prescription for the fluoride drug because it is deadly poison and the body has no known use for it. Drinking it to prevent tooth decay is as foolish as drinking sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Every fluoride toothpaste tube carries the warning "if swallowed, call a poison control center."

    Read the best scientific information on fluoridation in Dr. Paul Connett's book, "The Case Against Fluoride," published last year. It contains over 1200 peer reviewed studies and sound scientific reasoning showing the ineffectiveness and dangers to health from fluoride. Also presented is scientific evidence to show that it causes cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.

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  3. jwillie

    Yes, drinking fluoride to prevent tooth decay is as silly as swallowing rat poison to treat thrombosis... Oh wait, google Warfarin.

    Substances can have different effects depending on dose. Ask your doctor about the dangers of pure oxygen, for example. Substances lethal at one level can be beneficial at others. Fluoride, depending on dose, can indeed have ill effects, and various cranks and conspiracy mongers mispresent evidence of high dose responses as if it was doses at the level used in our drinking water.

    I would suggest looking to reviews of the literature by respected scientific bodies rather than said cranks. Links can be found in my original post.

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  4. The best scientific information on fluoridation can be found in Dr. Paul Connett's book, "The Case Against Fluoride," published last year. It contains over 1200 peer reviewed studies and sound scientific reasoning showing the ineffectiveness and dangers to health from fluoride. Provided is scientific evidence to show that it causes cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.

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    1. Thank you for copying and pasting your erroneous text again. Connett is a crank who wanders around conspiracy theorist radio shows, AltMed websites, vaccine denialist websites, etc spouting a view contrary to that of major reviews of the scientific literature.

      Once again I will say that dose response is important. Many substances which are therapeutic at one dose are dangerous at another.

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  5. Thanks for confirming we weren't on Jupiter, Dennis, and I arrived with everything intact but the ability to make coherent thoughts. I literally got to the point where I didn't trust my own thinking because I kept losing everything - and as you can see from the apartment, there's no place to lose anything! Rest assured, health and deep sleep have now restored my weary brain...and I have found all missing objects. adventure sport nq.

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