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Peel health officials recommend continuing water fluoridation


For the last year now, councillors on Peel Region’s Community Water Fluoridation Committee have been conducting a review of the decades-old practice promoted as an effective oral health measure.

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  1. Christine Massey:
    Mar 08, 2017 at 09:11 AM

    You need to immediately disclose to the public that you are not a grassroots organization and that you are funded by the very province that is being sued over artificial water fluoridation. You are misleading residents in the most disgraceful way.



    - The Supreme Court of Canada stated in a 1957 decision that fluoridation is compulsory medication, which is illegal in Canada. (page 580, Toronto (Metro) v. Forest Hill (Village): http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/1957scr_0569.pdf).

    - Regulated health professionals are prohibited from medicating even one person without informed consent, but with water fluoridation an entire community is medicated without consent. (Health Care Consent Act, 1996: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/96h02)

    - Superstar lawyer Nader Hasan put Council on notice regarding fluoridation In June 2014. He outlined how fluoridation violates the Municipal Act, Charter rights, the Food and Drugs Act & the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Region of Peel June 26, 2014 Council Meeting Minutes: https://www.peelregion.ca/council/council_minutes/2010s/2014/rcmin20140626.htm; the Legal Opinion: http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/peel.june2014.pdf)

    - The fluoridation chemical used by the Region, hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA, aka fluosilicic acid), is a source of inorganic fluoride and a waste product from phosphate fertilizer manufacturing and a source of water pollution (March 30, 1983 Memo from Rebecca Hanmer, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, EPA: http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/hanmer1983.pdf)

    - The shipping advice for HFSA clearly indicates that it is a dangerous good and a poison (see image: http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HFSA-invoice-IMG_20170129_155721-e1485726960895.jpg)

    - Both Fluorine and HFSA are classified as Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials in Transport Canada (2012) Emergency Response Guidebook. (See pages 22, 38, 116, 120: http://phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Hazmat/ERG2012.pdf)

    - Inorganic fluoride is listed as a Toxic Substance on Schedule 1 of the Toxic Substances List maintained by Environment and Climate Change Canada. (See #40: http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/default.asp?lang=En&n=0DA2924D-1&wsdoc=4ABEFFC8-5BEC-B57A-F4BF-11069545E434)

    - HFSA contains many toxins aside from fluoride, such as arsenic & lead. (Certificate of Analysis from Lakeview Water Treatment Facility in Mississauga, As = arsenic, Pb = lead: http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20130705121108426.pdf)

    - Justyna Burkiewicz, Supervisor, Water Quality and Compliance, Water and Wastewater Divisions, Region of Peel, has confirmed that HFSA is not procured under any grade classification (email of Nov 1, 2016 available upon request).

    - Section 20 (1) (a) of the Safe Drinking Water Act states: No person shall cause or permit any thing to enter a drinking water system if it could result in a drinking water health hazard. Section 20 (3) states Dilution no defence: For the purposes of prosecuting the offence of contravening subsection (1), it is not necessary to prove that the thing, if it was diluted when or after it entered the system, continued to result in or could have resulted in a drinking water health hazard. (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/02s32)

    - Using HFSA to prevent cavities meets the definition of Drug in the federal Food and Drugs Act and appears to violate one or more sections of the Act regarding Drugs. (see pages 2 and 7 to 9: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/F-27.pdf)

    - Material Safety Data Sheets for HFSA include not only health warnings but environmental warnings such as: Prevent discharge into waterways and sewers (http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Mosaic-MSDS-HFSA.pdf) and Do not contaminate domestic or irrigation water supplies, lakes, streams, ponds, or rivers (http://www.reviewboard.ca/upload/project_document/EA1011-001_Hydroflosilicic_acid_MSDS.PDF).

    - Health Canada (2014) Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality recommend that arsenic and lead levels be kept as low as possible. (See Table 2: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/sum_guide-res_recom/index-eng.php)

    - The U.S. EPA Public Health Goal / Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for both arsenic and lead is zero. The MCLG is defined as the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. (See the Inorganic Chemicals Table: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/table-regulated-drinking-water-contaminants#one)

    - The World Health Organization states that: There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe. (See Key Facts: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs379/en/)

    - Canadian researchers such as Dr. Bruce Lanphear and Kathleen Cooper are also telling us that they have: incredibly solid evidence to say there is no safe level (of lead).( http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/05/20/water_quality_tests_data_shows_elevated_lead_levels_in_toronto_homes.html)

    - The non-governmental private organization that certifies HFSA for use in Canada takes no responsibly & makes no claims regarding safety (See pg iii: NSF/ANSI 60 2016: http://www.nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/NSF-ANSI_60_watemarked.pdf)

    - Health Canada confirmed it has no toxicology studies on HFSA and no double-blind randomized clinical trials of fluoridation, and thus no studies adequate to establish the alleged safety or efficacy of fluoridation. (Access to Information Request A-2014-00168: http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Health-Canada-FOI-Response-Letter-June2014.pdf) The Province of Ontario and the NSF are also unable to supply any such studies.

    - Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, the regional Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, has also been unable to provide even one proper study to prove that Peel residents are safe from neurological or other adverse effects, or that water fluoridation is effective at preventing cavities. (http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/2016/2016-11-24-cwfc-agenda.pdf) Toxicologist Paul Connett, PhD, co-author of The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2010), has issued a scathing commentary of the review authored by Dr. De Villa pertaining to the scientific literature. (http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Paul-Connett-Critique-of-De-Villa-F-lit-review-Fall-2016.pdf)

    - Dr. A. K. Susheela, the world renowned expert on fluoride toxicity and fluorosis with over 35 years of research and clinical experience, and who has worked with patients exposed to a wide range of fluoride concentrations in their drinking water, with some concentrations lower than Peel - recently told the Community Water Fluoridation Committee that:
    - fluoride is NOT a nutrient
    - fluoride is NOT needed to prevent tooth decay
    - cavities result from a bacterial disorder caused by poor nutrition
    and poor oral hygiene
    - fluoride is a deadly poison; it is disease-promoting, not disease-preventing, the less, the better!
    - water fluoridation is a serious threat to health.
    (Brampton Guardian, Oct 15, 2016: http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/6912754--fluoride-is-a-deadly-poison-peel-s-water-fluoridation-committee-has-heard/)

    - A 350ml glass of our fluoridated tap water contains the same dose of fluoride as found in a pea-sized bit of fluoridated toothpaste, yet we are warned to spit out fluoridated toothpaste and to monitor young children while they use it, or not even give it to them, in case they swallow it. (http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/same-dose-of-fluoride/)

    - Over 300 studies now indicate that fluoride is neurotoxic (see http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/brain/
    and https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLZLLRxMkhihtihXAEdoxjuEtqJLf4KkU4&v=qu3HD-RtY3E)

    - Canadian researcher Ashley Malin wrote to members of the Peel Community Water Fluoridation Committee in September 2015 about her concerns regarding her ADHD/fluoridation research findings. http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/re-water-fluoridation-committee-concerns-with-peel-regions-community-water-fluoridation-program/)

    - In November 2016, a coalition of groups that includes long-time EPA risk assessment scientist, Dr. William Hirzy, submitted a formal petition to the EPA, urging the agency to ban water fluoridation altogether, based on a risk assessment conducted using the methodology of the EPA that showed fluoridation does not allow for an adequate margin of safety of protect everyone in a diverse community from injury to the brain. (Petition: http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/epa-petition.pdf Summary: http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/Summary-TSCA-petition.nov_.2016.pdf)

    - The U.S. National Institute of Health also is not convinced of the alleged safety of water fluoridation in Canada, and thus is funding a study at York University into the neuro-developmental effects of fluoridated water on young developing Canadian brains. (http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2016/11/25/york-professor-leads-study-that-could-help-answer-fluoride-safety-questions/)

    - A December 2014 paper from Sheldon Thomas, former Manager of Water Distribution for the City of Hamilton ON where he spent over a quarter of a century managing the Hamilton water infrastructure, (entitled Artificial Water Fluoridation: Off to a poor start / Fluoride injures the newborn), references dozens of peer reviewed articles on the issue of fluoride and brain effects. (http://cof-cof.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sheldon-Thomas-Artificial-Water-Fluoridation-Off-To-A-Poor-Start-Fluoride-Injures-The-Newborn-COF-COF-Journal-Fluoridation-Fluoride-Jan-2015.pdf)

    - Dental fluorosis is visible proof of harm caused by over-exposure to fluoride. (See Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guideline Technical Document Fluoride, 2010, Health Canada: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/water-fluoride-fluorure-eau/index-eng.php?page=3#a101)

    - The Peel 2003 Children Dental Health Report revealed that 13% of Peel children had dental fluorosis - 3% with moderate fluorosis, 1% with severe. (See page 14: https://www.peelregion.ca/health/health-status-report/dental-health/pdfs/dh-full.pdf)
    Photos of moderate and severe dental fluorosis can be seen here: http://fluoridealert.org/studies/dental_fluorosis05/

    - The Region of Peel had commissioned a 2007 fluoridation study, conducted by Dr. Dick Ito, compared samples of 7 year-old school children from fluoridated Brampton and unfluoridated areas of Caledon matched on measures of socioeconomic status. It found no difference in the cavity rates, but double the fluorosis in the fluoridated sample (34% vs. 16% for any degree of dental fluorosis; 9% vs. 3.6% for dental fluorosis of aesthetic concern). Even our children in unfluoridated areas are already being harmed by over-exposure to fluoride. (pg 32: http://cof-cof.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dick-Ito-DDS-A-Cross-Sectional-Study-To-Compare-Caries-And-Fluorosis-In-7-Year-Old-Schoolchildren-From-A-Fluoridated-Area-With-Those-In-A-Neighbouring-Non-Fluoridated-Area-In-Ontario-MSc-Thesis-U.-Of-Toronto-2007.pdf)

    - Infants consuming fluoridated tap water have the HIGHEST fluoride intakes of any age group (up to 0.21 mg of fluoride per kg of body weight per day (source: EPA-822-R-00-001, 2004: http://www.fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/thiessen-2007.pdf), exceeding the EPA Reference Dose of 60 ug/kg/day = 0.06 mg/kg/day for Chronic Oral Fluoride Exposure, based on noncarcinogenic effects only, and exceeding the No Effect levels for various adverse effects (see https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris/iris_documents/documents/subst/0053_summary.pdf and pages 43 and 44 of the legal brief with appended affidavit from fluoride toxicity expert Kathleen Thiessen, PhD: http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/peel.june2014.pdf)

    - Table B-3 in the Health Canada Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guideline Technical Document Fluoride, 2010, shows that infants whose formula is mixed with 1ppm fluoridated water are consuming up to 120ug of fluoride per kg body weight per day. (http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/water-fluoride-fluorure-eau/index-eng.php?page=4#tabb3).
    This is double the EPA Reference Dose for Chronic Oral Exposure of 60ug/kg/day, which is based on noncarcinogenic health effects only. (https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris/iris_documents/documents/subst/0053_summary.pdf) At 0.7ppm fluoride concentration, some of our Peel infants are receiving more than 60ug/kg/day.

    - The prestigious 2006 NRC report Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of the EPA Standard, page 263, states that effects on thyroid function were associated with exposures of 0.05-0.13 mg/kg/day with adequate iodine intake and 0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day with inadequate iodine intake.

    - Most of the world, including advanced nations, has rejected fluoridation due to both health concerns and the problems with compulsory medication. In western Europe, 97% of the population uses unfluoridated water. The fluoridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-fluoridated countries. http://fluoridealert.org/content/europe-statements/

    - More and more U.S. and Canadian communities are choosing to end fluoridation despite the recommendations of so-called health authorities who continue to defend this practice in the face of mounting evidence of its harms. (See http://cof-cof.ca/canadas-growing-list-of-communities-actively-rejecting-artificial-fluoridation-of-their-drinking-water/ and http://fluoridealert.org/content/communities/)

    - Unlike other forms of medication, water fluoridation provides no control over the dose or dosage received by each individual. Individual dosage, not concentration in water, is what ultimately matters for each resident.

    - Fluoridating communities cannot prove that there is a need for everyone in the community, or even one person, to ingest fluoride ions or HFSA. They do not measure fluoride levels in blood or urine, or monitor each resident for signs of fluoride toxicity. Medical professionals in Canada are not taught to consider, test for, diagnose or treat fluoride toxicity aside from dental fluorosis, even though fluorosis can occur in many parts of the body. (http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Fluorosis-and-Associated-Health-Issues.pdf)

    - Our Ontario fluoridation-promoting Medical Officers of Health belong to the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), which has warned its members that there is no place for personal views on fluoridation. (See page 5 in the AlPHA 10-Feb-2011 meeting notes: http://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ALPHAs-Final-Notes-Water-Fluoridation-Session-10-Feb-2011.pdf)

    - AlPHA states that they provide leadership to the boards of health and public health units in Ontario (http://www.alphaweb.org/?page=About_Us). Yet the AlPHA Strategic Plan has nothing to do with helping the public, rather its aim is to: promote, represent, enrich, support and connect members. ( http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.alphaweb.org/resource/resmgr/BOD_files/Strategic_Directions_Feb_201.pdf)

    In summary, I object to my loved ones and I being medicated without informed consent, especially with an unnecessary toxic waste chemical that has never been properly studied and has never been approved as a drug, food additive or nutritional supplement.



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