There are many public health issues related to water fluoridation.
In 2003, MP's were persuaded into assisting the extension of
water fluoridation throughout the UK. They considered they had
taken into account health concerns by including a statutory
obligation on health authorities to monitor the health of people
receiving fluoride in their water. The first four yearly report on
health monitoring is due in March 2014.
Ten years on[and 50 yrs since its introduction in West Cumbria] health authorities have not even achieved a starting point by developing the guidelines to assess the effects of fluoride exposure.
In the absence of the monitoring required by legislation and in light of the following proven health concerns we believe any artificial water fluoridation in Cumbria should cease .
1]Fluorine is a halogen, chemically related to iodine, but much
As such, fluoride out-competes and displaces iodine at the receptor sites on the thyroid gland which respond to the thyroid stimulating hormone; less of this hormone reaches the thyroid gland resulting in decrease of the manufacture of the thyroid hormone .
The thyroid gland regulates metabolism among other functions. If the thyroid gland is under active our ability to burn fat diminishes and contributes significantly[alongside poor diet] to obesity.
2] In pregnancy, iodine helps the baby's brain and nervous system develop. Iodine deficiencies are the single most important cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage worldwide. A lack of iodine during pregnancy has also been linked with an increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
3] Water fluoridation will expose babies and young children to more than the recommended levels of fluoride and put their long term health at risk.
The British National Formulary outlines the following with regard to fluoride exposure. Babies under 6 months should not be exposed to more than 0.3ppm fluoride per day. Children under 3 years should not be exposed to more than 0.55ppm fluoride per day. Children under the age 6 years should not be exposed to more than 0.8ppm fluoride per day. The optimum (target) concentration of water fluoridation programmes is 1ppm fluoride.
4] Many medications for depression contain significant amounts
of fluoride which considerably increase the daily intake
contributing to the above problems and long term accumulation in
the skeleton which is linked with arthritis and
5] Those with low immune systems and poor kidney function will be unable to properly excrete fluoride and quickly build up more than the usual 50% of intake which is retained in the body for life.
6] Fluoride has been shown to increase blood glucose levels and
impair glucose tolerance, likely by inhibiting insulin production
or secretion. Impaired glucose
tolerance, often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has been found to occur in humans with fluoride intakes of only 0.07-0.4 mg/kg/day—a dose that will be exceeded in West Cumbria which aims for at least 1mg/kg/day
Current fluoride intake, therefore, may contribute or exacerbate some types of diabetes. According to the National Research Council (2006), “any role of fluoride
exposure in the development of impaired glucose metabolism or diabetes is potentially significant."
7] Dementia has been firmly linked with Aluminium. When fluoride is present, creating fluoroaluminates, they appear to be able to be more easily absorbed from the gut and can contribute to neuronal injury [conditions for onset of dementia].
This ePetition ran from 16/01/2014 to 27/02/2015 and has now finished.
185 people signed this ePetition.