For the sake of a tooth
by Dr Mike Godfrey, Tauranga, October 2013
As a result of massive District Health Board pro-fluoride publicity swamping Hamilton and other areas at risk of becoming fluoride-free, the public predictably accepted the experts’ advice.
However, the much touted 40 percent reduction in decay is actually less than 1 filling – but 40 percent reduction sounds more impressive. The latest Australian dental research has again confirmed 2 previous large studies namely, that lifetime water fluoridation saves 1 tooth from decay (Slade and Spencer J.Dent.Res.2013).
In the Republic of Ireland (RoI) with 50 years of mandated water fluoridation, asthma rates are double those of unfluoridated Northern Ireland (NI) and highest in the EU (ISAAC study (Lancet 1998). Worldwide, New Zealand equally rates (ISAAC NZ Med J 2001). Notably, all fluoridating countries have shared elevated rates only since starting fluoridation. Admission rates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) were highest for the RoI (364/100,000) with NZ (319) and Australia (312) compared to < 200/100,000 in the EU. Fluorides cause chronic lung inflammation. Thyroid suppression (fluoride blocks iodine) results not only in hypothyroidism with subsequent obesity, diabetes and asthma, but maternal thyroid suppression results in a reduction in children’s IQ.
NZ also leads the world in SIDS. Type 2 diabetes is 60 per cent higher in the RoI vs. NI. We also have an epidemic of diabetes exceeding 200,000 diagnosed cases (Govt. statistics 2008 with 81,000 in 1996). A similar pattern is seen in the USA, Australia and other fluoridating countries with concurrent increasing obesity. Fluoride is implicated with prostate cancer. Worldwide, RoI leads followed by Australia, Canada, NZ and USA (Globocan 2008). Similar patterns are seen with breast, lung, colon, and certainly with bone cancers.
Whilst epidemiology does not prove causation, it does reveal statistical correlation and in the above there is arguably only one common denominator – fluoride.
Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman, the chief Scientific Advisor to the Minister, whilst on record as endorsing fluoride, in an address on the value of science (NZ Science Review (Vol.70(1)2013) stated: “The nature of the public policy process is such that many programmes are introduced without consolidated and validated evidence and on the basis of anecdote, belief or bias.” NZ Public health policy on fluoridation is a perfect example and highly profitable for the pharmaceutical industry whilst fertiliser companies can conveniently trickle their otherwise expensive-to-store toxic wastes into our water.
M.E.Godfrey MBBS, Tauranga