The Premier of Queensland
Queensland Minister for Health
Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Councillors, all Cities and Shires of Queensland

We wish to express our grave concerns regarding renewed proposals to fluoridate Queensland’s water supplies. Fluoridation began at a time when asbestos lined our pipes, when lead was added to petrol, and DDT was regarded as safe and effective. These chemicals have now been banned, but fluoridation remains untouched (

Research is now raising doubts about fluoridation’s effectiveness. Data compiled by the World Health Organization shows tooth decay has declined at a similar rate in all Western Countries, irrespective of each country’s water or salt fluoridation status (

New evidence for potential serious harm from long-term fluoride ingestion is also emerging. This evidence is summarised on the following web sites: and

It is extraordinary that the same people who reject abundant global evidence about the association between fluoride ingestion and organ damage (e.g. to bones, teeth, glands, or immune system), embrace the questionable science used to support its benefits. They ignore the many confounding possible influences in this research. This includes sugar consumption (averaging 1 kg per week per person in Australia) much of which is hidden, other nutritional influences, general dental hygiene, use of floss and movements in population.

Recent studies by several eminent researchers strongly suggest that fluoride works primarily by topical means through direct action on the surface of the teeth via toothpaste, or gels used in dental treatments ( see: XIII, ‘topical versus systemic effects’), (Centers for Disease Control {CDC}1999 and 2001). Ingestion of fluoride through drinking fluoridated water is not essential nor effective for caries reduction.

Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, BSc, (Associate Professor and Head, Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto and Past President of the Canadian Association for Dental Research) apologised in 1999 for inadvertently misleading both his colleagues and dental students in his support for fluoridation. Addressing them he concluded: “For the past 15 years, I had refused to study the toxicology information that is readily available to anyone. Poisoning our children was the furthest thing from my mind” (

The fluoridating agent most commonly used is a hazardous contaminated industrial-grade product from the phosphate fertilizer industry (

We strongly reject the notion that placing a chronic poison in our water supplies is clever preventive medicine.

We represent 1500 doctors, dentists, scientists and others working in the interests of public health who are primarily interested in prevention and early intervention in disease processes.

The question of fluoridation was considered with care, openness and good representation by the Lord Mayor’s Task Force in 1997 which came down clearly against fluoridating Brisbane’s water supply ( It is astounding that this issue could again be raised in Queensland in an apparently co-ordinated national campaign. No new evidence has been put forward to our knowledge that would warrant a revision of the 1997 decision.

We will urge Queenslanders to study the evidence showing potential serious harm from long-term fluoride ingestion and to inform their councillors and state members how they feel about this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Doug Everingham MBBS
1972-75 Australian Minister for Health
World Health Assembly 1975
National Delegation Leader
and Vice-President for Western Pacific WHO region

Dr Eric Davis

BDSc Dip. Clin. Nutr. FACNEM
Qld Chair ASOMAT, Past National President ASOMAT
(ASOMAT is the Australasian Society of Oral Medicine and Toxicology ˆ a Dental Practitioners‚ Association)
(FACNEM is Fellowship of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine – ACNEM)

Dr Gary Deed

Qld Board Member ACNEM
Qld Chair and National Vice President AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association)
Chair, Diabetes Australia (Qld)

Dr Barry Ryan
American Board Certified, Environmental Medicine
Member, Brisbane Lord Mayor‚s Taskforce on Fluoride 1997

Dr Philip Stowell

Qld Board Member FACNEM

Dr John Ryan

MSc Nutrition with Distinction (London)
Past Qld President ACNEM AMAC & AIMA
CMEC Member, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia
Deputy Chair, Council, Australian College of Natural Medicine (ACNM)
Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee (ACNM)

Nea Cameron-Smith RN

Past Secretary, Australian College of Holistic Nurses

Dr Kris Mylonas

Post-grad Dip.Acup BCTANT
Chair, Brisbane Bayside Division of General Practice Committee for GP Health & Wellbeing
Chair, Brisbane Bayside Division of General Practice Committee for Continuing Professional Education/Development

Shirley Strachan ND BHSc(Comp Med) MA(Hons)History Grad Dip(Mar Arch)

Mark Diesendorf BSc PhD

Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University
Director, Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd

Dr Robyn Cosford

Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
The Australian Integrative Medicine Association
Holistic Dental Association
Mona Vale NSW

Cr Lisa C Intemann BA(Hons) BAppSc DipSocSc

Community Development worker (thirty years)
Wauchope, NSW

Professor Ian Brighthope

Founding Director, President, Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)

Professor Noel Campbell

Melbourne VIC

Philip Robertson BHSc ND

Lecturer Natural Medicine, Dept Health Science
Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC

Dr Vicki Kotsirilos

MBBS (Monash) FACNEM DipHerbMed, CertAcup, DipHyp

Dr Bogdan Sikorski

Senior Toxicologist
Office of Complementary Medicines
Canberra ACT

Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith PhD (Law)

Coordinator National Toxics Network Inc.
Rivett ACT

Dr. Hardy Limeback BSc PhD DDS
Associate Professor and Head, Preventive Dentistry
University of Toronto
Toronto Canada

Richard G Foulkes BA MD
Abbotsford British Columbia Canada

Ella Haley BSc PhD

Centre for Global and Social Analysis,
Athabasca University
Alberta Canada

Dr Robert C Dickson MD CCFP

Calgary Alberta Canada

Michelle Meyer ND

Member, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Dr Rosalie Bertell PhD GNSH

Founder and immediate Past President
International Institute of Concern for Public Health <> Canada

Patrick Chapus
President, Association de Sauvegarde du Patrimonine et du Cadre de Vie de Solerieux (Association of Safeguard of the Inheritance and the Framework of Life of Solerieux)
Solerieux, France

Professor Dr Leo Rebello

Fellow of the European Medical Association
President, AIDS Alternativa International
World Peace Envoy, Bombay India

Dr Philip Michael MB BCh BAO MICGP
Chairperson, Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association

Dr Elizabeth Cullen

MB BCh BAO MSc(Community Health)
Diploma in Pollution Control,
Irish Doctors Environmental Association, Ireland

Irish Dentists Opposed to Fluoridation (61 members)

(IDOF’s primary aim is to highlight the undemocratic, unethical and unsafe nature of fluoridation in Ireland)
Endorsed by Dr Don Mac Auley MDS (Dental Surgeon)

Dr Andrew Rynne

Medical Practitioner
Life long campaigner for civil liberty and free choice, writer and
Founder, Clane General Hospital, Co. Kildare
Kildare Ireland

Loty Zilberman MSc

Chemical engineer (Specialized in drug manufacture and toxicology)
Ghivataiim, Israel

Bruce Spittle MB ChB DPM FRANZCP
Dunedin New Zealand

Dr Michael E Godfrey
President NZ Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Director, Bay of Plenty Environmental Health
Tauranga New Zealand

Tohru Murakami DDS PhD

Vice President, Japanese Society for Fluoride Research

Kenichi Narita DDS

Vice President, Japanese Society for Fluoride Research

Kenji Akiniwa DDS

Editor of the Journal of Japanese Society for Fluoride Research

Junji Kato MD PhD
Director of Miyachiyo Kato Clinic, Miyagi Pref, Japan
Member, Medwatcher Japan

Yoshihiro Satoh MD
3-2-6 Shintohna Naruse-Town Miyagi, Japan

Mageswari Sangaralingam

Research Officer
Consumers’ Association of Penang
Penang Malaysia

Marie-Lou Roux

Executive Officer: Habitat Council
Cape Town, South Africa

George Cheng

Executive Director
Taiwan (Environmental) Watch Institute, Taiwan

Herlin Hsieh

Taiwan (Environmental) Watch Institute, Taiwan

Dr C Vyvyan Howard MB ChB PhD FRCPath.
Developmental Toxico-Pathology Group
Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Liverpool
Liverpool UK

Paul Connett PhD

Professor of Chemistry
St Lawrence University
Canton, New York

Roger D Masters PhD

Research Professor and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government
Department of Government HB
Dartmouth College
Hanover NH USA

Robert J Carton PhD (Environmental Science)

Former Chief, Environmental Compliance US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Fort Detrick Maryland USA

Russell L Blaylock MD
Neurosurgeon and Neuroscientist
Advanced Nutritional Concepts
Past Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Visiting Professor of Biology Belhaven College
Jackson Mississippi USA
“This is to plea with you not to fluoridate your water supplies. I am a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who has studied the issue of effects of water fluoridation on the developing brain as well as adult brain. Fluoridation of drinking water is a grave mistake and health hazard.”

Vinod Barot
MSc PhD DIS (India) MEng(USA) CCEP(Canada)Technical Director
Sanitary District of Hammond
Hammond IN USA

W Robert Heterick AB MSc PhD (Clinical Psychology)

Witchita KS USA

David Kennedy DDS
Past President, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Former Brisbane Lord Mayor‚s Taskforce Consultant on Fluoride 1997
San Diego CA USAMae Woo DDS
Montana USA

Samuel E Epstein MD

Professor Emeritus Environmental & Occupational Medicine
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health
Chicago Illinois USA

Christopher Bryson
Investigative Journalist, Author “The Fluoride Deception” (book review)
New York USA

Firuzeh Mahmoudi MSc MPA (Environmental)
Health Care Without Harm
International Coordinator
Berkley CA USA

Bruce Randall
Longmeadow Water & Sewer Commission Chairman, ex-oficio
Longmeadow Massachusetts USA

Jeanine Trevillyan MD

Texarkana Arkansas USA

Tony Tweedale MS(Environmental Studies)

Secretary, Montana Coalition for Health, Environmental & Economic Rights
Missoula MT USA

Dr Neil Carman
BS (Plant Biology), MS(Plant Biology), PhD(Phytochemistry)
Environmental scientist
Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
Austin, TX 78702

Raymond R White PhD(Stanford Biological Sciences 1973)

56 City College of San Francisco
San Francisco CA USA

Susan Augustoni
Licensed Certified Nutritionist
Superior Colorado USA <>

Phillip M Allen MD PhD & June Allen MEd
Enviro-Health Concerns (pro bono publico)
Wichita KS USA

Michael F Dolan PhD
Research Professor
Department of Geosciences
Amherst MA 01003 USA
Wichita KS USA

Albert W Burgstahler PhD
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
University of Kansas Lawrence Kansas USA

Endorsed by:

Dr John Ryan
Bridgeman Downs
Queensland, Australia