Friday, October 25, 2013

Inaccurate statements by CEO of Food Safety Authority of Ireland on Fluoridation.

The Irish Examiner reported (Tuesday, October 15, 2013) that Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), told Cork County Council that the agency did not believe there was any risk to the public from the fluoridation of water. This statement is not correct.

The safety of fluoride is based on a number factors, firstly the daily exposure of the population to fluoride from all sources including water, food and beverages, dental products as well as the fluoride concentration in medication, which may be high in fluoride. In addition the use of other substances such as Teflon coated pots and pans, which are made from fluoridated compounds, leach fluoride into food that is prepared using these products. 

Secondly, the safety is based on the solubility of the chemical compound used to artificially fluoridate our drinking water supplies. Hexafluorosuilicic Acid is the chemical used in Ireland to fluoridate our drinking water, unlike naturally occurring calcium fluoride it is almost 100% soluble in drinking water while calcium fluoride is largely insoluble. What this means for the layperson, is that the fluoride concentration in ones blood and urine is much higher when one consumes artificially fluoridated water.  

Thirdly, safety it is based on the total lifetime exposure of the individual to fluoride. When you ingest fluoride most of it remains in your body accumulating in your skeletal system as well as in your organs including your heart, kidneys, lungs, pineal gland, other soft tissues over your lifetime. It is also now well established that poor nutrition and deficiencies in vitamin D, Vitamin C and calcium increases the absorption of fluoride in humans.

Fourthly, the safety of a chemical is based on epidemiological and toxicological data on the chemicals used for fluoridation of drinking water as well as population based studies examining how fluoride may impact on the most vulnerable in our society with impaired immunity, kidney function, poor nutrition or compromised health. No studies exist providing data on the toxicological and epidemiological effects of Hexafluorosilicic Acid, it is for this very reason that the European Commission recently banned the use of Hexafluorosilicic Acid for use as a biocidal product in the EU. Furthermore in almost 50years of fluoridating the entire Irish population not a single study has been conducted to evaluate the wider health implications for public health, that is apart from dental decay. Yet, remarkably without any toxicological data to support its safe use the FSAI and the HSE continue to allow this chemical to be injected into our drinking water to be consumed by all our citizens. As for dental decay, every single country in western Europe that is non-fluoridated has better oral health and less dental decay than Ireland, without ever needing to fluoridate their drinking water supplies.

Finally, the opinion of Professor Reilly and the FSAI, is based on what is now known to be seriously flawed data based on an erroneous study conducted in Ireland by the FSAI measuring fluoride levels in foodstuffs. The Total diet Study published by the FSAI in 2011 underestimated the fluoride contend of important foodstuffs known to contain high levels of fluoride by over 1000%. This alarming finding has been confirmed by independent testing conducted by myself, as well as by recent scientific evidence on human dietary exposure to fluoride undertaken by the Biological Sciences Research Group at University of Derby and the Centre for Radiation, Health Protection Agency, UK, which was published recently in the peer reviewed journal Food Research International (Food Research International 51 (2013) 564–570). These scientific measurements on fluoride content in foodstuffs are supported by over thirty additional published scientific peer reviewed studies including data from the World Health Organization itself. 

What all of this data unequivocally shows is that a large percentage of the adult Irish population are exposed to excess levels of fluoride that can lead to detrimental health effects and that fluoridation of drinking water is significantly contributing to overexposure of this toxin.

Professor Reilly and the FSAI are aware of this, as I have personally provided the data to the FSAI. 

I have myself just returned from an International conference on Fluoride held in the prestigious Tehran Medical University, where I personally presented information to medical and scientific experts from throughout Europe and Asia demonstrating that the exposure of the Irish population to fluoride has resulted in unprecedented disease burdens among adults and children in our population, this has occurred to such an extent that today, 1 in 3 adults now suffer from a chronic disease, principally inflammatory diseases, and children in Ireland have the highest burdens of childhood inflammatory respiratory diseases in the world.

There is no question but that over exposure to fluoride is the main contributor to this disease burden. The United States National Research Council of the National Academies stated in 2006 in their major review of fluoride in drinking water, that "fluoride is a pro inflammatory agent that increases the inflammatory response in humans."

Inflammation is the main contributor to degenerative diseases in humans including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many other neural disorders.  All of these diseases have higher prevalence in fluoridated Ireland than in non-fluoridated countries. In short, the burden of disease in our communities demonstrates the very safety of water fluoridation.