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    UK Parents Say NO To Fluoride In School Milk Telegraph and Argus, Bradford, UK By Suzy Poole 4-30-02 Bradford parents have voted overwhelmingly against adding
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      UK Parents Say NO To Fluoride
      In School Milk
      Telegraph and Argus, Bradford, UK
      By Suzy Poole
      4-30-02

      Bradford parents have voted overwhelmingly against adding
      fluoride to school milk. In a telephone poll,

      92 per cent of callers said no to the move, although dental
      experts believe it will stop children's teeth rotting away.
      The Telegraph & Argus set up the survey after revealing that
      the regeneration project Bradford Trident had funded a
      feasibility into adding fluoride to milk in nurseries and
      primary schools. Jenny Godson, assistant clinical director
      of Bradford Personal Dental Services, which is leading the
      programme to improve children's oral health in the area,
      said she was not surprised. "Usually it's the people with
      strong feelings who respond and the strongest feelings are
      usually those against, so it's not surprising," she said.
      "When we get to our feasibility study, people will be able
      to make up their own minds.

      "We will be giving a balanced view of what benefits they
      might expect and any negative things they might be concerned
      about. "Obviously if we thought there was any harm, we
      wouldn't be thinking of possibly adding fluoride."

      Bradford has the highest rate of tooth decay in the region.
      More than half the population have suffered decay by the age
      of five, with an average of four rotten, missing or filled
      teeth. The feasibility study is just one part of a
      three-pronged attack on children's tooth decay in West
      Bowling, Marshfields and Park Lane over the next four years.
      Parents and children will also be educated on oral health
      and healthy tooth brushing. And project leaders have
      stressed that parents will be consulted as part of the
      study.

      But George Glasser, of the Wakefield-based National Pure
      Water Association which campaigns against fluoride, said
      more and more parents are accessing information about
      fluoride on the Internet. He also believes that children's
      urine should be tested when school fluoridated milk schemes
      are introduced, in line with World Health Organisation
      guidelines, as it is a cumulative poison. "More people are
      asking questions," he said. Researchers were unable to make
      up their minds on the benefits of adding fluoride to school
      milk, he added. "It all boils down to proper education about
      oral health, tooth brushing and diet," he said. *********
      AFTER RECEIVING SEVERAL CALLS FOR HELP FROM ANXIOUS MOTHERS
      WE SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER to

      135 Members of Manchester City Council on Monday, July 24,
      2000.
      Subject: FLUORIDE IN SCHOOL MILK

      Earlier this year, Dr Martin Tickle, dental public health
      officer, said that parents will be asked to give consent for
      their children to have fluori-dated milk at school. The
      World Health Organisation warns that in school fluoridated
      milk schemes testing of urine samples is now considered
      mandatory, FOR SAFETY REASONS. This is part of international
      scientific research criteria. Presumably, the Manchester
      City Council Education Department, to comply with their
      fiduciary duty, will formally request Parental Consent for
      their children's urine samples to be analysed. Since the
      addition of a "fluoride" compound ("fluoride," a complete
      misnomer for a very toxic substance, is cumulative in the
      body) is intended to create actual bodily change in the
      children, it is also the Council's fiduciary duty to ensure
      that the following considerations and adequacy of warnings
      are taken into account. Parents must be properly WARNED
      about the side-effects of ingested fluoride (i.e. dangers,
      outlined in the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides,
      Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine, ATSDR,

      1993 and Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride, National
      Research Council, NAS, 1993) before being asked to consent
      to the dosing of their children.

      Would you kindly let us know,

      1 Who will be legally responsible for administering and
      supervising the ëfluorideí supplement to the children in
      this experiment?

      2 A child who chooses not to drink milk may pass his/her
      medication to another child for consumption, which could
      happen on a daily basis. Which teacher(s) will be legally
      responsible for ensuring that this does not occur?

      3 Who will be legally responsible for the collection and
      labelling of urine samples?

      4 How often will the childrenís urine samples be tested ñ
      per week, per month, per term?

      5 Who will be legally responsible for actually testing the
      childrenís urine samples?

      6 Who will be legally responsible for the toxicological
      monitoring of the scheme?

      7 Who will be responsible for ascertaining that no other
      fluoride supplements (i.e. drops, tablets, toothpaste,
      fluorinated medications ñ i.e. Prozac, fluoroquinolones,
      asthma inhalers, etc) are being taken by individual
      children? The World Health Organisation warns, "Dental and
      public health administrators should be aware of the total
      fluoride exposure in the population before introducing any
      additional fluoride programme for caries prevention."
      (Fluorides and Oral Health, 1994, WHO, Geneva.).

      8 Who will be legally responsible for assessing the current
      fluoride exposure of the children before the fluoridated
      school milk experiment commences?

      Before any vote is taken to implement the Fluoride in School
      Milk scheme, it should be noted that in order to avoid any
      potential personal liability Councillors who abstain from
      supporting the scheme should have their abstentions, and
      their reasons therefor, recorded in the Council Minutes.
      Please visit our website: http://www.npwa.freeserve.co.uk
      and its links for more information about fluoride and
      fluoridation. Yours, etc. Jane Jones, National Pure Water
      Association Ltd www.npwa.freeserve.co.uk

      Note: NOT ONE REPLY WAS RECEIVED FROM THE COUNCIL. The LEA
      phoned but contributed nothing of substance, and the dental
      public health officer failed to answer our queries.

      School fluoridated milk programmes are also being planned
      for Sheffield.
      http://www.telegraph-and-argus.co.uk/bradford
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