fw: UK Parents Say NO To Fluoride
- UK Parents Say NO To Fluoride
In School Milk
Telegraph and Argus, Bradford, UK
By Suzy Poole
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
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,
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
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