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To: Leitrim HSE

Fluoride Free Town 'Carrick on Shannon'

Fluoride Free Town 'Carrick on Shannon'

We want to follow in the footsteps of Bantry & Clonakilty, to be the 3rd town in Ireland to be Fluoride free!
Stop putting fluoride in our water.

Why is this important?

Fluoridation was known, from the start, to cause dental fluorosis in at least 10% of children exposed to it. Dental fluorosis is irreversible tooth enamel damage for life (see pictures below). We believe that drinking the chemicals used in fluoridation is an unecessary risk to health. According to the Department of Health report, Forum on Fluoridation Ireland 2002, "Roughly 50% of an absorbed amount of fluoride will be excreted in the urine during the following 24 hours and most of the remainder will become associated with calcified tissue (bones and teeth)."

Among the agents listed on page 192 of the report by the Department of Health are Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium, Lead, Nickel, Silicon, Fluoride (Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid – H2SiF6). Currently, 71% of the public water supplies in the Republic of Ireland contain these agents.

We are a non-profit, independent, campaign group who believe that the policy of water fluoridation is very harmful to people, animals, and aquatic life; and that it also damages our environment and is totally unethical, and illegal. The agent, Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid (H2SiF6), in water fluoridation is a listed poison under Irish Poisons Act 1982, First Schedule, Part 11 (SI 188).

Most of Europe does not fluoridate its drinking water for health, legal and environmental reasons, as you can see below.

IMPACT OF DENTAL FLUOROSIS ON YOUR TEETH
Dental fluorosis is tooth enamel damage for life. This damage is clearly seen in the photographs of dental fluorosis shown on this page. Promoters of water fluoridation knew in advance that at least 10% of children would be affected with this condition under the water fluoridation policy. Children, their parents and guardians, did not get a chance to refuse water fluoridation and avoid this damage. Help us protect future generations from this damage by saying NO to water fluoridation today.

Republic of Ireland: 71% water fluoridation

Northern Ireland: No fluoridation

Scotland: No fluoridation.

Wales: No fluoridation.

England: 10% water fluoridation.
Austria: No fluoridation – "toxic fluorides have never been added to the public water supplies in Austria." (17th February 2000).

Belgium: No fluoridation.

Czech Republic: No fluoridation – "since 1993 drinking water has not been treated with fluoride in public water supplies throughout the Czech Republic. Reasons:
• Uneconomical
• Unecogical
• Unethical
• Toxicologically and physiologically debatable"

Denmark: No fluoridation – "toxic fluorides have never been added to the public water supplies." (22nd December 1999)

Finland: No fluoridation. One city, Kuopio, stopped in 1992.

France: No fluoridation – "fluoride chemicals are not included in the list of chemicals for drinking water treatment. This is due to ethical as well as medical considerations." (25th August 2000)

Germany: No fluoridation – "Generally in Germany fluoridation of drinking water is forbidden." (16th September 1999)

Luxembourg: No fluoridation – "Fluoride has never been added to the public water supplies in Luxembourg."

Holland: No fluoridation. It was rejected in 1976.

Norway: No fluoridation. It was rejected in 1975.

Spain: 3% water fluoridation.

Sweden: No fluoridation – "Nobel Medical Institute recommended against fluoridation. It is banned since 1971."

Switzerland: No fluoridation.

Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed because I want to take another small step towards improving the health of myself and my community. This would be one less stress our bodies have to cope with, thus reducing illness in my local community.
  • Fluoride that's added is not the natural substance but a by-product of the mining/chemical industry. Another daft US chemicals solve everything ethos. Irish children have some of the worse teeth in E.U. Someone is making money from this even the dentists have realised how unnecessary this dangerous toxin is.

Updates

2016-10-12 20:59:21 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-12 16:12:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-12 15:01:10 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-12 14:04:22 +0100

10 signatures reached