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To: Leitrim HSE
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:
• 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.