Hamilton Council’s announcement yesterday to become fluoride free has attracted praise from Soil & Health – Organic NZ.
“Hamilton joins the 30 other regional councils in New Zealand out of a total of 75 that do not fluoridate,” says Debbie Swanwick, Spokesperson, Soil & Health – Organic NZ.
Eighty-eight percent of the 1567 submissions received from the public and interested parties advocated for fluoride to be removed from Hamilton’s water supply.
”Fluoride has been linked with underactive thyroid and therefore weight gain, lowering IQ levels, and dental and skeletal fluorosis,” she says.
The Fluoride Action Network states that most developed nations in the world do not fluoridate their water supply. Only 11 countries in the world have more than 50% of their population drinking fluoridated water: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Guyana, Hong Kong, the Irish Republic, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and New Zealand. Sixty-two percent of drinking water in New Zealand is fluoridated and ninety-six percent of toothpaste sold nationwide is as well.
”The biggest secret about fluoride is that it only works topically; ingesting it causes harm not good, says Swanwick.
Science supports her concerns. In 2001, the Union of Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters Office in Washington D.C. stated: “we hold that water fluoridation is an unreasonable risk.”
”It is about time that New Zealand fell into line with the rest of the world and stopped this practice. It’s as simple as turning a tap off at our public water works. Whether or not people believe in the science, our government should allow people to make their own choice on this matter, not mass medicate without their consent when many members of the public are ill-informed on the subject,” says Swanwick.
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