Information on Fluoride in Drinking and Tap Water
Fluoride and Drinking Water
Did you know that fluoridation chemicals were once used as pesticides?
That they are registered as poisons under the 1972 Poisons Act, in the same group of toxins as arsenic, mercury and paraquat?
That there is considerable evidence that it does not reduce levels of tooth decay.
Although fluoride is scientifically classed as more toxic than lead, the Government allows 20 times as much fluoride as lead in drinking water.
The fluoride added to drinking water isn’t the pharmaceutical grade stuff added to toothpaste.
It’s hexafluorosilicic acid derived from an industrial process... It comes from the pollution scrubber liquor from factory chimneys. Basically it's a hazardous industrial waste that is illegal to dump at sea.
It also contains small amounts of impurities such as lead, mercury, beryllium and arsenic.
The following article sums up the reasons why some people are suspicious of fluoride in our water
Fluoride goes down like a lead balloon
Tony Blair wants to fluoridate Britain because this will help
children’s teeth. Emily McIvor maintains that fluoridation is
really all about ideology
WATER fluoridation is a subject that prompts strong emotions on
both sides of the argument.
For those opposed to it, fluoridation is an attack on civil
liberties and on the right to choose whether we use a
controversial chemical which has been linked to a range of
medical problems including cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and
Fluoridation is an attack on the basic medical ethic, enshrined
in the European Human Rights Convention, that patients must have
the right to refuse or discontinue medication.
However, we are being continually guilt-tripped about the
suffering supposedly caused to young people by opposition to
It’s the conventional wisdom that fluoridation reduces tooth
decay in children.
Yet there is considerable evidence that it does not reduce levels
of decayed, missing and filled teeth or even the “dental health
inequalities” that form such a large part of the Labour, Tory and
Liberal Democrat argument in favour of fluoridation.
There is considerable evidence from the United States – the home
of water fluoridation – that challenges the conventional wisdom
about fluoridation and teeth.
According to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource
Centre, the US is in a state of dental crisis.
More than half of all children aged 6-8 and two-thirds of all
15-year-olds experience dental decay.
British politicians say we should follow America’s lead and
fluoridate, because America has the best teeth in the world.
Clearly, it’s not that simple.
In fact, most European countries have either refused to embark on
fluoridation – like France, which rejected it on the advice of
the Pasteur Institute – or have banned it like the Netherlands,
which has observed fluoridation’s effects for 23 years.
We don’t even have to cross the English Channel or the Irish Sea
to challenge the idea that water fluoridation reduces tooth
The conclusion of the York Review, the Government’s own study of
water fluoridation, which reported in 2000, found “little
evidence” that fluoridation reduced dental health inequalities.
Pro-fluoridation professionals seek to give the impression that
scientists generally agree with them.
This is the case with the British Dental Association and the
British Medical Association, but elsewhere fluoride is not seen
as “safe and effective”.
Robert Carton, former president of the Union of Government
Scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency – the body
that oversees drinking water quality in the US – has described
fluoridation as “the greatest case of scientific fraud of this
century, if not of all time.”
In 1998, Dr Peter Mansfield examined people in the fluoridated
West Midlands and carried out fluoride-level tests on more than
He found that 60 percent of them were ingesting more fluoride
than the Government considers safe.
Some of them had four times the “safe” level in their bodies.
Mansfield sent his results to the highest levels at the
Department of Health, but he was ignored.
This is especially alarming in view of the amount of fluoride
that is officially considered safe.
Although fluoride is scientifically classed as more toxic than
lead, the Government allows 20 times as much fluoride as lead in
Meanwhile, while few people seem to know, most would be horrified
to learn that the fluoride added to drinking water isn’t the
pharmaceutical grade stuff added to toothpaste.
It’s hexafluorosilicic acid derived from an industrial process;
namely, the manufacture of phosphate fertiliser.
It comes from the pollution scrubber liquor from the factory
chimneys of that industry and is simply re-labelled a “recovered
The fluoride that the Prime Minister wants to put in everyone’s
drinking water is a hazardous industrial waste that is illegal to
dump at sea.
This toxic waste doesn’t just contain fluoride. It also has small
amounts of impurities such as lead, mercury, beryllium and
One may wonder how it ever managed to pass any safety test.
The simple – if unbelievable – answer is that it didn’t. In
Britain, the National Pure Water Association has repeatedly
challenged the Government to produce the safety testing data for
The Government never has, because the data doesn’t exist.
It is a wonder that any part of the medical profession could be
in favour of fluoridation, in breach of both the European
Convention on Human Rights and Medicine and standard medical
When Manchester City Council was about to begin putting fluoride
in school milk in July 2000, the local Green Party sought
reassurances that parents would be given comprehensive
information and encouraged to make their own choice about it.
The council’s senior dental health officer told the Greens that
the information would be properly balanced.
But when asked how this was compatible with the policy of
positive marketing of the product, he would not acknowledge any
Tony Blair should note that many countries have tried
fluoridation and stopped it. Only five still fluoridate to any
In Ireland, Europe’s most heavily fluoridated country, there are
growing protests in favour of stopping fluoridation.
There is a similar movement in the US.
Britain is going backwards because an old, conventional wisdom
persists in the face of all the evidence about the lack of
effectiveness of fluoridation, the health dangers, the attack on
civil liberties and the breach of medical ethics.
Fluoridation is not really about children’s teeth. It’s about ideology.
If the debate were really about teeth, the conclusion would be
obvious and uncontroversial.
Tooth decay is caused by poor diet and inadequate oral hygiene.
Fluoridation merely medicates everyone on the debatable grounds
that this will help some of them to have better teeth, while a
blind eye is turned to the potential adverse effects on other
aspects of health.
Education is the key to protecting teeth.
Fluoridation is a neat way of getting rid of a hazardous
Emily McIvor is the Green Party’s spokesperson on children’s
More information on the issue of fluoride in water can be found at the National Pure Water Association.
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