Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Minister of Health's Visit to China
Lets hope the Minister for Health will learn from the experience of China on his visit this week. China began water fluoridation the same time as Ireland in the mid 1960’s however unlike Ireland they undertook ongoing human health risk assessments examining how fluoride exposure was impacting on the health and wellbeing of its citizens.
What their health authorities found was that fluoridation of water supplies significantly increased the risk of skeletal and dental fluorosis in its population; conditions that demonstrate chronic overexposure to fluoride which not only damages teeth in children but causes serious musculoskeletal problems in adults that can lead to chronic pain.
China were also the first country to scientifically document that fluoride was a developmental neurotoxin which reduces the intelligence of children. It didn’t take their health authorities long to decide that this practice was unsafe and they ended the policy in 1983 due to public health concerns.
The Minster is aware that today in Ireland up to 40 per cent of children under 18 years of age (representing 400,000 children) now suffer from dental fluorosis while the recent Longitudinal Study of Ageing published in 2011 found the most common ailment for people over 50 years of age to be chronic musculoskeletal pain.