Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Letter to Taoiseach-Prime Minister of Ireland, Minister for Health, President of EU Parliament, Director General of EPA, and Head of EU Commissions Chemical Unit

COPY OF COMMUNICATION FORWARDED WITH SCIENTIFIC REPORT, Published March 2013


Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.
Minister for Health, Dr. James O' Reilly T.D
Mr. Martin Schulz President of the EU Parliament
Ms. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA
Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Head of Chemical Unit, European Commission

19th March 2013

Please find attached my latest report with over 500 peer reviewed scientific references examining the public health implications of water fluoridation in the Republic of Ireland compared to non fluoridated Northern Ireland and the EU.

The report addresses the key findings and observations of the U.S National Academy of Sciences National Research Councils Scientific Committee Report on Fluoride (2006) and its biological impacts examining their findings for fluoride exposure, fluoride and silicofluoride toxicity,  neurotoxicity and neurological illness, developmental toxicity, endocrine disorders, immune disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer. Under each heading the findings of the NRC committee are summarized, followed by current data for each disease category for the Republic of Ireland, which is compared to non –fluoridated Northern Ireland, the EU and international countries.  Comprehensive epidemiological data from the World health organisation and other reputable bodies on disease and mortality for the Republic of Ireland are provided in graphical and tabular format.

Please  note in particular the findings of the pre-eminent scientific journal on endocrine science which published a comprehensive scientific review in June 2012 [ Vandenberg LN, Colborn T, Hayes TB, Heindel JJ, Jacobs DR, Lee DH, Shioda T, Soto AM, vom Saal FS, Welshons WV, Zoeller RT, Myers JP (2012). Hormones and endocrine-disrupting chemicals: Low dose effects and nonmonotonic dose responses. Endocrine Reviews, June 2012, 33(3):378-455] and which noted that water fluoridation chemicals were low dose endocrine disruptors that inhibited insulin secretion, the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

This information was further noted in a recent publication by a group of international experts in a publication for the WHO and UNEP dated December 2012 [Ref: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012-Inter-Organisation Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals.]

In this latter publication the biological impact of low dose endocrine disrupting chemicals are identified as impacting on immune function and disease, thyroid related disorders, bone disorders, neuro-developmental disorders in children, hormone related cancers, metabolic disorders and reproductive health.

Each of these categories are examined in detail in the attached report and clearly demonstrating that exposure to water fluoridation chemicals are contributing to significant health inequalities, disease and mortality in the Republic of Ireland.

For example, mortality in the Republic of Ireland from diabetes is 470% higher than non fluoridated northern Ireland, mortality from endocrine and metabolic disorders 350% higher,  rheumatoid arthritis 277% higher and diseases of the musculoskeletal system 228% higher than Northern Ireland. The incidence of early onset dementia is 450% higher, the incidence of Sudden Death Syndrome 300% higher while the incidence of a wide range of cancers are significantly higher in the Republic of Ireland compared to Northern Ireland and the EU.

The Republic of Ireland has the highest incidence of hormone related cancers such as ovarian and prostate cancers in the EU. Overall cancer incidence is 38% higher than the UK and according to the World Health Organisation cancer incidence in the Republic of Ireland is 85% above the corresponding incidence rate for European region and 43% above the EU incidence rate.

The incidence rates for chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia are 53.5% higher for males and 53.1% higher for females in the RoI compared to Northern Ireland. Remarkably males incidence rates increased in Republic of Ireland by 2.8% per year during 1994-2004, while in Northern Ireland rates were static.

Ireland has the highest death rate from respiratory disease in Western Europe with death rates at almost twice the EU average, Ireland also has the highest mortality rates form diseases of the blood including severe immunodeficiency. Ireland has the highest rates of obesity in EU and incidence of Sudden infant death syndrome.

All of these and more are discussed in detail in the attached report with appropriate scientific peer reviewed references.

The latter part of the report discusses the undocumented toxins in foods and beverages resulting from water fluoridation, the poison regulations, fluoridation of water supplies regulations and the lack of toxicological data on water fluoridation chemicals with reference to current EU legislation requiring the testing, authorisation and registration of chemicals within the EU.

Finally a summary of the current status of fluoridation in Europe is provided along with conclusions of independent reviews conducted by EU member states, including the the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Switzerland, UK and EU reviews as well as recent reviews undertaken in North America.

Summary judgements from three judicial findings in the US regarding fluoridation are also provided which found that water fluoridation endangered the public health with increased risk of cancer and other ailments.


The findings of the attached study are comparable with the findings of a recent publication by the U.S National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine Report (2013) titled "US Health in International Perspectives, Shorter lives, Poorer Health". This study compared health inequalities and burdens of disease between the US and Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands (all non-fluoridated) and the United Kingdom (<10% fluoridated). The findings of this study demonstrated that American’s die sooner and experience more illness than residents in many other countries and that other countries have gained life years faster than the US while the US relative standing in the world regarding health has fallen over the past half century.

The last half century happens to coincide with the period of artificial fluoridation in the US, as well as Ireland.

What is absolutely certain is that in the RoI the public health authorities have pursued a policy of medicating the population with fluoridation chemicals for half a century without undertaking any clinical trials, medical, toxicological, scientific or epidemiological studies to examine how exposure to such chemicals may be impacting on the general health of the population. In the absence of any scientific data they continue to believe that the policy is both safe and effective for all sectors of society regardless of the age, nutritional requirements, medical status or total dietary intake of fluoride of individuals

This study clearly demonstrates that there is sufficient evidence to conclude from a wide range of human health endpoints that fluoridation of public water supplies has resulted in increased fluoride exposure of the population in the RoI with wide ranging adverse effects on health. The Government must act immediately in the public interest and end this policy as a matter of urgency to protect not only the current generation but future generations from unnecessary harm.


Yours sincerely

Declan Waugh

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Public Health Investigation of Epidemiological data on Disease and Mortality in Ireland related to Water Fluoridation and Fluoride Exposure


Public Health Investigation of Epidemiological data on Disease and Mortality in Ireland related to Water Fluoridation and Fluoride Exposure



Here is the link to my latest <a href=“http://www.enviro.ie/Public%20Health%20Investigation%20of%20Epidemiological%20data%20on%20Disease%20and%20Mortality%20in%20Ireland%20related%20to%20Water%20Fluoridation_Waugh%20D_Febuary%202013%20Master.pdf.pdf”>report</a> investigating the epidemiological data on disease and mortality in Ireland related to Water Fluoridation and Fluoride exposure.


The impetus for this report came from a recently released U.S. National Research Council (NRC) report which reviewed toxicologic, epidemiologic and clinical data on fluoride and exposure data on orally ingested fluoride from drinking water and other sources and which examined the adverse effects on various organs systems, and genotoxic and carcinogenic potential of fluoride on human health. A growing body of research is calling attention to this problem. As a follow-up to the 2006 NRC report and my previous report on Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation (2012); this study highlights the key findings of the NRC scientific committee under specific headings and examines the health disadvantages for the population of Ireland from increased dietary exposure to fluorides by comparison to disease incidence/burden in non-fluoridated Northern Ireland and Europe.



The results clearly document that higher mortality and inferior health is evident for the population in the Republic of Ireland compared to non-fluoridated Northern Ireland. The findings clearly support the published findings of the NRC scientific committee and conclusively demonstrate that fluoridation of drinking water has significantly increased the dietary fluoride exposure of the entire population in Ireland to unsafe levels that have contributed directly and indirectly to numerous adverse health effects on the population. Ultimately this has culminated in significantly higher disease burdens and mortality and inferior health compared to their counterparts in Northern Ireland or other non-fluoridated EU countries. Overall the Republic of Ireland fares worse in the prevalence of disease and morbidity for a wide range of disease categories compared with Northern Ireland the UK or the EU region. The report also highlights similar disease burdens in the few other countries that continue to practice fluoridation especially in North America, Australia and New Zealand. The NRC report (2006) highlighted the potential contribution that fluoride exposure may have for many if not all of these diseases. This report identifies that water fluoridation chemicals have been classified as low dose Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs) in current peer reviewed scientific publications and examines how EDCs impact on overall human health in general. 



The gravity of the findings in this report raises urgent and fundamental questions about the safety of artificial fluoridation of drinking water. Given the strength of the findings and seriousness of the evidence presented in this report continuation of such a policy, in light of the information contained, would represent gross culpable negligence and a crime against humanity. With so much at stake and when the evidence of harm is so overwhelming, public health authorities simply have no choice but to act in the public interest and discontinue artificial fluoridation as a matter of urgency.

Conclusions of Report

This report as with my previous report titled Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation has addressed many serious and alarming aspects of artificial fluoridation and its contribution to disease burdens and mortality in the ROI and elsewhere. Since writing my original report I have submitted numerous independent studies to the Government of Ireland and the Minister for Health that have addressed in great detail some of the individual concerns raised in my original report.

I have provided a detailed reply to the inadequate and unscientific appraisal of my initial report for which I have yet to even receive an acknowledgement or reply. It is evident that in the few countries where water fluoridation still operates that public health authorities who continue to promote this blunt and dangerous practice do so in a manner whereby they censor scientific information that is in any way damaging to their continued support for such a policy. This has not happened in Europe where numerous scientific assessments have all found fluoridation to be unsafe, unlawful and a violation of human rights.

What is absolutely certain is that in the RoI the public health authorities have pursued a policy of medicating the population with fluoridation chemicals for half a century without undertaking any clinical trials, medical, toxicological, scientific or epidemiological studies to examine how exposure to such chemicals may be impacting on the general health of the population.  In the absence of any scientific data they continue to believe that the policy is both safe and effective for all sectors of Irish Society regardless of the age, nutritional requirements, medical status or total dietary intake of fluoride of individuals. Causal inference is not done directly from the epidemiological study results; instead, it is done via combining information from the epidemiological observations with findings from the detailed studies of pathways such as the impact of EDCs, risk of exposures as well as human and animal studies.

This study clearly demonstrates that there is sufficient evidence to conclude from a wide range of human health endpoints that fluoridation of public water supplies has resulted in increased fluoride exposure of the population in the RoI with wide ranging adverse effects on health.

This evidence can clearly no longer be ignored. In the words of Winston Churchill:

 “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong - these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

The Government must act immediately in the public interest and end this policy as a matter of urgency to protect not only the current generation but future generations from unnecessary harm.

The principles of good governance including transparency and accountability; fairness and equity; efficiency and effectiveness; respect for the rule of law; and high standards of ethical behaviour; represent the basis upon which to build open government.

The ethics of water fluoridation violate each and every one of these very pillars of democracy.

Open government strengthens democracy by enabling public scrutiny of policies and strengthening public trust in government as a necessary precondition for effective public policy.  When this is lacking the fundamental that underpin the legitimacy and credibility of democracy as a form of government are endangered.


The history of water fluoridation has allowed special interest groups to misuse and suppress scientific information and in doing so undermine the credibility of scientific analysis.

There is no credible science to support such a policy, which in reality in he absence of proper scientific assessment provides a clear example of human experimental toxicology on a population level, one which violates the very basis of the precautionary principle which demands a clear burden of scientific proof that this it is not in any way contributing to ill-health.  Astonishingly the Public health authority have neither provided the necessary scientific evidence nor provided funding for such studies to commence, despite the many recommendations from many learned scientific bodies over the past number of decades.

If the public health authorities are intend on continuing to support such a policy in light of the evidence provided in this report they have a duty of care to provide evidence based toxicological and epidemiological data to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that fluoridation of drinking water and the subsequent increased dietary exposure of the population is not contributing to the diseases noted in this report.

The consequences of inaction and ignoring the growing health disadvantages are predictable. The RoI as with other fluoridated countries with high disease burdens will continue to fall further behind comparable countries on health outcomes and mortality.

Based on the European model of risk assessment and management another review of this policy is unnecessary. The evidence presented in this report is considerable, clearly identifying the complex causal pathways that link exposure to fluoride with health determinants and health outcomes, and how these pathways differ between people living in fluoridated compared to non-fluoridated communities.

In light of this new evidence strikingly consistent and pervasive patterns of higher mortality and inferior health are evident in fluoridated countries compared to non-fluoridated. More specifically within the one island of Ireland between two similar communities the Republic of Ireland fares worse in almost every single health domain despite higher levels of educational attainment and social and economic wellbeing compared to non-fluoridated Northern Ireland.