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
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.