Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Good science and accurate reporting of science must prevail.

Nick Cohen noted in his article (It’s not just on Ebola that good science must prevail, published in the Observor, 1st, November 2014) that Sinn Fein is leading a vigorous anti-fluoride campaign in Dublin and suggested "that its progress for the IRA to go from blowing off peoples heads to merely rotting their teeth."

Mr. Cohen is perhaps unaware that the largest party in Government in the Republic of Ireland was the leading political party opposed to mandatory fluoridation in Ireland for over four decades. In the 1960s, when mandatory fluoridation was first introduced in Ireland, Fine Gael (FG) voted unanimously against legislation mandating that all public water supplies be artificially fluoridated. FG, the current party of Government, were in their own words “violently opposed’ to this policy.[i]

That was 1960,  more recently in 2001, FG promised that they would end mandatory fluoridation of water in Ireland if  they were elected to Government.[ii] Just over ten years ago every Local Government and City Council throughout the Republic of Ireland, where FG had a majority, voted overwhelmingly to end fluoridation of water. Back then as now, the Government refused to acknowledge or accept the democratic voice of elected representatives or local government. Ironically however, on this occasion it is the very political party that previously 'violently opposed' fluoridation which now ensures  mandatory fluoridation continues in Ireland.

Mr Cohen then goes on to refer to David Robert Grimes, a physicist who has no  background in fluoride chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology or environmental health and who believes that those opposed to fluoridation are quacks, violent fanatics or conspiracy theorists. There are many notable experts in toxicology, dentristry, pharmocology, chemistry and medicine who oppose fluoridation of water and who are far more experienced and qualified than David Grimes on this subject. Included among them are Nobel laurette Professor Avrid Carlson a neuropharmacologist at the University of Gothenburg who was instrumental in stopping the introduction of water fluoridation in Sweden;  Professor  Robert Isaacson, Professor in Neurological  Behavioural Science, Professor Hardy Limeback PhD in Biochemistry, Doctorate in Dentristry and and Dr Kathleen Theissen, one of the leading experts in the field of environmental toxicology in the world. The latter three experts were key  members of the United States National Academies of Medicine and Sciences scientific commitee established to investigate fluoride, their report was published in 2006. Each of these four internationally respected experts devoted many years of research to examining  the science behind fluoridation and all are vehemently opposed to fluoridation of water. Contratory to David Grimes opinion, their views are not based on superstitution but rather on their keen understanding of science, toxicology and human biology. In the interest of journalistic integrity im sure the public would welcome the Observor reporting opposing views so that the public can indeed access information from scientists who have been prepared to make a case against fluoridation, and in so doing make up their own minds on this subject.


[1] http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail1960110900056?opendocument

[1] http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fg-election-promise-to-ban-fluoride-in-drinking-water-26099298.html

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