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Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 01:05:44 +0100 (BST)
From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 305, Friday 18th May, 2001

York Review fluoride research criticised


Fluoride is a toxic waste product of the fertiliser industry. The safety information for it reads "Do not let this chemical enter the environment. Dispose of this product as hazardous waste". So it's surprising that the government wants to add it to our drinking water nationwide, supposedly for the benefit of our teeth. But with the added convenience of saving industry the cost of safe disposal of their waste.

Thousands of scientific papers have shown that fluoride is harmful to all life forms. Nearly half the 6 million people that already have fluoride in their water in this country suffer from tooth mottling, caused only by fluoride, and recognised as the first sign of fluoride poisoning. Studies have revealed other problems include cot deaths, mental retardation in children and heart attacks. In India 6 million children are unable to walk because of high levels of fluoride in their environment. Water fluoridation has been banned in all other countries in continental Europe.

Due to concerns the government commissioned research into the issue in 1999 to justify going ahead with their programme. The research was carried out by York University and was called the 'York Review'. Most of the research was, according to research gradings, "poor quality with a risk of bias", and conveniently excluded the fact that there are loads of other sources of fluoride that we all take in apart from in drinking water. The World Health Organisation warned in 1994 "dental and public health authorities should be aware of the total fluoride exposure in the population before introducing any additional fluoride programme".

The National Pure Water Association who've been campaigning against fluoridation for over 40 years have slated the York Review and are calling for a full independent public enquiry.

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