MUSKOKA CITIZENS OPPOSING FLUORIDATION (muskokacof)
As of 2015, less than 30% of the Canadian population continue to receive artificially fluoridated drinking water through their town's water supply. As of Oct., 2013, there have been 55 Canadian communities rejecting this toxic, industrial grade fluoride in their drinking water, one of the most recent, Muskoka District when council voted to rescind the resolution which had previously allowed the addition of fluoridation chemicals. This vote took place at the District Meeting, October 21st, 2013. However, the District council, following a legal, political snag and potential lawsuit from a former MP, Patrick Boyer, then passed a motion for the local municipalities to decide whether or not to continue fluoridation. As a result, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes (Bala, Port Carling) and Georgian Bay (MacTier) councilors decided to continue adding the toxic industrial waste by-product HFSA without any public input or referendum.
Huntsville and Baysville (Lake of Bays) respected Muskoka District Council's wise decision and have discontinued the unsafe and unproven practice of community water fluoridation.
Other recent victories include Tottenham, Sept. 30th, 2013 and Windsor, Ontario, January 29th, 2013. Orillia voted NOT to fluoridate the city water in 2012, and the City of Barrie does NOT add Fluoride to the water, and according to Barrie's web site "With the referendum that took place in the 1960s, it was voted by the citizens of Barrie that fluoride NOT be added in the water."
August 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7,000 environmental and public health professionals have called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs due to serious health risks.
Each year the District of Muskoka pumps approximately 10,000 litres of hydrofluorosilicic acid, an industrial by-product recovered from the smokestack scrubbers during the production of phosphate fertilizer, into Muskoka's COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY. These fluorosilicates have NEVER BEEN TESTED for safety in humans, and are industrial-grade chemicals contaminated with trace amounts of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and radium that accumulate in humans. Recent wastewater tests appear to indicate a significant portion of these fluorides end up in Muskoka's lakes and rivers. There is fluoride in the wastewater at 0.4 - 0.5 mg/L which was recently (2011) tested at the Gravenhurst and Huntsville sewage treatment plants.
According to the Commissioner of engineering and public works, fluoridation costs Muskoka about $50,000 each year, NOT counting the cost of labour and other expenses such as protective clothing for staff.
This amount of fluoride being dumped into the lakes are a violation of the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life set by Environment Canada which is limited to no more than 0.12 mg/L - a maximum concentration recommended for the protection of all stages of freshwater life against the adverse affects of total inorganic fluorides.
"We have been dumping contaminated fluoride into water reservoirs for half a century. The additives are a toxic byproduct of the super-phosphate fertilizer industry. Tragically that means we're not just dumping toxic fluoride into our drinking water. We're also exposing innocent, unsuspecting people to deadly elements of lead, arsenic and radium, all of them carcinogenic. Because of the cumulative properties of toxins, the detrimental effects on human health are catastrophic." Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc,PhD,DDS, Professor and Head, Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
DO OUR HEALTH OFFICIALS USE THE 'PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE?' When there is reasonable doubt about safety, we should err on the side of caution. Especially since so many recent independent scientific studies indicate these fluorides have the ability to cause a range of adverse systemic health effects. There are OTHER WAYS to deliver fluoride besides the water supply. Fluoride DOES NOT have to be swallowed to prevent tooth decay. And, we are receiving fluoride from so many other sources besides the water supply. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE PRACTICE OF WATER FLUORIDATION IS A VIOLATION OF THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE ON ALL CRITERIA PRESENTED.
"FLUORIDE is a persistent bioaccumulator, and is entering into human food-and-beverage chains in increasing amounts." Marier J, Rose D. (1977) Environmental Fluoride. National Research Council of Canada. Associate Committee on Scientific Criteria for Environmental Quality. NRCC No. 16081
"Based on this review, we conclude that fluoride intakes of infants and children have shown a rather steady increase since 1930, are likely to continue to increase, and will be associated with further increase in the prevalence of enamel fluorosis unless intervention measures are instituted." - Fomon SJ, Ekstrand J, Ziegler EE. (2000). Fluoride intake and prevalence of dental fluorosis: trends in fluoride intake with special attention to infants. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 60(3):131-9
MEDICAL ETHICS requires that nothing can be done, drug administered or procedure performed, on a person without that person's INFORMED consent. HYDROFLUOROSILICIC ACID or HEXAFLUOROSILICIC ACID which is NOT A NATURAL SUBSTANCE, is added to the water for a MEDICAL PURPOSE. In 1957 the Supreme Court of Canada agreed that this additive is a DRUG and has nothing to do with potability of water. The fluoride in the rivers and lakes and in all the natural sources of water is primarily CALCIUM FLUORIDE which dissociates to a much lesser extent than the hydrofluorosalicic acid does. WATER FLUORIDATION TREATS PEOPLE NOT THE WATER AND IS FORCED MEDICATION.
THE MELLON INSTITUTE - "SCIENCE FOR HIRE"
Founded by Andrew and Richard Mellon, financiers of the aluminium giant Alcoa, the Mellon Institute specialized in conducting RESEARCH for INDUSTRY. For generations, it was a leading defender of the asbestos industry, producing research to show that mesothelioma was NOT caused by asbestos. Andrew Mellon was at the head of the Public Health Service when it dispatched dentist H. T. Dean ("the father of fluoridation") to study fluoride's dental effects. DR. GERALD J COX - Researcher at the Mellon Institute worked on a fellowship from ALCOA, and in 1939, made the first suggestion that fluoride be added to public water supplies.
Dr. William Hirzy, 2000 Senior Vice-President of the National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 280, representing professional employees at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters has been quoted as saying: "If this stuff (fluoride) gets out into the air, it's a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it's a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it's a pollutant; but if it goes straight into your drinking water system, it's NOT a pollutant? That's amazing!"