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City council to receive a report on fluoride in water

Posted by ruth.bednar on June 3, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


By: Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer 29-May-2017 −

Council chambers at Sarnia city hall was bustling with talk about water fluoridation Monday, where a packed house listened as two doctors presented the pros and cons.

“At a baseline, the overwhelming majority of evidence is in favour of continuing water fluoridation,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton County’s medical officer of health

Ranade said water fluoridation is an effective way to guard against tooth decay, provided it’s regulated properly.

The practice is backed by the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and many other reputable bodies.

Its benefit in reducing tooth decay is especially poignant among children, he said, noting the data generally needs further clarification.

Advocates also argue having fluoride in water means it’s available for lower-income portions of the population who might not have access otherwise.

But fluoride is in toothpaste and a host of other things, meaning it can build up and causes fluorosis – mottling – in teeth, said Dr. Hardy Limeback, former head of preventative dentistry at the University of Toronto .

One in 10 children in Canada has some degree of fluorosis, he said, noting he’s researched the impact of fluoride in water for decades.

Applied topically, fluoride has benefits, he said.

Ingested, it’s a different story.

“Once it gets in your cells, it’s like a bomb goes off,” he said, noting a study he conducted found it lowers bone strength.

Several studies also show it affects brain chemistry and lowers intelligent quotient, he said, when it builds up beyond the recommended level.

That happens more with people who consume more water, like athletes, kidney dialysis patients and babies on infant formula, he said

“It’s my opinion, based on the research we did … it can cause bodily harm,” he said.

“It does not provide the dental benefits as claimed and is not cost effective at all.”

In terms of cost, he said, it’s basically a wash in terms of preventing cavities and fixing fluorosis.

Sarnia last tackled the issue of water fluoridation in 2013, voting 5-4 to take it out of the water.

But Sarnia is part of the Lambton Area Water Supply System (LAWSS) and has continued with fluoridated water since because most other member municipalities with the utility voted to continue with the practice.

Representatives were invited to attend Monday’s meeting, but none were there, said Sarnia City Coun. Andy Bruziewicz, chairperson of the LAWSS board.

He said he hoped they were watching the video feed.

It’s unclear what happens next

Bruziewicz noted information is being collected by staff until June 2 for an eventual report to council.

“So that may outline the path towards the future a little bit,” he said.

Those interested can email comments via [email protected]

Several residents booked time to speak Monday on the issue. Most were opposed to fluoride in water

Municipalities like Windsor, Vancouver and Calgary have ended water fluoridation.

The evidence to end the practice needs to be stronger to make a move, Ranade said.

Evidence in support also needs to be stronger and updated, he said, suggesting Sarnia-Lambton should try to be involved in advancing that research.

Gravenhurst Registered Nutitional Consultant Practitioner says taxes shouldn't be spent on fluoridation

Posted by ruth.bednar on June 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Editor,

Re: ‘Oral Health Sometimes Missed’ by Dr. Lisa Simon, Gravenhurst Banner, Thursday May 11.

I agree with Dr. Simon and would like to see Ontario’s Healthy Smiles program expand coverage for low income families, but I also feel coverage should include middle income families with no dental plan. Costly dental work can be unaffordable, leading to poor oral health

Your daily oral health regimen such as brushing, flossing etc. should also include a healthy diet rich in fresh, whole foods, avoiding refined sugars, refined baked goods, soda, fruit juices, ice cream, candy, etc. Oral health depends on vitamins and minerals that support and build strong teeth and bones, especially Vitamin D, K-2 and magnesium which are lacking in many diets.

Fluoride over-exposure from many sources such as toothpaste, fluoridated tap water, baby formulas, or any beverage/food made from fluoridated water, has led to an epidemic of fluoride damaged teeth called dental fluorosis. Skeletal fluorosis, as well, is increasing and we now have an exponential rate of hip fractures.

Communities that have been adding fluoride to the drinking water for decades, continue reporting high rates of dental disease. Recent scientific research has shown fluoridated tap water NOT ‘safe and effective’. Because of these studies, hundreds of Canadian towns have stopped adding HFSA (fluoride) to the community drinking water. Unfortunately, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge councillors decided to continue adding this industrial grade fluoride to the town’s drinking water. However, Huntsville and Baysville made the wise decision to discontinue community water fluoridation.

I suggest reallocating the tax dollars spent on harmful fluoridation chemicals to fund oral health programs for those in dire need of dental care. A win-win for everyone.

Ruth Bednar R.H.N., R.N.C.P., R.O.H.P.


Posted by ruth.bednar on March 15, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hazardous Material Spill - Is Muskoka next?!

Last night a horrendous crash left death and injuries. This hazardous material unit emergency resulted in closure and evacuation on hwy 401 near Kingston.

Could Muskoka be next?

The toxic material spilled on the highway has been identified as fluorosilicic acid, aka fluoride, which is the same raw industrial co-contaminated chemical transported and added to the drinking water of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes (Bala, Port Carling), and Georgian Bay (Mactier). The sole purpose of adding this hazardous material, to the drinking water, is to ostensibly reduce dental decay.

A few years ago, Huntsville and Baysville (Lake of Bays) councilors, after much deliberation, exercised their due diligence, and voted to stop the addition of this toxic chemical to the drinking water, despite pressure from the Medical Officer of Health. Our neighboring towns, Barrie, Orillia and Parry Sound do not add fluorosilicic acid (fluoride) to the drinking water.

Thousands of scientists, toxicologists, doctors, dentists and other health professionals have spoken out about the proven health dangers of ingesting this unsafe chemical, especially since we are now overexposed to this toxin in food, beverages, dental products etc. However, some Muskoka towns have decided to continue on with this contentious government protected health policy, and still add fluorosilicic acid (fluoride) to the drinking water.

As the bees and polinators are slowly dying from government protected pesticides (neonicotinoids), our health is also being affected by a government protected toxin, fluorosilicic acid (fluoride), which should never have been initiated 60 years ago.

So, if we do not care about what this toxin is doing to our children's, grandchildren's and our health, at least we should start to care about what fluorosilicic acid is doing to our environment.

Our councillors, District and Local, are the final decision makers that can prevent another disaster like this happening to the environment, and also to our health.

Ruth Bednar R.H.N., R.N.C.P., R.O.H.P.…/…/ottawa/highway-401-collision-1.4024721



Posted by ruth.bednar on October 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Roger Belgrave

Members of Peel Region’s Community Water Fluoridation Committee heard in no uncertain terms that the longstanding water treatment practice is a serious threat to general good health.


New Delhi researcher and professor Dr. A.K. Susheela spoke to the committee for about 30 minutes during a meeting Thursday.


The committee is re-examining the use of fluoride in the region’s drinking water and whether the practice holds real oral health benefits or poses a potential health risk.


As widely accepted as water fluoridation has been, there is a loud and passionate anti-fluoride lobby that has helped reignite serious debate at the highest levels of Peel Region government.


Findings by the committee will formulate a recommendation to regional council on the continued use of water fluoridation and a stated regional position on the presently accepted practice.


Susheela, executive director at India's Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation, was in town after speaking at an event organized by the opposition group Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation.


The organization’s chair, Mississauga resident Liesa Cianchino, convinced the committee to hear a presentation from Susheela, who is considered an informed anti-fluoride expert with global recognition.


Her fervent opposition to water fluoridation is in sharp contrast to positions held by Health Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health and other health bodies, organizations, scientists and medical officials all over the world.


But her stance has ample support amongst the growing anti-fluoride lobby worldwide, including many parts of Canada.


Canada, Australia and Britain are among the last few corners of the globe still clinging to the idea water fluoridation has benefits, Susheela told members of the committee.


Armed with decades of scientific research, she appeared at the committee as an authority on the harmful health effects of fluoride.


“Fluoride is a deadly poison,” said Susheela, who also insisted squeezing toothpaste along the full length of your toothbrush bristles is too much.


The idea that fluoride is vital to preventing tooth decay is an outdated notion and contradicted by up-to-date scientific research, she suggested.


Fluoride is an abundant mineral naturally present in the environment.


Susheela, who also has spoken to the British parliament on the issue, said high levels of the mineral could cause tooth decay or debilitating ailments such as skeletal fluorosis.


Tooth decay is not a fluoride deficiency disorder, she argued, but a result of bad oral hygiene.


She explained ingesting fluoridated water, in addition to numerous other sources of exposure, essentially creates toxic levels in the human body.


“What matters most is what is circulating in your body,” according to Susheela.


Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards identify the maximum acceptable concentration of fluoride in drinking water as 1.5 mg per litre.


The optimal concentration of fluoride in drinking water to promote dental health is 0.7 mg per litre, according to Health Canada. This is the level Peel Region seeks to maintain.


Susheela insisted less is better when it comes to the water additive.


“Fluoride is a poison. That’s it. No fluoride is good,” she concluded.


The committee is hearing submissions on an invitation basis only and Mississauga Coun. Jim Tovey suggested hearing from an expert on the other side of the debate.


A number of presenters on opposite sides of the argument were invited to a closed-door workshop held by the committee last January.





Posted by ruth.bednar on October 12, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Education NOT Fluoridation! World-Renowned Scientist from India to Speak in Ontario on Harmful Effects of Artificial Water Fluoridation


Canada NewsWire


MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 11, 2016


Fluoride Expert Dr. A.K. Susheela (India) Coming to Peel Region/Oakville


MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - World-Renowned scientist Dr. A.K. Susheela, PhD, F.A.Sc, F.A.M.S., will be speaking in Oakville, Ontario on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 on the "Harmful Effects of Fluoride on Human Health".


Based in New Delhi, India, Dr. Susheela is a global leader in Fluoride Toxicity and Fluorosis research, having studied the adverse effects of ingested Fluoride for over three decades. Dr. Susheela speaks regularly to global audiences on the adverse effects of fluoridation, including the UK Parliament in 1998.


Dr. Susheela is the executive director, of the Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation in India, Professor of Anatomy (Histocytochemistry) and Chief of the Fluoride and Fluorosis Research Laboratories at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.


Dr. Susheela is a member of the faculty of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in India and a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. She has been awarded the Ranbaxy Research Foundation prize for her outstanding contributions in the field of fluorosis research and is elected Ashoka Fellow for her lifetime achievements in mitigation of fluorosis.


"I am absolutely certain that large numbers of persons all around the world are suffering from fluoride toxicity, to one degree or other,'' said Dr Susheela.


"The evidences we have provided on the harmful effects of fluoride on human health, unequivocally prove the point that fluoride is disease-causing and not disease preventing. Our scientific publications would not only stand the test of time but also before any judiciary in any part of the world, as it is based on biomedical research of highest standards,'' says Dr Susheela.


Dr. Susheela's visit and presentation in Peel Region/Oakville is well-timed, as the Community Water Fluoridation Committee continues to debate whether to end artificial water fluoridation in Peel's drinking water, and amid an increasingly fractious debate across the country on whether municipalities ought to continue to fluoridate municipal drinking water, given the harmful long-term health effects of artificial water fluoridation.


In regard to claims by Ontario's health authorities that water fluoridation strengthens teeth surfaces and prevents dental caries (cavities), Dr Susheela's research indicates the opposite.


"The findings emerging from the studies on both tooth and bone have made significant contributions to negate the belief that fluoride is good for teeth. Instead, fluoride does more damage to teeth than any good, " says Dr. Susheela.


Dr. Susheela's presentation takes place on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 7:30-9:30 pm at Le Dome, 1173 North Service Road E, Oakville, ON.


The event is sponsored by Concerned Residents of Peel to End Artificial Water Fluoridation.


Dr. A.K. Susheela Interview on the dangers of Fluoride


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SOURCE MISTMA Consulting Inc.




Posted by ruth.bednar on September 17, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Re: Decision of Councillor Terry Ledger's Proposed Resolution

Dear Dr. Gardner, Medical Officer of Health:

My husband and I, along with many of Muskoka safe drinking water advocates, attended the Muskoka Lakes Council Meeting on Friday, September 16th  2016, in hopes that the Council Members would have done their due diligence regarding the excellent proposed Resolution from Councillor Terry Ledger.

We are not at all surprised by the outcome of this meeting, because the Councill members and the public were not given all the facts on the chemical used to fluoridate the drinking water, therefore, how can Councillors make an informed decision on whether to support or oppose the resolution in question.

The good news is, September 16th 2016, marks the day that Councillor Terry Ledger is on record for having done her due diligence. Also, the Council is on notice for having received the proposed resolution highlighting the seriousness and the legal ramifications for all decision makers who decide to continue the practice of artificial water fluoridation.

On behalf of the concerned citizens, Councillor Ledger is to be highly commended for her efforts.  As well, Councillors Ruth Nishikawa and Donelda Kruckel are to be congratulated for their support of the proposed Resolution.

Dr. Gardner, you and Dr. Luks will also be on record with the information you both provided in light of emerging scientific studies showing harm, as well as the current status regarding many communities who are ending the practice for the very reasons that are highlighted in the proposed Resolution from Councillor Ledger which cannot be ignored.

Following the meeting my husband and I spoke with you briefly and mentioned the pending lawsuit in Peel Region regarding the practice of Artificial Water Fluoridation represented by lawyer, Nader Hasan.

The lawsuit states that the Fluoridation Act violates S.7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom; the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002,S.O.2002,c.32; the Food and Drugs Act, R.S.C., 1985,c.F-27; and a declaration that the Regional Municipality of Peel was negligent in its failure to ensure the safety of municipal drinking water.

Just a reminder, under the new regulation in the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, Section 19, which now includes a broader statutory of care for individuals who have oversight responsibilities for municipal drinking water systems that extend to our municipal Councillors.

Dr. Gardner, during Friday’s Council meeting, the Councillors relied on you as their Medical Officer of Health to provide solid evidence on the safety and efficacy of Hydrofluorosilicic Acid, a known neurotoxin, which is what is used to fluoridate the municipal drinking water systems.

As you know, Councillor Ledger raised many concerns regarding the fluoridation of water in her proposed resolution ending with a clear understanding that ultimately, it will be the decision makers which includes Councillors who will be held liable.  Excerpt from revised Resolution from September 16th Agenda:  (page 11-13) 

AND WHEREAS, elected municipal officials are PERSONALLY liable for the drinking water in their municipalities

I will send you a follow up letter with some key questions that I hope you will be able to answer as we, the concerned residents continue to bring the much needed awareness to the residents of Muskoka District regarding the many adverse health effects caused by the continuation of this unsafe, ineffective and illegal practice.

Dr. Gardner, as the community continues to fluoridate, we the residents, will continue to educate.

Thank you for your time.


Ruth Bednar R.H.N., R.N.C.P., R.O.H.P,

and Richard Bednar




Posted by ruth.bednar on June 22, 2016 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Buffalo's City Council announced at their Tuesday meeting that there will be no fluoride added to Buffalo's municipal water at least for the foreseeable future.


After months of discussions, public hearings where citizens and public health officials debated the issue and after the city council themselves considered the possibility, they have unanimously decided to leave the system alone, but are wanting to pursue other areas to help with the county's oral health issues, which are significant according to local dentists and the county's health officer, Dr. Brian Schueler, who was behind this latest push to get more fluoride added to the city's water to improve the oral health of the children in the county.


Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson made the announcement during Tuesday's regular meeting, and explained why the council chose not to fluoridate the water.


Sheridan resident John Fafoutakis, who has spoken out against fluoridating Buffalo's water at numerous recent meetings, thanked the council for “turning down that hideous fluoride business,” and thanked them for their “exceptional courtesy.”


Posted by ruth.bednar on June 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)


After reading Dr. Charles Gardener’s letter in the Gravenhurst Banner May 12th re: “We can all minimize exposure to lead”, he failed to mention studies such as Maas, Patch, Christian and Coplan in the journal Neurotoxicology which shows that children with elevated blood lead is about double that in communities that add fluoridation chemicals to the drinking water.


These studies explain how undissociated silicon fluoride complexes enhance the uptake of the lead ion (from any source) across the gut wall. This new evidence of increased leachability of lead from brass fittings may offer an additional explanation of their findings for this apparent association between the use of the silicon fluorides in fluoridation programs and children’s increased blood lead levels.


Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes (Bala, Port Carling), and Georgian Bay Township (McTier), have decided to continue Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) using these silicon fluorides also known as hydrofluorosilicic acid.


Residents should be informed and aware of the fluoridation chemicals added to their drinking water especially since these chemicals have nothing to do with water purity. Don’t we have the right to refuse toxic drugs added to our clean water supply?


There is now far more exposure to fluoride than when CWF was initiated 60 years ago. Fluoride is found in dental care products, pesticides, food fumigants, drugs, processed foods and drinks. This overexposure has resulted in an increase of 40% in dental fluorosis in children, a tooth enamel defect that is not merely ‘‘cosmetic’’ but a ‘‘canary in the mine’’ foretelling other adverse health and behavioral effects.


Fortunately Huntsville and Lake of Bays decided to end CWF. And in Canada less than 30% of the population receive fluoridation chemicals in their community drinking water. Other neighboring towns, Parry Sound, in March 2016, ended CWF, Barrie and Orillia citizens have spoken up and never allowed fluoridation chemicals to be added to their clean water supply.


This should be a lead nail in the fluoridation coffin. And, in a rational world that paid attention to honest science, Community Water Fluoridation, much like leaded gasoline and leaded paints, should have ended.





Posted by ruth.bednar on April 15, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed


Thursday, 14 April 2016, 5:17 pm

Press Release: Fluoride Free New Zealand

NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed


A New Zealand study published in Bio Medical Central Oral Health last month shows dental health improved the greatest extent for children in non-fluoridated areas. There is now no difference in dental decay rates between non-Maori children who live in fluoridated areas and non-Maori children who live in non-fluoridated areas, proving that fluoridation is not needed for children to obtain good dental health. There has been an improvement in child dental health over the past ten years right across New Zealand.


Maori children living in all areas had poorer dental health than non-Maori children (both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas). This research shows that fluoridation has not closed the health disparity gap. If health authorities are serious about helping Maori children achieve the same outcomes as non-Maori, they need to look at what is different about the two groups, rather than clinging to a public health policy that they themselves have proved is not the answer.


The study showed Maori children are getting much less dental care in New Zealand. There was a big difference in how often examination rates carried out by the publicly funded, free for everyone, Child Oral Health Service between Maori and non-Maori children. Around 80% of non-Maori children underwent an examination, compared to only 60% of Maori children. Therefore, a programme focused on ensuring all children are seen by a dental health nurse every year should be key to improving the dental health outcomes and closing the health care gap between Maori and non-Maori children.


The study also found that between 2007 and 2014, pre-school enrolments in the Child Oral Health Service rose 73%. This adds more weight to the thought that receiving early childhood dental health care is vital if we want to improve dental health outcomes.


Authors of the study should now be analysing which Maori children received a dental examination. That is perhaps the reason Maori children in non-fluoridated areas have more dental decay. Non-fluoridated areas are generally the smaller towns and rural areas, with less access to services.


Some Health organisations’ dogmatic adherence and promotion of fluoridation is hampering proven successful programmes by diverting money into fluoridation programmes that not only do no good, they put people’s health at risk, potentially causing millions of dollars to be spent on other health problems.


According to the Ministry of Health, 40% of New Zealand children have some form of dental fluorosis. This permanent damage is the first outward sign of fluoride poisoning. Now with this latest research proving that fluoridation is not needed, it is obviously unjustifiable to continue fluoridation. Instead, we need to take serious, immediate action to reduce fluoride exposure, as Auckland council has just done last week. The easiest way to do this is to stop fluoridation immediately completely, across New Zealand.


Claims by the Minister of Health and Dr Beaglehole, spokesperson on fluoridation for the New Zealand Dental Association are completely out of step with the facts and these people should be held to account for misleading the New Zealand public with false claims.


Note: Caries free means no dental decay. dmft = decay, missing or filled teeth.