following the recent passage of the Water Bill (1).
Initially campaigners will launch a national petition, and later a mass
non-payment of water bills. The campaign is supported by the Green Party and
the National Pure Water Association.
The Manchester event will begin at 12.00 at Piccadilly Gardens (2),
organised by Manchester Against Fluoridation. The rally will focus on the
national petition calling for a halt to fluoridation plans on the grounds of
human rights, serious health concerns and evidence that the efficacy of
fluoridation has been 'grossly exaggerated' (3).
Meanwhile in Leeds, campaigners including the West Yorkshire Campaign
Against Fluoridation will converge on Dortmund Square.
Vanessa Hall, a Green Party councillor in Manchester - one of the first
cities to be targeted for fluoridation - said today: 'Everyone has the right
not to be medicated against their will, but fluoridation takes away that
'Fluoride is associated with a wide range of medical problems including
cancer. Worse, the chemicals used for fluoridation are not pharmaceutical
grade, but are a toxic industrial waste product, a Part 2 poison under the
Poisons Act 1972 (5).
'The pro-fluoride lobby has spoken of 'dramatic reductions in tooth decay',
but the evidence is against them (6).'
She continued: 'Understandably people don't want fluoridation. A recent poll
by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph showed 96.5% against, a poll by YTV's
Calendar News found 95% against, and Meridian TV polled 10,000 people in
southern England and found 94% against.'
1. The Water Bill includes provisions that would require water companies to
fluoridate the supply if the local health authority so demands. Most if not
all health authorities in the UK are pro-fluoridation - unli ke health
authorities in most countries.
2. RV by the fountain in Piccadilly Gardens.
3. See Sexing-up the case for fluoridation: The dentists' dodgy dossier at here.
4. See Fluoridation contravenes UK law, EU directives and the European
Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine at here.
5. For a comprehensive case against water fluoridation see Truth Decay:
Challenging New Labour's Propaganda on Water Fluoridation here.
6. The government's own review found that fluoridation would reduce tooth
decay by less than half a tooth per child on average - and found 'little
evidence' that it would reduce dental health inequalities. Mass studies from
other countries have challenged this - e.g. in New Zealand it was found that
teeth were marginally better in non-fluoridated areas. Most countries in the
world that ever fluoridated have since stopped.