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NATIONAL ANTI-FLUORIDATION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

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A national anti-fluoridation campaign will be launched tomorrow, ...
A national anti-fluoridation campaign will be launched tomorrow,

following the recent passage of the Water Bill (1).

Initially campaigners will launch a national petition, and later a mass

postcard campaign will begin. Other tactics being considered include

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

right (4).

'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.'

NOTES

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.

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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.

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