Stanley publishes bill to stop fluoridation of water
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD has today published the Health Fluoridation of Water Supplies Repeal Bill 2013.
“The fluoridation of our water started in 1964 after the introduction of the Fluoridation of Water Supplies Act 1960. It was a crude way of medicating the public with fluoride. Consecutive governments have the public drinking fluoride for 50 years without their consent.
“There has been wide spread opposition to fluoridation since Gladys Ryan took her case to the High Court in 1964 on the basis that citizens had no choice but to drink medicated water. It is time to stop this mass medication.
“The evidence is there for all to see. Ireland is only one of 4 EU states that support fluoridation of water. Switzerland was the last European country to end fluoridation in 2000.
“The EU Commission of Health and Consumers stated that, ‘people do not need fluoride for normal growth and development’. The European Court of Justice has defined fluoridation as a medication and has refused to sanction its implementation. Yet our government continues to impose fluoride on the population at a cost of €4.8 million per annum.
“This is an issue that affects 84.8% of the population. It does not discriminate, so everyone gets fluoride in their water regardless of age or health. In fact the highest dose goes to bottle fed babies. This over exposure to fluoride has serious side effects. Dr Robert Balan claims, ‘recent studies show that exposure to fluoride induces central nervous system disturbance’.
“He also linked fluoride to a high risk of Alzheimer’s and Osteoarthritis. International studies prove tooth decay does not increase when fluoridation stops. The truth is we receive enough fluoride in our tooth paste.
“This is not a party political issue but an issue of public health. I will be seeking cross party support for this bill when we debate it in the Dáil.”