Letter to the Editor – Dianne Marshall and the Fight Against Fluoridation in Cornwall Ontario – January 12, 2011
Since my first Letter to the Editor, many people of Cornwall have contacted me,wanting to know more about fluoridation. Across Canada and the U.S. many cities are starting to say no to fluoride. Waterloo, Ontario voted it out on October 29, 2010. Calgary, Alberta is working on voting it out this month.
A bill aimed at ending water fluoridation in New York City will be introduced to the city council there on January 18th. Gatineau Quebec voted 62-2 against fluoridation. Ottawa, Ontario now calls itself a “fluoride free Ottawa”.Thirteen other communities in the U.S. Have said no to fluoridation in 2010.
Owing to concerns of children being overexposed to fluoride, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health and Human Services recently lowered the recommended maximum fluoride level in drinking water, from 1.2 to 0.7 ppm I have contacted Mayor Kilger and each Council member about this issue. Mayor Kilger responded by phone to say that he knows nothing about fluoridation. I have emailed them links to the website of the Fluoride Action Network (www.fluoridealert.org), and have provided relevant scientific studies for their review. In response I have been told several times that I will be contacted by a Dr. Paul of EOHU (Eastern Ontario Health Unit). My assumptions were that this Dr. Paul would attempt to convince me that ingesting fluoride is necessary for healthy teeth. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits that any benefits of fluoride on the teeth are topical (not systemic), and the World Health Organization (WHO) states that dental health of 12 year-olds in non-fluoridated industrialized countries is as good, if not better, than those in fluoridated countries. Maybe Dr. Paul knows this, and that is why
he hasn’t called.
Dr. Paul Connett, a very busy toxicologist and Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network, contacted me recently and offered to come speak to our Council on Dec 10th. Denise Labelle(city clerk was suspose to contact me by Jan. 5th which never happened.
At a time, when so many other cities are questioning the safety of fluoridation, why is Cornwall continuing to refuse to address this issue? We cannot in good conscience allow our children to keep drinking this toxic chemical. Look at your children’s teeth. Do you see discolouration? Two shades of white? Pitting? If fluoride is doing this to their teeth, imagine what it is doing to their bones and other body systems.
Cornwall, we need to get our city to care about our children. Please take the time to contact Mayor Kilger and the members of City Council to voice your concerns about the dangers of water fluoridation. Demand that they listen to the real science, not just to endorsements given by the dental lobby. We owe our children that much.
If you would like additional information, you can email me at email@example.com, or join my Facebook page, Notinmywater Cornwall.
Diane Marshall – Cornwall Ontario
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