In recent weeks, the local Cornwall media has carried several news items that relate to cancer. In 1995, Health Canada released a study that indicated that Cornwall had a higher rate of cancer that industrial cities such as Hamilton, Windsor and Sarnia. A story very recently came to public attention courtesy of a cancer researcher who suggesed a possible link between fluoride and cancer. Readers may access that story via the video link at webpage:
In light of that suggestion, the question emerges as to whether the Cornwall area may have been exposed to excess fluoride. According to the Director of the Environment for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Dr Henry Lickers, Cornwall Island was indeed exposed to excess fluoride in both the air and in the water. The fluoride contaminated the pasture on which cattle were grazing as well as vegetable plants across the Mohawk community. Dr Lickers presents this case in the video presentations at:
Dr Lickers mentions the name of Dr Shirley Connibear who undertook a comprehensive study on fluoride pollution on Cornwall Island during 1978. Her study revealed that during 1968, the Reynolds Aluminun plant that is located north of Massena on the St Lawrence River (Lake St Lawrence), emitted some 317-lbs of fluoride into the atmosphere per hour, or 3.8-tons of it per day. Both Cornwall Island and the southern area of the City of Cornwall are downwind of the Reynolds plant. As well on windless days, much of that fluoride would have settled on to Lake St Lawrence, flowed through the power dam and straight into the intake for Cornwall’s water supply.
The Alcoa Plant located SE of Cornwall Island also emitted large quantities of fluoride, see
While Reynolds and Alcoa were pumping fluoride into the atmosphere, a health care program was underway in Cornwall public schools from the late 1960’s until the early 1980’s. A liquid fluoride mouth rinse was administered to school children in their classrooms, with the teacher and a nurse in attendance. The children had to rinse their mouths for a specified period of time before spitting out, several times during the school year.
People who were children at the time recall the intensely strong and burning taste of the liquid that resulted in several kindergarten level children actually crying in class. A few kids had an attack of nausea after having taken a mouthful of the liquid, while other kids apparently swallowed the liquid. While Dr Connibear undertook the fluoride study on Cornwall Island, an earlier Cornwall administration elected to add fluoride to Cornwall’s municipal water to reduce cavities in the teeth of children ages 5 to 17-years. Except that given total municipal water usage, the 5 to 17-year olds only consume between 2% and 5% of the municipal water.
Except that at the present day, the Province of Quebec is 97.6 free from fluoride as is Western Europe see
simplygreencornwall.com/blog/? and without any mass outbreaks or epidemics of tooth cavities in children. While a cancer researcher suggests a link between fluoride and cancer, other fluoride related maladies include thyroid problems, kidney problems, arthritis, diabetes, obesity among other maladies. Many older residents of Cornwall Island and even from the City of Cornwall who were children during the 1960’s and 1970’s, are believed to suffer from fluoride-related maladies. p=519
Cornwall residents may wish to post comments about their experiences with cancer and with the school fluoride mouth rinse program. Despite the area’s history with fluoride, we may expect Cornwall’s medical health officer to oppose any attempt to remove fluoride from Cornwall’s municipal water.
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