Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Donegal citizens surveyed and above the maximum safe fluoride levels!

The majority of people surveyed in Donegal
are above the safe fluoride intake level!

This article is from the VOICE IRELAND website - for a free list of 50 bottled waters available in Ireland and their fluoride and mineral contents, please send an email to euesireland@eircom.net.

Seven out of ten people in Co Donegal are getting too much fluoride, says VOICE campaigner Robert Pocock. His comments are backed up by results from a survey involving volunteers from three different fluoridated areas of County Donegal, who monitored their urinary fluoride intake over a 24-hour period.

The survey was carried out by Clane GP, Dr Andrew Rynne who engaged an EU accredited pathology laboratory to obtain the results. Urine samples from Inishowen, Letterkenny and Stranorlar were obtained from people aged between 19 and 68 and evenly split between men and women. 72% of the subjects tested in Co Donegal were at or above the safe intake of fluoride. (1) The safe level was based on the UK Food Standard Agency guideline value based on daily fluoride intake related to body weight. The proportion at or above the safe limit in largely unfluoridated UK is 20%, suggesting that the addition of fluoride to Irish drinking water is completely unjustifiable.

“Of the 32 subjects who volunteered, only nine tested within a safe intake” said Dr Rynne. “This confirms the suspicion that the fluoridation of Irish drinking water is the major contributor to fluoride over-exposure. Several subjects are many times over the stated safe intake.”

These results highlight the negligence of the Health Minister Mary Harney who after over two years in office has still failed to investigate fluoride exposure in the population. In the light of this evidence from three different parts of Co Donegal, her recently introduced Regulation (S.I.42,2007) reducing the fluoride concentration by a small amount on July 1st 2007, is a totally inadequate response to the problem of fluoride over-exposure. (2)
Pocock added “Donegal councillors should now instruct the eleven public water supplies (3) that dose the drinking water of 75,000 people in Donegal with fluoride, not only to turn down the fluoride taps but to turn them off completely. Neither the new Pollen Dam supply that came on stream recently nor the Killybegs supply, where local fishermen refused years ago to allow their fish to be processed with this toxic chemical, are fluoridated. In view of this alarming new evidence, all of Donegal people exposed to fluoridated water supplies are at a risk”.

The national implications of this evidence is alarming since 73% of the population (3 million) are served with fluoridated drinking water, indicating that over two million people could be getting above the safe daily intake of fluoride. (4)There is also plenty of other supporting evidence such as the recent oral health survey revealing that one in three fifteen year-olds have dental fluorosis. (5) This is caused by excessive fluoride during the tooth-forming years. Other recent advice from the American Dental Assocation warns parents not to use fluoridated tap water in infant formula because of the risk of fluorosis. (6)

Since there is no cure or treatment for fluorosis, only prevention, it is obvious that the Health Minister must immediately turn off the fluoride taps across the country.

For more info contact Robert Pocock of Voice Ireland on 086 811 3071


(1) The UK Food Standards Agency has defined under 0.05mg Fluoride per kg body weight per day as the safe intake. The UK National Diet & Nutrition survey (2003) revealed that 20% of the population (19 - 64 yr olds) are above this safe level. While only six million people in England have fluoridated drinking water, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland have all rejected it.

(2) www.voiceireland.org

(3) Fluoridated Public Water Supplies in Co Donegal.
Area Population Area Population Area Population
Buncrana 3,500 Gortahork 4,200 Rosses
Bundoran 6,000 Inishowen E 5,050 Regional 8,000
Cranford 839 Letterkenny 17,000
River Eske 4,500 Lough Mourne17,000
Creeslough 4,000 Milford 4,000

Source EPA The Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland, 2005

(4) www.voiceireland.org Ministers New Regulations Nonsensical.
(5) www.fluoridealert.org/dental-fluorosis.html
(6) North South Survey of Children’s Oral Health in Ireland, 2002 p58-59


Anonymous said...

I live in Bundoran and have been hypothyroid for six years. I moved to Bundoran from Glasgow eleven years ago. I have often wondered if there was a connection with my hypothyroidism and the fluoride in the water supply? I dismissed this for a long time even though the medication I was given never seemed to work very well. Then my mother came to live with us just over a year ago.

Only last week at the age of 78 she was diagonsed as being borderline hypothyroid. This has now raised my suspicions once again and having done a bit of surfing I came across your site.

Is it possible that the fluoride in the water here could have destroyed my thyroid and is now destroying my mother's?

EUES Ireland said...

Hi. I am very sorry to hear about your trouble. It is unfortunately indeed possible that fluoride and the associated chemical wastes dumped into our water supply is cauing your and thousand's of others' hypothyroidism!

See my post on Fluoride and the Thyroid on this blog or just google the two for a few interesting and damning articles about the disease which has been certainly linked to fluoride... You could approach the county council to measure the fluoride levels going to your house. Don't forget that fluoride binds chemically with lead and aluminium which is retained in the body at greater levels when fluoride is involved - this has also been linked to Alzheimer's Disease.