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Hot Press Report: Fluoride

Ireland has the sickest population in Europe. This country is also the only one in the EU which engages in mandatory flouridation of the water. Here, we present the astonishing evidence which conclusively links these two facts. So why, asks scientist Declan Waugh, have the authorities refused to address an issue that is crucial to the health of the nation?

Adrienne Murphy, 27 Feb 2013

Ireland has the sickest population in Europe. You may not know this. I certainly didn’t. But, across a comprehensive raft of essential measures, it is scientifically, verifiably, true. We are sick – to our teeth!

Why is this so? The elephant in the room, according to Irish scientist Declan Waugh, is the fluoridation of our water supply. Again, many people might assume that this is a Europe-wide initiative. The opposite is the case. We are now the only members of the European Union still being exposed to the industrial waste chemical used in fluoridation, known as hydrofluorosilicic acid.

In 2012 Declan Waugh delivered a report, entitled Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation, which spectacularly blows the lid off the State’s position on the issue. As a result, amongst the international scientific community, Waugh is now regarded as a leading expert on the subject. His evidence regarding fluoridation’s harmful effects is being used in Canada, the US, Australia and Israel to help stop the practice there. Yet at home, his findings are being ignored by the authorities and the mainstream media.

What this scientist has to say is painful to hear – but can we risk not listening? Over to you, Declan.

We’ve Been Drinking Fluoride for 50 Years

Before I started my examination of water fluoridation, like most people in this country – including medical and scientific professionals – I was completely unaware of the long-term implications of fluoride on human health or the environment. I just presumed, given that the State has been pursuing this policy since I was born, that it was safe, and that they had done their own due diligence risk-assessment on it.

It is almost 50 years since we’ve been dumping this stuff into our water – and yet the truth is that there hasn’t been one public health study done in Ireland to examine the human health impact of consuming this chemical.

The first principle that any doctor has to follow is ‘Do no harm’. That the Department of Health mandated a legislative policy for a chemical to be added to the drinking water supply to be consumed by everybody, without testing the chemical for its toxicological profile and potential impact on health, is therefore a serious breach of professional ethics.

But when we look at the health of the Irish population since the mid-’60s, when the Irish water supply began to be fluoridated, we see that the disease burden in this country has gone through the roof.

When I started looking at the health data for Ireland, I had no idea that our nation was as sick as it is. Ireland has:

• the highest cancer incidence of all European countries, even as far as Russia.

• the highest incidence of neurological illness

• the highest incidence of cardiovascular illness

• and the highest incidence of diabetes.

There is no doubt in my mind that the record-breaking levels of sickness in Ireland are related to our water fluoridation. Other European countries either never started the practice, or gave it up decades ago.

What about America?

In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences in America published one of the most comprehensive reports on fluoride, known as the National Research Council (NRC) report. 12 experts from a whole range of medical and toxicological backgrounds spent four years reviewing all the data. The findings of their 500-page report were astonishing. It details how fluoride affects things like the thyroid, diabetes, cancer, neurological illnesses, gastro-intestinal diseases, skeletal and muscular-skeletal pain, lowered IQ and other neurological problems in children…

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