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Draft NHMRC Public Statement 2017: Water fluoridation and human health in Australia submission

ID: 
29
Personal Details
First Name: 
Anne
Last Name: 
Porter
Question 1
Q1. A. The draft Public Statement is presented in a format and manner that is useful, and is easy to read and understand: 
Disagree
Overarching/General comments on the Public Statement: 

The format and manner of the draft statement is misleading. 

There is no statement of evidence demonstrating the safety of silicofluorides used in water fluoridation.

The NHMRC deliberately stacked the FRG  with members extremely [NHMRC has removed potentially defamatory information] towards fluoridation. There are clear issues of [NHMRC has removed potentially defamatory information] in the production of this document. 

The NHMRC fails to address the ethical issue adequately. Top use the water supply as a  method of drug delivery removes the right of INFORMED CONSENT TO MEDICATION.  To force everyone in the community to ingest a drug regardless of need, efficacy, safety or consent is in breach of the UN Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, the Geneva Accords, all codes of medical ethics and all principles of pharmacotherapy. 

Comments on a particular section of the Public Statement: 
Dental fluorosis

The NHMRC fails to report that the incidence of dental hypoplasia (Fluorosis) has been measured at 71% in young children in Western Australia [Arrow 2008] with one child in 17 judged to have such severe damage as to require clinical intervention. 

The statment that dental fluorosis rates have decreased is extremely misleading as it appears to be based on a small survey by a single dentist in South Australia. 

 

Health outcomes

The Section "Health Outcomes" states there is "no reliable evidence of an association between community water fluoridation at current Australian levels and other human health conditions"

There is much evidence that exposure to fluoride causes harm. 

The NHMRC fail to recognise that Fluoride is a cumulative poison which means that all sources of exposure must be accounted for or the risks are grossly underestimated. This is negligent.

Question 2
Q2. A. The boxed ‘NHMRC statement’ (page one) in the draft Public Statement is justified and supported by the evidence in the Information Paper: Effects of Water Fluoridation on Dental and Other Human Health Outcomes : 
Disagree
Question 3
Q3. A. For policy makers, the draft Public Statement provides sufficient information to support decision making in your jurisdiction or local area: 
NA
Comments on a particular section of the Public Statement: 
Question 4
Q4. How could the Public Statement be effectively disseminated?: 
General comments

This document should NOT be disseminated to the public at all. It should be withdrawn immediately. This document is, at best, extremely misleading. There are serious issues of bias and conflict of interest. The review was clearly designed to produce an outcome which supports the continuation of this outdated unethical unsafe 'public health' measure. 

There is no evidence in this document demonstrating the safety of silicofluorides used in water fluoridation. 

The known contaminants found in fluoridation chemicals (including arsenic, lead and mercury) have been specifically and deliberately excluded.

Water fluoridation is unethical. It denies the right of informed consent to medication and is  I believe however that no government has the right or authority to use this precious resource as a method of drug delivery thereby removing the right of INFORMED CONSENT TO MEDICATION.  To FORCE everyone in the community to ingest a drug regardless of need, efficacy, safety or consent is in breach of the UN Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, the Geneva Accords, all codes of medical ethics and all principles of pharmacotherapy. Any government policy that FORCES people to ingest a medication is one which we must reject outright. 

 

Page reviewed: 9 November, 2017