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Hamilton Council praised over fluoridation information

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The New Zealand Fluoridation Information Service has praised the Hamilton City Council over the fair and balanced information it has put out about its decision to end fluoridation after a four day tribunal process. It has also been praised for the fair portrayal of today’s science around fluoridation presented in its information sheet that will accompany voting papers for the upcoming fluoridation referendum.

[Update: See response below]

"The information in the three documents to date fairly reflects the balance of the presentations made during the tribunal. While the tribunal process could have been even better, the decision to stop adding Hydrofluorosilicic Acid (aka "fluoride") to Hamilton’s water was a perfect example of science winning over bias and fifty years of popular misconceptions", says NZFIS founder, and Science and Legal Advisor, Mark Atkin.

"Recent comments from Craig Climo (WDHB) and Robyn Haisman-Welsh (Ministry of Health) show that these bureaucrats are not only out of touch with current fluoride science, they are out of touch with the position accepted by international fluoridation promoters like the US Centers for Disease Control", notes Mr Atkin.

Anyone who has watched the tribunal presentations with an open mind will have seen that opponents of fluoridation put up all the science, and the pro-fluoridation side put up nothing but ill-informed, misguided comment and disinformation. Their lack of credibility as so-called health experts lost them the day, both in Hamilton and in New Plymouth in 2011.

This imbalance is equally reflected in the referendum voting information provided by the two sides. The case against fluoridation is based on sound evidence-based science. That put up by the Waikato DHB is empty, unconvincing rhetoric, or worse. For example the claim that ‘60 years of research has proved fluoridation safe’ is an outright lie. The US Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that "no human health studies have ever been conducted" on fluoridation chemicals. The York Review stated that fluoridation proponents never conduct safety research, and did not find fluoridation to be safe. That so-called health professionals constantly repeat such a blatant lie ‘should be of concern to anyone who’s rational’, to quote WDHB CEO Craig Climo.

It’s appalling that the WDHB not only ignore current science, but even worse they stick out text for this pamphlet with incorrect information in it.

"We suggest the Ministry of Health and DHBs ‘have a public communication problem on their hands and need to act quickly to put the correct information out there, or seek help from those that really are in the business of producing health advice that the public can rely on’, reflects Mr Atkin.

All Government agencies have previously been warned that if they continue claiming that fluoridation is proved safe they could face legal action, as has begun in the USA.

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Response from National Fluoridation Information Service:

In response to the media statement by the New Zealand Fluoridation Information Service (NZFIS) on 19 August 2013, the National Fluoridation Information Service (NFIS) would like to clarify for readers that NZFIS is not affiliated or connected with NFIS in any way, nor are they spokespeople for the evidence based scientific reviews we (NFIS) are contracted to provide.

Our role at NFIS includes providing up to date and independent information and research on community water fluoridation relevant to New Zealand (www.nfis.org.nz). This is primarily to assist District Health Boards and Councils to access scientific evidence to help with their decision making around the relevance and usefulness of community water fluoridation for their communities. Our service is funded by the Ministry of Health and our scientific partners work at reputable scientific/ evidenced based organisations including, Hutt Valley DHB Community Dental Services, Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University and the National Poisons Centre.

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