Premier, I suppose:


GENRE: Email letter

TO: Premier Campbell Newman

TITLE: Premier, I suppose:

AUTHOR: Daniel Z

DATE WRITTEN: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

STATUS: No response, as of 2nd January, 2013

UPDATES: Any updates should be posted in the comments section below.

FURTHER READING: The Case Against Fluoride (Connett, Beck, Micklem)(2010)

 
To: thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au
Cc: ashgrove@parliament.qld.gov.au
Bcc: Various lists
 

Dear Premier Newman,

I suppose if I mention that your pre-election statement on fluoridation[1] was apparently written by the worst script writer on planet earth, you will respond by citing the NHMRC report (2007) as ‘evidence’ for the safety and efficacy of the practice.

I will remind you of the serious flaws and bias inherent in this report.[2]

 

I suppose you will also encourage me to place my faith in the York Review (2000).

I will remind you that the authors of this review stated, “we were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide.”[3]

 

I suppose you will restate that fluoridation is endorsed by numerous ‘respectable’ organisations.

I will remind you that endorsements alone, no matter how numerous, do not constitute good science.[4]

 

I suppose you will try to convince me that the US National Research Council report (2006) is irrelevant to Australia, due to the concentrations of fluoride in water considered by the Panel.

I will remind you that to make such a claim only serves to demonstrate a superficial understanding of the issues of ‘margin of safety’ and ‘dose versus concentration,’ whilst blatantly ignoring the concerns raised by numerous expert Panel Members of this report [5-8] (including the Panel Chair).[9]

 

I suppose you will then try to convince me that fluoride is a nutrient.

I will remind you that there is no evidence to support the notion that if fluoride is absent in the body, a disease will develop[10]. Furthermore, I will point out that people can have perfectly good teeth without ingesting fluoride.[11]

 

I suppose you will try to convince me that the benefits to teeth, from systemic fluoride ingestion, are enormous; and that fluoridation reduces inequalities in dental health across society.

I will remind you that the evidence of benefit – in terms of tooth decay reduction/prevention – is very weak[12]; that “the evidence about reducing inequalities in dental health [is] of poor quality, contradictory and unreliable”[13]; and that the scientific ‘evidence’ for systemic resistance theory is outdated and flawed.[14]

 

I suppose you will tell me that fluoridation, according to the CDC, is one of the “top ten” public health achievements of the twentieth century.

I will remind you that, “those that cite this [statement] probably have no idea how incredibly poor the analysis was that supported [it]. The report was not externally peer reviewed, was six years out of date on health studies and the graphical evidence it offered to support the effectiveness of fluoridation was laughable and easily refuted.”[15]

 

I suppose you will tell me that those who oppose fluoridation are a bunch of unqualified crackpots.

I will remind you that many who oppose fluoridation are far more qualified[16-19] than most Australian pro-fluoridation bureaucrats, and supposed ‘oral health experts.’

 

I suppose you will avoid the tricky subject of the actual chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water in Australia (such as Hydrofluorosilicic Acid), whilst assuring me of their safety for lifetime ingestion by all members of the population (at uncontrolled dosage levels).

I will remind you that despite what you may have heard in your local dentist’s chair lately, the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water in Australia are neither ‘natural,’ nor ‘pharmaceutical’ grade; and have never been adequately tested for safety in humans. They are in fact hazardous industrial waste-grade chemicals [20-24].

 

I suppose you will try to ease my concerns by drawing my attention to the fact that water supply authorities in fluoridating countries, claim they are closely monitoring fluoride levels in the water supply of individual communities.

I will remind you that while this claim may be true, no-one is rigorously monitoring daily and lifetime intake/accumulation[25] for all members of the population – including potentially sensitive sub-populations – to ensure that no members of the public are being harmed by systemic fluoride ingestion (from all sources, including fluoridated water).[26]

 

I suppose you will tell me that’s it’s okay to mix baby formula with fluoridated tap water…

… In which case, I will respond in one of two ways: a) Request that you step down as Premier, because you are willfully ignorant and incompetent; as well as a slave to the pro-fluoridation extremist religious cult of brainwashed ‘Yes-Men’ that have infested this nation; or b) Request that you read the book, ‘The Case Against Fluoride’ by Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. James Beck, and Dr. Spedding Micklem.[27]

 

I suppose only time will tell if you are truly brainwashed by the pro-fluoridation lobby; simply a typical politician playing both sides of an issue for maximum votes; or a reasonable man – who will finally realise that to reject the practice of fluoridation OUTRIGHT and lobby for it to be banned by law in Australia – is the only scientifically and ethically defensible choice left to you.

I suppose your secretary will delete this email before you see it.

I suppose if you see it, you will not click on each link provided.

I suppose you will not read the Connett, et al book.

I suppose you will not invite the authors to formally present their scientific concerns to Queensland Parliament.

I suppose you will not hold a press conference to express your outrage at being lied and spun to by Queensland ‘Health’ for all these years.

I suppose you will not demand a Royal Commission into the Australian fluoridation fraud, including a call for those responsible to be brought to justice.

BUT, I suppose, I have been wrong in the past, on occasion.

LINKS:
[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmZgn8zPzHI
[2] http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=1259
[3] http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm
[4] http://www.fluoridealert.org/news/opinion-citizens-are-being-misled/
[5] http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/nrc/fluoridation/
[6] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDYTzsvRZp8
[7] http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1sRWgDff8zY#t=2489s
[8] http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/thiessen-interview/
[9] http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/nrc/panelists/
[10] http://www.fluoridealert.org/uploads/proponent_claims.pdf
[11] http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/essential-nutrient/
[12] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yq3zZXzU7M
[13] See [3]
[14] http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/caries04/
[15] http://www.fluoridealert.org/news/fluoridation-gamble-fails-the-test-of-time/
[16] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88pfVo3bZLY
[17] http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/professionals-statement/
[18] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irM5mwZcuhM&feature=player_detailpage#t=2181s
[19] http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SG9Dj_OAzeg#t=601s
[20] http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/limeback/
[21] http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/water/fluoridation-chemicals/
[22] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfiCP3HYxFg&feature=player_detailpage#t=514s
[23] http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/flouridestatement.htm
[24] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo6SnvmMP9k&feature=player_detailpage#t=296s
[25] http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11571&page=23
[26] http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/
[27] http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_case_against_fluoride

Sincerely,

Daniel Z | Independent Writer/Researcher

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