Science Minister: A question on increased fluid intake during heat waves, for infants in Queensland


GENRE: Email letter

TO: Minister for Science, Ros Bates

AUTHOR: Daniel Z

DATE SENT: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

TITLE: Science Minister: A question on increased fluid intake during heat waves, for infants in Queensland

STATUS: Awaiting response

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

EXTERNAL LINK: http://www.rosbates.com.au/index.php

To: minister.bates@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Dear Minister Bates,

As the Minister for Science, I direct your attention to an update from Queensland Health, regarding babies and heat waves. It reads, “Give children plenty of water, before they become thirsty… Give bottle-fed babies cool, boiled water between feeds.” [ https://www.facebook.com/notes/queensland-health/parentscarers-be-aware-of-hot-weather-prevent-heat-related-illness-in-babies-and/349475268493895 ].

Considering that the levels of fluoride are extremely low in mothers’ breast milk [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkx5iusHhoI ], can you direct me to the scientific evidence that proves no harm will come to a baby drinking extremely large quantities of fluoridated tap water in Queensland, during periods of extreme heat (with a partiuclar infants exclusively fed infant formula)?

Would you be willing to state, categorically, as the Minister for Science, that no possible harm will come to the infants of Queensland, who may be consuming large quantities of fluoridated tap water during periods of extreme heat – and can your answer be backed with scientific data?

If indeed this is an area of doubt or concern in your mind, would you be willing to issue a warning to parents of infants to use non-fluoridated water during heat waves? If not, why not?

What would your Government consider an “acceptable” risk in terms of infant health, and high daily dose of fluoride? Please also consider fluoride intake from sources other than water, in the forumulation of your response ( http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/ ).

Sincerely,

Daniel Z

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