The 68th anniversary of the birth of artificial fluoridation is being marked in the US; while there, and in Queensland, fluoridation’s death throes have begun.
Following his death, the dental Professor Noel Martin was referred to as “the father of fluoridation in Australia”, owing to the impact of his promotion.
But Martin marched to his own tune.
His claims for fluoride tablet intake ran counter to the NHMRC advice which condemned the use of fluoride tablets as a means of self-medication (Varney 1986).
Martin’s claims also ran counter to those of the Food and Drug Administration which ordered the removal from the market of fluoride-containing drugs “promoted for use by expectant mothers …”
His claims for fluoride supplementation during pregnancy were also contrary to an article published in the British Dental Journal 1981.
Martin argued that breast-fed infants should be given fluoride supplements because they are “deprived” of the fluoride they would imbibe if their formula was mixed with fluoridated water.
However, the low levels of fluoride in breast milk are due to a natural barrier which almost completely prevents poisonous fluoride passing from mother to baby.
Ekstrand (1984) reported infants fed formula mixed with fluoridated water receive 150 times as much fluoride as a breast-fed infant.
Some of Professor Martin’s positions from which he could dramatically influence the propagation of fluoridation were: dean of Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney; member of the Dental Board, NSW; member, Australian Dental Advisory Council; deputy chairperson, Australian Dental Examining Committee; member of the NSW Health Commission’s Professional Services Advisory Committee: member of NHMRC’s Dental Health Committee; editor, Dental Journal Australia; dental consultant, World Health Organization; and member of WHO’s Expert Committee on Dental Health (Varney 1986).
The latter committee is comprised of high-profile fluoridators.
Hence WHO’s considerable influence in marketing fluoridation.
Well might “they” gloat, now, about 68 years of fluoridation: the practice is terminal.