Fluoride Free New Zealand
13th April 2016
Mandatory Nationwide Fluoridation by Stealth
The Government is planning to implement mandatory fluoridation to the whole of New Zealand. Currently, only around 50%
of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils still fluoridating, while voicing their
growing concerns about fluoridation risks and dangers. In response to more and more councillors and mayors deciding
against fluoridation, the Government is now taking the decision away from local councils and communities and putting the
power into the hands of District Health Boards (DHB), who are under the direct control of Central Government.
This legislation is a misguided response to the growing public demand on councils to stop fluoridation. Councillors in
many areas have had the opportunity to hear both sides of the issue, including the latest science. Like most New
Zealanders, once they are aware of all the facts, they become much less likely to support fluoridation.
The Ministry of Health knows now they can no longer win this debate in an open public forum. This legislation will close
down debate and force fluoridation onto everyone, including people who are hypersensitive to fluoride. Claims that the
DHBs will still be open to public input are pure spin, since the DHBs are contractually obligated to carry out MoH
The local DHBs will be forced to add fluoridation chemicals to the drinking water of every community in the country, and
councils and the public will be powerless. New Zealand will then be one of only three countries in the world with
mandatory fluoridation, along with Singapore and the Republic of Ireland. Places such as Christchurch, Nelson, Rotorua,
Napier and Whangarei that have never had fluoridation will now get it. And places such as Ashburton, Tauranga and New
Plymouth that fought to stop fluoridation will also have it forced back on them.
To their surprise and confusion, the latest published research
from pro-fluoride New Zealand dentists shows that there is no difference in tooth decay rates between non-Maori
children in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. In fact, what New Zealand research
also shows is that twice as many children (30% compared to 15%) of children in fluoridated areas have permanent damage
to their teeth in the form of dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is the first outward sign a child has been over exposed
to fluoride when their teeth were developing. Fluoride is a toxin, and not a nutrient by any definition, as it was
thought to be, seventy years ago. Some fluoridation supporters have not yet learned this.
It is obvious that fluoride exposure should be immediately and dramatically reduced, as Auckland council has quietly
done just last month, yet the Government is taking the perverse backward step of increasing it.
Last year, Kent University (UK) published a study in the British Medical Journal
which examined 98% of all medical practices, which found that women in fluoridated areas were 60% more likely to suffer
from thyroid disease. In the most comprehensive review of fluoride ever to be conducted, the US National Research
Council found that even very low levels of fluoride are damaging thyroid function. Thyroid disease is today at an
all-time high, affecting fertility, metabolism and depression.
Also last year, published research from the US, found children in fluoridated areas were more likely to have ADHD.
Because of this, and the hundreds of other studies linking fluoride to lowered IQ and other neurological damage, the
prestigious US National Toxicology Program is now reviewing all the available literature to determine what level damage
to the brain occurs from fluoride exposure. They will also conduct their own new animal studies. Panel member, Dr Linda
Birnbaum stated “We know nothing of the individual vulnerability or susceptibility”. [see more about this here
Why then does the Government want to give every New Zealander an uncontrolled dose of this Class 7 neurotoxin?
The legislation proposed for later this year would eventually be in place by 2018. Therefore, New Zealanders from all
corners of the country need to voice their strong opposition. The obvious solution for dental health is to adopt a NZ
version of the proven international programmes like Scotland’s Childsmile, which is saving teeth, saving pain, and
saving millions of dollars. Scotland has never had fluoridation, and since they’ve implemented the Childsmile programme,
Scottish kids now have much better teeth than Kiwi kids [see more about this here]