In a recent letter to pure water campaigners, Olga Senior, South Central’s Director of Communications explained the Department of Health’s interpretation of “cogency” saying, “Arguments, therefore, should not only be forceful, but also relevant to the issue backed by robust peer-reviewed scientific evidence that can be referenced and quoted.” [Our emphasis]
A National Pure Water Association spokesman said, “How many of the 200,000 people affected by South Central’s proposal know that, in 2006, Elise Bassin published research showing that boys who have regularly drunk fluoridated water between the ages of 5 and 8 are 7 times more likely, than controls, to develop osteosarcoma by the age of 20. Osteosarcoma is a rare but highly lethal type of bone cancer. Bassin’s study has NOT been refuted despite claims that it forms part of a larger, unpublished and long overdue study by Harvard Dental School Professor – Chester Douglas, a paid consultant to well-known fluoride toothpaste manufacturer – Colgate. A larger study covering all age groups would mask Bassin’s specific age-related findings.
South Central SHA presents fluoridated water as having properties for treating or preventing tooth decay in human beings. This fulfils the EU definition of a medical product – “Any substance or combination of substances presented as having properties for treating or preventing disease in human beings”
For the health claims made by proponents, fluorosilicic acid and the resultant fluoridated water require medicinal product licences. Medication of the population via the public water supply contravenes Article 5 of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine which states:
- An intervention in the health field may only be carried out after the person concerned has given free and informed consent to it.
- This person shall beforehand be given appropriate information as to the purpose and nature of the intervention as well as on its consequences and risks.
- The person concerned may freely withdraw consent at any time.
To promote an untested and unlicensed medicinal product is illegal under UK and EU law. To ‘consult the public’ on whether human rights should be violated on a massive scale is shameful.
Members of the Hampshire public should beware of South Central SHA’s propaganda, which gives only one side of the fluoridation issue and ignores scientific evidence of fluoride’s harmfulness, even at the low level of one part per million (1 milligram per litre). They should also watch out for manipulative techniques which lead the unwary into agreeing with the measure.
With South Central SHA having the discretion to ignore objections on grounds of lack of “cogency”, the only option that may be left to objectors is to refuse to pay for a medicinal product they did not ask for and do not want.” [ENDS]
From National Pure Water Association
Tel 020 8220 9168