George M Donachy

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please give me the text of the act that gave health authorities the right to force mass medication on the cumbrian population. ie. Mass fluoridation of the water supply.

Yours faithfully,

George Donachy

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Donachy,

Thank you for your email of 11 October to the Department of Health about
the fluoridation of water supplies. Your email has been passed to me for

The attached document, Guidance on Fluoridation of Drinking Water, was
published by the Department on 8 February, and covers the relevant
legislative framework, the requirement for Primary Care Trusts to assess
the oral health needs of their population, and good practices on the
conduct of consultations on new fluoridation schemes (or changes in
existing schemes).

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Atkinson
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health

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Miss K Williams left an annotation ()

Mother’s milk contains fluoride at between 4-10 parts per billion. Using fluoridated water a bottle-fed baby will receive up to 250 times more fluoride than Mother Nature intended. In 2006, the American Dental Association warned its members (dentists) not to recommend fluoridated water for mixing infant formula.

The York Review (2000) found that fluoridation increases dental fluorosis of aesthetic concern from 6.3% (F at 0.1ppm) to 12.5% (F at 1ppm) in those who drink fluoridated water. Fluoridation doesn’t make ethical, legal, medical, dental, scientific or common sense.

Fluoride’s acute toxicity lies between that of lead and arsenic (Gosselin et al, 1984). Yet, with fluoridation it will be added at 100 times the level permitted for arsenic!

You are currently adding fluoride to water without consultation as the law requires. Do you intend to inform everyone that your adding fluoride to their tap water? Are you sure you don't want to give advice regarding over consumption of fluoride to at risk people?

Placing a known poison on your teeth may well have positive effects, however it was never ever supposed to be consumed internally at the amounts that a diabetic or infant using formula with tap water does.

Trevor Allport left an annotation ()

I notice that a Water Authority DOES NOT HAVE TO COMPLY until an indemnity has been granted by the Secretary of State. If fluoridation is so safe, why the indemnity clause absolving the Water Company of any damages incurred in said fluoridation?

Relevant quote below.

"31. Under section 87(2) of the 1991 Act a water undertaker is not
required to enter into arrangements with an SHA to fluoridate a
water supply until the Secretary of State has granted it an indemnity
against liabilities it may incur in complying with fluoridation

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