The Symposium held in Chicago from 14 to 16 July 2005 was to celebrate 60 years of fluoridation of drinking water. VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment, a European environmental and anti-fluoride activist organization, characterizes the insistence of US health authorities to add a toxic chemical waste product to the water supply in the name of "saving teeth of children" as a remnant of the "flat earth" view of medicine and health.
The water supply is fluoridated in Ireland, and together with the UK, where the authorities defend fluoridation , the Irish are the only Europeans that still continue to fluoridate their water. Other countries have abandoned the practice.
Dublin, Monday 25th July 2005.
Flat Earth Symposium in Chicago snubbed by Old Europe, says VOICE.
A symposium on July 14th to 16th 2005 in Chicago to celebrate and extend 60 years of Flat Earthism among communities throughout America was shamefully ignored by public health officials across Europe. "Were it not for the courageous attendance by a Principal Dental Surgeon from Co Leitrim, Ireland, Dr Joe Mullen BDS, Europe would have had no input to this landmark event" said VOICE campaigner Robert Pocock " and Flat Earthism could well have remained dead right across Old Europe for another five centuries." (1).
Formerly rejected by one and all, Flat Earthism, like many other cults, was reborn in mid 20th Century America. In its new public health form, it was a simple but blind belief that drinking water containing an artificially-added industrial fluoride chemical treats all dental problems. Right across America this faith in the magic properties of this toxic chemical in drinking water is so deeply held that it is as much part of the public psyche as motherhood and apple pie or WMD in Saddam's Iraq.
As for dictionary definitions, both of the Chicago sponsors, the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control, probably prefer their own. However, the 1983 definition by little-known EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, Rebecca Hanmer, is the most concise and appropriate for corporate America:
"In regard to the use of fluosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long standing problem. By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacture, water and air pollution are minimized and water utilities have a low-cost source of fluoride." US EPA Letter, March 30th, 1983. (2)
Outside America, many have questioned why some smaller nations like Ireland adopted Flat Earthism so passionately when they did not have any fluoride pollution in either the air or in groundwater. (Ireland's geology being without deposits of phosphate rock, it has no phosphate mines to protect from possible litigation arising from toxic fluoride emissions to the environment.)
"The question was of course answered by eminent professionals such as professors of oral health, of law and of biochemistry, deans of dental schools, principal dental surgeons, public health specialists, public analysts, economists or just plain Anonymous celebrated for his/her four-and-a-half-year-late reply of May 5th 2005, posted on the Irish Health Department website (3). All these luminaries bravely joined the coalition of the willing to promote the cult, often dedicating their professional careers to never-ending but futile fluoride research," said the VOICE campaigner.
"For a nation to copper-fasten the ritual across a whole community US-style, all that is needed is a high court judge such as Ireland was blessed with in the 1960s. So firm was this judge's faith in the cult that he confidently dismissed all the international scientific evidence against Flat Earthism, declaring that the fluoride pollutant "even if it be harmful ... or dangerous, would not cause any damage or injury to health."(4) And while the Irish government duly proceeded to enforce addition of this legally-pronounced-safe chemical to 70% of its tap water, Europe both Old and New could not be disabused of the scientific arguments, which have kept this toxic chemical out of the drinking water of 540 million Europeans to this day.
Now European reliance on the science has recently found support from an unlikely quarter, namely The Wall Street Journal, which on 22nd July 2005 reported the greatly increased risk of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) among boys aged from 5 to 19 if they are exposed to fluoridated drinking water (5). It is a measure of the seriousness of the story that even some of the cultists who attended Chicago asked for a copy of the original story; however, its basis in peer-reviewed science will be more than adequate for those in attendance at Chicago to ignore it.
Enquiries are now in hand to determine if Health Minister Mary Harney has on behalf of the Irish taxpayer already signed off the thousands of Euro in expenses incurred by her intrepid Principal Dental Surgeon from Leitrim and any other cultists from Ireland attending the Chicago junket in a public health capacity. "Let no one accuse Ireland of being closer to Berlin than to the Windy City, whatever about Boston," said the VOICE spokesman, adding "Our Health Minister has again demonstrated our independence within Europe by ensuring that at least one EU member state participated in this historic cult celebration, whatever about the increased risk of bone cancer to boys in fluoridated Ireland."
(2) Quoted on pages 150-151 by Chris Bryson in The Fluoride Deception, 2004.
(3) Anonymous reply to 50 Reasons to oppose fluoridation, 4 1/2 years later.
(4) Kenny J. High Court 1963 in Irish Reports 1965 pp 294-353.