One of Ireland’s leading promoters of fluoridating drinking water, principal dental surgeon Dr Joe Mullen, was forced by top radio host Shaun Doherty to admit that the chemical added to Irish tap water is not , as he first told radio listeners, simply calcium and fluoride. He later admitted that it is indeed an industrial waste fluorosilicate from processing fluorspar in Spain. Shaun Doherty had opened the debate by reading from an email from a Donegal listener stating that the chemical is in fact an industrial waste from phosphate production and therefore totally unsafe in drinking water.
Later in Highland Radio’s show of 13th December 2012 Robert Pocock of www.Irelandagainstfluoridation.org asked why no medicinal authorization had been obtained for something that Dr Mullen claimed was perfectly safe to drink after just misleading listeners with his fable that fluoridation is simply ‘calcium and fluoride’.
In reply to questioning about his own daily fluoride exposure, Shaun Doherty said that he was not affected because he did not live on a fluoridated water supply. He then asked Dr Mullen what a safe fluoride intake is. Dr Mullen’s answered that if water contains over 3 parts per million of fluoride it would not be safe, but this reply missed the crucial issue that people drink widely varying amounts. Pocock intervened again to ask how Dr Mullen could claim it was safe when he had no evidence of how much fluoride people in Ireland are already exposed to.
Pocock then informed listeners that back in August 2007 Irish GP Dr Andrew Rynne had tested fluoride intake by adults in three separate, fluoridated areas of the county – Inishowen, Letterkenny and Ballybofey. These tests showed that 70% of 19 -64 year-olds in all three towns were getting above safe amounts of fluoride. He also quoted UK medical practitioner and fluoride researcher, Dr Peter Mansfield and his peer reviewed research on fluoride intake (1) based on the 2003 UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey. In fluoridated areas of England two-thirds of adults surveyed were above the safe intake. Even in un-fluoridated Scotland a quarter of adults were exposed to unsafe amounts due to fluoride widely present in both the diet and in oral health care products. Dr Mullen’s only response to this survey evidence was to label Dr Rynne ‘anti-fluoride’!
Pocock also criticized the N.Ireland Health Minister, Edwin Poots for his recent daft plan to fluoridate N. Ireland water despite not first checking local fluoride exposure, which is probably no different to un-fluoridated Scotland where one in four are already at risk. Shaun Doherty ended this courageous debate (still ducked by the national media) with a simple question “Why do we need fluoride?’ True-to-script, the principal dental surgeon for the Northwest Health Board said something about Irish kids eating too many sweets, a reply unlikely to have answered the many concerns of local listeners rarely fooled by the Dublin government line.
Note: Donegal was the only county to reject the Irish government’s referendum on 10th Nov 2012 to have children’s rights better protected, involving a change to the Irish Constitution. The government’s one-sided campaign has been unanimously censured by Ireland’s Supreme Court, thus endorsing the collective view of Donegal voters not to trust more Dublin ‘state protection’. (2) To register their opposition to this crude treatment, listeners can email the health minister, Dr Reilly from www.irelandagainstfluoridation.org
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