Newsletter - 12th December 2016
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Submissions NEEDED for NZ Parliament: 53 Days to Go
In this Newsletter:
1) Your chance to oppose the Legislation
2) Video clips of some of the MPs speaking on the 1st Reading of the Bill
3) Contact details of all Health Select Committee members
4) Fluoride Action Network USA Petition to EPA that could end fluoridation (scroll to end)

1) Legislation Opposition Help Needed
The Legislation to force fluoridation on the whole country and make it illegal for local councils to opt out of fluoridation has now had its first reading in Parliament. We have 53 days to send in feedback and change the course of this Legislation. (see last week’s press release).

So if there was ever a time we needed your help - it is now. This Legislation will shift responsibility from the local councils and give it to the District Health Boards. This will make it virtually impossible to stop fluoridation in currently fluoridated areas, or to keep it out of places that do not have it - even if they have said no to it in the past. The DHBs have to do what the Ministry of Health tells them to do, whereas the councils do not.

As you will see from the Transcript and the video footage of the MPs that spoke at the first Reading - National, Labour and the Greens support the Bill. The Labour Party even want to strengthen the legislation by making it mandated by Central Government just in case a DHB tries to wriggle out of it. In a press release yesterday, Labour also condemned the Maori Party for running a poll to find out what people think.

You will also see that none of the speakers know very much about the subject. Health Select Committee Chair Simon Wilson mistakenly credits his good teeth on taking fluoride tablets as a child. Unbeknownst to him, the Ministry of Health no longer recommends fluoride tablets because we now know fluoride doesn't work by swallowing and fluoride tablets cause dental fluorosis!

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who introduced the Bill, has called us “tin-foil hat wearing, UFO-abducted pseudo-scientists.” He mustn’t realise that he is insulting around half of the NZ population. Results from all referenda held in NZ show that people tend to vote status quo. As only half of the country is fluoridated (23 councils out of 67, not “27 councils have rejected fluoridation” as Peter Dunne incorrectly stated) which means that roughly half the population is opposed to fluoridation (or maybe more than half) and if a nationwide referendum was held tomorrow, we would have a good chance of winning.

The NZ First Party thinks the issue should be decided by local referendum. The Greens supported the Bill “at first Reading stage” as they, too, have concerns about local decision-making - but the Greens as a party do think fluoridation is safe and effective. It shows that most of them must only have read the Ministry of Health propaganda.

The Government is now giving until the 2nd of February for us to send in written feedback on the issue. The law allows everyone who gives feedback to have 10 minutes speaking time for individuals, and 15 minutes for organisations. At the Hamilton Tribunal in 2013, 1557 people put in a submission, 1385 opposed fluoridation and 130 people spoke at the hearing to support their submission. That required the councillors to sit through 3.5 days of oral submissions and the result was a 7 to 1 vote to stop fluoridation. Unfortunately, some Hamilton councillors who had excused themselves from the Tribunal Hearing because of a conflict of interest, did not bother to attend the Hearing as part of the audience, and subsequently worked to overthrow that decision. (See Hamilton page if you would like more information on that).

Therefore, we urge everyone to give written feedback, and do their utmost to speak to that submission in person. We have been advised that It is best to keep feedback to a page or two with around half a dozen really salient points. The Hearing will be in Wellington, which is likely to be in February or perhaps March next year..

Ways to give Feedback:
  • Online Form If you don't know what to say, a personal testimony is good, or attach an article already written (suggestions here) or list a few points as suggested above.
  • Send hard copy to Health Select Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington
Fluoride Free New Zealand will be providing a comprehensive written submission where we will explain the ineffectiveness and dangers of fluoridation and details of public dental health programmes operating overseas that actually do reduce dental decay.
Please encourage your friends and family to help us now by sending feedback to the Committee and by informing everyone they know on the facts about fluoridation. The number of people that do this makes a difference! You can also help by posting respectful and informative comments on Facebook, liking posts and comments and joining the discussions, particularly on the Facebook pages of the Health Select Committee Members. See the list below.
Peter Dunne, United Future
Watch if you can stomach it. The only thing we can hope for with this man is that he doesn't get re-elected in Ohariu.
Annette King, Labour
Annette King is the Health spokesperson for Labour. She is an ex-dental nurse and is entrenched in fluoridation dogma. A number of us, including a dentist, have met with her and explained some of the science, but she obviously did not listen and claimed that a child would need to drain a bath tub full of water to get dental fluorosis. She maintains that belief even though we have told her that 30% of children have some form of dental fluorosis.

It appears that Labour's stance on this is to accuse the National Party of "kicking the can down the road" and to advocate for central Government control so bureaucrats who have already hung their hat on this issue can make the decision for everyone.
Health Select Committee Members
Simon O'Connor, Chairperson, National Party, Tāmaki

Barbara Kuriger, Deputy-Chairperson, National Party, Taranaki-King Country

Jacqui Dean, Member, National Party, Waitaki

Julie Anne Genter, Member, Green Party, List

Annette King, Member, Labour Party, Rongotai

Shane Reti, Member, National Party, Whangarei

Scott Simpson, Member, National Party, Coromandel

Barbara Stewart, Member, NZ First, List

Poto Williams, Member, Labour Party, Christchurch East
Julie Anne Genter, Greens
Julie Anne is thoroughly convinced that fluoridation is a good thing and seems to think that those opposed, are "fearful". She said, perhaps in an attempt to allay our fears, that a man would need to drink 1,520 glasses of water in a day to reach a toxic dose and a 1 year old baby would need to drink 260 glasses. This comes from the LD50 (dose likely to be lethal to 50% of the population) of 5mg per kilo. Doing the maths on this we find that she is saying a man would have to ingest 860 tablets (8.6 bottles) or a child 60 tablets (2/3 of a bottle). But this is like saying that smoking is not harmful because you would have to smoke 250 cigarettes in one day (LD50 of 9.6mg/kg) to reach a toxic dose. Julie Anne obviously hasn't considered low-dose chronic exposure.

However, Julie Anne did bring up some good points about over-all health and if there were alternatives.

Ria Bond, New Zealand First
NZ First is opposing the Bill and advocating local referenda to decide the issue. Whilst we think this is better than any of the other parties we have heard from so far, we think medication should be a decision made between you and your doctor. It has nothing to do with your neighbour.

Whilst Ria Bond spoke at Parliament, Barbara Stewart is actually the Health spokesperson for NZ First and is their representative on the Health Select Committee.

NZ First is opposed to the controversial pesticide 1080, The main ingredient in 1080 is Fluoride (Sodium fluoroacetate).
Fluoride Action Network USA EPA Petition
Petition to USA EPA outlining evidence of harm from fluoride to brain. A petition has just been lodged with the USA Environmental Protection Agency which could end fluoridation in the USA.

New York – November 30, 2016 – A coalition of environmental, medical and health groups have served the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Petition calling on the Agency to ban the addition of fluoridation chemicals to public water supplies due to the risks these chemicals pose to the brain, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

The Petition, which includes over 2,500 pages of supporting scientific documentation, explains that “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects.”  Signers include FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers AssociationAmerican Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and Moms Against Fluoridation.

Please go to the Fluoride Action Network site to see their press release, access the petition and add your name. Please help by sending this petition to  decision makers and people in New Zealand that you think need to know.
Sign EPA Petition Here
Please sign our NEW ZEALAND petition and share with all your friends to stop mandatory nationwide fluoridation
Sign FFNZ Petition Here
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