Southampton councillors urged to make fluoride pledge

Daily Echo: Councillors urged to make fluoride pledge Councillors urged to make fluoride pledge

COUNCILLORS in Southampton are being urged to vow to oppose controversial plans to put fluoride in Hampshire tap water.

The city council will next week vote on calls to promise not to allow fluoridation to go ahead when it takes over responsibility for such schemes from unelected Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) when those bodies are scrapped in 2013.

Anti-fluoride campaigners have forced the motion on to the agenda through a petition demanding the authority removes the endorsement it gave to fluoride before health bosses decided to go ahead with the contentious plan two years ago.

Members of Hampshire Against Fluoridation (HAF) will be rallying ahead of Wednesday’s full council meeting, urging councillors to join their Hampshire County Council colleagues in opposing the plans.

The proposals affect nearly 200,000 people in parts of Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton, Netley and Rownhams.

HAF chairman Stephen Peckham said: “The petition is asking the council to take a much, much stronger stance against water fluoridation.

“They’ve already, in a sense, expressed their concern over the SHA’s decision, but we would like them to go one step further and make an unequivocal statement rejecting any scheme. In 2013, they and the county (council) will be responsible for decisions about water fluoridation.

“It is important that they’re clear about where they stand on this, because if the SHA does go ahead (and introduce fluoridation), we want them to reverse the scheme.”

But before Wednesday’s meeting, campaigners will hear about successes in the fight against fluoride elsewhere in the world.

Professor Paul Connett, a leading opponent of fluoridation and an environmental chemistry academic, will speak at an open meeting tomorrow at Southampton Solent University’s Conference Centre.

Mr Peckham said: “We’ve asked Paul to talk about the fact there’s a growing number of places in North America that are removing fluoride, and he’ll talk more about the recent research that’s come out. While we think we’re fighting a lonely battle in Southampton, other people have taken the battle on and won by stopping fluoridation.”

n Hampshire Against Fluoridation’s free meeting is open to all. It starts at 2.30pm in the Solent Conference Centre in the Sir James Matthews Building, Above Bar, Southampton.

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6:22pm Fri 9 Sep 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal.
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There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote.
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Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says.
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Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks
Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal. . There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote. . Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says. . Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks Lone Ranger.
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7:13pm Fri 9 Sep 11

On the inside says...

Unfortunatly the populists on SCC will ignore the science and vote against just because a few idiots who cannot understand epidemiology are shouting loudest. Still, no doubt Ian Murray will be happy. It is all useful 'look what I did' material for when he stands for election as Mayor.
Unfortunatly the populists on SCC will ignore the science and vote against just because a few idiots who cannot understand epidemiology are shouting loudest. Still, no doubt Ian Murray will be happy. It is all useful 'look what I did' material for when he stands for election as Mayor. On the inside
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9:30pm Fri 9 Sep 11

Huffter says...

debhavard3 wrote:
scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water
Fluoride can seriously affect your spelling.
[quote][p][bold]debhavard3[/bold] wrote: scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water[/p][/quote]Fluoride can seriously affect your spelling. Huffter
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12:16am Sat 10 Sep 11

Condor Man says...

can't people just keep their teeth clean?
can't people just keep their teeth clean? Condor Man
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12:34am Sat 10 Sep 11

Poppy22 says...

Good news re the meeting and the campaign - hope our councillors listen or they're unlikely to be councillors next time the elections come up!
These are the sort of issues we need a national referendum on.
Fluoride is fine in toothpaste (as long as you don't swallow it every day) but if it's drunk then the majority of it is going through the body unnecessarily and fluoride is a toxic waste product from industry, not a naturally-occurring product we all need in our bodies. As I keep on saying, how many children drink tap water (or any water!) anyway - do they even know what drinking water is?? If it's not in a bottle or can, most children just aren't interested and very few drink tea.
Good news re the meeting and the campaign - hope our councillors listen or they're unlikely to be councillors next time the elections come up! These are the sort of issues we need a national referendum on. Fluoride is fine in toothpaste (as long as you don't swallow it every day) but if it's drunk then the majority of it is going through the body unnecessarily and fluoride is a toxic waste product from industry, not a naturally-occurring product we all need in our bodies. As I keep on saying, how many children drink tap water (or any water!) anyway - do they even know what drinking water is?? If it's not in a bottle or can, most children just aren't interested and very few drink tea. Poppy22
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7:44am Sat 10 Sep 11

BMWDellboy says...

debhavard3 wrote:
scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water
Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ...
[quote][p][bold]debhavard3[/bold] wrote: scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water[/p][/quote]Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ... BMWDellboy
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8:43am Sat 10 Sep 11

Linesman says...

BMWDellboy wrote:
debhavard3 wrote:
scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water
Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ...
It's called Incontinence Dellboy! Wear a nappy.
[quote][p][bold]BMWDellboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]debhavard3[/bold] wrote: scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water[/p][/quote]Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ...[/p][/quote]It's called Incontinence Dellboy! Wear a nappy. Linesman
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11:40am Sat 10 Sep 11

freefinker says...

On the inside wrote:
Unfortunatly the populists on SCC will ignore the science and vote against just because a few idiots who cannot understand epidemiology are shouting loudest. Still, no doubt Ian Murray will be happy. It is all useful 'look what I did' material for when he stands for election as Mayor.
'Unfortunately' you seem to be one of those tunneled-vision people who ignore the ever growing epidemiology for the many non-dental adverse effects of fluoride within the body.
Keep those blinkers on, keep those ears covered up.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: Unfortunatly the populists on SCC will ignore the science and vote against just because a few idiots who cannot understand epidemiology are shouting loudest. Still, no doubt Ian Murray will be happy. It is all useful 'look what I did' material for when he stands for election as Mayor.[/p][/quote]'Unfortunately' you seem to be one of those tunneled-vision people who ignore the ever growing epidemiology for the many non-dental adverse effects of fluoride within the body. Keep those blinkers on, keep those ears covered up. freefinker
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11:44am Sat 10 Sep 11

freefinker says...

BMWDellboy wrote:
debhavard3 wrote:
scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water
Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ...
Deb, yet again a classic.
Just love your sense of humour.

Word of advise - they will probably ban you again for the third time, so come back with a much less obvious name.
[quote][p][bold]BMWDellboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]debhavard3[/bold] wrote: scare monkering again wots wrong wiv floride its in tothpaste and in other stuff., anyone wuld of thinked that they are puting pis in the water[/p][/quote]Hive jest pizzed merself larfing ...[/p][/quote]Deb, yet again a classic. Just love your sense of humour. Word of advise - they will probably ban you again for the third time, so come back with a much less obvious name. freefinker
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12:57pm Sat 10 Sep 11

bobbyboy says...

The majority of the electorate Say's NO the councillors are elected to voice the electorates opinion or look elsewhere at voting time and loose that nice little earner you got.
I have just been diagnosed with an enlarged Prostrate i dont need chemicals added to express my condition forward to an early Grave thanks by unelected nobodies who will not be around as i suffer enough said.
The majority of the electorate Say's NO the councillors are elected to voice the electorates opinion or look elsewhere at voting time and loose that nice little earner you got. I have just been diagnosed with an enlarged Prostrate i dont need chemicals added to express my condition forward to an early Grave thanks by unelected nobodies who will not be around as i suffer enough said. bobbyboy
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1:32pm Sat 10 Sep 11

Rob444 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal.
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There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote.
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Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says.
.
Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks
That's a VERY big "If".
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal. . There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote. . Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says. . Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks[/p][/quote]That's a VERY big "If". Rob444
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9:20pm Sun 11 Sep 11

AspieMum says...

Rob444 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal.
.
There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote.
.
Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says.
.
Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks
That's a VERY big "If".
Do you mean they would insist we agree with it or insist it only goes ahead if we agree to it?
[quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Echo 6th Oct 2009….A TORY Government would insist on public backing for fluoride being added to Hampshire water supplies, the Daily Echo can reveal. . There you go ...... thats your answer to the councils vote. . Thats if you can believe what a Tory Government says. . Another ( #11 ) U-Turn ahead methinks[/p][/quote]That's a VERY big "If".[/p][/quote]Do you mean they would insist we agree with it or insist it only goes ahead if we agree to it? AspieMum
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