Cochrane Oral Health Group Concludes Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group Evaluation of Water Fluoridation concludes: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities”. In a June 19, 2015 publication by the Cochrane Collaboration, researchers have concluded that:

“There is very little contemporary evidence, meeting the review’s inclusion criteria, that has evaluated the effectiveness of water fluoridation for the prevention of cavities”.

As a dental professional who has been admonished to refer to Cochrane Reviews as the gold standard of evidence-based scientific research, I implore all of my friends, family and colleagues to read the full review here.

You want science-you’ve got science.

Essentially, the group reviewed every study done on fluoridation that they could find and then chose only those that were the most comprehensive, well-designed and reliable.

Only three studies since 1975 were identified–of sufficient quality to be included–addressing the effectiveness of fluoridation.

Study co-author Anne-Marie Glenny, a health science researcher at Manchester University in the United Kingdom says:

“These papers determined that fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree”.

One 2001 study covered in the Cochrane review of neighboring communities in British Columbia actually found that when fluoridation was stopped in one community, the number of cavities actually when down while the cavity rate in the fluoridated community remained the same!

Trevor Sheldon, the dean of the Hull York Medical School in the United Kingdom who lead an advisory board conducting a similar review in 2000 of water fluoridation puts it best:

“When you have a public health intervention that’s applied to everybody, the burden of evidence to know that people are likely to benefit and not to be harmed is much higher, since people can’t choose,” Sheldon says. Everybody drinks water, after all, mostly from the tap. “Public health bodies need to have the courage to look at this review,” says Sheldon, “and be honest enough to say that this needs to be reconsidered.”

“If fluoridation were to be submitted anew for approval today, nobody would even think about it due to the shoddy evidence of effectiveness and obvious downside of fluorosis”.

I challenge all of my colleagues at the ODHA and the CDHA to have the courage to read the above review and then tell me what you think! You can connect with me via email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the website.

Next month, I will tell you what well-known environmental activist, consumer advocate and legal consultant is getting involved in the fluoridation debate….stay tuned, as things are really heating up!

Until next time,

Kathleen

The Root Canal Cover-up and Informed Consent

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For those of you who follow my blog and the many patients that I have the privilege of seeing here at Woodland Dental Hygiene, you are aware that I am very passionate about my stand on Root Canal Therapy and the need for Informed Consent”.

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Sugar Industry Shapes Public Health Policy

independent dental hygienist King CityA new report published on March 10, 2015 by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) reveals that the sugar industry heavily influenced federal research and subsequently public health policy and guidelines resulting from that research.

In 1969, The Caries Task Force Steering Committee was formed by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) and met regularly to come up with research priorities. Continue reading

British Study Links Underactive Thyroid to High Fluoride Levels

dangers of fluoride in waterNew research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England, this British study says. Professor Stephen Peckham, lead author from the Centre for Health Services said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas”.

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking.  There was nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems.  I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water.  There are far safer ways to improve dental health”. Continue reading

Can Teeth Be Healed?

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In my personal and professional pursuit of wellness, I have lately had cause to ponder the question; can teeth be healed? I have never doubted the possibility of the arrest and even the reversal of many diseases common to the human body as I have experienced this miracle in my own life. Given time, knowledge and the commitment to provide what the body truly needs for health and well-being, much is possible!

But what about teeth and specifically tooth decay? It would appear that in dentistry, when a tooth decays, the most common disease in the world presents itself – we are most often given a traditional surgical approach – a filling, to fix the problem. Continue reading

Can Mouth Breathing be Helped by Chiropractic?

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Can mouth breathing be helped by Chiropractic care? A recent opportunity to work for a wonderful dentist and friend, Dr. Eva Tobin, who practices in the small town of Thornton, Ontario, enabled me to work with a client who was a chronic mouth-breather; a condition that while increasingly common, is not optimum for overall health and well-being.

I had a discussion with this client as to:

  • What the reason might be for his inability to breathe through his nose,
  • What some of the resulting side-effects were in his mouth and possibly the rest of his body!

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I Joined the Blue Dot Movement for a Healthy Environment

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I joined the Blue Dot Movement for a healthy environment! I wrote in a previous blog that I was still not sure that launching a legal battle was the direction to move with the water fluoridation issue. I have learned that patience is paramount when waiting for direction on key issues and this one is no exception. Thankfully, there is a solution that I have found, that addresses my personal, professional and planetary concerns about water fluoridation and the health of our environment that I feel I can support.

I have joined thousands of Canadians in a grassroots movement for change! I am beginning in my own community to ask for the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. I am helping to grow a national movement aimed at having every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment recognized at all levels of government. Continue reading

Fluoride Lawsuit Launched in Peel Region

dangers of water fluoridationLast month’s blog weighed in on the necessity of a lawsuit to end fluoridation in Peel Region and I thank you for the comments that I received. It is evident, based on those comments, and the many people that I speak to, that a clear-cut division does indeed exist! No matter what side of the fence you currently sit on…get ready, because the legal challenge has begun!

Please see the following press release:

Peel Resident Launches Court Challenge Against Artificial Water Fluoridation Continue reading

Is Launching a Lawsuit The Way To End Water Fluoridation?

water fluoridation lawsuitOn Thursday, September 11th, I had the opportunity to sit in on a Peel Regional Council Meeting and listen to lawyer Nader Hassan, on behalf of Liesa Cianchino and Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation, advise Council, “that we will be launching a lawsuit in Superior Court, asking the Court to declare that Peel’s water fluoridation program is unconstitutional”. I couldn’t help but wonder if launching a lawsuit is the best way to end water fluoridation.

I have read the Summary and Opinion presented to Peel Council on June 23, 2014 by Hasan on the Legal Arguments Against Water Fluoridation and while I agree with everything I have read, I am worried! Continue reading

The Mouth-Body Doctor: Alison Adams

alison-adamsWhile revamping my website earlier this year I came across an informational video on Dr. Alison Adam’s website; mouthbodydoctor.com that clearly and cleverly conveyed the same concerns that I now have regarding dental products and procedures.

Realizing that this informational video was exactly what I would like to have on my homepage, I contacted Alison to see if I might gain permission for its use. Being the pioneer that she is, spreading the word to the public about the dangers in dentistry is paramount and she graciously granted my request. You will find this video in the sidebar to the right of this post if you are reading this post on the website. For those of you receiving this post via email, please click here for a link to the video. Continue reading