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!

In my mind, a lawsuit creates duality; an “us and them” division that gets peoples’ backs up and creates defensiveness on both sides. I personally would rather see a discussion in moving forward, that looks at the science as well as the ethics regarding this potentially dangerous practice but I am not sure that is the answer either.

So what is the solution to draw attention to an issue that most people are unaware of and yet I feel needs attention?

In reflecting on how to move forward so that everyone feels heard, I decided to look at the principles that Mahatma Gandhi eschewed for moral action and conflict resolution.

Contrary to what many think, Gandhi was a fighter. He thought fighting was the way to find the best solution, or highest truth, and believed one should never avoid a fight. But since fighting is to achieve a better overall outcome, it must be done the right way!

The basic idea of Gandhi’s approach to fighting is to redirect the focus of a fight from persons to principles. Gandhi called it Satyagraha, or “grasping onto principles” or “truth force”.

Every fight, to Gandhi, was on some level a fight between different “angles of vision” illuminating the same truth. Even though one position may have more truth than the other, each side has some portion of truth in its possession.

Therefore, if I am to apply these Gandhian principles to the water fluoridation dispute, I must accept the fact that both schools of thought on this issue have elements of truth within their beliefs. Which I really do believe; as a member of the dental profession I understand the reasoning and defense of both positions.

But where do we go from here?

What do you think of the Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation launching a lawsuit? I welcome your feedback.  You can connect with me via telephone or email or leave a comment right here on the website. Feel free to leave a link back to your own blog, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,

Kathleen

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

Is Water Fluoridation Legal?

21143342_sListed as “one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century”, the future of water fluoridation may well be decided in the courts! The question is, is water fluoridation even legal?

On June 26, 2014, lawyer Nader Hasan, representing the group Concerned Residents of Peel, presented a legal opinion to the Peel Region council informing them that they could be legally responsible for harming residents whose health is put at risk by water fluoridation. Continue reading

Pottenger’s Cats – A Study in Nutrition

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I have recently completed reading Pottenger’s Cats-A study in Nutrition. It is a short, very easy-to-read book that begs the question:

“If it is true with human beings, as it is with cats, that nutritionally-caused degeneration is passed down to our children, a sobering challenge stands before us!”

In my own search for optimum nutrition for both myself and my patients, I do not think that we can ignore this fundamental research.

The work that Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD observed in cats on deficient diets parallels the degeneration that Weston A. Price, DDS found in people who abandoned traditional foods.

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Whole-Body Oral Health

Kathleen BernardiI am presently away on a holiday with my husband Paul….the second time in our 33 three years of marriage that we have been away for a week alone! With the benefit of time and distance, I have been afforded a perspective that has been made clearer with respect to whole-body oral health as a result of taking this break from the everyday of work and routine. For this I am truly grateful.

It is from this place of clarity that I would like to reflect on who I am as an allopathic healthcare provider and where I might be headed at this age and stage of my wonderful life and career. Continue reading

Oil Pulling – IN THE NEWS

dental hygienist King CityIn this blog post, I would like to highlight the extensive information that seems to be currently circulating in the news and my office about the new/old Ayurvedic practice called “Oil Pulling”.

Oil pulling is reported to be a remedy for not only improving oral health but overall health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure, organic oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.

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Mercury Contamination of Waste Water from Dental Offices

Mercury contamination in dentist officesWhen I began to do the research on mercury contamination of waste water from dental offices, I had no idea of the Pandora’s Box I was opening!

As most of you now know, I decided last month that because of the possibility of mercury contamination to my home office and property, that I would not be able to have a dentist working here with me at Woodland.

In the process of researching how to capture, contain and dispose of mercury contaminated waste water, it became evident that this was a far greater issue than I had previously realized.

While a growing number of dentists are no longer placing mercury fillings…YEAH…they are still removing old ones, and therefore the disposal of this material…a biohazard…is of monumental importance.

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Dentist at Woodland Dental Hygiene?

Mercury fillingsI have spent the last few months seriously considering having a dentist work with me here at Woodland Dental Hygiene.

The possibilities of having my patients see someone “in office” for their restorative work is obviously appealing on many levels.  For my patients, the most obvious benefit would be that they only have to visit one office; insuring a continuity of care that is often difficult to achieve when they have to visit someone who does not share my holistic approach.  For me, it would simplify the referral process as assessment and treatment notes would not have to be forwarded back and forth and professional collaboration would be simplified. Continue reading

Kathleen Bernardi – Reflecting on 2013

Woodland Dental HygieneNow that the “crush” of the holiday season is over and I am beginning to settle into the first few timid days of 2014, I am spending some time reflecting on 2013 and have consolidated the highlights here:

  • Balance, balance and more balance
  • Thank God all of us are different
  • Expect the unexpected and allow for it in my schedule
  • Leave the room and take a deep breath
  • Learn how to listen
  • Have a schedule but be flexible
  • Ask
  • Admit when I don’t know something
  • Don’t hold grudges
  • Multitasking reduces productivity by 30%…FACT
  • Begin and end the day with gratitude for “everything” that has come my way

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Israel to End Water Fluoridation

Israel to end fluoridationAs most of my family and friends are aware, some of my new daughter-in-law’s family stayed with us before and after our son’s wedding in August.

In getting to know each other better I found out that Natalie’s sister and fiancée are both scientists, she is doing her PHD and him his masters, both in chemistry.

They are both highly opposed to water fluoridation, citing its acute toxicity and expressed their sincere thankfulness that Israel will finally end this archaic practice. Continue reading