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.

“Not only is the region responsible and liable to the people of Peel, individual councilors are responsible and liable” said Hasan.

He also informed council that the Charter of Rights protecting Canadians against government-inflicted harm are being violated and warned that if fluoride is not removed, a costly legal battle may ensue.

As a dental professional, I have taken the time to research the science behind water fluoridation and I can find no evidence to support its continued use, and in fact, the most current studies suggest that the risks far outweigh the benefits of this highly toxic practice.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.

I applaud this cautionary approach that is beginning to blossom within the scientific/health community but support the members of the public who do not wish to “wait” for more research to be conducted.

In his summary and opinion, Hasan stated:

“In short, if an Ontario resident can properly present the scientific and medical evidence to an Ontario court, there is a reasonable possibility that an Ontario court would declare the Fluoridation Act and municipal fluoridation programs in Ontario to be unconstitutional and thus invalid. Should that occur, then there is also a real possibility that the Region of Peel would be held legally liable to residents in a lawsuit for harm caused by artificial fluoridation”.

The Peel council, in response, voted to defer a move to reopen the issue until September when the region’s legal staff will present an opinion on Hasan’s arguments.

What is your opinion? Do you think that mass medication of the public is constitutional? I welcome your feedback. Please leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,


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.

As a child growing up in an Armed Forces family, I moved 15 times prior to leaving home and it has taken me many years to fully appreciate the positives of our nomadic lifestyle.  While I don’t have any close friends due to these moves, what I do have is an independent, self-reliant character that is totally open to change!

It is because of these character traits and my acceptance of often not knowing where I am going that I was able to venture into independent dental hygiene practice.  What I did not expect as I began this journey, were the myriad of questions that I would have as a result.  Questions about why I am doing what I do, does it really make a difference and how can it be done better?

My own compromised health and subsequent healing has led me to believe that the body has been designed to heal itself and my job, both personally and professionally, is to help provide a framework for that to happen.

My research has led me to believe that oral disease, including both dental decay and gum disease, are actually manifestations of underlying systemic disease; the mouth is actually a window into the body and reflects imbalances that exist there.

If inflammation truly is a precursor to disease as science now believes, is inflammation and breakdown in the mouth a warning that there is inflammation and breakdown inside the entire body?  What are the implications of this in moving forward and how can I make a difference in helping my patients achieve whole-body health through oral health?

I truly believe that with this unique perspective, dental hygienists may very well be standing at the forefront of preventive whole-body health care in the very near future!

I welcome your feedback. Please leave a link to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,


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.

In weighing the many pros and cons of such a move, I actually did a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, and on paper, it seemed that it would be a smart move!

However, a glaring “weakness” that I had really not considered until then, was the fact that when a dentist removes old mercury fillings, a portion of the mercury contained in that filling, escapes the now “regulatory” amalgam separator and enters the waste water from the clinic. Since I am in the country and on a septic system, this would mean, “some degree of mercury contamination to my property”!

As a Silver-Certified member of the Eco Dentistry association, I am committed to a dental profession that values both outstanding patient care and outstanding planetary care.  I recognize that as a dental professional I make decisions every day that impact my health, my patients health and the health of our Earth.

While the decision to have a dentist work here would certainly help provide outstanding patient care it clearly would not be in the best interests of my health and the planet’s health!  As a result, I have decided that a dentist working here will not be possible!

Next month, I would like to discuss some of the information that I have recently uncovered about where all that mercury from dental offices has been going that you and I have never even thought about!!

I’d love your feedback! And please feel free to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature right here on the site.

In health,



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.

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A Chair In The Woods

Wedding 2013I am writing this month’s edition of “A Chair In The Woods” from our family cottage where we are taking a few days off after hosting the marriage of our son Michael to Natalie at our home last Saturday.

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Dental Decay is a Systemic Disease: Part 2

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As I mentioned last month, there is a rather shocking conclusion to the research that Ralph Steinman did involving diet and tooth decay.

Firstly, what is simply profound to me as a dental professional is that they observed the tracers that they used in the food show up within the rat’s teeth minutes after they ate!  I want to stop here and have everyone reflect on this for just a moment:

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