HOW CAN I HELP?
The County Council elections are fast approaching on the 4th May 2017.
In Cumbria it is the Cumbria County Council who authorise and finance
the medication of people in West Cumbria by introducing an inadequately
researched and unregulated chemical ,hexafluorosilic acid, into their
The current cabinet support water fluoridation and the consequences of
this could be an extension of water fluoridation to other areas of the
These elections present Cumbrians with an opportunity to express their
concerns to all candidates who are standing for election to the County
The only political parties committed to removing water fluoridation are
the Green Party and UKIP and their previously stated positions are outlined
below . The Liberal Democrat position ,as outlined below, is now outdated
as control passed to Local Authorities in 2013. However water fluoridation
is heavily promoted by the Department of Health and Public Health England
and it is yet to be seen if a local authority could remove water fluoridation
in opposition to those two bodies.
IN Cumbria water fluoridation is supported by Lib Dem Councillor Ian Stewart
who carries responsibility for public health in the County Council Cabinet.
Both Labour and Conservative governments have promoted, supported and
financed water fluoridation.
Liberal Democrats " On water fluoridation, in general terms, Liberal
Democrats believe that people and local communities should have the ability
to make their own decisions as to whether or not they should take forms
of medication, which 'according to the stated purpose'fluoridation would
effectively constitute. Obviously, there is no such thing as absolute
certainty when it comes to health safety â€ but in normal
circumstances patients can weigh up the pros and cons of receiving potentially
risky treatment and choose whether to undertake it. Mass fluoridation
of water would leave people with no choice, and we believe that it should
not be imposed by Whitehall diktat."
UK Independence Party "¦UKIP will legislate to ban the use
of fluoride in water supplies, UKIP Policy Statement on Health,
Green Party " Dental health is a complex public health issue. The
Green Party views fluoridation of drinking water as an undesirable and
potentially dangerous knee jerk reaction to the issue rather than a seriously
thought out solution. We are concerned that mass medication is unethical
and breaches European guidelines.
The Green Party is opposed to the artificial mass fluoridation of drinking
water. There is conflicting evidence on the benefits to dental health
of this practice and major concerns on the cumulative negative wider health
effects of total ingestion levels of fluoride.
While around only half of the population are currently accessing dental
health services there is a clear need to make sure that everyone can access
basic dental services free at the point of delivery.
Concerns remain about the effectiveness of mass fluoridation and potential
With water fluoridation established in West Cumbria it could be extended
to other areas of the County . This is your opportunity to voice your
opposition to water fluoridation .
Please contact your County Council Candidates and enquire if they will
support or reject medication through the water supply . Details of all
candidates standing in Cumbria can be found by looking at the County Council
Currently fluoride is only added to drinking water in West Cumbria but
as the Cabinet supports water fluoridation this could be introduced anywhere
Please send and preferably adapt and personalise the following letter
to your COUNTY COUNCILLOR and make it clear that their position on water
fluoridation will influence how you vote in the May County elections.
Your County Councillor details will be easily found on www.writetothem.com
just enter your postcode. If you don't want to send through that site
just find the name and put a dot betweenthe first names and surnamei.e.
..stewart.young then @cumbria.gov.uk.
Please copy to your MP and email@example.com . If we all make
it clear to our Councillors that we do care about this issue then we may
have a chance of seeing it finish in 2017...Please send any replies to
Dianne.firstname.lastname@example.org as the Councillors
Position will be recorded on our website so other can see at a glance.
Dear Councillor, on 15th December last Cumbria County Council Cabinet
decided not to review the issue of water fluoridation until the completion
of the current Catfish research project in 2021.
They also declined to offer any advice about reducing potentially health
damaging levels of fluoride to vulnerable members of the West Cumbrian
community such as
Infants receiving high levels through milk formula made up with fluoridated
water and people using high fluoride anti depressant medication.
They refused to consider following the lead of Eire,NZ and the USA ,the
major fluoridating countries, in reducing the target level of fluoride
in drinking water from 1mg/ml to 0.7mg/ml in order to avoid excessive
intake and accumulation of fluoride .
They ignored Bedford Councils recent action in rejecting water fluoridation
after their Health Scrutiny Committee advised the precautionary principle
and safety should prevail.
I would like you to know that I consider all of the above to be a failure
in public health responsibility and as you are my Councillor I would like
to know your position on water fluoridation as it will influence how I
vote in the May elections.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Insert here...Your Name and address.
We are a Cumbria wide organisation. As Cumbria County Council currently
administrate water fluoridation in West Cumbria any area of the County
could be considered for fluoridation.
We hold regular & frequent meetings. New members are very welcome
. For details of meetings etc Tel:017687 76795 Paul Carr or email email@example.com
We have a Facebook page
and the Website is fluoridefreecumbria.http://www.lakestay.co.uk/fluoridefreecumbria/
Alternatively Google search for FluorideFreeCumbria
We appreciate people have busy lives and can,t always make meetings so
a weekly e mail newsletter is available with with updates and any appeals
We have some members who attend an occasional CAR BOOT SALE in Cockermouth.
They are always looking for items to sell and any offers of help would
One of the most important personal actions is to talk to your neighbours
, family and friends about the use of fluoride in our drinking water and
to contact Cumbria County Council.
Cumbria County Council currently have responsibility to implement water
fluoridation in Cumbria .
Please write to your Councillor, Sample letter below but individual letters
very welcome, and copy to your MP,
Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Wood,Cumbria County Council CEO email@example.com
Neil Hughes, chair of Cumbria County Council Health Scrutiny Committee