Advocate Group airs TVC in North-Eastern NSW warning of health dangers of adding fluoride to water

Fluoride Free Australia (FFA) have developed a TV commercial outlining the dangers of fluoridating the water supply prior to the release of an opinion poll in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area

An advocate group has launched a television commercial outlining the dangers of adding fluoride to tap water.

Fluoride Free Australia (FFA) developed the 15-second TVC focusing on the dangers of fluoridating the water supply prior to the release of an opinion poll in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.

The local poll that will run in parallel with the delayed elections asks residents if they would prefer fluoride to be added to their water supply.

The poll asks, 'Yes or no: Would you prefer that council stop adding fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) to the public water supply?'.

NSW Health argues the inclusion is to prevent tooth decay despite numerous studies showing adverse health ramifications.

Chief medical officer Kerry Chant argued fluoride has no negative effects in 2013 when advising Northern NSW councils saying there was no scientific or health evidence to show fluoride had negative effects on health

Exposure to fluoride has been proven to impair joint mobility, and can lead to a bone disease known as skeletal fluorosis resulting in pain and damage to bones and joints.

Fluoride can also cause thyroid problems damaging the parathyroid gland resulting in hyperparathyroidism, which involves uncontrolled secretion of parathyroid hormones.

This in turn can result in a depletion of calcium in bone structures and higher-than-normal concentrations of calcium in the blood.

Lower calcium concentrations in bones make them more susceptible to fractures.

Neurological problems have also been linked to fluorinated water, particularly in pregnant women after a 2017 report showed exposure to fluoride before birth could lead to poorer cognitive outcomes in the future.

The researchers measured fluoride levels in 299 women during pregnancy and in their children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

They tested cognitive ability at the ages of 4 years and between 6 and 12 years. Higher levels of fluoride were associated with lower scores on IQ tests.

In 2014, fluoride was documented as a neurotoxin that could be hazardous to child development, along with 10 other industrial chemicals, including lead, arsenic, toluene and methylmercury.

Other health problems according to the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) include acne and other skin problems, cardiovascular problems, including arteriosclerosis and arterial calcification, high blood pressure, myocardial damage, cardiac insufficiency, heart failure, reproductive issues (such as lower fertility and early puberty in girls), thyroid dysfunction, conditions affecting the joints and bones (such as osteoarthritis), bone cancer, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and neurological problems possibly leading to ADHD.

Fluoride has been included in the water supply to household taps and hoses since 2012 with about 90 per cent of homes across the LGA receiving the toxic water with the exception of Telegraph Point, Comboyne and Long Flat residents.

Although health professionals constantly cite dental decay is the core reason fluoride is included in water supply, Fluoride Free Australia (FFA) said this issue can be tackled responsibly through education and a healthy lifestyle, not through the 'medication of public drinking water supplies with a toxic industrial waste product'.

These claims are not supported by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), who maintain that the fluoridation of community water, in combination with other good oral hygiene practices, is an effective way to prevent tooth decay.

The FFA provided Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with a document detailing why they should remove fluoride from its water source.

The study was provided to the council in response to their endorsement for a community poll on whether fluoride should remain, or be removed, earlier in the year.