Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Costello Supports Water Fluoridation

Fluorides are compounds that combine the element fluorine with another substance, usually a metal. Examples include sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, and fluoride monofluorophosphate (MFP fluoride). Once in the body, fluorides are absorbed into the blood through the digestive tract. They travel through the blood and tend to collect in areas high in calcium, such as the bones and teeth. To date there is no scientific of medical evidence to suggest that fluoride contributes to any serious negative health effects at the low levels at which it is found in Irish drinking water.

Fianna Fáil Councillor for Cabra-Finglas David Costello said:

“In recent months we have witnessed a divisive campaign void of scientific evidence and argument from the so called Anti-Fluoride Campaign and the Girl against Fluoride.”

“I have met and discussed this issue with many people over the last number of weeks and their concerns are based on everything from legitimate scientific research, to freedom of choice issues, to government conspiracy theories.”

“The anti-fluoride campaign is a divisive campaign against the use of Fluoride in our drinking water that cherry picks scientific research that suits its objectives. I am ashamed to say that I was initially taken in by this campaign. However, as a scientist I am programmed to doubt and question things. This led me to carry out a fairly extensive review of peer reviewed scientific literature. Throughout my review of the literature I found it difficult if not impossible to find evidence that backed the claims of the Anti-Fluoride campaigners. On the other hand I found ample evidence of the dental benefits of Fluoride in drinking water. Water fluoridation is a necessity for maintaining dental health in our city and that scientific. There is solid scientific evidence to support the fact that fluoridation is a safe, cost effective and most importantly effective way of reducing dental decay in our children.”

"The Anti-fluoride Campaign should use sience and not people in pink underware marching around our streets to make their argument."

As a result of my research and in response to an irresponsible motion from Sinn Fein’s Cllr. Andrews calling for the removal of fluoride from our water supply I have issued the following motion for discussion at the next City Council Meeting:

“That the Chief Executive and City Council recognises the importance of water fluoridation as a necessity for maintaining dental health in our city and that scientific and medical expert opinion be presented to DCC prior to any vote on the issue. There is solid scientific evidence to support the fact that fluoridation is a safe, cost effective and most importantly effective way of reducing dental decay in our children.”


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