As the Lithgow Council has agreed with NSW health department to put the product called fluoride into our drinking water people with mild to advanced kidney disease should be warned as to the danger this move would mean to them.
The peak body in Australia (NHMRC) who develop the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2004 and 2011 has included the statement “people with kidney impairment have a lower margin of safety for fluoride intake limited data that their retention may be up to three time normal”
The peak body goes on to say “fluoride is absorbed quickly following ingestion, it is not metabolised but diffuses passively into all body compartments, about 40 per cent is excreted in urine within nine hours and about 50 per cent over 24 hours, fluoride has affinity for mineralising tissues of the body in young people’s bone and teeth in older people in bone”.
Despite this admission no studies have ever been done in Australia looking at the cumulative effects of fluoridated water on people with kidney disease, let alone any study of how much fluoride is ingested in food and carbonated drinks or even some bottled water (you should read your labels of bottles water) the health results of a total amount of fluoride in therefore unknown.
The total amount of fluoride intake is unknown.
For example 8 per cent may come from coal burning in power stations in the smoke stake into the air, 3ppm can be in your cup of tea due to fertilisers used, in some foods a high percentage recorded by the FDA food study in the US up to 10ppm found in breakfast cereal for example.
This information is on the net at the FDA site.
As the actual health limit for fluoride is 4ppm generally agreed anything above is detrimental to health and not just kidney but bones and according to neurologist’s damage to the brain by crossing the blood barrier.
This information is also on the net.
This is one reason the EU has banned the substance in food and water in those countries.
People should also know fluoride placed into drinking water is not the same as that in your toothpaste which you must not swallow, stated on some tubes including tables of fluoride.
These are more pure forms of fluoride which do not contain toxic metals and poisons which come in below the guideline values so are declared safe by the above guidelines mentioned.
Doctors and concerned citizens of Lithgow should be pleased Lithgow council has not yet moved on the fluoride issue.
It is hoped they never do.