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Supreme Court of Israel ruling requires water fluoridation to cease in 2014

Posted: August 9, 2013 |   Comments

( According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an Israeli Supreme Court ruling on July 29 requires Israel to discontinue fluoridation of its public water supplies in one year.

In November 2012, Yaacov Gurman, head of the Izun Hozer Association for Dissemination of Health Education, petitioned Israel's highest court, demanding that the Ministry of Health cease water fluoridation because it presents dangers to health and its benefits are no longer widely accepted.

Fluoridation began in Israel in 1974, after a regulation mandated it. That mandate was removed when a new regulation was introduced in 2003 by the Minister of Health, Yael German.

"It must be known to you that fluoridation can cause harm to the health of the chronically ill," including "people who suffer from thyroid problems," German wrote in a letter addressed to doctors opposed to ending fluoridation.

The new court ruling will not only end Israel's mandatory fluoridation by 2014 but will prohibit voluntary fluoridation as well.

FAN Executive Director Paul Connett, PhD, says, "Zealous fluoridation promoters try to convince the American public that 'everyone drinks fluoridated water.' But the opposite is true. An overwhelming number of countries do not fluoridate, including 97% of the European population. In fact, over half the people in the world drinking fluoridated water live in the US. We are the odd ones out."

"Fluoridation is an outdated, unscientific, failed public health blunder," says Connett. "What I find remarkable here is that Health Minister German has been able to escape the unscientific belief system on fluoridation that traps so many public health bureaucracies in fluoridated countries."

In recent years, communities around the world have abandoned the practice of water fluoridation. In the U.S., Wichita, Kansas, and Portland, Oregon have each rejected fluoridation. Hamilton, New Zealand, and Windsor, Ontario have both voted to stop fluoridation. Regional councils in Queensland have halted or rejected fluoridation since its mandatory requirement was removed in November 2012. Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. is currently working to halt fluoridation in New York City.

Research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals indicates that fluoride ingestion is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and harmful to health.

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