Marie Copps —
A peaceful assembly to end artificial water fluoridation in the city of Toronto took place on Sept. 21 at Toronto City Hall.
Despite the rainy weather people concerned about the health risk of adding fluoride to our water supply gathered between 1-5 pm at the corner of Bay and Queen St. to protest against this practice. More than 450 people confirmed their attendance on the Facebook page and more than 1,800 signed the online petition so far.
A chemical called Hydrofluorosilicic Acid is currently being used to fluoridate Toronto’s public water supply. This is a toxic waste by-product of phosphate fertilizer production that has been shown to contain arsenic, mercury and radioactive substances. It has also been shown to leach brain-damaging lead from pipes into the water supply.
Peer reviewed scientific literature demonstrates that drinking artificially fluoridated water can have serious and detrimental effects on the body and brain. For example, exposure to artificially fluoridated water has been associated with an increased risk of osteosarcoma in boys (Bassin, 2006, Cohn, 1992; NCI, 1990). Additionally, recent research shows that consuming fluoridated water may significantly lower IQ (Choi, Sun, Zhang & Grandjean, 2012; Ding et al., 2011).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledges that the benefits of fluoride are mainly topical, not systemic (CDC, 1999; 2001). Furthermore, the largest U.S. study of dental decay found no significant difference between those consuming fluoridated and non-fluoridated water (Brunelle & Carlos, 1990).
Will Toronto be the next city in Canada who will stop its water fluoridation? It all depends on you. Take action against this practice and sign on-line petition at: