Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Hamilton Councillors Knowingly Put Babies at Risk

Hamilton Councillors Knowingly Put Babies at Risk

“There is strong evidence that fluoride should not be ingested at all by babies under six months old and bottle-fed babies are therefore at greater potential risk” according to the Hamilton City Council (HCC), published in the City News in June last year. This, among other reasons, is what the council explained to the Hamilton public when they stopped fluoridation after a four day hearing where they listened to doctors, dentists, scientists and other health professionals from both sides of the issue.

Yesterday’s decision is a disgraceful example of politicians putting votes above the welfare of their community.

A report by Irish environmental scientist, Declan Waugh, showed that when fluoridation levels in the Republic of Ireland were reduced from 1ppm to 0.8ppm in 2007 there was a subsequent 18 - 50% drop the following year in sudden infant death (SIDS) rates. Rates have never returned to pre-2007 levels.

Hamilton City Council now needs to advise every parent and caregiver in the city that the water will no longer be safe for babies. Fluoride cannot be boiled out, in fact boiling concentrates it, nor do standard filters remove it. Babies will also be bathing in.

The HCC also said “Application by toothpaste or other means that directly affect the tooth surface are much more effective at reducing tooth decay than fluoridation of water supplies.” So they know it is ineffective as well as unsafe.

Hamilton City Councillors should have embarked on an education campaign to share with the community what it had learnt over the four days. Their claim that they are complying with the public will is really just an excuse to allow them to do what they think is in their own political interest.
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news