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The Lebanese Ministry of Health: Stop fluoridation in water and salt in Lebanon

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The Lebanese Ministry of Health: Stop fluoridation in water and salt in Lebanon


Why this is important

The Lebanese government issued Law 178 dated 2011 to be implemented in December 2014, mandating that ALL TABLE AND KITCHEN SALT in Lebanon be fluoridated.

Luckily, Public Health Minister Mr. Wael Abou Faour hasn't signed this Law yet, and so FOR NOW, it will not be implemented next December.

HOWEVER, Law 178 MUST BE REPEALED and DELETED PERMANENTLY in order to avoid having it REINSTATED at any point in the future by the current or future Health Minister!

According to the latest scientific studies, FLUORIDE has not only been deemed inefficient to combat tooth decay, but is has serious health implications if consumed.

Here are some of the facts on FLUORIDE that you must know:

1. Fluoridated Countries Do Not Have Less Tooth Decay Than Non-Fluoridated Countries
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. In fact, tooth decay is due primarily to poor dietary and dental care habits.

2. Fluoride Affects Many Tissues in Your Body Besides Your Teeth
Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and blood sugar levels. Over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies have linked fluoride to brain damage, including lower IQ in children, as well as a wide variety of health problems such as bone fractures, thyroid disease, muscle disorders, etc.

3. Fluoridation is Not a “Natural” Process
Even if fluoride could be naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain natural water supplies, naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe. Furthermore, the fluoride added to most water -and in this case, salt -supplies is not the naturally occurring variety; it's actually fluorosilicic acid, captured in air pollution control devices of the phosphate fertilizer industry!

4. 40% of Teenagers Show Visible Signs of Fluoride Overexposure
About 40 percent of teens have dental fluorosis, a condition that refers to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel that are caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming. This is a sign that children are receiving large amounts of fluoride from multiple sources, not only from drinking water but also fluoride toothpaste, processed beverages/foods, fluoride pesticides, tea, non-stick pans and some fluoridated drugs!
Dental fluorosis is NOT "just cosmetic." It can also be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your bones and internal organs, including your brain, have been overexposed to fluoride as well!

5. For Infants, Fluoridated Water Provides No Benefits, Only Risks
Infants who consume formula made with fluoridated tap water may consume up to 1,200 micrograms of fluoride, or about 100 times more than the recommended amounts! Not only are they more likely to develop dental fluorosis, but they may also have reduced IQ scores, as found by a Harvard University meta-analysis.

6. Fluoride Supplements Have Never Been Approved by the FDA

7. Fluoride is the Only Medicine Added to Public Water
Fluoride is added to drinking water and salt to prevent a disease (tooth decay), and as such becomes a medicine by FDA definition. Many European nations have rejected fluoride for the very reason that delivering medication via the water supply would be inappropriate.
Water and salt fluoridation is a form of mass medication that denies you the right to informed consent!

8. Swallowing Fluoride Provides Little Benefit to Teeth
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged that adding fluoride to water, salt, and pills, which are swallowed, offers no benefit to your teeth. Only topical contact with teeth could offer some benefit to them.

In conclusion, it is not surprising that most developed countries DO NOT fluoridate their salt and water.

As health-conscious consumers, we demand that our government does not mass-medicate us without our consent!
We have the right to know and decide what we want to consume, especially when it comes to such a hazardous non-nutrient and non-essential additive.

And so we urge you to help REPEAL and DELETE this Law PERMANENTLY at the risk of it being forced upon the Lebanese community at any point in the future.

For more information about the dangers of fluoride and the 2014 Lebanese anti-FLUORIDE campaign, please check out this Facebook Page:

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Posted November 5, 2014
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