AISLING Fitzgibbon, better known as ‘The Girl Against Fluoride’, has send an open letter to Irish Water warning them of litigation if they fail to stop artificially fluoridating Ireland’s public water supply.
The issue has come under the spotlight over the last year, with town councils in Macroom, Skibbereen and Clonakilty all backing a ban on the practice of mandatory water fluoridation. In 2012, however, the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health rejected anti-fluoridation arguments as ‘unscientific’, saying it is a ‘crucial, beneficial healthcare policy’ backed by ‘overwhelming evidence’.
Ms Fitzgibbon, a nutritionist who is taking legal action against the Irish government to end the policy of mandatory water fluoridation of public water supplies, said future customers will refuse to contract with Irish Water. A nationwide campaign to withhold any payment for water that has been artificially fluoridated will follow, she said.
In the letter to Irish Water, she said fluoride has toxic effects when allowed to accumulate in the human body, and the company has a ‘legal duty’ to warn consumers of these effects. This legal duty is particularly marked in the case of those who are most vulnerable to fluoride’s effects, she said, ‘such as babies, diabetics and persons suffering from thyroid and kidney disease.’
Irish Water and its board members may be held accountable for all personal injury caused by the consumption of excess fluoride that occurs in the future, she said. ‘Already thousands of people have suffered dental fluorosis, which is a permanent white/brown staining on the teeth which requires dental treatment or the teeth may be lost’, said Ms Fitzgibbon, who said it is ‘sadly ironic’ that the adding of fluoride to water is now ‘demonstrably causing more damage to teeth than it is preventing.’
In the coming months, there is likely to be ‘considerable resistance’ to the payment of any water charges for artificially fluoridated water, she said, with court cases taken seeking compensation for the damage caused to teeth by the over-ingestion of fluoride.
Fluorisilicic acid (the acid put into drinking water to artificially fluoridate it), ‘melts through metal and concrete and burns and kills on exposure to humans’, she said, before warning of ‘an accident waiting to happen’ with the tankers used to transport this acid around the country. The tankers may not meet minimum safety requirements, she said, adding that they ought to have a security escort to ensure their safe passage through built-up areas.
‘Irish Water has now been informed of the imminent actions of an ever-increasing and already large number of people who are gravely concerned about the dangers to human health caused by the over-consumption of fluoride’, she warned, adding that they ‘are no longer prepared to tolerate being forced to consume it by a nanny state’.