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Former Whitlam Government Health Minister says No to Water Fluoridation

With the kind permission of Dr Everingham this recent letter is being forwarded to all Queensland MPs and others by Queenslanders Against Water Fluoridation Inc (

From Dr Doug Everingham Federal Health Minister (Whitlam Government 1972 -1975)

As a family doctor and often Acting Government Medical Officer in Rockhampton over in the 1950s I wrote a letter praising fluoridation published in the local The Morning Bulletin. This prompted the late Jack Harding and others to show me books that warned of fluoridation risks. I read those books and have continued to look at reports for and against fluoridation in medical journals and elsewhere.

Reports still not disproved suggest involvement of fluoride medication in contributing after some years of consumption to reduced immunities or increased intensity or numbers of cases of disorders in human and animal development or function of bones, joints, brain, thyroid and other tissues. Many of the water supplies now fluoridated were earlier showing dental signs of fluoride overdose in a significant proportion of their consumers, and fluoridation increases the prevalence and intensity of such dental fluorosis.

Reports criticize poor experimental and statistical methods in most surveys that favor water fluoridation. Official policy promoters overwhelmingly concede that public water supplies with 4 ppm (parts per million) fluoride are a hazard. Lower limits have been suggested for infants, sufferers from certain metabolic problems and persons exposed to hot conditions. No minimum concentration of fluoride in communal water supplies or in individual fluoride intake has been shown as necessary to produce fluorosis-free, cares-free teeth. despite repeated calls for such assessment by official reports.

Many studies suggest that the only proven caries-preventing function of fluoride lies in carefully applying toothpaste and dental therapy to tooth enamel, not in swallowing fluoride. Many authors want all artificial fluoridation stopped and natural water supplies limited to some unspecified fluoride level below 1 ppm.

Such authors include professionals formerly in charge of government promotion or direction of fluoridation. Among these are the former Dean of Melbourne's dental school, Sir Arthur Amies, Dr John Colquhoun of New Zealand; and others in the few countries that still promote fluoridation, as well as many that have abandoned or avoided it.

Associate Professor Hardy Limeback, PhD, BSc, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Head of Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto and Past President, Canadian Association for Dental Research, is typical of ever more researchers who have turned against fluoridation. In 1999 he apologized for inadvertently misleading colleagues and students, saying "For the past 15 years I had refused to study the toxicology information that is readily available to anyone. Poisoning our children was the furthest thing from my mind."

It thus took that eminent expert 15 years to face plain and crucial scientific facts that were avoided and disparaged by traditional authorities and some industrial sponsors. I took me 10 years after graduating. It is time for remaining fluoridation promoters to get past collecting titles of supporting political authorities and stop ridiculing opponents as if they were all dupes, cranks, quacks or dimwits. They may then make a similar apology.

Doug N Everingham MB, BS (Univ Syd 1946)
Member, Australian House of Representatives 1967-75 and 1977-84
Australian Minister for Health 1972-75
Vice-President [West Pacific Region's nominee] at World Health Assembly, Geneva 1975.

Post script from Queenslanders Against Water Fluoridation

The Federal Labor Party has initiatives in Oral Health that they can be very proud of (starting the School Dental Service - Gough Whitlam sent 100 dental therapists to New Zealand for training to get it started quickly) and Labor intoduced the Commonwealth Oral Dental Health Scheme.

The Queensland Government's actions in forcing fluoridation and forcing it based on fraudulent data will never be an action that can be looked back on with pride.

See also Qld Health staff doctored tooth decay data used in decision to force fluoridation, comment NO CHOICE? ... WHY is mass medication mandated.. WHY? of 6 Oct 2012 by jay mark.


Despite the fact that the largest ever study of teeth (250,000 individuals studied), in the Australian Research Council Population Oral Health Report 2000 (ARCPOH), the Kempsey shire in NSW showed better permanent teeth than all of Sydney (except for the North Shore, where only a small improvement was demonstrated in permanent teeth) - KEMPSEY HAS NEVER BEEN FLUORIDATED - SYDNEY HAS BEEN FLUORIDATED FOR 50 YEARS - KEMPSEY HAS BEEN RATED AS ONE OF THE POOREST AREAS IN NSW in both the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports and the Vinson Report. Despite this, Kempsey is targeted agressively by NSW "Health" for water fluoridation. NSW Health refused to attend the only meeting organised by the community, in which was present an expert on water fluoridation - the meeting was organised with an independent adjudicator.

NSW "Health" has been unable to produce the statistics of adverse health affects caused to water workers handling the fluoridation chemicals and has likewise been unable to produce the exact chemical analysis of fluoridation chemicals - even when asked in Parliament. The Australian Government has also been unable to produce any of the above. Patricia Wheeldon