I must admit, Merilyn Haines has upset me. After I went to the effort to reply to her non-effort cut-and-paste job, I feel that the least she could do is read my reply and comment.
Understanding anything of such dogmatic devotions to certain ideas, I know that it was in fact far from the least that she could do, but rather more than she could be capable of doing. She has a world view, which ties in various expectations with the “known” result; fluoridation of water dumbs us down and destroys our bones and teeth.
I’ve quickly shown that, if we are dumbed down by fluoride exposure, it hasn’t done anything to lower the grades of our children (the most susceptible to fluoride and likely to express any adverse reactions). What I found instead could form the basis for a valid (albeit weak) hypothesis that fluoride may in fact improves student performance, however, I am very certain that the only factors that play a role in student performance were environmental (not fluoride exposure, obviously); largely school practices, funding, teacher quality and the like.
To maintain the club; Queenslanders for safe water, air and food (QAWF),* means insulating oneself from all evidence to the contrary. For this reason, it is of no surprise that Merilyn Haines has ignored me. Her and a few friends probably Google “fluoride” and/or “fluoridation” to see what new hits they get. When they spot one that seems to counter their position, they skim over the text – to be careful not to allow it to set off any concerns that they surely must feel in some deep dark pocket in their brain – before stamping the site with an approved Merilyn cut-and-paste job and black listing the site with all their colleagues.
Any fundamentalist follows similar patterns: condemn thou whom defies the “truth”!
It was for that reason that I addressed her comment directly as a post with her name in it; I was fishing their Google search and if she had valid conflicting evidence to my reply, I’d appreciate her providing it……. silence…….
So instead, I must focus on the interest group “QAWF” itself. It doesn’t take a genius to realise the whole venture is a ruse. These Queenlanders don’t waste a thought on water, air or food quality, only the presences or absence of fluoride. They don’t even have any pages on air quality AT ALL – a bit of a knock to a bloke whose career has focused on air quality, atmospheric chemistry and meteorology. Maybe this would be different if power plants were emitting fluoride in Qld.
Food too, only gets a look into with how much fluoride may be in it.
And water – *FLUORIDE* *FLUORIDE* *FLUORIDE*
I’ve had exposure also with water quality – both water reserves and river systems. Pollution from agricultural run-off, residential run-off and water crafts are big problems. On the Murray system, keeping an eye on the houseboats is imperative (effluence is even a concern here).
With our water supplies, ensuring that the water is safe to drink is a MASSIVE job. You cannot stop birds from making use of the water themselves. Birds often carry parasites and bacteria that can be of great concern if consumed by a person. For this reason, each reservoir has teams of people continually sampling and testing the water quality, presence of microbial activity as well as concentrations of added chemicals (such as chlorine and fluoride).
In my initial post on the subject I discussed how this is done often to NATA accreditation levels.
If QAWF were really concerned about safe AWF, they wouldn’t have a website dedicated to a myth about fluoride, but instead active research and monitoring and engagement with local and state governments to ensure the health and safety of all Queenslanders.
Instead, it is obvious they do not care about such noble causes and are instead entirely dedicated to the freedom for cavities in Queensland; maybe they should change their name to that….?
*they abbreviate it to have air before water – I don’t know why, “QWAF” would be fitting, seeing they are so concerned about water, not to mention it’s easier to remember. Although the Urban Dictionary may give us hints as to why they don’t use QWAF (and I’ve avoided the worst colloquial terms). As discussed above, they are obsessed almost entirely with water so it’s no surprise they continue with this mix up.