The Jerusalem Post has reported that Israel's Minister of Health has not only ended mandatory fluoridation (as reported earlier) but has ended the

practice altogether. Regulations allowing fluoridation in Israel were introduced in 1974, and made mandatory in 1998. New regulations, beginning August 26, will end fluoridation in Israel for 5.3 million residents, says Fluoride Action Network.

This decision will give a huge boost to the growing movement to end fluoridation worldwide. The newly formed Worldwide Alliance to End Fluoridation with over 100 groups and a new campaign Parents Against Fluoridation has attracted 2,000 new members. Over 150 communities have rejected the controversial practice since 2010.

According to media reports Health Minister German declared that scientific evidence showed that fluoride can damage health, is not effective, is a waste of money, and violates an individual's freedom to regulate the amount of fluoride their children ingest.

When Minister German's decision to end fluoridation was first announced it triggered a hostile personal campaign from proponents of fluoridation[6-8]. This in turn triggered worldwide support for the Minister's position. On June 25, over 100 professionals signed an open letter supporting the Minister and challenged promoters to defend their position in open public debate. No one in Israel accepted this challenge.

On August 15, Dr. Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, Professor emeritus of preventive dentistry (University of Toronto), sent a letter to Minister German. He wrote,

"I have looked at this from all angles and I have to conclude that fluoridated cities would save money on fluoridation costs, parents would save on costly dental bills treating dental fluorosis, dental decay rates would remain unchanged or even continue to decline (as has been demonstrated in many modern fluoridation cessation studies) and the health of city residents would improve when industrial waste products are no longer added to the drinking water (I find it absurd that the fluoride used to fluoridate drinking water is derived from industrial waste without purification, increasing carcinogenic heavy metal levels, such as arsenic and radionuclides, in the drinking water)."[10]

The Director of the Fluoride Action Network, Paul Connett, PhD added, "We congratulate Yael German for resisting the bullying tactics of fluoridation proponents. We would dearly like to see the same integrity from health officials in countries that continue this outdated, unethical and reckless practice."

SOURCE Fluoride Action Network

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