Fluoride Free Lincolnshire is a campaign to put an end to fluoridation in this county.
About 10% of England is artificially fluoridated. This includes about half of Lincolnshire (BFS 2012).
The following map is from the British Fluoridation Society (2012), a very pro-fluoridation group (this map is probably the only thing from them you should trust). It shows the areas of Lincolnshire which are fluoridated. These are shaded blue:
Artificial water Fluoridation in England involves the addition of the chemical Fluorosilicic Acid to public drinking water supplies at a level of roughly 1 part per million parts of water (Glenton 2009). This is also known as Hexafluorosilicic Acid and Hydrofluorosilicic Acid (Waugh 2012).
This is seen as a public health measure and has been promoted as such to help prevent dental cavities in vulnerable groups, mainly of children. However the products used for water fluoridation have never been tested for safety on humans or the environment (Waugh 2012).
The fluoridation chemicals are different from the fluorides you will find in fluoride toothpaste.
They are different because they are not pharmaceutical grade fluorides, but instead come from major industry, namely the phosphate fertiliser industry (Connett 2003).
They are also contaminated with other toxins which come from the phosphate ore, including lead, arsenic and aluminium (Mullenix 2014). Cadmium, chromium, mercury, nickel, vanadium, and even uranium are also present in this ore (Mullenix 2014).
There are restrictions on the disposal of fluorosilicic acid, due to its toxic nature, however it is constantly released into our drinking water. How much longer will this be allowed to take place?
British Fluoridation Society (2012) One in a Million – The Extent of Water Fluoridation. BFS [Online] Available at: http://bfsweb.org/onemillion/09%20One%20in%20a%20Million%20-%20The%20Extent%20of%20Fluoridation.pdf (Accessed on 30th May 2016)
Connett, M (2003) The Phosphate Fertilizer Industry: An Environmental Overview Fluoride Action Network [Online] Available at: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/phosphate01/ (Accessed on 21st July 2016)
Glenton, L (2009) Fluorosilicic Acid Information Pack. YARA INDUSTRIAL [Online] Available at: http://www.wmaf.org.uk/userfiles/YARA%20Chemicals%20Guidance%20Notes%20240411(1).pdf (Accessed on 30th May 2016)
Mullenix, P. J. (2014) A new perspective on metals and other contaminants in fluoridation chemicals International Journal of Occupational Environmental Health. Vol. 20 No.2 pp. 157–166 [Online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4090869/ (Accessed on 21st July 2016)
Waugh, D. (2012) Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation, EnviroManagement Services [Online] Available at: http://www.enviro.ie/Human%20Toxicity,%20Environmental%20Impact%20and%20Legal%20Implications%20of%20Water%20Fluoridation_February%202012_EnviroManagement%20Services.pdf (Accessed on 21st July 2016)