Letter to NHMRC re Excess lead in US & Australian fluoridated water
By John Teagle
To: Ms Cathy Connor
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
In previous correspondence sent to your office I provided an alarming article concerning the amount of lead in children’s bloodstreams.
A copy of this double blind research is again enclosed for your reference and it can be seen that the main reason for the unacceptable blood levels is due to the ingestion of artificial fluoride compounds such as hydrofluosilicic acid.
In particular the following comments are considered relevant here:
So now we have logically determined the source of the mercury exposures but where does the infant get the lead? This is where it gets even more complicated.
There is a manmade molecule called hydrofluosilicic acid that is derived from the manufacturer of phosphate fertilizer or from the mining operations that extract nuclear materials from high phosphate rock. It consists of a core of sand (silica) populated with 6 molecules of fluoride and a water molecule. This forms a unique electrical attraction to lead. In fact it is so unique there is a patent in the US office for this product to extract lead from brass.
In 1999 Roger Masters and Myron Coplan analyzed raw data collected by NHANES children’s lead study.6 For many years NHANES has asked every physician who sees a young child to collect a little bit of blood for them to measure the blood lead levels. As a result there are computers full of numbers but up until that point no one had thought to see if there was a connection between blood lead and hydrofluosilicic acid. Dr. Masters and Mr. Coplan took the data from 280,000 children and compared the blood lead levels and other known factors for lead exposure and included whether or not the public drinking water was supplemented with hydrofluosilicic acid. To everyone’s amazement except Mr. Coplan's the correlation was startling. Children who were exposed through their drinking water to hydrofluosilicic acid had twice the blood lead levels as those children who were not exposed.
I now draw your attention to a Macquarie university study currently being undertaken by Paul Harvey.
While this study is ongoing, sample testing of tap water has revealed excessive amounts of lead contained in the fluoridated water – see “Researcher to map lead contamination in New South Wales’ drinking water” at http://www.mq.edu.au/newsroom/2014/10/24/researcher-to-map-lead-contamination-in-new-south-wales-drinking-water/
The 24 October 2014 article by Harvey maintains that some testing has revealed lead concentrates in the tap water that exceed the purported Australian Drinking Water Guidelines safe levels by twenty times.
According to this article, tap water has never been tested in this country for safety even though fluoride compounds have been added to Council reticulated water supplies for more than sixty years in some parts of Australia.
Please advise whether your office is aware of this current study and whether you are aware of any testing of tap water conducted by State and Territory health departments or Councils that fluoridate.
As you know, the fluorine ion contained in artificial fluoride compounds is bound with heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, aluminium and these poisons are ingested by consumers. This matter is discussed in the section 8.1 of the enclosed Code of Practice.
Furthermore, the artificial fluoride compounds are highly corrosive and this would result in an increase in the lead content in tap water. For example hydrofluorosilicic acid used in fluoridation is extremely dangerous – see section 5 of the enclosed Code of Practice.
The lead is contained in copper piping and the fluoridated water is highly acidic, resulting in the lead being leached into the water.
The enclosed Code of Practice also legislates that 8.1.1 Any impurities in the fluoridating agent shall not cause health problems for consumers or result in non-compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Physical characteristics and variations in strength should not significantly increase risk of reliably maintaining the required fluoride concentration in the treated water.
The NHMRC is responsible for the compilation and publishing the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, consequently what controls does the NHMRC have in place, ensuring water authorities are complying with the mandatory requirements of section 8.1.1.
This would necessarily require the testing of consumer’s tap water in their residences for levels of contaminants such as lead, arsenic, etc. and whether these impurities are always in accord with the ADWG.
Furthermore, to ensure that the lead levels is less than the purported safe level stated in the ADWG, it is necessary to test consumer’s blood.