British Town Mass-Medicating School Children with Free Fluoridated Milk

British Town Mass-Medicating School Children with Free Fluoridated Milk

Anna Hunt, Staff
Waking Times

The town of Blackpool, located on the northwest coast of England, began distributing fluoridated milk to about 8000 primary school children, after The Blackpool Town Council approved the program in early 2016. Fluoridated milk is now available via the town’s free school breakfast program.

This program aims to address the problem of tooth health in children, and the Council states that half of the 12-year-olds in Blackpool have at least one decayed, missing or filled tooth, whereas the average for England is 33%, and 41% of 5-year-olds in Blackpool have tooth decay, 13% higher than the national average.

Despite the plan’s roll out, there are many opponents to mass medication via programs such as milk fluoridation.

“There is a lot of conflicting evidence about adding fluoride to milk, including that it cancels out the good effects of calcium. You can’t mass medicate children, which is what they are doing. Who is going to monitor how much fluoride children will have in them?” ~ Blackpool Councillor Tony Williams

READ: 18 Scientifically Validated Reasons to End Public Water Fluoridation

Councillor Williams voices another concern about how public health officials will monitor the level of fluoride in each child. There is no way to ensure that children will not be over-medicated. Under the fluoridated milk scheme, each 189ml carton will contain 0.8mg of fluoride, which is equivalent to 4.2 parts per million (ppm). For comparison, the recommended safe level of fluoride in water in the U.S. is 0.7 ppm. This was lowered in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from the range of 0.7-1.2 ppm, who decided that it was a potential danger to maintain the higher levels.

The Blackpool Council delayed its decision regarding the milk fluoridation scheme when it was initially introduced in 2013 to request additional research into fluoride levels in Blackpool pre-school children, which showed that, “children in the town have lower than normal levels of fluoride in their bodies.”

Unfortunately, the Council did not put into place a system for monitoring the specific level of fluoride in each child, and now the decision to participate is left up to the parents who must encourage their kids not to drink the milk. The program website claims that, “Fluoridated milk is safe to drink.”

The practice of milk fluoridation has been underway in Manchester, England, for many years. The University of Manchester conducted a study in 2015 “to assess the effects of milk fluoridation for preventing dental caries at a community level.” The research team concluded the following:

“There is low quality evidence to suggest fluoridated milk may be beneficial to schoolchildren, contributing to a substantial reduction in dental caries in primary teeth. Due to the low quality of the evidence, further research is likely to have an important impact on our confidence in the estimate of effect and is likely to change the estimate. There was only one relatively small study, which had important methodological limitations on the data for the effectiveness in reducing caries. Furthermore, there was no information about the potential harms of the intervention.” (Source)

The U.K. is among a minority of countries that still use mass community fluoridation tactics, as throughout mainland Europe, the majority of countries have rejected this antiquated practice.

Prevention and reduction of tooth decay across a large population is the main argument for water fluoridation. Many proponents will argue that these is a need to target certain socio-economic areas more susceptible to poor oral health. On the other hand, anti-fluoridation activists will site dozens of scientific studies that debate the safety of water fluoridation and mass medication. Many assert that these practices are actually harmful and amount to medication without consent, a violation of basic human rights.

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  1. Blackpool is pretty run down so may on balance be the right call to do the milk.

    Will it be sour in warm weather like school milk of old?

    Quiz trivia: What is Blackpool’s namesake across the sea better known as?

  2. This initiative is about as far removed from any proper definition of ‘Mass Medication’ as anything could be.

    ‘Mass Medication’ usually refers to the ‘administration of medication’ to the populace without its’ knowledge, or at very least leaving the individuals concerned unable to easily avoid receiving it.

    What is happening here is the opposite. No one is obliged to drink this milk and all concerned will be aware as to what’s in it. Furthermore the milk is being provided free of charge at the point of consumption, so there is not even any cost to the individual concerned in refusing to accept it. We might as well say that Kelloggs is ‘Mass Medicating’ the World by adding vitamins to its otherwise nutritionless breakfast cereals.

    A much better example of something closer to ‘Mass Medication’ in the UK is the fluoridation of the water supply. This practice comes much closer to a proper definition of ‘Mass Medication’ because it is inconvenient to avoid drinking it, and bottled water costs much more money than water on tap. But strictly speaking, it is still not ‘Mass Medication’.

    In any case water fluoridation is now widely accepted as a good thing. The condition of people’s teeth has, in the three or four decades since it started, improved enormously. Despite eating vast amounts of sugar, British young people now have amongst the best teeth in the World, and there is no evidence of any ill effects having been caused to a single person.

    Against this background, offering children the option of one small portion of fluorodated milk every school day is entirely a good thing. We know for a fact that children learn and behave better when they are properly nourished. If the parents don’t wish the children to receive the milk they can tell the school. I doubt if a single one will.

    • It would be more effikal if an alternative of non-fluoridised was offered?

      And for those who dislike or don’t tolerate milk something else still.

      Fluoridised chocolate?

    • “British young people have amongst the best teeth in the world” With no facts or studies referenced, did you just fly in from the propaganda department?
      Anyway, flouride is toxic waste, plain and simple, it bonds with the same chemicals that calcium does replacing that in the structure of the tooth, it can make the tooth white but it is extremely brittle, it will also cause skeletal flourosis, a painful bone disease.
      This kind of ignorance reminds me of the Victorians who put arsenic in soap and beauty products, it didn’t kill them instantly so they carried on with the practice.
      As far as water flouridation being widely accepted as a good thing, it has been banned across most of the continent.
      Rather interesting that you mention children behaving better, one of the nasty effects of flouride is to accumulate in the pineal gland, it interferes with a number of functions of course, including regulation of melatonin, which makes people drowsy.
      Drowsy obedient children, why a school would want that? Thats none of my business though

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