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Anti-Fluoride Appeal Fails, Again!

Justice David Collins has finally put a nail in the next to last ditch stand (there is still the Court of Appeal!) by New Health to twist logic in support of their desperate argument that Hydrofluorosylicic Acid needed to be deemed a medicine under the Health Act.

Here is the Stuff report on the decision handed down this week: 

A High Court Judge has thrown out an application by opponents of fluoride trying to force the Ministry of Health to treat it as a medicine and regulate the amount added to tap water.

Anti-fluoride group New Health New Zealand had claimed it was absurd that fluoride tablets were deemed a medicine under the act but fluoride added to tap water was not.

However, Justice David Collins ruled when Hydrofluorosilicic Acid (HFA) and Sodium Silico Fluoride (SSF) were added to domestic water supplies in New Zealand to produce fluoride concentrations within the current allowable level of 1.5 milligrams per litre they were not medicines within the meaning of the Act.

The application for declaring them as medicines was therefore dismissed, he said.

In March, New Health failed in another High Court case to stop South Taranaki District Council adding fluoride to the water supply in Patea and Waverley. 

Lisa Hansen, for New Health, told the court last week a bottle of 0.5mg fluoride tablets was deemed a medicine under the Act and two tablets, or 1mg, was the recommended adult dose, which equalled a concentration of one part per million (ppm) if put into a litre of water.

Public water supplies were allowed to have a concentration of 0.7 to 1ppm of fluoride added, which meant a litre contained the same fluoride dose as two 0.5mg tablets of fluoride, she said.

"I submit it is absurd 0.5mg is considered to be a medicine in pill form, but the same amount delivered through the water supply isn't."

Costs were not awarded because New Health had advanced legitimate arguments in the public interest. 

Hopefully this will be the end of the matter, but we know from long experience the utter determination of the supporters of cause, of which there are more than a few in this town. It appears that there will be another attempt made at next years plan hearings to persuade the Thames Board to reverse its previous stand, and all manner of political pressure will be applied leading up to the 2016 local body election. 

Those who have grown heartily sick of the campaigns they mount will need to be ready once again to man the ramparts - these people mean business and are will not deterred by a mere High Court decision - they have 'right' on their side! 

And note that Justice Collins has saved their money for them by not awarding costs, on "public interest" grounds, thus preserving their resources (not that they appear short of money!) to enable them to further argue their cause in the ultimate venue the Court of Appeal (thank God we no longer have the Privvy Council!).




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Reader Comments (3)

Bill, You don't get it. Regardless of how effective fluoridation is, I am being forced to take this medication, whether I like it or not. Flouridation is of no use to me or the majority of the Thames population. I can't, well given your career path I can, understand, how as a right winger, you can embrace such a socialist concept, being compulsory medication for the masses.

October 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJMA

If fluoridation is a right-wing conspiracy to which I subscribe, as you appear to believe, then there is not much I can say but to plead guilty, and take my punishment! I am in shock, mind you, at having been accused of being rihght wing, and a socialist in the same sentence - Golly, I will have underatke psychoanalysis at the earliest opportunity to establish just where I stand.

October 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Thats the trouble with being ambidextrous.

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJMA

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