His argument is weak and at times out right foolish. But city councilors will listen, because of his title.
Here is some more information that they should also be paying attention to, when it comes to Dr. Peter Cooney.
Canada’s Chief Dental Officer Embroiled in Conflict of Interest
By: Sandra Finley
The United Nations has convened a series of five conferences to put together the environmental treaty on mercury, a treaty that represents a chance for the world to rid itself of amalgam, and rid dentistry of mercury. Chief Dental Officer Peter Cooney attended the second of these conferences, held in Japan in January 2011.
As Chief Dental Officer, Cooney was representing the Canadian government, which has historically been ahead of the United States in their progress toward removing toxic mercury from dental fillings.
Canada advised dentists to stop placing amalgam in children and pregnant women in 1996 — 15 years ago!
However, this seems to be regressing, as Cooney was not only representing the Canadian government at the environmental treaty on mercury conference, he was also representing the European-based Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI), a private trade group that lobbies against mercury-free dentistry and is funded by its “corporate partners” — major amalgam manufacturers and distributors Dentsply, Henry Schein Inc., and Ivoclar Vivadent.
Seems like Dr. Cooney has some corporate partners when it comes to the health of Canadians. This also left me wondering. What stance does the Fédération Dentaire Internationale have on water fluoridation?
FDI POLICY STATEMENT
Water fluoridation is the adjustment of the fluoride concentration in fluoride deficient water supplies to a level recommended for optimal oral health. More than 350 million people in over 30 countries receive the benefits of water fluoridation.
In recognition of the importance of promoting dental health through water fluoridation, the FDI World Dental Federation states that:
Over sixty years of research and recent systematic reviews have shown that water fluoridation is an effective and efficient public health measure for the prevention of dental decay.
-Water fluoridation is particularly appropriate for populations demonstrating moderate to high risk of dental decay.
-At the fluoride concentrations recommended for the prevention of dental decay, human health is not adversely affected.
-In establishing the optimal level of fluoride to be used in water to prevent dental decay, public authorities should take into account the prevailing ambient air temperature, the availability of other sources of fluoride as well as dietary and cultural practices in the community.
-Water supplies to be fluoridated should be reliable and should be processed with the necessary facilities and expertise available to implement and monitor water fluoridation.
-Public health authorities should on the basis of scientific evidence monitor the effectiveness of water fluoridation, along with other methods of delivering fluoride for dental decay prevention.
-The public health benefits of water fluoridation far outweigh the possible occurrence of very mild enamel fluorosis/enamel opacities.
-The FDI recognises that prevention by using fluoride is the most realistic way of reducing the heavy burden of dental decay worldwide.
We can now add this direct conflict of interest with both mercury and fluoride, to the vast amount of information showing how corrupt, immoral, and broken Health Canada has become.