Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay's Finest in Action

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay's Finest in Action

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I WAS delighted to wake on Saturday morning to the story on the front page of the Daily Mercury showing that the police have finally been adequately resourced to enforce some safety in the City Heart on weekend nights.

I wish that I could have been there to see the look on the faces of those drunken thugs as they tottered out of the night clubs ready to tear up the town and one another as they usually do only to be met with the calm professional stare of Mackay's finest young police officers: Must have been quite a shock to their testosterone-laden systems.

The effectiveness of the exercise will, we can only hope, prove to the powers that be just what a calming affect the presence of adequately resourced young officers can have once they are given the opportunity to show what they can do.

We should be proud of them all and lets hope that they continue to be given the chance to show what a great job they can do. Very well done.

BLAIR HUNT, Finch Hatton

Fluoride linked to hip fractures

THE AMA Queensland President, Dr Chris Davis, misinformed readers in his letter 'Fluoride vital for optimal health' (DM, 02/10/08). One example being, "Implementing water fluoridation ensures total community protection against dental decay..."

Even Queensland Health's Chief Health Officer didn't go so far as to make a "total community protection" claim in her letter, 'Fluoride is so safe' (DM, 9/8/08). She wrote, "...water fluoridation isn't the only solution to tooth decay".

And the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) did not complete a review of the latest scientific evidence in relation to fluoride and health. It was let out on tender with a requirement that the study include a review of the effects of fluoride on people with impaired kidney function (tens of thousands of diabetics).

In 'Efficacy and Safety of Fluoridation 2007', the NHMRC made no mention of fluoride's effects on kidney function even though those with impaired kidney function accumulate greater amounts of ingested fluoride than do healthy people.

As for fluoride helping "to stabilise the mineral content of bones and teeth", Australians who develop severe dental fluorosis can expect to suffer from demineralisation and embrittlement of their teeth; and a Material Safety Data Sheet for a fluoridating agent used in Melbourne's water supply notes under Chronic Health Effects, "Chronic ingestion can lead to embrittlement of bone..."

The possibility that fluoride might increase hip fracture was brought to light by clinical research studies, where osteoporosis patients treated with high doses of fluoride for short periods of time experienced increased rates of hip fracture.

These clinical trials raised the question: If high doses of fluoride (23-35 mg/day), given over 1-4 years can increase the rate of hip fracture, what about low doses of fluoride ingested over a lifetime? …

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