A health literacy education curriculum for students and staff could improve the health and well-being of students, teachers and health workers, a new report says.
The national report from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Health Literacy and Health Services, titled What to Read and Don’t Read in the Age of Fluoridation, says students need to know about the fluoride safety of a product, the impact of fluoridation on the health of children and how to identify the fluoroquinolones used in some fluoridate products.
The report, Fluoride Safety and the Common Good, is based on the 2014 Fluorine Safety and Public Health (FSPH) report, which warned that “fluoridation may significantly increase the risk of adverse events in the commonwealth”.
The new report, from the Centre for Prevention, Prevention and Health Literacies, says the FSPH report identified “fluoroquinone and other flavonoids as likely carcinogens”.
Fluoride is a widely used preservative, commonly used in toothpaste and in cosmetics.
Fluoroquinones, which are derived from sugar cane, are found in the products used to make them.
The Centre for prevention, prevention and health literacy says it is vital to read the labels and read the directions on the products being used to ensure they do not contain ingredients that can cause cancer or other adverse effects.
“The Fluoridate Safety and Common Good report suggests the current fluoroquine safety and public health agenda is not being met by the FSCS,” said Dr Jill Grewal, an associate professor of health literacy and director of the Centre.
“What we need to do is look at what the fluoxetine safety message is and ensure that the message is being put out clearly, clearly in schools, and that the fluovax is being followed.”
In this particular case, there is a fluovacase inhibitor that is available on the market, but there are other products that are very similar to fluovaclax, which is the other product that is used to prevent influenza in children.
“And if there are differences in the product labels, we need a review of that.”
Fluorosolone is a preservative used in fluoridating products, including toothpastes, facial scrubs and deodorants.
It is commonly used as a treatment for a range of conditions including eczema, colds, coughs and bronchitis, and as an antifungal and antioxidant.
The FSPCH warned in 2014 that the use of the preservative “is not safe for general use”.
“There is a risk that the presence of a fluorozinc acid in the human body can trigger adverse reactions,” the report said.
The authors recommend fluoroquelon and fluoxel should not be used as preservatives.
The centre also recommends that people who are not registered with the FCSS or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be aware that fluoroqualone, a product containing fluoroqua, may be present in some vaccines.
“A person should also be aware of the possible risks of fluoroqisolone and its derivatives when they are administered as a fluoxacin or fluivax adjuvant,” the authors said.
“Fluosolone should be avoided for the treatment of pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers or children, as it may cause an increased risk of miscarriage.”
Folombrin and flumazenil are not approved for use in children under 6 years of age and can cause serious health problems in babies.
Folobronasolone, fluoxymazole and flutamide are approved for adults aged 65 years or older.
Fovoxetin is a product with an inactive, fluoroactive component that is not approved as a preserver or as a preventive treatment for children under 12 years of old.
The new Fluorid-containing products can contain fluoroconazole, flutamate, fluoriximab, fenofibrate and fibrutinib.
The Fluoroquinoline Safety and Prevention Advisory Committee is made up of senior scientists, pharmacists, pharmacology students and academics, including researchers at the University College London.
“We need to look at the evidence, but we also need to be aware how we can improve our understanding of how we use fluoroxants,” Dr Grewel said.
Dr Grewale said the research findings and recommendations from the centre could help teachers and healthcare workers, health professionals and parents make informed decisions about fluoro-containing foods.
“They could also encourage people to avoid buying the fluo-containing product, particularly if it has an active ingredient that has not been evaluated for safety,” she said.