When most people hear the word fluoride, they generally think of their teeth and their dentist. Fluoride, after all, is added to some public water systems and many dental products for the purpose of preventing cavities. Less well known is that fluoride is a highly toxic compound, a major industrial air pollutant, a key ingredient in some pesticides and fumigants, the cause of a tooth defect that currently impacts over 40% of American teenagers, and the cause of a devastating bone disease that impacts millions of people throughout the world. For too long, the toxicity of fluoride compounds has been overlooked by the public health and environmental communities. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) was founded in 2000 to remedy this imbalance.
FAN provides comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding all aspects of fluoride, from its purported dental benefits to its documented harm to human and animal health. FAN also remains vigilant in monitoring government agency actions that may impact the public’s exposure to fluoride. FAN’s work has been cited by national and international media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and Prevention Magazine among others.
- FAN’s Accomplishments: FAN has proven capable of taking on the big battles — and winning. See a list of some of our accomplishments.
- FAN in the News: FAN’s work is regularly cited by local, regional, and national outlets.
- Our Team: FAN now has several paid staff members, but we remain a primarily volunteer-run organization. Learn more about the team.
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In May of 2004, FAN became an official project of the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP) – a registered non-profit (501c3) organization. If you support FAN’s work, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation today.