Fluoride Action Network

FAN’s 6th Citizens’ Conference on Fluoride – AGENDA

Fluoride Action Network - Conference Agenda - Sept 16-18, 2017

D R A F T    A G E N D A  (as of September 13):

September 16 – 18, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal, City, Virginia

Saturday will be devoted to the science that indicates that there is no margin of safety to protect all our citizens from known health effects when they drink fluoridated water (even moreso when we add in fluoride from other sources) against the backdrop of regulatory agencies’ use of a bad policy that disregards good science.

Saturday, September 16,

“When Policy is King, Science becomes a Slave”

Time  Presenter Program  Details
8 – 8:30 am REGISTRATION If you register on this day, please pay by check, not cash. We cannot accept credit card payment at the Conference.
8:30 – 9 am  Henry Lickers Opening Ceremony Henry is the Director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment and a member of FAN’s Board of Directors
9 –
9:15 am
Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH Welcome Bill is the acting Director of the Fluoride Action Network
9:45 am
Richard Woychik, PhD “A Review of the Work of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:  Understanding How the Environment Impacts Human Health.” Richard Woychik is the Deputy Director, NIEHS
9:45 – 10:45 am Professor Stephen Peckham Keynote Address on
Fluoridation and Hypothyroidism
Stephen Peckham is the Director and Professor of Health Policy and the Director, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, U.K. Co-author of this 2015 study
10:45 – 11 am COFFEE BREAK
11 – 11:30 am Paul Connett, PhD Fluoride Toxicity 101 Paul is the
Director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project; Former director of FAN (2000-2015)
11:30 – 12:30 Declan Waugh
(via Skype*)
Some new scientific findings on fluoride’s toxicity Environmental Auditor and Risk Management Consultant, Ireland
12:30 –
1: 45 pm
1:45 – 2:15 pm Bill Hirzy, PhD A quantification of fluoride’s neurotoxicity Bill Hirzy is a former risk assessor with the U.S. EPA. He now works for FAN in Washington DC.
2:15 – 3 pm Chris Neurath NHanes on dental fluorosis, the Cochrane Report (2015), and the McLaren study on Calgary Chris is the science director for the American Environmental Health Studies Project, the parent organization of Fluoride Action Network.
3 –
5 pm
Paul Connett, Stan Litras (NZ);  Bob Dickson (Canada) Bill Osmunson and David Kennedy, (USA); Chris Neurath (USA) Examples of bad science on fluoridation promotion from around the world See above for Paul, Declan, Chris, and Bill Osmunson;
Bob Dickson, MD; David Kennedy, DDS.
7:30 – 10 pm Get-together in the Conference Room Bring an instrument if you have one!

Sunday, September 17 – The “Slaves” Fight Back!

On Nov 22, 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation, and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The EPA denied this Petition in February 2017. Today we will hear from the lawyers who have filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
• We will hear from groups who defeated fluoridation and how they did it.
• There will be a discussion of new campaigns that are being pursued to end fluoridation.

A G E N D A – Sunday, Sept 17

Time Presenter Program Details
9 – 10:30 am Michael Connett, Esq.
Chris Nidel, Esq.

A review of the science on fluoride’s neurotoxicity.

Update on the Petition to the EPA and the two Lawsuits

Michael and Chris are the principal attorneys for this lawsuit. Chris is a partner in Nidel and Nace in Washington DC.
10:30 – 10:50 am GROUP PHOTO

10:50 – Noon Anna and Stephen Peckham;
Stan Litras DDS;
Bob Dickson MD; Gilles Parent ND; Owen Boyden.
International Panel with Update on Fluoridation Battles Anna and Stephen is from the UK; Stan is from NZ; Dr Dickson is from Calgary; Gilles is from Quebec. Owen is from Ireland. See Stephen above.
Noon – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 – 3 pm Stuart Cooper, Rick North, Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, Jay Sanders, Mary Lou Albert, Owen Boyden  Campaigning 101: How to Win Stuart is the Campaign Director for FAN;
Rick was highly involved in 2 fluoridation battles in Oregon (Portland & Newport);

Dawna is the founder of Clean Water Sonoma-Marin;
Jay is FAN’s Education & Outreach Director. Jay also works for Clean Water California;
* Mary Lou was involved in 2 campaigns in 2002 and 2015 to stop fluoridation in Bennington VT;
Owen has been highly involved in the Fluoride-Free towns in Ireland campaign.
3 pm – 4 pm Stuart Cooper, Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh,
Jay Sanders, Jack Crowther,
Liesa Cianchino, John Sprovieri, Ron Margolis.
Ongoing Battles Jack heads up the Rutland Fluoride Action group in Vermont;
Liesa heads up Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation in Ontario, Canada;
Ron heads up the Clean Water Durango group in Colorado.
* John is a city counselor from Peel, Ontario, Canada.
(See above for Stuart, Dawna & Jay)
4 –
4:55 pm
Rick North and Audience Overview of Friday Session & Audience Interaction  See Rick above
5:15 – 6 pm
Stuart Cooper and Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh The room for the discussion of Lobby Day on Monday will be announced on the day. See Stuart and Dawna above

 Monday, Sept 18 – Lobby Day Agenda

 Our message: we must get Congress to force federal Agencies (FDA, EPA) to do an honest job on protecting our children from fluoride’s toxicity.
•• We need the EPA to determine a scientifically-based (not politically-influenced) MCLG (maximum contaminant level goal) for fluoride.
•• We need the FDA to regulate fluoride for ingestion.
•• At the very least, we must get Congress to stop using taxpayers’ money to fund CDC’s biased promotion of fluoridation. Taxpayers’ money should not be used for propaganda.

Time Detail
7:30 am Check out of hotel & store luggage
8 am Depart for Capitol Hill
(we will take a shuttle bus from the hotel to the Metro)
8:45 am Group photo on Capitol Hill
9:30-12:00 Morning Lobbying
Noon to 1:30 GROUP LUNCH
1:30-4:30 PM
Afternoon Lobbying
5 PM End of Day Meet-up (optional for those still around)

*Note on Declan Waugh. The U.S. Embassy in Dublin gave Declan a hard time in obtaining a visa because he had “Iran” stamped in his Irish passport. He had presented a paper at an academic conference in Tehran, Iran, in 2013. The delay caused by this made it impossible for Declan to attend the FAN Conference

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