We would like to thank all those who yesterday made this one of the best days of our fundraising campaign. Including pledges, 38 people added $16,833 to our total, bringing us to a grand total of $125,530 from 484 donors.
With another 16 donations – large or small – we will be able to add a pledge of $2,000 to that total, but you only have till midnight tonight to get an income tax reduction.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network, a project of the American Environmental Health Studies Project, you can either:
- Donate online using our secure server. If you should experience difficulty in donating at our secure server, please call Network For Good at 1-888-284-7978 and press option 3 to make your donation over the phone.
- Or by check – please make checks payable to Fluoride Action Network and send to: FAN, c/o Connett, 104 Walnut Street, Binghamton NY 13905
See the many GIFTS available for your donation!
*Please note that some corporations match tax deductible donations made by their employees to some non-profits. We qualify for this. This is the information to provide your corporation finance people, the parent body for FAN is the American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc, registered in Vermont.
We lost a Fluoride Fighting giant in 2015
Professor Robert Isaacson (1928-2015) passed away on August 10. Professor Isaacson was the leader of the research team that produced the animal study by Varner et al, published in Brain Research in 1998, which found that rats fed fluoride in water at 1 ppm for one year developed kidney damage, brain damage, a greater uptake of aluminum into the brain and the formation of beta amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Isaacson was also a member of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science panel which authored the groundbreaking report of the toxicology of fluoride in 2006 (NRC, 2006). He attended and presented at the FAN conference in Canton, NY in the same year. His obituary can be found here
THE GOOD NEWS
In 2015 we reached the milestone of over 200 communities (at least) that have rejected or ended fluoridation over the past 5 years! In fact, more than 430 communities have ended existing fluoridation programs or rejected new efforts to fluoridate either by council vote or citizen referendum since 1990. In 2015 alone, we’ve confirmed that at least 21 communities with more than 305,410 residents voted to end fluoridation, bringing the number of victories since 2010 to 201 communities with approximately 5 million people. Many of these victories were the result of citizens who organized local campaigns with many working in coordination with FAN or using our materials to educate their neighbors and local decision-makers about the serious health risks associated with the practice. Some of 2015’s victories included large communities, such as:
Nov 2015: San Marcos, Texas (pop. 44,894)
Aug 2015, Warsaw, Missouri (pop. 2,133)
July 2015, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (pop. 6,224)
May 2015: Sullivan, Missouri (pop. 7,000)
May 2015: Palatka, Florida (pop. 10,482)
May 2015: Oneida, New York (pop. 21,147)
April 2015: Kingsville, Ontario, Canada (pop. 21,400)
April 2015: Clarksburg, West Virginia (pop. 16,400)
April 2015: Carl Junction, Missouri (pop. 7,550)
March 2015: Bennington, Vermont (pop. 16,000)
Feb 2015: Yoshikawa, Japan (pop. 70,000)
Feb 2015: Montello, Wisconsin (pop. 1,500)
Feb 2015: Brackenridge Borough, Pennsylvania (pop. 3,240)
Jan 2015: Boynton Beach, Florida (pop. 71,100)
Jan 2015: Doomadgee, Australia (pop. 1,000)
Jan 2015: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania (pop. 5,340)
IRISH COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST MANDATORY FLUORIDATION IN 2015 representing a combined population of 444,195
In 2015, five more Irish councils formally passed a resolution calling for the Irish Government to end mandatory fluoridation. Since the beginning of 2014, a total of thirteen regional and municipal councils representing over 2.5 million Irish citizens have adopted such a position, including Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country.
- May 2015: Waterford City and County, Ireland (113,795)
- Jan 2015, Cavan County Council, Ireland (73,000)
- Jan 2015, Galway Council, Ireland (75,600)
- Jan 2015, Leitrim County Council, Ireland (31,800)
- Jan 2015, Wexford County Council, Ireland (pop. 150,000)
Some useful information for communities fighting fluoridation
- Check out the 2014 Toxic Release Inventory for Hydrogen fluoride emissions of the top 100 facilities in the U.S. In some areas this is a major source of fluoride. FAN has much of the TRI data available by state.
- Water Fluoridation and Environmental Justice. A report by FAN submitted to the EJ Interagency Working Group in response to their solicitation for public comments in September. This group comprises all of the U.S. regulatory agencies.
- Submission to the National Toxicology Program in response to its solicitation for public comments on its nomination of fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor.
Some Major Newspaper reports citing FAN in 2015:
- Dec 25, 2015, The Guardian (U.K.),Adding fluoride to water supply may have no benefit, say experts
- Nov 20, 2015, Public Radio International, Health risks of water fluoridation raise concerns
- Nov 20, 2015, National Public Radio at Pennylvania State Univerisity, 70 years on and water fluoridation is still controversial
- Aug 25, 2015, Colorado Public Radio, Denver Fluoride fight pits activists against long-standing health policy
- Apr 27, 2015, National Public Radio, Feds Say It’s Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
- Feb 24, 2015, Newsweek: Water fluoridation may increase risk of underactive thyroid disorder
- Feb 24, 2015, New York Times, New York’s Fluoridation Fuss, 50 Years Later
THANK YOU TO ALL THE GROUPS FIGHTING FLUORIDATION
And now for the REALLY GOOD news: This is the end of the very last bulletin in our 31-day fundraising marathon for 2015!
Thank you for all those who hung in there with us and for your generous donations, especially from our super angels. We are going to try to find a better way of doing this next year and we are open to your suggestions.
Paul Connett, PhD
Co-ordinator of the 2015 Fundraising campaign