In a new short video produced by the Fluoride Action Network, Griffin Cole, DDS–dentist and member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology–explains why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban all fluoride supplements from the market.
In January 2016, the FDA ordered a manufacturer of fluoride “supplements” to immediately cease producing these drugs because the FDA has never approved them as either safe or effective. FAN’S investigation revealed that the largest pharmacies continue to sell unapproved fluoride drugs, which not only violates the federal prohibition on introducing unapproved drugs into interstate commerce, but violates the laws of at least 17 states which prohibit the sale of any drug not approved by the FDA.
Not only are the nation’s largest pharmacies systemically violating these laws, our investigation found that their pharmacists are providing false information to inquiring customers and concerned parents about the FDA approval status of these drugs. Listen to our audiotaped conversations with the pharmacists to hear the extent of misinformation being provided.
We have created an online social media campaign targeting one of these negligent pharmacies, and we need your help to get their attention. Please take a minute to participate in our easy-to-use social media campaign that will allow you to quickly tweet a message to Walgreens, and post a separate message to their Facebook page. These days, companies are much more responsive to criticism on social media, so the more comments they get, the greater the chance they will pull fluoride from their pharmacies. Please take action now:
Please also join over 10,000 people who have signed the online petition urging the FDA to end the manufacture and sale of these drugs: https://fluoridealert.org/fda/
Help FAN continue to make educational and influencial videos, as well as work to hold government and corporate actors accountable for their roles in overexposing citizens to fluoride. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution.
Two Big Victories This Week
There were two big fluoride-free campaign victories this week, ending fluoridation for approximately 80,000 people in Australia and the U.S.
Gladstone, Australia – Councilors on the Gladstone Regional Council passed a motion to cease adding fluoride chemicals to the drinking water of more than 73,000 residents. Councilor Kahn Goodluck introduced the motion after hearing from “a large number of people” in the region that wanted the practice to end, including local campaigners from Gladstone Area Fluoride Free and FAN Australia. The additive will be phased out over the next 40 days.
Twenty-six Councils (including at least 50 towns) in the state of Queensland, Australia have now REJECTED fluoridation since the state reversed its mandate law in 2012. These victories are the perfect example of what happens when fluoridation isn’t mandated and citizens are given a choice.
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee – On Tuesday, the Northwest Utility District Commission in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee voted 6-1 to end fluoridation, which they physically turned off Wednesday morning. The decision impacts 7,500 residents in Soddy-Daisy, Sale Creek, Falling Water, and Mowbray Mountain. Councilors felt that fluoride was readily available from toothpaste and mouthwash, and were concerned about the significant corrosion to the water infrastructure caused by the fluoridation chemical and brought to their attention by whistleblowing water employees.
This victory continues the strong trend in Tennessee of communities ending the practice; 13 cities with over 120,000 residents have voted to stop artificial fluoridation since 2010, bringing the percentage of public water supplies in the state with added fluoride down to about 50%. The decision is also likely to influence the upcoming vote in Jonesborough, TN, paving the way for their rejection of the practice.
Paul Connett’s New Zealand Presentation
Last week FAN Senior Consultant Paul Connett, PhD was in New Zealand for a speaking and campaign tour of the country where residents are facing the threat of a fluoridation mandate. During his visit he made a serious of presentations. Thanks to Vinny Eastwood, who uploaded the video to YouTube, you can enjoy Connett’s presentation–Water Fluoridation: Poor Practice & Poor Science–from the comfort of your own home. I encourage you to share this presentation with local decision-makers, neighbors, and community leaders.
He Said, She Said: Science in Crisis
The next International Fluoride Free Teleconference will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 5PM (Eastern time-U.S.). The call will feature social science professor Brian Martin, PhD, who will discuss the battle over “scientific evidence and the struggle for scientific credibility, the exercise of professional power to suppress opponents, and the role corporate interest play in the fluoridation debate.” Campaigners will learn how to prevail in today’s climate of perpetual scientific controversy.
Latest Fluoride News
–Not Debating Fluoride—Just Want Awareness (Alabama)
–Is Water Fluoridation Helpful or Harmful (North Carolina)
–Judge Reluctant to Dip Toes into Water on Merits of Fluoride (New Zealand)
–Drinking Water Must Be Tested for Fluoride (Tanzania)
–The Truth About Fluoride – Victor Zeines, DDS (New York)
For more fluoride related media, please visit FAN’s News Archive.
Fluoride Action Network