September 5 – 8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal, City, Virginia
Saturday Sept 6 – The growing evidence that fluoride lowers IQ in children at fairly modest levels.
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).
Saturday, September 6
|8:15 – 8:50 am||REGISTRATION||If you haven’t registered by this date, please pay by check, not cash. We cannot accept credit card payment at the Conference.|
|9 – 9:30 am||Henry Lickers||Opening Ceremony||Henry is the Director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment.|
|9: 30 – 10 am||Paul Connett, PhD||Fluoridation 101||Paul is the Director of the Fluoride Action Network|
|10 – 10:30 am||Michael Connett, JD||Fluoride and the Brain- Putting the IQ studies into context.||Michael is FAN’s Special Projects Director|
|10:30 – 11 am||BREAK|
|11 – 12:30 pm||Quangong Xiang, PhD||Keynote Address on IQ studies published in China with Q & A||Dr. Xiang, from China, was the lead author of one of the pivotal IQ studies that was reviewed both by the NRC in 2006 and a team from Harvard in 2012.
— 2003. Effect of fluoride in drinking water on children’s intelligence.
— 2003. Blood lead of children in Wamiao-Xinhuai intelligence study. Letter to the Editor.
|12:30 – 2 pm||LUNCH|
|2 – 2:30 pm||Chris Neurath||The Harvard Review – its strengths and weaknesses and a critique of the recent study on IQ from NZ by Broadbent.||Chris is the science director for the American Environmental Health Studies Project, the parent organization of Fluoride Action Network.|
|2:30 – 3 pm||Bill Hirzy, PhD||A risk assessment to determine a safe dose for fluoride based on IQ studies.||Bill is a former risk assessor with the U.S. EPA in Washington DC. He now works for FAN.|
|3 – 3:15 pm||Jennifer Luke, DDS, PhD||Questions and Answers on fluoride’s effect on the pineal gland||Dr Luke discovered that fluoride accumulates to strikingly high levels in the pineal gland (1997, 2001).|
|3:15 – 4 pm||PANEL||How can we get the EPA to determine the MCLG for fluoride with honesty and in a timely manner?||Michael Connett, JD (Chair); Charlie Brown, JD; Bill Hirzy, PhD; and others.
|4 – 5 pm||PANEL||Reviewing the weak evidence of benefit
Questions & Discussion with audience.
|Paul Connett (Chair), Bill Osmunson and Chris Neurath.|
Sunday, September 7 – Fighting the PR of fluoridation promotion
• To end fluoridation we simply have to get better at dealing with the psychological (but unscientific) hold that this seven-decade policy has on the minds of the public health community, dental organizations and the ill-informed.
• We will hear from groups who defeated fluoridation and how they did it and we will discuss the formation of FAN’s new campaign arm: Parents Against Fluoridation.
A G E N D A – Sunday, Sept 7
NOTE: Dr. Mercola’s presentation has been moved to 2 – 3 pm
|9 – 9:30 am||Aisling Fitzgibbon||What we are doing to end fluoridation in Ireland||Aisling, aka The Girl Against Fluoride, is Ireland’s premier fluoridation activist.|
|9:30 – 10 am||Rick North,
|What we learned from the Portland, Oregon, victory.||Rick worked with Clean Water Portland in their brilliant and successful effort to keep fluoridation out of Portland in 2013.|
|10 – 10:45 am||Stuart Cooper||Stu will report on the Worldwide Alliance to End Fluoridation and the formation of FAN’s Parents Against Fluoridation campaign.||Stu is FAN’s campaign director.
|11:15 – 11:45 am||Henry Rodriguez||Why communities of color should be particularly concerned about water fluoridation||
Henry, Concilio Zapatista 4383,
– 12:15 pm
|Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH||The history of trying to get the FDA to do its job on fluoride.||Bill is the West Coast spokesperson for FAN|
|12:15 – 12:45 pm||Charlie Brown, JD||What we have learned fighting the ADA on mercury amalgams||Charlie is the director of Consumers for Dental Choice. He has performed miracles in the worldwide battle to rid dentistry of mercury amalgams. Hopefully, he can help us do the same for water fluoridation.|
|Dr. Joe Mercola||KEYNOTE ADDRESS
||No one has done more to further our cause than Dr Mercola, the host of one of the most popular health websites in the world.|
|3 – 3:15 pm||Mike Ewall, JD||How we have kept mandatory fluoridation out of PA for many years.||Mike is an activist and the founder and director of Energy Justice Network. He also founded ActionPA.org where he and his team worked hard to defeat fluoridation. Mike is now a lawyer and resides in Washington DC.|
|3:15 – 4 pm||Panel of Activists||Efforts being tried to end fluoridation in AUSTIN (Neil Carman, PhD); SAN FRANCISCO (Jay Sanders); BALTIMORE (Brooke Templeton) as well as keeping it out of SONOMA COUNTY CA (Dawna Gallagher).||•• Neil Carman (formerly with the Texas Air Commission and member of the Sierra Club) works with Fluoride Free Austin.
•• Jay Sanders helped form the new non-proft: Clean Water California.
•• Brooke Templeton is founder of End Fluoridation in Baltimore (Facebook).
•• Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh is the founder of Clean Water Sonoma-Marin.
|4 – 4:30 pm||BREAK|
|4:30 – 5 pm||Dan Stockin, MPH||Fluorideagate and apparent collusion between the ADA and CDC on fluoridation– results of FOIA requests.||Dan Stockin has been active on this issue for many years.|
|5- 6 pm||PANEL||LOBBY DAY and more brainstorming on PARENTS AGAINST FLUORIDATION: what we want from US Congress.||Panel: Stu Cooper (Chair), Neil Carman, Paul Connett, Bill Osmunson, Mike Ewall, Charlie Brown, Rick North, Bill Hirzy, and Dan Stockin.|
Monday, Sept 8 – 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 FDA to regulate fluoride for ingestion.
•• We need the EPA to determine a scientifically-based (not politically-influenced) MCLG (maximum contaminant level goal) for fluoride.
•• We need Congressional Hearings to secure both 1 and 2.
•• 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.
|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|
|Noon to 1:30||GROUP LUNCH|
|5 PM||End of Day Meet-up (optional for those still around)|