Yesterday, we asked this question of our supporters worldwide, and below is part 1 of some of the statements we have received:
“Would you all be kind enough to write a short piece on why you spend so many hours on this issue (fighting fluoridation) and in some cases so much of your own money – what is the reward for so much hard work? And why do you do this when you often become a lightning rod for abuse by the media, pro-fluoridation zealots and government spokespersons. Just what is it that keeps you going? I think singly and in total your answers will make splendid reading and a wonderful bulletin(s) for us.”
But first a quick update on our annual fundraiser.
Our current totals stand at $32,354 from 164 donors. Don’t forget that all donations will be doubled by a super-angel until we reach $38,800. This means for the next two days or so your donations will continue to be worth twice as much to us.
After another 36 donations (large or small), we will receive an extra $1,000 for reaching 200 donors and donor #200 will receive a free copy of The Case Against Fluoride signed by co-author Paul Connett. So a lot of small donations would really help us today.
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
Don’t forget our exciting premium. For a donation of $51 we are offering the following:??A signed copy of “The Case Against Fluoride” by Connett, Beck and Micklem along with a DVD copy of the videos:
- Professional Perspectives On Water Fluoridation;
- The Fluoride Deception,
- David Kennedy’s Fluoridegate
For $61 we will send you two of these educational sets!!
Please note: We are sorry but this stupendous offer only applies to residents of the USA – I am afraid that the postage on this for international supporters is cost prohibitive.
We start with Clint Griess, the founder and host of the International Fluoride Free Teleconference, and an active member of Clean Water California:
“On top of an unwavering commitment to end artificial water fluoridation everywhere, I am spurred on each month by the people I meet along the way. In this era of mass consumer consciousness and false political narratives challenging our ability to organize around principles, I find the people who are attracted to this issue to be of the utmost integrity, generous of spirit, uncommonly optimistic, and beautifully self-possessed. How refreshing and how inspiring!”
**Clint has a special limited-time offering for FAN supporters. See end of bulletin**
Our second is from FAN’s campaign director Stuart Cooper:
“I joined the Fluoride Action Network initially because I felt strongly that the practice of artificial water fluoridation set a dangerous public health precedent that threatened personal freedom and choice by using the public water supply to distribute a drug, without consent or concern for vulnerable subpopulations. As I learned more about the practice, I noticed how many of my friends and acquaintances had dental fluorosis, and I felt they deserved the truth, as well as some sort of vindication and justice. Then, not long after I started working for FAN I became a father, and the desire to protect the two most important people in my life and their generation of peers from this seemingly ever-present neurotoxin and its harmful side-effects became abundantly important. It’s our water, our health, our children, and ought to be our choice.”
This is from David Kennedy, a dentist from San Diego, the producer of the video Fluoridegate and one of the directors of our parent body, The American Environmental Studies Project, Inc.,
“This is an interesting question, which I’ve pondered myself on many occasions and have reached some tentative conclusions.
First off as a guiding rule whenever I see evil being perpetrated I step in and do what I can to thwart the evil.
When you study fluoridation with hydrofluosilicic acid allegedly to prevent caries you see nothing but evil. The substance used is highly toxic and there is absolutely no evidence that swallowing the toxic soup will do anything but harm you. But it is worse than that because bottle fed babies swallow their weight in water every 3 to 4 days. So a worst case scenario would likely be an infant. I’ve just co-authored a scientific review article on the causes of the United States high infant mortality that is in press at this time, which is one of the highest in the world.
I am a third generation dentist as both my father and grandfather were dentists before me. The dentists are in front of this issue advocating the addition of fluoride to public drinking water. When the public finds out they will logically blame the dentists. They won’t be able to blame me.
So I see evil in the name of an honorable profession (dentistry) promoted by a huge network of well-paid bureaucrats and enormous hard money grants from the Center for Disease and US Public Health Service and the only purpose I can see is to save many industries the cost of disposal of their hazardous waste. Destroying children’s health to save corporations money is not logical.
My purpose then is to oppose evil where I see it.”
From Cynthia Bagchi, Bedford UK
“The power of love and with deep heartfelt gratitude for all the wonderful work that has gone before and the amazing work that is happening now.
Do we really have a choice!?”
Our next response comes from Geoff Pain, a PhD chemist from Melbourne, Australia:
“As a former tutor and lecturer I encountered the IQ bell curve shift caused by Fluoride up close and personal. Having to fail students who lacked essential reasoning ability and get to university by paying a fee is tragic.
My genes are selfish. As a parent, I hope my grandchildren (if I am lucky enough to be blessed and have them) and their descendants have fine brains and other vital organs that are not damaged by Fluoride, at any age.
Stopping Fluoridation will be the single greatest public health benefit imaginable that we could achieve here and now with determined efforts worldwide.”
Another one comes from Susan Landes, a neuromuscular massage therapist in Northern California:
“I fight water fluoridation because the Connetts have worked so hard to make the science available to anyone who cares to read. It’s a hard fight, but we’ve got truth on our side. I fight because I want to see the health of people improve and corporate greed at the expense of people ended. I fight because ADA and CDC lies need to end. I fight because there are so many victories every year and it’s a pleasure reading about them in the FAN news. This is a winning cause. I fight because I can feel the snowball effect happening and can feel the sweet taste of victory…the practice of water fluoridation ending worldwide. I fight because clean water is so important to life.”
Here is my answer, which comes after 22 years of campaigning on this issue:
“I ask these questions to myself nearly every day. A simple answer is YOU. I do it because of the wonderful people I work with: my son, our staff (Ellen, Jay Sanders and Stuart Cooper), and our wonderful volunteers, starting with Dr. Bill Osmunson our pro bono director, Dr. Bill Hirzy our pro bono Washington representative, Carol Kopf our pro bono media officer and Chris Neurath our pro bono and meticulous research director. I do it also for all the people like you who work so hard on this because of your children and grandchildren who you rightly believe should not have their futures limited by this foolish practice. I do it most because I think scientific integrity is being threatened in many ways and this policy is a classic example of where a wedge has been driven between honest science and public policy by arrogant people whose over-confidence outstrips their willingness to read the literature with an open mind.”
Our final Why We Do It—Part 1 statement comes from a humorous anonymous supporter. Can you guess who it is?
“Actually, I do this for the money and the women – activist groupies who mass outside committee meetings and can’t keep their hands off me after the meeting is over. It’s nice when they buy me drinks and expensive dinners too. My wife isn’t too happy about this, but that’s the price of fame, I guess. I can empathize with Mick Jagger.”
**Teleconference Promo: Please join the Fluoride Action Network staff and team this Saturday, December 10, at 5pm (eastern time) for a year-in-review of the fluoride issue, a fluoride Q&A session for supporters, and an opportunity to interact with the amazing people Clint described in his statement —REGISTER NOW
This will be the 40th consecutive monthly teleconference. To celebrate and thank supporters, as well as to get everyone excited about this weekend’s call, Clint has made the archive audio from several popular 2016 calls featuring FAN team members available for listening and downloading until Sunday at midnight. Click here to access your free presentations.
Paul Connett, PhD
member of FAN’s fundraising team for 2016