(Source: The Southern Star, June 13, Ireland)
Skibbereen to host US expert on fluoride at public meeting
An international expert opposed to water fluoridation will address a meeting in Skibbereen next week.
Dr Paul Connett, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology will present the Case Against Fluoride in an open discussion forum in the West Cork Hotel on Thursday, June 15.
He will be joined at the free event which will run from 8-10pm by local environmental scientist Declan Waugh.
A growing body of scientific and clinical evidence appears to link exposure to fluoride to a variety of major public health disorders and questions previously held beliefs that water fluoridation is safe.
For over 20 years, Dr Connett has been an outspoken critic of water fluoridation and helped found the USA based Fluoride Action Network (FAN), one of the largest organisations opposing water fluoridation worldwide.
He is also known for his expertise in waste management and sustainable development and has given thousands of pro bono presentations in over 60 countries internationally.
The event will consist of a conversation between Dr Connett and Mr Waugh regarding how they both got involved in the fluoridation debate internationally.
Mr Waugh has been published in three international peer reviewed journals in the past year.
His most recent focus has been as lead author in two collaborative risk assessment studies on the health effects of fluoride exposure in Ireland and New Zealand.
This work addresses important [contributions] to chronic fluoride exposure and major disease burdens and poses significant challenges for continuing water fluoridation in both countries.
Expanding on this body of knowledge generated in recent years, Mr Waugh is currently researching the linkages between water fluoridation, fluoride intake in infancy and asthma, developmental and behavioural disorders, metabolic and reproductive disorders and cancer.
According to Bandon-based Waugh, ‘there have been many scandals in Ireland which have shaken public confidence in the institutions of the State, but few if any have so directly impacted on the health and wellbeing of multiple generations as much as fluoridation of public water.’
(Source: Galway Advertiser, June 8, Ireland)
Controversial anti-fluoridation activist to visit Galway this weekend
An outspoken US scientist, visiting Galway this month, has criticised the Irish government for failing to acknowledge studies that fluoride lowers the IQ of children.
Paul Connett, an anti-fluoridation activist, who was invited to speak to the government’s forum on water fluoridation in 2000, cited a 2003 peer-reviewed study from China that showed as little as 1.4milligrams of fluoride per day lowered the IQ of children by 51 [sic, should be 5] points.
‘’That dose would be reached by an Irish child by consuming two litres of water a day and that is before other sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and tea – are considered. ‘’
Connett, a globally-known toxicologist and chemist will speak to Galway audiences on Sunday (June 11 ) at the Connacht Hotel as part of the revival of the Fluoride Free Galway campaign, which asks local businesses to install filtration systems that remove fluoride and other toxins from their water.
Connett’s two-week talking tour of Ireland will include communities in Limerick, Cobh, Kerry, Cork and Dublin that are fighting industrial pollution, waste incineration and water fluoridation.
‘’The question I will be posing to fluoridation proponents is where are the studies that they can cite which give them the confidence to ignore more than 300 of both animal and human studies – that indicate that fluoride is neurotoxic and has the potential to lower IQ in children?’’ he claims.
The lack of scientific integrity within the Irish government is the single greatest threat to this country’s environment said Connett.
‘’I was told by citizens that [the fluoridation forum] was going to be a sham – and it was. Out of 300-page report they spent less space -one and half pages – discussing primary health studies, than they spent illustrating what a pea-sized piece of toothpaste look like.
Asked why he believed the practice continued in light of such evidence, Mr Connett said: ‘’I think they fear that if they lose fluoridation, they will lose the public’s trust in other public health practices.’’
Connett co-authored The Case Against Fluoride which revealed how US authorities had used spurious science to commence the practice of water fluoridation.
‘’Since the very beginning the US authorities have pressured the Irish government to start and keep this practice going,’’ said Connett. He drew parallels between Ireland and the US, saying there was a serious lack of media scrutiny in both countries.
The public talk and screening, will take place at 7pm, on Sunday June 11, Connaught Hotel.