Another Community Ends Fluoridation

Councilors in Carl Junction, Missouri voted to end fluoridation this past week after considering a number of concerns they had regarding the effectiveness and safety of the practice.  The community, which is home to approximately 8,000 residents, started fluoridating the water supply in 2005 after voters approved the use of the additive.

Carl Junction isn’t alone in making this decision.  According to a recent article, “over the past five years, [at least] seven cities and towns in the Show-Me-State have removed fluoride from their municipal water systems, and a half-dozen more have put the matter to vote.”

Former EPA Scientist To Give Fluoride Talk In Berkeley, CA

Clean Water California (along with Clean Water Sonoma-Marin) will be hosting and sponsoring “A Conversation with Former EPA Scientist [and FAN Representative] Dr. William Hirzy” on fluoridation this Saturday, April 18th, from 2-4pm on the patio at Gather Restaurant in Berkeley, CA.  Light snacks will be provided by Clean Water California from 2-3pm.  Dr. Hirzy will give a talk at 3pm followed by audience Q & A.

-For more information please visit the official event page.

-RSVP appreciated by emailing:

Dentist To Speak in Opposition to Fluoridation at New Zealand Event

This weekend representatives of Fluoride Free Auckland will be attending the Auckland Go Green Event, where Dr. Lawrie Brett will be speaking on fluoridation at 1pm on Saturday and at 2:30pm on Sunday.

Dr. Brett has practiced dentistry for over 30 years, has studied fluoridation for 35 years, and has an educational background in chemistry, providing him with a unique and well-rounded perspective on this issue.  Don’t miss this event if you live in or near Auckland!

Click here to learn more

Senior U.S. Senator Comments on Fluoridation

Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski was recently interviewed by a local newspaper, the Turnagain Times, and was asked her thoughts on fluoridation additives imported to the U.S. from China.  Senator Murkowski is a senior U.S. Senator and is also a member of several important committees in regard to fluoridation, including the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (she is the Chairman), the Committee on Appropriations, and the Committee on Health.

When asked about the lack of oversight for fluoride additives, the Senator responded:

“Are you telling me that the EPA and the FDA don’t inspect fluoride from China?   That’s not right. We can’t even bring in prescription drugs from Canada into the United States. Why aren’t we buying fluoride from U.S. companies?  My committee is meeting with the Director of the EPA, and I will be asking why fluoride from China is not being tested by the EPA or the FDA. That’s unacceptable. No chemical should be coming into our country that is going to be put into our water, without some U.S. agency testing it.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a situation that needs to be addressed, and I will make sure my committee gets some answers.” (See full interview)

Senator Murkowski will be hearing from FAN, but she also needs to hear from citizens of Alaska, as well as scientific and medical professionals from around the world.  We need to ask all of our Congressional representatives to demand that the EPA does its job by prioritizing fluoride’s neurotoxic impact on infant development and on childrens’ IQ, as well as the thyroid as the most sensitive end point–and not dental fluorosis–in their long overdue assessment.

If you’re a constituent or professional, please call and email Senator Murkowski today.  You can also use FAN’s automated system to send a form letter to the Senator.  Feel free to share FAN’s materials, including the link to our page on fluoridation chemicals.  If you’re not a constituent or pro, then please hold off on contacting the Senator for now, we will mount a more inclusive campaign once she has heard from her voters.

April’s Teleconference & Social Media Event

This month’s International Fluoride Free Teleconference featured a discussion on using social media to engage, educate, and organize communities in opposition to fluoridation.  The call also included “the world’s first ever fluoride free social media bomb (#FluorideFree)”.  You can now download the audio and take your online fluoridation activism to the next level:


You can also download last month’s teleconference featuring FAN’s team of scientific experts and researchers discussing the current state of research on fluoridation, including the most recently published studies on IQ, hypothyroidism, and ADHD.  Experts on the call included Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. Bill Hirzy, and FAN’s Research Director Chris Neurath.


News You May Have Missed

Irish Water Confirms Fluoride Spill At Treatment Plant (Ireland)

East Brunswick: Connett Enters Fluoride Debate (New Jersey)

Bethel Board to Decide on Fluoride Referendum (Maine)

Holyoke Needs Board Vote Or Special Act to Stop Fluoridation (Massachusetts)

Shrewsbury Town Meeting Warrant Finalized (Massachusetts)

Gloucester Council Sets Fluoride Question for Ballot (Massachusetts)

Bennington Coalition Withdraws Fluoride Recommendation (Vermont)

Meadville’s Fluoridation Debate Could Flare This Summer (Pennsylvania)

Public Health Debate Over Fluoride Rages on in Lyerly (Georgia)

One Dental Filling More Important Than Thyroid Disease (New Zealand)

Review Fluoridation Policy (Singapore)

For more fluoride related media visit FAN’s News Archive.


Stuart Cooper
Campaign Manager
Fluoride Action Network

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