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Latest Fluoride-Free Victories, Some Bad News & the Suppressed Irish Report

FAN Bulletin | October 13, 2013

Dear Supporter,

My apologies. We are sending out this bulletin again because it contained some mistakes.  Don’t forget TODAY’s Teleconference with Dr. Paul Connett (details below).

Latest Fluoride-Free Victories:

Columbia, Tennessee – On September 25th the Columbia Power and Water Systems Board of Public Utilities voted 3-2 to discontinue fluoridation of the drinking water for the city’s approximately 35,000 residents. The vote came after months of deliberation and review of over 200 pages of documents, studies, and reports submitted by the public. According to one water board member who also sits on the city council, his research of fluoridation showed the “chemical is hazardous for consumers who ingest it, as well as being dangerous for employees who handle it.”

Tecumseth, Ontario – On September 30th, councilors in New Tecumseth voted 7-3 to end 40 years of fluoridation for the town of Tottenham’s 5,000 residents. Prior to this vote, councilors approved a plebiscite during the October 2014 election, which will ask voters in Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham if they want fluoridation. In the meantime, the fluoride will be flushed from the water supply.

Davis City, California – On October 1st, the Davis city council soundly rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4-1. The proposal would have cost $2 million to implement, plus an additional $300,000 annually in chemical costs for the city with 66,000 residents. Councilors stated that opposition to fluoridation was ten times greater then support for the practice amongst the public.

New Zealand — The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority recently ruled that a pro-fluoridation advertisement from a local dentist made exaggerated claims about fluoridation that could not be proved and therefore must be removed. Harley Dentistry claimed in their ad, “water fluoridation reduces decay by 20 per cent in our most vulnerable people, our children and those on lower incomes.” Harley Dentistry was unable to provide evidence proving the claim, putting them in violation of New Zealand’s advertising code of ethics. You can read the full Advertising Standards Authority decision here.

The Bad News:

Unfortunately, this week there were four significant losses for the fluoride-free community. The first occurred on October 8th, when city councilors in Brooksville, Florida voted 4-1 to return fluoride to the drinking water, two years after they had voted to end the practice. This week’s vote was not the result of a science-based campaign, but the result of a misleading pro-fluoride intimidation campaign led by the Florida Department of Health, a handful of regional dentists, and the Tampa Bay Times. The councilors and Mayor who opposed fluoridation were regularly attacked and ridiculed by the Tampa Bay Times, their affiliated newspapers, and Palm Harbor dentist Johnny Johnson. When the council invited Paul Connett to debate Johnny Johnson, not only did Johnson refuse to debate, but Dr. Connett was unfairly criticized and attacked by the local media for his presentation, and was repeatedly denied an opportunity to have a response published.  In the end, the council’s decision was less about science and more about preserving their elected positions against the bullying tactics of the Tampa Bay Times.  (There will be more coverage of the Brooksville story in an upcoming bulletin)

The second setback was in New Zealand, where a majority of citizens in three communities (Hamilton, Hastings, and Whakatane) voted in favor of fluoridation in non-binding referenda. Earlier this year, Hamilton Councilors held a tribunal to study fluoridation. After hearing expert testimony on both sides of the issue, and reviewing hundreds of pages of research on fluoride, the tribunal voted 7-1 to end fluoridation. In response, the pro-fluoride lobby–including the taxpayer funded district health board–gathered enough petition signatures to force a referendum on the issue. They then spent tens of thousands of dollars on a propaganda campaign that included erroneous claims from the Minister of Health on National TV, banners, billboards, and ads in all media formats, which also helped them secure the support of most of the local editorial boards and newspaper staff.  This resulted in a very one-sided and unscientific “debate” of fluoridation prior to the low turnout vote.

The referendum vote is non-binding, so the fight is far from over in these towns. We will be providing in-depth coverage of the New Zealand campaign in an upcoming bulletin.  

More than 10,500 people have signed this petition to Stop Water Fluoridation, and the number continues to rise. Which one of you will be number 11,000? Please sign and share this important petition.

Irish Fluoridation Report Suppressed by Government

“The practice of water fluoridation should end immediately. All of the available evidence suggests that not only will this lead to a marked reduction in fluorosis but that there would not be a significant rise in dental caries.”

This was the recommendation to the Joint committee on Health and Children in the Irish parliament in 2007 when the committee was holding special hearings on water fluoridation. The 90-page report authored by the former Irish Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, contained analysis of all available research on fluoride at the time, and based it’s final recommendations on expert testimony presented during the hearings.

The report states: “The Department of Health’s assessment of the overwhelming benefits of water fluoridation is not justified…we believe on the basis of the international studies there would be no long-term increase in dental decay if fluoride were not added to Irish drinking water…we note that dental health has improved to the same degree in countries where there is no water fluoridation. While positive aspects of fluoridation have been over-stated, the growing negative impact has not been properly recognized…the Committee is disappointed and alarmed that no general health studies have ever been carried out, particularly considering that four in ten 15 year olds are now affected by fluorosis.”

However, instead of acting on the report and ending fluoridation, the committee rejected the report and suppressed it’s contents for six years until a copy was made public only weeks ago. Clearly, this is one of the most egregious examples of the truth about fluoridation being hidden by a powerful minority that supports the practice. It is obvious that the pro-fluoride lobby in Ireland–as in other countries–is more interested in protecting fluoridation policy and their reputations then they are in protecting the public’s health.

Read the full report

Read the groundbreaking interview with the Report’s Author, John Gormley

Paul Connett Town Hall Teleconference

FAN’s Director and co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride”, Paul Connett, PhD will be featured TODAY in a town hall style event on this month’s International Fluoride Free Teleconference. The call will start with a 30-minute presentation on fluoridation by Dr. Connett, followed by an extensive question and answer period where callers can ask their fluoride questions. The teleconference will take place TODAY (Sunday, October 13 at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT) and will last up to two hours to give as many people as possible the opportunity to ask Dr. Connett a question. Don’t miss this unprecedented event; get your questions answered.

To participate in the free teleconference, you must REGISTER TODAY!

  • What: Paul Connett Town Hall Teleconference & Online Presentation
  • When: TODAY–Sunday, October 13, 2013 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET – 2 hours


Stuart Cooper

FAN, Campaign Manager
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