First a VICTORY to report. Yesterday we heard that citizens of Port Angeles, Washington have voted against fluoridation. This vote has come after a very long and difficult struggle which we will be discussing in a future bulletin. Now today’s fundraising bulletin.
Yesterday we brought you the incisive letter that Peel region (with a population of 1.3 million, not 3 million as we said yesterday) Councillor John Sprovieri wrote to Donna Westfall, a former councillor of Crescent City in California. Here we bring you two more letters: 1) Donna’s letter to the Peel Council dated Sept 10 (see below) which triggered the response we printed yesterday and 2) a second letter from John Sprovieri.
I believe that the fundamental importance of these letters is the way these councillors turned the tables on fluoridation promoters. More often than not Councils sit back and let pro-fluoridation spokespersons produce their monologues on fluoridation’s “safety and effectiveness” usually with no expert in the room to give the other side of the story. What both of these councillors have done is to lay down fundamental questions that none of the fluoridation pushers can answer.
What Donna and John discovered in the process is that there is not a single agency in the U.S. or Canada that can answer these questions. Moreover, none of them can be held responsible for the safety of this practice or for the safety of the chemicals used. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of local municipal officials.
Most councils do not know this. When they find out they do not like it (shades of Peter Finch opening the window and yelling, “I am as mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more”). Donna Westfall (from California) and John Sprovieri (Canada) are two that have found out what is going on. They are opening their windows and hopefully other councillors will open theirs as well…
We need to hear from more councillors who have found out what is going on. Meanwhile, there is powerful information in this exchange, which can help many other communities see the light. Before we get to these letters, here is an update on our fundraiser.
Yesterday, we received $1,040 from 11 people to bring our current total to $16,553 from 99 supporters. Thank you to all who have so generously contributed so far. If you are holding back please note that we are just one donation away from an additional pledge of $100 and $3,447 away from triggering a very generous pledge of $2000. So with your help we can make some rapid progress towards of our mini-goal of $75,000 by midnight Dec 24.
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- Donate online using our secure server.
- Or by check – please make checks payable to Fluoride Action Network and send to: FAN, c/o Connett, 104 Walnut Street, Binghamton NY 13905
Why give to Uncle Sam when you can donate to FAN? Uncle Sam has used enough of our tax money to promote fluoridation. Your donation to FAN will help to end it!
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Letter #1: Donna Westfall’s letter to the Peel Council
As a former city councilwoman, I was instrumental in investigating my constituent’s complaints about the harmfulness of water fluoridation. As a result I helped in getting an initiative to the ballot and we successfully voted in a moratorium on Nov 6, ’12 to turn off the toxic industrial waste fluoride (HYDROFLUOROSILICIC ACID OR HFSA) because our supplier UNIVAR, (formerly Basic Chemical Solutions) would not provide three things:
1.) Toxicological report
2.) Listing of contaminants
3.) Proof that their product was safe for all water consumers, infants to seniors.
This absurd practice of adding HFSA is based more on politics than science. Why should a water department be given the power to medicate anyone when they don’t take a health history, they don’t pass out a listing of side effects or monitor the dose. This is tantamount to gross negligence. Water consumers started to send in their payment UNDER PROTEST so that when the class action lawsuits begin they would be covered.
After adding water fluoridation for 44 years, our town had 70% cavities in our children’s teeth, (this figure was quoted from Dr. Susan Wellman, Dentist who is pro-fluoride) high obesity rates and low test scores. Hardly an endorsement for continuing this unethical practice. We were also ranked 34th in the nation for cancer while Brookings, Oregon….. just 25 minutes north of us…. was ranked 765th in the nation for cancer for the same time period and Bookings never fluoridated their water.
We have high rates of not only cancer, but thyroid, diabetes and kidney disease all with links to HFSA. One constituent ended up in ER with seizures after showering for 10 minutes. Her doctor has subsequently written a letter describing her allergic reaction to water fluoridation. She was on a medication which contained fluoride and that in combination with absorbing this poison transdermaly by showering put her in the Emergency Room.
New Hampshire Governor Lynch signed into law on Aug 4, 2012 infant warnings concerning mixing fluoridated water with formula because of the high prevalence of fluorosis. Fluorosis is the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning. Our Environmental Protection Agency announced in early 2011 that 41% of our nations teenagers had fluorosis and recommended cutting the parts per million down to .7. Our city council reduced the ppm from 1.2 to .7. That was a step in the right direction but not nearly enough because our EPA is doing nothing to really test or protect the public from this toxic industrial waste product. The only safe level when considering the addition of HFSA to drinking/bathing water is ZERO.
If you happen to call the NSF (which is not a government agency) and ask them questions about the testing they do on HFSA, they will tell you that they won’t provide that information because of non-disclosure agreements. If you call the manufacturer, distributor or supplier, they will not provide information about the 3 requested docs listed in my opening paragraph above as I already did that back in 2011. I sent out over 40 letters and got zero responses.
I predict that water fluoridation will become one of the biggest frauds and scams ever perpetrated against the public in the 20th and 21st century. That phrase often quoted by the CDC as being one of the best things since sliced bread was made up by a Public Relations guy. It’s time to stop quoting that drivel. Water fluoridation will be compared to Tobacco science, DDT science, Asbestos science, Thalidomide science, etc.
It is my opinion based on the research I’ve done which has been extensive these last 5 years, that it’s all about the money. Some brilliant schemers came up with this idea to get rid of toxic industrial waste by saying it was good for children’s teeth. That’s a bunch of baloney. It’s good for the bank accounts of the producers of HFSA because if they had to get rid of their toxic industrial waste legally, it would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead they dupe the politicians with fraudulent science and endorsements which is not science and sell them a product in which humans are utilized to filter this poison through their bodies while 99% goes down the drain. The dumb politicians buy it hook, line and sinker and shut their brains down. They become incapable of independent thought as I witnessed first hand with my fellow council members and other councils I’ve visited. But the HFSA manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are laughing all the way to the bank because they’ve got these municipalities paying them for poison. Plus, I checked out our retirement accounts and lo and behold, the MOSAIC company is one of the funds city employees can invest their retirement money in. Again, as I said, brilliant scheme from start to finish. I just hope to see the day that some of them end up in prison.
But here’s the part they don’t tell you. In 2011, our city finished a $43.8 million upgrade/expansion on our waste water treatment plant with state-of-the-art technology that utilizes MBR or Membrane Bio-Reactor technology. When I asked our Public Works Director if this gets the fluoride out of the water, he replied, “NO.” So this poison is going into our Pacific Ocean.
Poison the public. Poison the oceans. Poison the food and beverages. Because of that, we are all already over-fluoridated.
Please do your homework.
Donna A. Westfall
Crescent City, Calif. 95531