Yesterday, was a very big day for our efforts. We very quickly reached 200 donors which triggered a challenge grant of $1,000. Then in the mail we received a donation of $3,000 from a small foundation which has faithfully supported our efforts for several years. This along with several other individual donations brought our totals to $66,542 from 214 donors.
The 200th Donor
The 200th donor – Karen Lyke from Whitehouse, Ohio – wins a free copy of the book The Case Against Fluoride. I spoke to Karen on the phone yesterday afternoon and she said that she is going to give this book to her dentist. I asked why she supports this cause and she said, “The health of our people is the foundation of our survival.”
We are making substantial strides towards our goal of $150,000 by midnight, Dec 31 but we are still a long way from our goal of 1,000 donors. Remember the NUMBER of donors is CRUCIAL to us. Foundations know it is easy to like a Facebook page, but in their eyes a member is someone who puts money (even a little) into the cause in which they believe.
Thanks to an ongoing challenge from one of our super angels all pledges are being doubled until we reach $68,000.
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
EPA Urged to Ban Brain Toxin
By Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is among a coalition of environmental, medical and health groups urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the addition of fluoride to public drinking water supplies.
The EPA has been served with a petition that includes more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health.
In particular, the petition notes, “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects.”
The EPA is authorized, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the use of a chemical that poses an unreasonable risk to the general public or particularly vulnerable populations.
EPA’s Own Risk Assessment Shows Water Fluoridation Poses an Unreasonable Health Risk
The petition urges the EPA to exert their authority to prohibit fluoridation additives in drinking water, noting that their own Guidelines for Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment shows:1
- Neurotoxicity is a hazard of fluoride exposure
- The reference dose that would reasonably protect against neurotoxicity is “incompatible with the doses now ingested by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas”
“In fact,” the petition states, “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by many people in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects; with certain subpopulations standing at elevated risk of harm, including infants, young children, elderly populations and those with dietary deficiencies, renal impairment and/or genetic predispositions.”2
As for fluoride’s effects on the brain, in 2014 Lancet Neurology released a study, authored by a Harvard doctor, among others, that classified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin.3 It wasn’t the first time.
In 2012, a meta-analysis, also by Harvard researchers, clearly showed that children exposed to fluoride in drinking water had lower IQs, by an average of seven points, in areas with raised concentrations.4
Fluoride Warrants Assessment Priority, Per EPA’s ‘Gold Standard’
Fluoride’s neurotoxicity is an especially unreasonable risk, the petition notes, because fluoride’s predominant effect on tooth decay is related to topical application, not oral ingestion:5
“Since there is little benefit in swallowing fluoride, there is little justification in exposing the public to any risk of fluoride neurotoxicity, particularly via a source as essential to human sustenance as the public drinking water and the many processed foods and beverages made therefrom.”
Even the National Research Council reviewed the evidence, at the EPA’s request, and concluded in 2006 that fluoride has the ability to interfere with brain function.
Nearly 200 fluoride/brain studies have been conducted since, and research published in Lancet Neurology classified fluoride as one of 12 chemicals known to cause developmental neurotoxicity in humans (others include lead, mercury and PBCs).6
Chemicals known to be neurotoxic in humans are classified by the EPA as “gold standard” chemicals that should receive assessment priority.
“The existence of so many human studies on fluoride neurotoxicity highlights the urgent need for a diligent risk assessment, per EPA’s Guidelines, to ensure that the general public, and sensitive subpopulations, are not ingesting neurotoxic levels,” the petition explains.7
Fluoride has repeatedly been linked to reduced IQ even at supposedly “safe” water fluoride levels of less than 4 mg/L (EPA’s “safe” level)…
Comment on article from Paul Connett
Thank you Dr. Mercola for a humdinger of an article – and thank you also for all you do – and have done over the years – in support of FAN’s work to end fluoridation worldwide.
We firmly believe that the material that Michael Connett, JD (my son) has put together for the petition to the EPA under the Toxic Substance and Control Act (TSCA) will force an end to this unethical and reckless practice. We hope that those who agree will support us financially and also by asking this question to any proponent of fluoridation they know or meet.
“What primary scientific studies (not bogus reviews conducted by pro-fluoridation agencies) can you cite that gives you the confidence to ignore or dismiss the evidence that fluoride damages the brain as documented in over 300 animal and human studies (including 50 IQ studies) (link to the TSCA petition cited by Dr Mercola or our website www.FluorideACTION.net).”
Please send any answer you get to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will be tabulating responses and sharing them with the world a year from now in Dec 2017.
Based on responses we have seen so far we anticipate that there will be no satisfactory answers. In our view, there is no scientific evidence that could justify ignoring the large number of scientific studies that fluoride damages the brain and thus no justification for continuing this unethical and reckless practice of deliberately adding fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water.
This in essence will be our 2017 campaign. Very simple, very direct and very important. We hope that you will support this in two ways: a) ask this showstopper question in as many creative ways as you can and as many times as you can, and b) support FAN financially at donatenow.networkforgood.org/