Fluoride Action Network

Why the Fluoride Action Network is Winning

FAN Bulletin | December 19, 2013

Dear Supporter,

Donations today will be doubled up to a total of $1000 thanks to a generous pledge from one of our long-time supporters. More details on our fundraiser below.

One testament to the success of the Fluoride Action Network team, which reaches around the world, is how far we have come even though we are being outspent by at least 1,000 to 1. As we have already seen in recent bulletins the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Dental Association, CDC and various health agencies and front groups in the key fluoridating countries are spending millions of private, special interest and tax-payers’ money defending and promoting fluoridation wherever they can. Yet despite this we are holding them off in many communities and even ending fluoridation in others including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US (over 130 since 2010).

How is FAN winning against the odds?
1) The truth is on our side.

If the truth was on the promoters’ side they wouldn’t need to use the tactics that they use which includes bribery, bullying and outrageous propaganda. If the truth was on their side they would be willing to debate leading scientific opponents of fluoridation in public (they seldom will); they would be able to respond in writing to the fully documented book The Case Against Fluoride (no response after three years) and they wouldn’t need to use a rapid (rabid?) response team to insult anybody that is opposed to fluoridation whenever opponents post anything on the internet or write a letter to the newspaper.

2) We have a frugal but talented operation at the center.

Several things keep our budget down. Carol Kopf, our wonderfully talented and diligent media officer, has worked on this issue for over 30 years without any remuneration. Most of Chris Neurath’s (our scientific research officer) work is done without fee and Michael Connett is paid small sums for his long hours of exhaustive research and investigative work.

3) We have a group of highly qualified professionals advising us.

These include Hardy Limeback DDS, PhD, Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH, David Kennedy DDS, Kathleen Thiessen PhD, James Beck MD, PhD, and Spedding Micklem, DPhil (Oxon). These people know the literature extremely well and there is virtually no question for which they do not have a ready answer. The proponents cannot match this group for either knowledge or integrity.

4) We are in touch with groups and individuals fighting fluoridation around the world.

These include very active individuals and groups in Australia (FAN-Australia), Canada (COF-COF), Ireland (several groups), Japan (Japanese Society for Fluoride Research), Israel (very active individuals), New Zealand (FAN-NZ) and many throughout the US.

We are truly blessed to be part of this magnificent worldwide network. The key leaders have no hidden agenda; they are not in this to make money or to seek power. I know this for a fact because I have had the huge privilege of traveling to all these countries and meeting with most of the key activists.

5) Communities help one another.

Win or lose, groups fighting fluoridation are very generous in the way they help other groups in the same battle. For example, the group in Waterloo, Ontario, that won its referendum has gone on to help groups throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada.  It was this win, under the leadership of Robert Fleming and Peter van Caulart, that inspired the formation of Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation (COF-COF).  The citizens who won the referendum in Wichita, Kansas went on to actively help the citizens in Portland, Oregon and the citizens there have gone to help citizens in many other communities. It is a snowball of sharing. Recently Clint Griess in San Francisco has exploited this willingness to help and share via a monthly International teleconference. These have been very effective in bringing people closer together. 

6) We have supporters like yourselves.

Yes you! You, who root for the underdog; you, who back truth wherever it leads; you, who care about your community; you, who care about your children’s future; you, who want to see the rift between honest science and public health policy mended; you, who want to see integrity restored to science and to professional bodies, and you who want people to be able to trust in their government.

Each December we invite you all to become part of – or remain part of – this magnificent team effort. You can be part of that team in two ways: a) work actively to educate your community on this issue and/or b) make a financial contribution to FAN to help continue our coordinating and educational role.

Thus you can become part of this winning team the moment you make a donation – large or small. And yes it is tax-deductible, so if you live in the US donate to FAN and not Uncle Sam, who spends millions of our tax dollars for fluoridation schemes!

Fundraising Update:

Yesterday (Dec 18) we received $1,823 from 14 donors, bringing our grand total to $45,859 from 310 donors. This means we need another $34,141 to reach our mini-goal of $80,000 by midnight (EST) Christmas eve – and we only have 6 more days to do that! When we reach $80,000 another $6,000 of pledges will kick in. Do we have any other big donors to sweeten that pie – and make it easier to get to our ultimate goal of $120,000 by midnight Dec 31?

Thanks to all of you who have donated so generously, especially for the magnificent challenge pledges.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation – large or small -you can either:

  • Donate by sending a check – payable to Fluoride Action Network – to: FAN, 104 Walnut Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

Remember, a donation of $75 will get you the FAN Flash Drive. You can also choose one of our exciting gifts available at different donation levels.

Please Donate Today


Paul Connett
Director, Fluoride Action Network
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