Dr. Paul Connett is the Director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and the Executive Director of its parent body, the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP). He has spoken and given more than 2,000 presentations in forty-nine states and fifty-two countries on the issue of waste management. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College and is a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University. He lives in Canton, New York. In his fascinating presentations Dr. Connett shares his wealth of information with you, bringing new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and endocrine system, and informing us about how the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.

Public Meetings

Kapiti – Saturday 26th March 2pm – 4pm Kapiti Community Hall 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Wellington – Monday 28th March 7.30pm – 9pm Welsey Church Hall, Taranaki Street

Auckland – Thursday 31st March 7.30pm – 9pm Auckland University, Maclaurin Chapel Lounge

Auckland – Saturday 2nd April 3pm – 6pm Grey Lynn Community Hall

Havelock North – Monday 4th April 7pm – 9pm Havelock North Community Centre

Dunedin – Sunday 10th April 2pm – 4pm Pioneer Women’s Hall, 362 Moray Place

New Plymouth – Tuesday 12th April 7pm – 9pm Quality Hotel Plymouth International, cnr Courtenay & Leach

Hamilton – Saturday 16th April 2pm – 4pm Celebrating Age Centre, Victoria St South

Other Events

National Naturopaths Conference, Taumarunui Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March (open to public Saturday from 6.30pm)

Presentation to Ministry of Health – Tuesday 22nd March 3.30pm

Meeting with Green MP Sue Kedgley – Wednesday 23 March 11am

Presentation to Kapiti Coast District Council – Thursday 24th March 9am

Presentation to Hutt City Council – Thursday 24th March 4pm

Presentation to Orongomai Marae – Friday 25th March 9.30am – 12.30am

Interview on Volcano Radio (Canterbury) – Sunday 27th March 9.30am – 10.30am

Presentation to Hastings District Council – Tuesday 5th April 1pm

Presentation to Ruapehu-Taumarunui District Council, 12th April 10am

Presentation to New Plymouth District Council – 12th April 4pm

Workshop at Hamilton District Council – 14th April 10am

Interview on Central TV – 15th April 12.15pm

Note: all council events are open to the public to attend (except Hutt City Council meeting)

Interview on Marcus Lush, Radio Live, time still to be arranged.

Fluoridation & Dr. Paul Connett

When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, more than 52% of New Zealanders, as well as 200 million people worldwide, are drinking fluoridated water. The New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Ministry of Health, continue to promote it despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.

Dr. Paul Connett – who admits he used to think people opposed to fluoridation were ‘a bunch of wackos’ – succumbed to his very persuasive wife’s request to get involved in the debate. On starting to read the literature, to his shock and embarrassment, Dr. Connett found some of the information extremely disturbing. Dr. Connett has spent 14 years since, looking at the science behind water fluoridation and argues that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure, doesn’t mean it’s safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, which isn’t subjected to thorough toxicological testing and contains all kinds of contaminants such as lead and arsenic. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water, and yet it is allowed in drinking water.

From an ethical standpoint, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals pay for the convenience of a town water supply, without their informed consent being sought for the medication it contains; there is no control of the dose; and no monitoring of possible side effects.

If you’re currently all for fluoridation you’re encouraged to come and challenge your perspective. Will your stance be strong by the end of the discussions? If you’re on the fence, or have little knowledge, you’re invited to come and enhance your awareness. Be entertained by this riveting and easy to listen to speaker. If you oppose fluoridation, you’re welcome to attend and further your understanding and lend your support. Why not drag a good friend along and broaden their horizons? Although you wouldn’t guess it by the look or sound of him, Dr. Connett is 70 years old. Driven by his vision of the world’s populace receiving fluoride-free water, and receiving no money in exchange for his time, Dr. Connett has come to New Zealand to present the facts that we aren’t usually privy to. Don’t miss this opportunity, if you can avoid it. The presentations promise to be interesting.