As we get closer to the day ( May 6) set aside by the US EPA for a one-on-one debate on fluoridation as part of their Science Forum, there is still no acceptance from anyone in the CDC, or other agencies of the USPHS, or any other organization, to defend this practice. The letter below from Dr. William Hirzy to US Senator Mike Crapo proposes a very important suggestion:
“I respectfully suggest that if no person from the Federal Government is willing to defend the practice by invitation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, then the subpoena power of the U.S. Congress be invoked to compel such a person or persons to appear before a Joint Committee of the Congress to do so.”
If the fluoridation promoters won’t appear voluntarily to defend their position, should not congress use their subpoena power to force them to testify in front of them? After all, F-pushers like Tom Reeves at the CDC, are paid by the tax-payers. How can Reeves keep pushing something at every turn, and not jump at the idea of explaining why he is so confident about doing so? Why would not the CDC which is quoted around the world as having stated that, “Fluoridation is one of the top ten medical achievements of the Twentieth Cenutry” (MMWR, October 22, 1999) not wish to celebrate such an exciting claim in person. Surely, this is not the time to hide the defence of their “wonderful” program from the public?
After you have read Bill Hirzy’s letter I hope you will write to your representatives in Washington, DC asking them a) to send one of their aides to the meeting on May 6. (Even if the promoters stonewall us, we should be able to have a forum, where I and other scientists are able to present our concerns); b) if the promoters refuse to debate, then they should be forced to appear in front of Congress and defend their program there, and c) meanwhile, ask them to get their aides up to speed on the issue by consulting the bibliography at http://www.SLweb.org/bibliography.html and some of the scientific arguments at http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm
Science isn’t science, if it cannot be defended in the open.
This fish (chicken-fish?) is almost on the line, please help make sure that it doesn’t wriggle away again!
*****On Union Letterhead*****
April 18, (Patriot’s Day) 2003
Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Dear Senator Crapo:
This is a correction of the date for the EPA Science Forum session about which I wrote to you yesterday, requesting that you send a staff representative to it.
The session entitled, “Social Science of Resistance to Water Fluoridation” will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.
As yet no representative from any Federal agency promoting fluoridation – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Public Health Service or the Department of Health and Human Services – has come forward to defend the practice of fluoridation.
I respectfully suggest that if no person from the Federal Government is willing to defend the practice by invitation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, then the subpoena power of the U.S. Congress be invoked to compel such a person or persons to appear before a Joint Committee of the Congress to do so.
Sincerely, J. William Hirzy, Ph.D.
P.P.S. The EPA Water office person says they are still trying to get a CDC person here for the session, but no luck yet.
Spread the word.
J. William Hirzy, Ph.D.
Sr. V.P. NTEU Chapter 280