Over the past year, consumer and
environmental advocate Erin Brockovich has repeatedly made her opposition to
known publicly, including having one of
her water consultants advise the city of Flint, Michigan to end
as part of an overall plan to remedy
their water issues.
Brockovich has also been a semi-regular
guest on the Dr. Oz show, discussing issues related to household and
environmental toxins, including recent appearances to discuss the Flint water
crisis. On Monday, February 1st
, Brockovich was an in-studio guest
on the the show. During her appearance, she spent an entire 13-minute segment
discussing her opposition to water fluoridation and exposure to fluoride from
other sources, including foods, beverages, and toothpaste.
While we don't agree with everything that
was said on the program (including Dr. Oz's comment that the only adverse effect
from fluoride exposure is dental fluorosis), we are happy Dr. Oz informed his
viewers about ways to reduce fluoride intake, which included a nice
demonstration of the very small amounts of fluoride toothpaste that should be
used by children (if fluoride
is used at all).
Over the years FAN has repeatedly
contacted Dr. Oz and his producers requesting an appearance by one of our
fluoride experts, including co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride,” Paul
Connett, PhD. However, our requests have been met with silence. Brockovich’s
appearance, while not perfect, still raised the issue of fluoridation with Dr.
Oz's average daily audience of around 3.5 million viewers, primarily in the
United States and Canada. So, we would like to thank her for taking this
valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the problems with
In fact, because of the vast exposure Dr.
Oz and Brockovich gave to fluoridation, the proponents saw it as a clear threat
and reacted immediately. Not only did they demand to have a representative of
the American Dental Association provide the typical pro-fluoridation statement
during the on-air segment, but they also initiated a letter writing campaign
criticizing Dr. Oz in an effort to stifle any further discussion of the issue on
his show. They also demanded that he post
episode webpage, which surprisingly doesn’t include a clip from the fluoride
If you would like to contact the Dr. Oz
show to show your support for his fluoride segment, please contact him on
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Government Officials Notified About
Recently, Erin Brockovich joined a number
of medical and scientific experts in signing a letter to the Institute of
Medicine and the National Academy of Science, notifying them that they
failed the public
in the performance of their duties
regarding the ongoing poisoning of public water supplies with fluoride.
Fluoride, a neurotoxin, is dumped into our drinking water in hazardous
industrial waste batches that include hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium
fluorosilicate, sodium fluoride and a host of contaminants that include
aluminum, arsenic, barium, and lead. Other signers included Daniel A. Eyink,
M.D.; the American Academy of Environmental Medicine; Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS;
David P. Mathews, JD; and Stephanie Seneff, PhD.
The Fluoride Action Network is always
looking for new ways to reach supporters of all ages, and to share our
materials, alerts, and the latest research. To that end we are expanding our
reach on social media.
Many of you are already following FAN on
our Facebook page, which now has almost 75,000
supporters. But we now
also have a Twitter page, which we plan to use more often in upcoming
campaigns. We’ve found that both elected officials and corporations tend to
interact with their Twitter followers more than through other means, such as
email. We plan to take advantage of this fact. We have also created an account
on the picture-sharing site Instagram, where you can access and share photos and
memes related to FAN and fluoride.
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