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UK Against Fluoridation

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

FluorideAlert Bulletin

WE NEED YOU: MAY 4 MEETING IN NYC ON FLUORIDATION
May 2nd, 2016 | Fluoride Action Network | NY Bulletin | May 2, 2016
Over 2 million New Yorkers are being targeted for new water fluoridation schemes.

These are the areas targeted for fluoridation and they are using Medicaid funds to pay for it:

Area County Population
Long Island Nassau & Suffolk 1,840,000
Rockland County 321,000
Albany Albany 98,400
Ithaca Tompkins 30,500
Cornell University Tompkins 21,850
Johnson City Broome 14,900
Poughkeepsie Dutchess 31,000
Queensbury Water District Warren 27,000

The Medicaid funds will be used for fluoridation equipment, chemical additives, supplies, and staff time in population centers (cities of over 50,000) where the majority of Medicaid eligible children reside.2

There will be two comment days in New York:

May 4 in New York City: at the NYU Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square Park South), from 9:30am – 2:30pm:

9:30 – 9:45: DOH Program Presentation
9:45 – 9:50: Welcome
9:50 – 12:15: Public Comment
12:15 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 2:20: Public Comment
2:20-2:30: Wrap-Up

July 12 in Albany: at the Empire State Plaza– More details to come

Your Comments:
• limited to 5 minutes per presenter. Please direct all questions to DSRIP@health.ny.gov.
• may be submitted through May 13, 2016 to DSRIP@health.ny.gov

These meetings will be webcast live (see link) and will be open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Individuals who wish to provide comment will be asked to register on site.

Important study on preterm birth in Upstate New York titled Relationship between municipal water fluoridation and preterm birth in Upstate New York (2009). The lead author works for the NYS Department of Health. We learned about this study from a published abstract which stated: “Domestic water fluoridation was associated with an increased risk of PTB [preterm birth]. This relationship was most pronounced among women in the lowest SES [socio-economic-status] groups (>10% poverty) and those of non-white racial origin.” Read the full abstract.

People you may know who are attending: Carol Kopf of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (Carol is also FAN’s media director); Members of the New York City Coalition Against Artificial Fluoridation; and Paul & Ellen Connett of FAN. We hope to see you there and after the hearing we can get together for a coffee or lunch.

For more information see:

Map of targeted areas in NY (see page 5)
Rational given for the use of Medicaid funds
Environmental Justice and Fluoridation, a report by FAN, September 2015
PS: On May 5, Paul Connett will give a presentation in Binghamton at the Bundy Museum Annex (in the back), 129 Main Street, from 7 to 9 pm. Contact ellen@fluoridealert.org for questions or more info.

Ellen Connett
Managing Director
Fluoride Action Network

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