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UK Against Fluoridation

Sunday, December 31, 2017

F.A.N. Newsletter

We have used the following cartoon several times over the years.
We want to update that cartoon with a victory today. When we set a goal of raising $200,000 by midnight tonight many people thought it was an “impossible task,” just like the frog in the cartoon. Its rather like the “impossible task” of fighting fluoridation: hundreds of very determined citizens fighting government power and the multi-million dollar budget of the pro-fluoridation lobby. But just as in 2017 with our TSCA lawsuit we showed that the citizens could win, today, on New Year’s Eve we are on the verge of reaching our ambitious $200,000 goal. With your help we can win this too, and finance our 2018 campaign which will include hiring a full-time director.
This morning at 7 am we had reached a total of $189,049 from 740 donors. We need another 11,000 dollars. Impossible? No.
Every donation will be doubled (that halves the challenge to $5,500). And if we can get another 60 donations (i.e. we reach 800 donors) we will win a challenge pledge of $7,000! Impossible? No. We have someone standing by ready to donate $200 to cover 20 donations of $10 each – all we need are the names of 20 (or 5, or 10) people who you know who want to see an end to fluoridation and we will enter their names to our list for free. Just send their names (and states) to me at pconnett@gmail.com .

How to Donate: 

You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network.  Click here for donation details. 

Yesterday, we asked you for your reasons for spending so much time and energy fighting fluoridation and here are four of the replies we received.
John Crowther from Rutland, Vermont
I don't want to live in a country where science can be corrupted and our health compromised for 70 years to satisfy the interests of industry and the complacency of the dental profession 
Putnam Dexter from Joplin, Missouri
I am trying to do everything I can to end water fluoridation and support FAN's efforts in this regard. I have read The Case Against Fluoride from cover to cover and read all your bulletins. I have also watched that video pertaining to the horse that was hostile until they gave him non-fluoridated water. It pushed me to go out of my way to provide my dog non-fluoridated water. I also help train dogs. That is, I am an actor, and the dog trainers require the assistance of actors to simulate medical scenarios for the service dogs. I informed the lady who runs the dog-keeping business, and she lamented that they can’t afford to provide the dogs non-fluoridated water. Sad, because it might very well make all the difference for the dogs they keep and train and for the success of their business. This reminds me of the problem of low-income families not being able to afford non-fluoridated water to make-up baby formula.

I want this venom out of our water. I understand you have been fighting tirelessly all these years, and I want you to know your solemn tirades have not fallen entirely on deaf ears. I’m disabled, so I can’t do the things I would be doing if I weren’t so restrained, but if I weren’t, I would provide FAN with thousands of dollars and that would be the least of my contributions. I have a long list of general health problems, and I wonder how much fluoride exposure has contributed to these.  
Sam Pojar from Queensland, Australia.
I have been campaigning against this fraud for over 50 years.

I feel it is like trying to stop an avalanche. Would love to see
the END of it. Thank you so much for all that you and FAN do. It is
amazing how it takes so much energy to stop this.

More power to you all. LET'S END THIS!

Joe Stokes from Dallas, Texas, sent us his testimony before the Dallas City Council on April 27, 2016 (click on picture for video):
We are sending a copy of John D. MacArthur's book, "Pregnancy and Fluoride Do Not Mix" to John, Putnam, Sam and Joe.
We will also send a copy of this book to donors # 745, 750, 755, 760, 765, 770, 775, 780, 785, 790, 795 and 800 today.
All that remains for me to say on behalf of the whole of FAN’s fundraising team ( Stuart, Jay, Ellen, Dawna and Bill O and Bill H and Neil and Regina and so many more…) is to thank you all for your very generous contributions to FAN and everything else you are doing to end this reckless practice around the world, meanwhile
And remember fight the good fight but have FUN doing it!
Thank You,
Paul Connett, PhD
Senior Advisor
Fluoride Action Network

See all FAN bulletins online

Interesting video.

So many people are suffering from Alzheimer's and I know several close at home. Never really heard of it until the hype about the mad cow disease we were all going to get - perhaps that is what it is?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

F.A.N. Newsletter

Yesterday (Day 29) was another fantastic day in our efforts to raise $200,000 by midnight Dec 31.
Our total at 7:00 am today was $165,475 from 639 donors. In addition to several very large donations, we received many small donations from family members and friends of donors and these made all the difference to our donor total which is critically important for winning foundation support.
Please continue to go the extra mile to get your friends, family and colleagues to make small contributions of say ten dollars each. Add up the total and donate online (or by check) and then email Paul at pconnett@gmail.com with this list of all those who have agreed to be identified as a FAN supporters. Remember it is these "donor total milestones" which trigger large donations which has got us so far over the last few days.

Please keep this marvelous momentum going over the final two days of this fundraiser and we will make our goal.
When we reach 700 donors we will receive another $6,000

When we reach 800 donors we will receive another $7,000

All donations will be doubled until we reach $175,457

How to Donate:
You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, 
payable to Fluoride Action Network.  

Why I’m Committed to FAN and Its Mission
By Stuart Cooper

Prior to joining the Fluoride Action Network as the Campaign Director in 2010, I had worked as a lobbyist and campaign director for a number of corporate, public health, and nonprofit clients.  Some of the issues I worked on were at the time considered controversial, like advocating for single-stream recycling, ending outpatient referral kickbacks for corrupt doctors, and legalizing medical marijuana for terminally and seriously ill patients. 
But nothing I’ve worked on has presented the amount of obstacles or level of opposition that working to end overexposure to fluoride has.  The amount of effort, propaganda, and money the fluoridation-lobby is willing to utilize to cover-up their experiment-gone-wrong is unprecedented.  Their credibility and authority are tied too closely to fluoridation, and there is no letting go for them, regardless of emerging science, of facts, of reality, of anything.  They’re committed to protecting their policy and themselves, not you or your family.
This is why FAN is so important, because this practice won’t end on its own.  It will take constant pushback from a group like FAN to achieve a world safe from fluoride.  We are grossly outspent by the fluoridation lobby, but for every dollar our opposition spends, we match or exceed it in work ethic, passion, and integrity.  The truth is on our side and we will prevail.
The number one active ingredient in the multi-billion dollar dental product world is fluoride; the sacred cow.  Tipping this cow will up-end an entire industry and justifiably shine a light on the unethical members of the public health establishment.  But it has to happen.  Sometimes, accepting the truth is arduous and painful, but there is no growth without growing pains, and I’m not just happy, but proud to be a pain in the fluoride-lobby’s neck.
I joined the Fluoride Action Network because:
1) I felt strongly that the practice of artificial water fluoridation set a dangerous public health precedent that threatened personal freedom and choice by using the public water supply to distribute a drug, without consent or concern for vulnerable subpopulations. 
2) As I learned more about the practice, I noticed how many of my friends and acquaintances had dental fluorosis, and I felt they deserved the truth, as well as some sort of vindication and justice.  According to the CDC, 57% of adolescents in the U.S. now have dental fluorosis, up from 41% in the early 2000’s.  Instead of taking action to reduce this number, the fluoride-lobby has doubled-down on their efforts to expand fluoridation, while simultaneously increasing fluoride exposure for infants and toddlers by recommending fluoride toothpaste only 4-6 months after birth, when 100% will be swallowed.
3) Not long after I started working for FAN I became a father, and the desire to protect the two most important people in my life and their generation of peers from this seemingly ever-present neurotoxin and its harmful side-effects became abundantly important.  
4) The truth is on our side. I’ve never seen a study that says children need more, not less, exposure to environmental toxins.  I haven’t read a study that recommends ingesting more hazardous waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry as part of a healthy diet.  I’ve never laid on eye on a journal article recommending the addition of aluminum, arsenic, or other heavy metals to our public drinking water, as fluoridation does.  
If the truth was on the promoters’ side they wouldn’t need to use the tactics that they use, including massive campaign contributions (aka. Bribery), bullying professionals who speak out, and outrageously biased 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 years) and they wouldn’t need to use a rapid response team to insult anybody that is opposed to fluoridation whenever opponents post anything on the internet or write a letter to the newspaper.
5) FAN has an impressive group of highly qualified professionals advising it.  These include Hardy Limeback DDS, PhD, Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH, David Kennedy DDS, Kathleen Thiessen PhD, Bill Hirzy, PhD, Paul Connett, PhD, James Beck MD, PhD, Spedding Micklem, DPhil (Oxon), and many, many others. I’ve participated in many public hearings on fluoridation, and have heard many hours of testimony from so-called public health experts and government agency reps. I can say without hesitation that FAN’s experts know the literature better than anyone promoting fluoridation, and the proponents cannot match this group for knowledge or integrity.  I’ve met most of these pros in person, and my respect for them has only grown.    
6) I’m 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 personally meeting many of them at our conferences, after spending many hours, days, weeks, and months working with them over the phone and via email.
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 hundreds of groups throughout the US.  Real citizens committed to clean and safe drinking water for their community.  How can you not respect that?
7) I’ve come to love our amazing supporters. 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.
I urge you to join me by committing to ending fluoridation and becoming a 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!
If you would like to submit a sentence or three on why you are fighting to end fluoridation please email to paul@fluoridealert.org .  The top five submissions will win a copy of John D. MacArthur's book, "Pregnancy and Fluoride Do Not Mix."
Thank You,
Stuart Cooper
Campaign Director
Fluoride Action Network

See all FAN bulletins online

News recently points out lemon juice in water is bad for teeth. You could rinse with water after drinking I suppose.

USA - Parsons fluoride grant

PARSONS, Kan. - In a meeting held Thursday night, commissioners discussed whether or not the city would move forward with the grant. Although the grant covers some of the funding for the project, the city will invest an extra $100,000, which is already budgeted, to continue with the project. The city stopped the process of adding fluoride to the water a few years ago after old pipes started to corrode.


Common food items could contain more fluoride than tap water

Tap water and toothpaste are considered the main sources for fluoride exposure overlooking other possibilities. There are common food items that could contain up to 180 times more fluoride than tap water according to fluoride expert Jeff Green, who has been protesting fluoride for over 20 years.
Green states that non-organic foods can be a huge contributor to the exposure, and not just one kind. Foods products that are conventionally farmed may contain extreme levels of fluoride, and by eating them you are unintentionally exposing yourself to it. Not only do the crops get watered with regular fluorinated water, but cryolite is used on them, which is actually sodium aluminum fluoride, it is used to kill bugs and is very sticky making it extremely hard to get off. So traditionally grown food items get hit doubly by fluoride with watering and with fluoride based pesticides.

Friday, December 29, 2017

F.A.N. News

This year FAN continued to fight back against bogus science claims by fluoridation boosters. In a pattern reminiscent of the poor study methods used in early fluoridation trials of the 1940s, a new study made questionable claims that fluoridation reduces tooth decay because after fluoridation was halted in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, decay increased [Measuring the short-term impact of fluoridation cessation on dental caries in Grade 2 children using tooth surface indices, by McLaren L, Patterson S, Thawer S, et al. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 2016 Jun;44(3):274-82].
This study was given extensive media coverage around Canada and other fluoridating countries and was used by proponents to call for Calgary to refluoridate its water (it was ended in 2011). It was also used by proponents to stymie efforts by dozens of communities elsewhere to end fluoridation.
However, a closer look showed the study omitted key data that contradicted that conclusion. When the data from an omitted dental survey was considered, there was no evidence that fluoridation cessation caused an increase in decay. Instead, it was shown that Calgary had been experiencing a steady increase in decay BEFORE fluoridation was halted, and that trend simply continued. The same trend of increasing decay was found in the control city of Edmonton which was fluoridated for the entire study period.
FAN staff collaborated with distinguished scientists to call out the study’s false claims in an article published in the same journal that published the original study [Limitations of fluoridation effectiveness studies: Lessons from Alberta, Canada, by Neurath C, Beck JS, Limeback H, Sprules WG, Connett M, Osmunson B, Davis DR. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 2017, Dec;45(6):496-502.]
We give the details of the false science used by Lindsey McLaren below and put what happened into historical and political context of the long dishonest promotion of fluoridation since the practice began in the 1940s. But first a Fundraiser update.
Yesterday (Day 28) was another fantastic day in our efforts to raise $200,000 by midnight Dec 31.
Our total at 9:30 am this morning was $156,979 from 576 donors. In addition to several very large donations, we received over 100 small donations and these made all the difference to our donor total which is critically important for winning foundation support.
Thank you to all of those who went the extra mile to get their friends, family and colleagues to make small contributions of five or ten dollars. Thanks to very large pledges to us, these donor totals trigger large donations.  We urge all our supporters to keep this marvelous momentum going today.
When we reach 600 donors we will receive $5,000 (that’s just 25 donors away)
When we reach 700 donors we will receive another $6,000, and yes
When we reach 800 donors we will receive another $7,000 !
To keep this simple, make one donation and then email me at pconnett@gmail.com with the names of the people (and state) who contributed to your total

How to Donate: 

You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network.  Click here for donation details. 

Before we get to the details of Calgary manipulation we should stress that there is nothing new about this tactic. Here is a Time Magazine article from April 23, 1965:
In 1949, Antigo, Wis. (present pop. 9,600), became one of the first communities in that state to put fluorides into its water supply in an effort to cut down tooth decay. But anti-fluoridation groups kept up a vigorous campaign, claiming that fluoride, a poison when taken in large doses, had cumulative toxic effects even when taken in small quantities. Despite doctors’ denials based on extensive surveys, worried Antigo citizens pushed through a 1960 referendum repealing fluoridation. But before fluorides were eliminated from the town’s water supply, the Wisconsin State Board of Health conducted a careful study of tooth decay among 600 of Antigo’s kindergarten and grade-school children. Antigo became, in effect, a large-scale laboratory for the testing of fluoride as a preventive of dental decay. Last fall the State Board of Health conducted another detailed study of Antigo’s schoolchildren. The results were eloquent testimony to the effectiveness of fluoridation. Four years after the repeal, cavities had increased a jarring 92% among kindergarten children, 183% among second graders, 41% among fourth graders. Convinced by the statistics of decay and by their own rising dentists’ bills, Antigo citizens voted to put fluorides back into their water supply. Last week the City Council agreed, and Antigo was back once more on the fluoridation bandwagon.
Unfortunately in 1965 there was no FAN to put a team of scientists together to show that these claims were false. This tactic has been used time and again by promoters since 1965. Now back to the Calgary study.
The Calgary manipulation
The original study was led by Lindsay McLaren of the University of Calgary. It used data from just two dental surveys in Calgary and Edmonton, one conducted long before fluoridation ceased in Calgary in 2011, and the other from about 3 years after cessation. However, she omitted a survey in Calgary held in 2009/2010 just 1.5 years before cessation. When the decay rate from this omitted survey is combined with the data used by McLaren, and displayed graphically, it is clear that decay had been increasing in Calgary at the same rate before cessation as after cessation:  
Edmonton, the so-called control city because it was always fluoridated, also experienced a significant increase in decay over the study period. Therefore, instead of providing evidence that halting fluoridation caused an increase in decay, the full data show that during times when each city was fluoridated decay was increasing despite fluoridation. Factors other than fluoridation status must have been the cause of the increases in both cities. McLaren even claimed in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)news article that her study had ruled out alternative explanations [Lack of fluoride in Calgary drinking water leads to rise in kids' tooth decay, study indicates, Feb 17, 2017]. Yet her study did not control for any of the confounding factors that are commonly required:  socio-economic status, diet, ethnicity, dental care, and dental hygiene practices.
This was an especially egregious example of fluoridation proponents using rigged science to support their policy. The lead author, Lindsay McLaren, was advocating for fluoridation before she began this study. Canadian public health agencies, the primary proponents of fluoridation, provided the $1 million in funding. Much of that went to McLaren’s salary over 5 years time so it is not surprising she found what her sponsors wanted her to find [McLaren curriculum vitae, May 2016]
Despite the flimsy evidence from McLaren’s study, her conclusions are trumpeted across Canada and other fluoridating countries whenever a local municipality is considering stopping an existing fluoridation scheme.
But with publication of the critique of McLaren’s study, local officials and citizens will now be able to counter the fake fluoridation science with real science. Indeed, the Calgary City Council has shown little interest in revisiting their decision to stop fluoridation.
FAN supporters made it possible to bust this bogus fluoridation science through your generosity. FAN is working on more real science projects that will help toward the goal of halting fluoridation not just in Calgary, but everywhere. More on those later.  Please contribute to keep this work going.
Paul Connett, PhD,
Senior advisor, FAN
The abstract of the critique of McLaren’s study by Neurath et al. is available here and a copy of the full article and supporting information may be obtained upon request

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

F.A.N. Newsletter

The next generation raising their hands against fluoridation.
We had another fabulous day yesterday and this morning at 8am (east coast time) our totals stood at $136,715 from 452 donors.We are edging closer and closer to our target of $200,000 by midnight Dec 31.
However, FAN is running into its usual annual problem of finding it easier to raise money than numbers of donors.

I am NOT writing to you in the hope that you will donate a large amount to help fund our 2018 campaign - many of you ha
ve done that already and we are extremely grateful for your generosity. 

I am writing to you in the hope that among your organized group, or your family or your friends there are people you know who are against fluoridation and could afford a small donation - say $10.

The idea is to show how many members/supporters we have - which is critical when we approach foundations. Right now a lot of small donations will produce a lot of money. Here's how.

 We have two challenges from supporters who will donate $4,000 when we reach 500 donors and $5,000 when we 600. Currently we are at 452 donors, so 48 more donors of any amount will bring in $4,000 but there is more. 

Everything is being doubled until we reach $138,649 and when we reach $140,000 we will receive another $5,000. So when we have received donations today adding up to $3,250 we will see our total jump by nearly $9,000 and all it will take is a lot of small donations.
Will you get your friends to raise their hands to help us end the worst public health practice of the 21st Century?
To save some time you can make one donation and then email me at pconnett@gmail.com with the list of names of the people who have agreed to donate. Ditto if you send in a check by mail.

How to Donate: 
You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network.  Click here here for donation details.

Meanwhile, for those with big buckeroos living in the San Francisco Bay area for a donation of $1,000 you can have a live jazz band play in your home or any location of your choice in a 12 mile radius of SF.  Playing in that trio will be our very own Jay Saunders - see the promo video.

Thank you, 
Paul ConnettSenior Advisor to FAN

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A group of scientists is looking to raise Euro550,000 through crowdfunding to investigate the potential side effects of aluminium salts in vaccines such as the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) and HPV jabs.
The scientists say they want to come up with the definitive answer about aluminium's safety as many parents suspect it is causing serious harm, while drug companies are not properly responding to their fears and carrying out thorough research.
The money will fund five research projects that will be carried out by the Cochrane Reviews team in Copenhagen, which will re-examine around 2,500 previously-published studies that have looked at aluminium in vaccines. Lead researcher Christiaan Gluud said: "It's well known that there is no valid analysis of the aluminium adjuvants used in vaccines, including the HPV" (the human papilloma virus vaccine, which is designed to protect against cervical cancer). The vaccine hasn't been tested against a control group vaccinated with regular salt water".
Aluminium salts have been routinely used in vaccines for more than 80 years to improve the immune response, but parents fear it is causing neurological problems in their children. One parent is Danish actress Lone Hertz, who is a member of the Fastcaregroup that is launching the crowdfunding project, and whose son suffered brain damage after a vaccination. "It's important we give parents the best information possible so that they can make a better-informed decision," she said.
Fastcare's leader is Mette Kenfelt, whose daughter almost died soon after being given the HPV vaccine. "No scientific research has been done to evaluate the clinical trials of vaccines with the newer aluminium salts. This is incomprehensible when we have spent years being told that vaccines only contain approved and safe elements," she said.
She points out that drug companies recently spent Kr 5 m (UK£400,000) in Denmark promoting vaccines when some of the money could have funded research into their safety.
To support the funding, go to: https://patientdanmark.dk/private-forces-to-raise-funds-research-into-aluminium-in-vaccines and to read more about Fastcare, go to: http://www.fastcare.dk

We're Being Poisoned Everyday! Please Watch This Alarming Video!

How to Reduce Fluoride Exposure


Toothpaste isn't the only everyday source of fluoride. (Photo Mix)
Toothpaste isn’t the only everyday source of fluoride. (Photo Mix)

If If you’re looking to reduce your intake of fluorine and fluoride (one is the element, one is the ion), it may help you to know what everyday products contain them and what steps you can take to limit your exposure:

Don’t drink unfiltered public water. Assume it’s fluoridated unless you know otherwise. Most home water filters will not remove fluoride.
Don’t take fluoride supplements.
Try to limit drinking soda because it’s generally made with fluoridated water. Reconstituted fruit juice, beer, and wine also tend to be made with fluoridated water. Read labels on bottled beverages and look for water purifed using reverse osmosis or distillation. If those processes are not specifically named, assume the water is fluoridated.
Read the label on bottled water. Again, look for water purified using reverse osmosis or distillation.
Consider using unfluoridated toothpaste.
Avoid drinking black or red tea. Black and red tea come from two different types of plants, but both leaves naturally contain high amounts of fluorine. If you drink tea, brew it yourself, using unfluoridated water.
Choose organic fruits and vegetables since the US National Organic Program does not permit the use of the pesticides that leave high fluoride residues.
Expect tinned fish and canned food items to contain fluoride.
Avoid or limit your consumption of mechanically deboned chicken in any form, including chicken nuggets, canned chicken, and baby food. Traces of fluoride (from bones) remain from the deboning process.
Fluoride may be used as a preservative in many products.Sometimes you will be able to see this on the product label.
Avoid black or red rock salt or items containing black or red rock salt.
Avoid using chewing tobacco.
Avoid long term use of medications that contain fluorine.
If you use a fluoridated toothpaste, rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth.
If you need anesthesia, ask your doctor about options using drugs that do not contain fluorine.
Avoid overheating Teflon pans while cooking, as some of the Teflon (a fluorine compound) may be released into the air.

It's everywhere! Why do we need it in the water? Is it to dumb us down or get rid of a waste pollutant  for profit.

USA - Fluoride is being added to more everyday products. How much is too much?

By Dan Ross
In the early 1900s, a young dentist named Frederick McKay moved to a Colorado town where the residents’ teeth — though in some cases stained chocolate brown — had far less decay than was typical back then.
He and other researchers eventually linked the phenomenon to fluoride in the town’s drinking water – a eureka moment that would usher in what is often called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945 became the first city to fluoridate its water supplies.
Today, two out of every three Americans receive drinking water containing the chemical, and the federal government is pushing to raise the numbers further.
Yet few substances found in drinking water trigger as emotional and polarized a public reaction as fluoride. In the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists, including members of the John Birch Society, fluoridation was denounced as a Communist plot, a view satirized in the film “Dr. Strangelove.”
In the early 1900s, a young dentist named Frederick McKay moved to a Colorado town where the residents’ teeth — though in some cases stained chocolate brown — had far less decay than was typical back then.
He and other researchers eventually linked the phenomenon to fluoride in the town’s drinking water – a eureka moment that would usher in what is often called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945 became the first city to fluoridate its water supplies.
Today, two out of every three Americans receive drinking water containing the chemical, and the federal government is pushing to raise the numbers further.
Yet few substances found in drinking water trigger as emotional and polarized a public reaction as fluoride. In the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists, including members of the John Birch Society, fluoridation was denounced as a Communist plot, a view satirized in the film “Dr. Strangelove.”...........................

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

F.A.N. Newsletter

Boxing day (Dec 26) has given us a fighting chance to reach our ambitious goal of $200,000 by Dec 31.

We raised $19,400 yesterday with some specially large donations in the mail. We passed $115,000 which triggered a $5,000 challenge pledge and we reached 400 donors which added another $3000 from a second super angel.

Our current total as of 6 am this morning (Dec 27) is $124,249 from 402 donors. Thanks to all of you for giving us such a great start to our post-Christmas push.
Now for today.

1) Everything will be doubled until we have reached $134,249. 
2) We will receive another $5,000 when we reach $140,000.
3) We will receive another $4,000 when we reach 500 donors.
4) We will receive another $5,000 when we reach 600 donors.
What this means is that a lot of small donations means a lot of $ for FAN's 2018 campaign. So please reach out to your friends and family members. Every single donation means a lot to us. Each donor of $10 or more makes you a member of FAN. As the number of donors increases it makes our task of gathering foundation support that much easier.
If you want to add family members to your donation simply add them on the name line: e.g. John, Jill, Arthur and Ellen Smith - such an entry would add four new members to our total and speed us on our way to 500 donors and another $4,000. Thanks to one of our super angels.  
And don't forget that all donations are tax-deductible. Why give your $ to Uncle Sam, when year after year the CDC (with the help of their cousins in the ADA) attempts (and usually succeeds) to bamboozle American tax-payers out of millions of dollars to promote water fluoridation?
You can follow today's developments on our home page.

This Letter Could End Fluoridation in Ireland

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c/o Connett
104 Walnut Street
Binghamton, New York 13905luoridation in Ireland
For over 50 years many wonderful people have tried to end mandatory fluoridation in Ireland from Gladys Ryan in the 1960s, to Dr. Don MacAuley of Irish Dentists Opposing Fluoridation, the late Robert Pocock of Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) and more recently the “Girl Against Fluoride.” But no one has actually driven a stake through the heart of this monster but that may change  now because of  the extraordinary efforts of environmental scientist Declan Waugh.
Over the last six years this remarkable man has been moving Irish mountains: he has written long reports; published scientific commentary and research studies in peer reviewed journals; written dozens of letters to the newspapers and politicians and scientists and to government bureaucrats. The latter – still stubbornly beholden to this outdated practice – have given him their usual cold shoulder, but they have not reckoned on Declan’s tenacity.
Declan has taken on their refusal to exercise even a modicum of responsibility to protect the population from this toxic substance and turned it against them. In his letter – which he describes below – he not only describes the growing number of scientific studies, which show that fluoride is a threat to human health but also adds in the simple fact that Irish authorities have ignored for over 50 years – in addition to fluoridation the Irish population is exposed to large amounts of fluoride from tea. Ireland by a large margin is one of the biggest tea-drinking countries in the world. Declan has also shown that this gross over-exposure to fluoride suspiciously correlates to a litany of health effects.
Declan has asked fellow scientists and citizens to sign on in support of his letter. Over a thousand have done so including many famous and prominent people. So many in fact that we have the right to believe that the days of this reckless practice in Ireland are numbered.
Please send this bulletin to anyone you know in Ireland and any Irish-American contacts you have.  Urge them to support Declan and do everything they can to end mandatory fluoridation in this lovely country.
Paul Connett, PhD
Senior Advisor, FAN

Declan organized Paul's talk in West Cork in June, 2017

Declan describes his Letter
In the last fortnight, in response to a tender being advertised by Irish Water for services in support of continuing mandatory fluoridation I wrote a letter for the Irish Authorities addressing significant issues surrounding lack of due diligence and duty of care by the Irish State regarding this highly controversial and discredited policy.
I am delighted to say that the letter was co-signed by many respected academics, scientists, medical doctors, midwives, neurologists, psychologists, biochemists, molecular and cell biologists, toxicologists, nutritionists, experts in paediatric medicine; as well as the cream of Irish songwriters, and musicians, in addition to composers, film directors and producers, educationalists, poets, actors, authors, historians, as well as some of Ireland's leading food entrepreneurs and by citizens all across the length and breadth of Ireland, in addition to non-national residents, who have come to work or live in our country.

In our submission we are asking why pertinent studies have never been conducted in the past in Ireland and are seeking that biomonitoring studies of the population for fluoride exposure be undertaken as a matter of urgency and the information made publicly available.
We are also seeking answers to specific questions from the authorities in the interests of transparency and accountability that the State or its agencies has refused to address in the past.
We are further highlighting in our letter new evidence which demonstrates gross negligence and malpractice by the authorities on how this policy is governed in Ireland, as well as highlighting current research demonstrating a causal association between dietary fluoride intake and lower cognitive function.
Historical background.
It was principally through US influence and financial support that fluoridation commenced in Ireland in the 1960s, but the “experts” they sent here to persuade the Irish authorities neglected to mention that tea was a source of fluoride exposure despite the official journal of the U.S Surgeon General and the U.S Public Health Services reporting on this as far back as 1949. As far back as the 1950s when fluoridation was expanding in the USA dental experts in the UK observed that fluoridation was unnecessary due to the habitual consumption of tea among the British population. When Ireland commenced mandatory fluoridation of drinking water, per capita consumption was almost 5kg per person per year compared to 0.3 kg per person in the USA.
Unlike Ireland, when the US tried to influence fluoridation in mainland Europe it was soundly rejected by among others the Nobel Institute and the Pasteur Institute.
In Germany, it is forbidden by Federal Law to use water as a means of medication. In fact, the German authorities have clearly stated that the optimal fluoride concentration of fluoridated water is very close to the dose which long term detrimental effects in people cannot be excluded. In their opinion, it is not justifiable to fluoridate the water supply in view of different habits and therefore different consumption of drinking water and the uncontrolled intake of fluoride from other sources. Moreover, they state that the consumer cannot avoid fluoridated drinking water made available by public water supplies and that this mandatory intake of fluoride violates the basic right to bodily freedom from injury and free development provided by the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. That opinion is as Germanic as you can get. Straight to the point and no nonsense. However, in saying this one must consider also that per capita consumption of tea in Germany (uncontrolled exposure to fluoride) is just a tenth of Ireland's. To put our consumption of tea in context, per capita consumption of tea in Ireland is equal to that of the USA, Canada, USSR, Germany, France, Italy, China and India combined.
Since the late 1960s, over 100 studies have been published examining fluoride exposure from tea internationally but astonishingly none in Ireland. The Irish State are fully aware of this, but have steadfastly refused to monitor fluoride levels in tea because it would demonstrate that fluoridation is in fact contributing to chronic overexposure to fluoride among the population. It is for the same reason that there has been no bio-monitoring of the general population for fluoride exposure or no public health studies undertaken examining the relationship between chronic fluoride intake, morbidity and disease prevalence in Ireland. So rather than produce the evidence that fluoridation is safe, they repeat ad nausea that there is no evidence to suggest that fluoridation is contributing to disease in Ireland.
Meanwhile numerous peer reviewed published studies in reputable journals have shown an association between fluoride exposure from water fluoridation and increased risk a wide range of cancers, bone fractures, diabetes prevalence, endocrine disorders and developmental disorders such as ADHD.
There is robust evidence that fluoride also alters the genetic expression of genes in humans associated with cancer and evidence that chronic fluoride (exposure) may increase the risk of certain genetic disorders, which are highly prevalent in Ireland. In recent decades there have been multiple medical case reports of fluoride poisoning from tea consumption among habitual consumers in the USA, UK, France, the middle East and Asia but remarkably none ever recorded in Ireland, despite Ireland having the highest per capita consumption of tea in the world and mandatory water fluoridation. The reason for this is clear. Medical doctors in Ireland are not taught or informed about fluoride toxicity as part of their medical education.
The lack of training of physicians in Ireland on fluoride toxicity is simply astonishing, especially considering that fluoridation has been mandatory in this country for almost 60 years. Over the past number of year’s my experience has been that I have yet to meet a doctor in Ireland that was even aware tea was a source of fluoride. Considering the above, it is hardly surprising that medical physicians in Ireland are unaware of the symptoms of fluorosis (fluoride poisoning) or how it impacts on general health. Moreover, tea is never monitored for fluoride concentrations in Ireland and there is no labelling of tea products to inform consumers or medical physicians that tea contains highly significant concentrations of fluoride. In addition, as I mentioned previously as the Irish population have been the highest consumers of tea for over a century, it not immediately apparent to many physicians that patients may be suffering from effects chronic fluoride poisoning, as the general symptoms have been present for many generations, often misdiagnosed as arthritis, chronic pain disorders or metabolic/endocrine disorders.
Yet, remarkable as far back as the 1890s it was actually documented that the chronic and habitual consumption of tea among the poorest (and malnourished) in Ireland was associated with increased vulnerability to disease, anaemia, dyspepsia, gastric derangement, nervousness and psychological disturbance, mental depression and psychological decline  Based on what we now know about the toxicity of fluoride, and the fluoride content in teas, evidence would suggest that the authors of these early studies were correct in reporting an association between chronic tea consumption (chronic fluoride exposure) and increased prevalence of disease.
At the end of the day, what we are witnessing In Ireland is that the democratic will of the people is being callously ignored by the institutions of the state. In recent years elected officials of the major city councils and local authorities voted to end fluoridation including Dublin City Council, Dublin South County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Donegal County Council, Kerry County Council, Waterford County Council, Waterford City Council, Athlone City Council, Skibbereen Town council, Carrickmacross Town Council, Clonakilty Town  Council, Kinsale Town Council, Wicklow Town Council, Laois County Council, Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Galway County Council, Leitrim County Council and Wexford County Council. 

Yet the Governments response is to ignore the democratic will of the people. It’s put up and shut up because fluoridation is mandatory in accordance with National legislation. However, what we are talking about here is not individual abuse, but the abuse of an entire population, beginning before a child is even born by exposing them to a developmental neurotoxin prenatally. It is medical negligence on a unprecedented scale.

For fluoridation to end we need more scientists, dentists, medical researchers and physicians to be knowledgeable about the toxicity of fluoride and to engage with their communities in Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada, Israel, Australia and New Zealand who are desperately trying to end this policy. I hope that our current submission will bring us one step closer to achieving this goal.
Declan Waugh
Scientist and Risk Management Consultant
Bandon, Ireland
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Hot water and lemon effectively dissolves teeth despite its high vitamin-C levels

Hot water and lemon effectively dissolves teeth despite its high vitamin-C levels

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Australia - Protesters push for councils to remove fluoride from water

Some councils are holding out on adding fluoride to water after being lobbied by anti-fluoride protestors.
The Australian Dental Association is rolling out its own campaign to combat the “fear-mongering” of protestors.
Paediatric dentist, Dr Sarah Raphael, tells Warren Moore decades of studies have shown the benefits of fluoridated water.
“It’s difficult to believe there are still people who are resistant. What tends to happen is a fear campaign is run and puts doubts in people’s minds.
“We’re happy to debunk the myths and show local councils the great research that confirms the benefits and shows the decay rate has fallen.”
Dr Raphael says water fluoridation is particularly important for children, saving them from tooth decay in their early years.

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We have to listen to the opposition now and again.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

F.A.N. Newsletter

Welcome to Boxing Day- that's the English name for Dec 26 in England.  Christmas is a 2-day holiday and that second day allows people to "recover"! I am afraid FAN doesn't have much time to recover as we have a very big - some would say an impossible task - in the 6 days left before our annual fundraiser ends at midnight ET on Dec 31.

Our current totals stand at $104,249 from 369 supporters. This means we need to raise another $95,751 and to hear from another 731 to meet the challenge we set ourselves.
Fortunately, we have the help of some very exciting challenges.
  • Every donation is being doubled up till $110,000
  • We will receive another $5000 when we reach $115,000
  • And when we pass these donor totals we will receive;

    $3000 at 400 donors
    $4000 at 500
    $5000 at 600
So we need your further help to get these numbers moving up quickly. Please consider adding other family members to your household total. We need numbers because that's what foundations ask us - how many members do you have? Any donation makes you a member.
And now the Good News From New Zealand. Mary Byrne sent us this news in the FAN NZ newsletter.
How to Donate: 
You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to: 

c/o Connett
104 Walnut Street
Binghamton, New York 13905
Good News From New Zealand
Well done everyone! Parliament has been in touch and they are organising for Prof Connett to speak at Parliament when he is here in February. MPs from all parties will be invited.
Prof Connett, one of the world’s leading experts on water fluoridation, is returning to New Zealand in February. Prof Connett makes the most compelling Case Against Fluoridation. He will be speaking in Whangarei, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Napier, Whanganui and Carterton.  See speaking tour details here.
Thank you everyone who has helped by sending postcards, writing letters or donating money. Great work team!
In the New Year we will focus on making Paul's speaking tour as successful as possible. The end goal, of course, is to stop fluoridation in the whole of New Zealand.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Fluoride Free New Zealand. We can all now have a well earned break and get back into sending postcards to DHB members and councillors in the new year, in addition to advertising Paul's visit.
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Indian peasants' terrible twisted limbs caused by too much fluoride. No English translation.

Fluoride in the Water: Too Much of a Good Thing?

In the early 1900s, a young dentist named Frederick McKay moved to a Colorado town where the residents’ teeth — though in some cases stained chocolate brown — had far less decay than was typical back then. He and other researchers eventually linked the phenomenon to fluoride in the town’s drinking water – a eureka moment that would usher in what is often called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945 became the first city to fluoridate its water supplies. Today, two out of every three Americans receive drinking water containing the chemical, and the federal government is pushing to raise the numbers further.
Yet few substances found in drinking water trigger as emotional and polarized a public reaction as fluoride. In the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists, including members of the John Birch Society, fluoridation was denounced as a Communist plot, a view satirized in the film “Dr. Strangelove.”
It turns out that, when it comes to fluoride, there is a risk of getting too much. Abundant evidence suggests that while a small dose of the chemical can help prevent cavities, some American children are being exposed to amounts of fluoride that could be harmful to their teeth – and, possibly, even damaging to their brain development. A key reason is that our daily exposure to fluoride has been increasing for years, with the chemical used in everyday items such as bottled drinks, processed foods, toothpastes and mouthwashes, along with pesticide residues and even the air, thanks to industrial emissions.
On top of that, millions of Americans rely on water supplies with what federal agencies consider more than the optimal level of the chemical. Water utility fluoridation practices often contribute to more-than-optimal concentrations but, for an estimated 5.7 million Americans, naturally occurring fluoride is to blame.
Health conditions linked to too much fluoride include:
Dental fluorosis: A condition stemming from fluoride overexposure among children typically up to about 8 years old, when teeth are developing and enamel is still forming. Dental fluorosis can vary in severity from mild tooth discoloration to severe staining, enamel erosion and pitting. Some academic experts believe that more than 5 million Americans suffer from moderate or severe dental fluorosis, with the highest rates believed to be among adolescents.
Skeletal fluorosis: A disease in which excessive fluoride accumulates in bone tissue. It can lead to problems like joint pain, fractures and osteosclerosis, which involves abnormal bone hardening and increased bone density. In worst case scenarios, skeletal fluorosis can lead to crippling deformities of the spine and joints. The more severe forms of skeletal fluorosis typically are associated with long-term exposure to particularly high levels of fluoride........