Anti-fluoridation movement: Off to a Great Start in 2013
MARCH 6, 2013
The fluoride-free movement is off to a wonderful start in 2013, with communities ending fluoridation at an unprecedented rate. In North America, nine communities with approximately 372,626 residents have voted to end existing fluoridation programs over the past two months, including:
This list doesn’t include the many communities that have voted to keep fluoride from being introduced into their drinking water. But even more impressive then the momentum in North America is the groundswell of opposition in Australia right now.
Queensland, Australia Leading the Fluoride-free Charge
Since the Queensland State government ended the statewide fluoridation mandate three months ago, 29 communities with approximately 464,748 residents have voted to end fluoridation in Queensland. Most recently the Fraser Coast Regional Council (with a population of 102,080) voted 8-3 to stop fluoridation, followed by the town of Conclurry, where Mayor Andrew Daniels said of fluoridation:
Mayor Daniels isn’t the only public official fed up with fluoridation. Councils throughout Queensland are considering an end to the practice, including Moreton Bay, Mackay, Gladstone, Charters Towers, and Toowoomba, among others. Of course fluoride proponent are reeling at the reality that most citizens don’t want fluoridation shoved down their throats. Rather than backing off of the issue, proponents are going on the attack, with Federal Health MinisterTania Plibersek leading the charge.
Local Queensland governments are being urged to end fluoridation by local citizens, as well as FAN-Australia and Merilyn Haines, who is a great fluoride-free leader. If you would like to participate in ridding Australia of fluoridation please contact FAN-Australia.
Paul in New Zealand and San Francisco
FAN’s Director and co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride,” Dr. Paul Connett is now on the last leg of his tour of Australia and New Zealand, where he has been speaking with campaigners, decision-makers, and the media about the dangers associated with fluoridation throughout February. First, he made a quick stop in Australia where there have been 29 fluoride-free victories in the past three months. While there, Dr. Connett repeatedly challenged proponents to a public fluoridation debate, but just like in the United States proponents ran for the hills rather then even attempt to defend the practice they promote. Clearly even they realize that their junk science and propaganda cannot stand up to even the slightest bit of public scrutiny and the latest research. Because no one would debate him, Dr. Connett took to the airwaves with a message for Australian officials and fluoridation proponents on a national morning talk show.
On that note, we want to remind you that it has now been 56 dayssince Dr. William Maas, former director of the Oral Health Division of the CDC, and now spokesperson for the Pew Charitable Trust was challenged to debate Paul Connett on the merits of fluoridation, but as of today there has been no word from Maas or his colleagues.
Connett will be in Dunedin and Invercargill, Zealand throughout this week for various speaking engagements. Click her to view Connett’s schedule. After returning from New Zealand, Dr. Connett will be heading to San Francisco on March 22 for the “Get the F Out! Symposium and March” at Union Square at 3pm. You can learn more about this Bay area event and RSVP by clicking here. You can also download a poster for the event that can be shared and distributed.
Be Part of History by Helping Clean Water Portland
There are only 11 weeks left until the crucial May 21 ballot vote on fluoridation for the residents of the city of Portland, Oregon. Portland remains the largest non-fluoridated U.S. city and we need to keep it that way. This is clearly the biggest campaign right now for the fluoride-free movement, as well as for proponents of fluoridation. The pro-fluoride lobby will do everything in their power to keep from losing in Portland after losing this past fall in Wichita, Kansas. They have already opened up their huge pocketbooks and have hired a full campaign staff. The Portland Water Bureau has also already spent$153,000 to start the planning process for initiating fluoridation even though residents halted fluoridation plans unless approved by voters this May.
The people of Portland need your help now more than ever! While proponents have a team of hired staffers, PR consultants, lobbyists, campaign managers, and a seemingly unlimited budget, the fluoride-free campaigners of Clean Water Portland depend on private donations and local volunteers. If you live near Portland then please contact Clean Water Portland and volunteer. If you cannot volunteer but would like to help make a huge difference, then please make a donation. Winning a referendum vote requires a massive voter education and advertising campaign, and without your help the truth is likely to be replaced in TV, radio, and newspaper ads with pro-fluoride propaganda and junk science.
Fluoridegate the Film
A new film entitled “Fluoridegate: An American Tragedy” has been produced by Dr. David Kennedy. It’s a revealing and startling look into the practice of fluoridation and how the government, industry, and trade associations protect and promote the practice regardless of the known health risks and the growing number of victims.
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