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REGISTER TODAY FOR THE FLUORIDE FREE TELECONFERENCE

FAN (and Durham Against Fluoride) is very excited by the initiative taken by Clint Griess of San Francisco in setting up what we hope will be a monthly teleconference in which fluoride fighters from around the country and around the world can communicate and share their experiences in trying to end the foolish practice of water fluoridation.

The first such conference will be on August 11 and will be free (future ones may require $1 to $5 per person to participate depending on the number of participants).  Participants will be able to join the conference call over the phone and follow the visual presentation via a link to a secure webpage that will be given out upon registration.

You are invited to participate in this first 60-minute telephone conference call which will be dedicated to the two recent victories in Wichita, Kansas and Portland, Oregon. The call will begin with an introduction from FAN Director and co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride”, Dr. Paul Connett, and include presentations on successful campaigning from organizers in Portland and Wichita.


What: Fluoride-Free Teleconference featuring campaigners from Wichita and Portland

When: Sunday, August 11 at 5PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Where: The nearest phone

RSVP: Required (Click Here to Register)


Please register today and join us for information and inspiration designed to forward your local campaign for fluoride free water! Wichita, Kansas, and Portland, Oregon, are two of America’s largest cities without fluoridated public drinking water. Voters turned out in both cities to defend their clean drinking water and defeat ballot measures supported by million-dollar campaigns funded by the pro-fluoride lobby. With a lot of hard work and proper organizing, a handful of citizen campaigners kept their cities fluoride free. But how did they do it?

Come hear from the people who were front and center in the campaigns that won. Now is the time for us all to gain from their experiences. Campaign leaders will present valuable strategy information, first-hand experiences, and many details that did not make the news. You will also have a chance to ask questions of our presenters during the Q&A period.

The campaign successes in Portland and Wichita need to be shared and celebrated! Please add your voice to this remarkable gathering of people just like you around the world opposing water fluoridation.

Please join us on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 5:00pm (EST)

REGISTER NOW

 

Sincerely,

Stuart Cooper

FAN, Campaign Manager

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May 21, 2013 – Fluoride Action Network Press Release

Clean Water Portland

Portland, Oregon — A broad coalition of Portlanders have resoundingly rejected adding fluoridation chemicals to the city’s water supply.  By a 61%  to 39% margin, Portland voters agreed with the positon of most western nations that there are safer, more effective, and less intrusive ways to promote oral health than adding a chemical linked to thyroid disease, IQ loss, and other ailments to the water supply.

“We are proud of our Portland colleagues who used science and integrity to defeat fluoridation and the public relations blitzkrieg that backed it,” says Paul Connett, PhD, FAN’s Executive Director.

Portland’s clean water campaign was spearheaded by Clean Water Portland (CWP), a broad coalition formed in August 2012 after a newspaper revealed secret ongoing fluoridation meetings with Portland City Council members that were illegally kept off the record. With virtually no public input, the City Council mandated fluoridation for the city on September 12. CWP then led an unprecedented effort that gathered over 40,000 signatures in less than 30 days to halt the mandate and force the referendum vote.

Clean Water Portland – Photo by Mark Colman

Fluoride chemicals are the only chemicals added to public water for the purpose of medication. Most western countries, including the vast majority of Europe, do not fluoridate their water.

“Most of Portland’s media falsely reported that fluoridation promoters had science on their side and that opponents used emotion,” says Connett.

“Those opposed did their homework, relying on recent scientific findings from the National Research Council (NRC) and Harvard that raise serious questions about the safety of current fluoride exposures.”

In 2006, the NRC warned that current fluoride exposures in the US may increase the risk of thyroid disease, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders, and bone damage – particularly among people who have medical conditions that increase their vulnerability to fluoride.  The NRC called on scientists to investigate fluoride’s role in chronic disease, but government health authorities have opted against funding this research.

Photo by Mark Colman

Portland’s vote comes just six months after voters in Wichita, Kansas soundly rejected fluoridation by a 20% margin, and follows close on the heels of an announcement this April that Israel will be ending its mandatory fluoridation program. In Ireland, legislation was proposed this spring that would make it a criminal offense to add fluoride to public water supplies, and in Canada, the number of people drinking fluoridated water has dropped by about 25% since 2008.

“The 21st century does not take well to anachronistic medical practices, and fluoridation is no exception.  This is why more than 120 communities have rejected fluoridation over the past 3 years alone,” says FAN’s Campaign Director, Stuart Cooper. “The trend is towards less fluoridation, not more.”

Photo by Mark Colman

In Portland, opposition to fluoridation included the regional Sierra Club, the Portland branch of the NAACP, Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality employees union, and more than 200 local medical professionals. National leaders also weighed in, including Ralph Nader, Lois Gibbs, John Stauber, Food and Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, and esteemed scientists Drs. Theo Colborn, William Hirzy and two members of the NRC’s review.

cliff_walkerThe breadth of the coalition was reflected in polling data showing bipartisan opposition to fluoridation among democrats, republicans, and independents alike, and overwhelming opposition among communities of color.

Voters who rejected fluoridation were concerned by research showing low-income communities to be at highest risk of fluoride’s adverse effects with virtualy no offsetting benefit. This fact was not lost on Portland’s low-income neighborhoods, which voted overwhelmingly against fluoridation.

Fluoridation proponents had a massive war chest, raising almost $1 million. They used their nearly 4-to-1 funding advantage and media clout to flood Portland with misleading ads and editorials touting fluoridation as an urgently needed tool for solving the “dental crisis” in the city’s poor neighborhoods.

But there really wasn’t a dental crisis in Portland as the Oregon Department of Health’s own reports indicate. Fluoridationists tried to hide this inconvenient truth, pressuring state officials to not publicize new Smile Survey data showing Portland children’s decay rates have improved without fluoridation and, in fact, are better than most fluoridated cites.

“Fluoridationists had no evidence that any Portland child was fluoride-deficient; but did prove that some Portland children are dentist-deficient.  We urge the legalization of dental therapists in Oregon who will treat the low-income children who dentists refuse to treat,” says Connett.