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For those of you who don't receive the Fluoride
Action Network bulletins, Dr. Paul Connett
(<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask])
is asking for more professionals (PhD, MD, DMD,
DDS, JD, ND, DO etc. or who have other medical
qualification (e.g. RN), or Water Department
employees or who have a full-time appointment
with an environmental organization) to sign the
below Professionals' statement to end water
fluoridation. If you or someone you know is
willing to do so, please send names and
credentials to Dr. Connett with a copy to us
(<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]) .
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK
FAN Bulletin 830: Professionals opposed to fluoridation
July 5, 2007
In an effort to silence once and for all the
claim by fluoridation promoters that those
opposed to fluoridation are merely a bunch of
untrained people peddling "junk science" we are
in the process of gathering signers onto a
Professionals’ statement calling for an end to water fluoridation (see below).
We think this statement will be helpful for any
individual or group fighting fluoridation (but
please wait until the official release date of
August 1 before you use it publicly), as well as
giving us much more clout when we are trying to
bring this issue to the attention of Members of
Congress, the media and national organizations.
We have been thrilled with the response we have
already received in just a few days of effort. We
already have over 80 professionals from different
fields (medical, dental, academic, legal and environmental).
We have a terrific representation from around the
world (important as we discover the insidious
efforts to get fluoridation in countries as far
apart as the Isle of Man and Yemen). So far we
have signers from Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Canada, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland and the US.
We have already have many distinguished members
of the medical and dental community signing on,
including a former Federal Minister of Health
from Australia, as well as leading figures from
the environmental movement including Ken Cook
(EWG), Pat Costner, Peter Montague, Brent Foster and many others.
And last, but not least, also signing are three
members (Dr. Robert Issacson, Dr. Hardy Limeback
and Dr. Kathleen Thiessen) from the incredibly
important NRC panel which published the
groundbreaking review of fluoride’s toxicity last
year (NRC, 2006). These join familiar names who
have been engaged in this issue for many years:
Dr. Albert Burgstahler, Dr. Robert Carton, Dr.
William Hirzy, Dr. Bruce Spittle, Dr. Mark
Diesendorf, Dr. David Kennedy, Dr. Tohru
Murakami, Dr. Bill Osmunson, John Remington
Graham and Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Rudolf Ziegelbecker, to name just a few.
We have many other invitations in the works, but
while we are waiting we would like to recruit the
efforts of all of you on this bulletin list. Do
you a have a higher degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DDS,
JD, ND, DO etc) or other medical qualification
(e.g. RN), or do you work for Water Department or
do you hold a full-time appointment with an
environmental organization? Actually as you read
through the list of current signers below you
will get the idea of what we are looking for.
Or do you know someone else who fits the bill?
If you, or any of your contacts, would like to
sign on, then all you, or they, have to do is to
send me an email <[log in to unmask]> with your
Full name, degree, position in a relevant
organization, town, state and country of
residence. You may also wish to add one sentence
as to why you oppose this practice. See examples below the signers.
For me this ever growing list will be the rock on
which we will build the rest of our campaign to
rid the world of this foolish practice.
Thanks you for any help you can give on this.
PS Over 50,000 people have now viewed "The
Fluoride Deception" and nearly another 20,000
have viewed the six other fluoride videos on
Google video. These are all easily accessible via
our home page
and don’t forget to keep clicking on "Latest
News" on the home page for articles from around
the country and around the world on this subject.
Health, Scientific and Environmental
Professionals call for an End to Water Fluoridation
Water fluoridation involves adding various
fluoride chemicals to the public water supply at
a concentration of 1 ppm (1 part per million or 1
milligram per liter), ostensibly to fight tooth
decay. 1 ppm may seem small, but it is actually
250 times greater than the level of fluoride in mother’s milk, 0.004 ppm.
Once fluoride is put into the public water
supply, the dose cannot be controlled and it goes
to "patients" without their consent, thus
violating both medical ethics and the
individual’s human rights. It also goes to
subsets of the population that we now know are
particularly vulnerable to fluoride‘s toxic
effects - including the very young, the very old,
the infirm, people with poor kidney function and others with poor nutrition.
While strongly supported by the US public health
establishment, most countries have rejected this
practice, including the vast majority of European
nations. They are not willing to force medication
on those who do not want it, and they feel that
many health concerns have not been resolved (see
a list of official statements from various
countries on this at
). According to World Health Organization (WHO)
data available online, dental health for 12 year
olds in non-fluoridated countries is as good, if
not better, than those countries which fluoridate.
These observations in countries are duplicated in
studies comparing communities within a country.
Since the 1980s there has been an ever growing
number of research articles and reviews which
indicate that there is little difference in tooth
decay between communities which are fluoridated
and those which are not (Leverett, 1982;
Colquhoun, 1984; 1985 and 1987; Diesendorf, 1986;
Gray, 1987; Brunelle and Carlos, 1990; Spencer et
al. 1996; deLiefde, 1998; Locker, 1999; Armfield
and Spencer, 2004 and Pizzo et al., 2007. An
alphabetical listing of the full citations can be
). Any minor difference due to fluoride status is
usually dwarfed by the difference in income
levels. Poverty is the major factor related to
tooth decay, not lack of fluoride.
Government officials endlessly promote
fluoridation while steadfastly refusing to
publicly debate the issue, or provide the
scientific evidence to support their claims.
We the undersigned call for an end to water fluoridation.
SEVEN recent events make action to end this practice urgent.
1. The publication in 2006 of a 500 page review
of all relevant health effects and exposure
information on fluoride by a distinguished panel
appointed by the National Research Council (the
research arm of the National Academy of
Sciences). The US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) requested this review to determine if a new
drinking water standard is required. Contrary to
news media coverage, the NRC report went far
beyond concluding that the current EPA standard
of 4 ppm (i.e. the maximum contaminant level
goal) is unsafe and should be lowered. The panel
identified many important research studies in
which animals or humans drinking water close to,
at, or even lower than 1 ppm, showed numerous
systemic adverse health effects. These included:
bone fractures, decreased thyroid function,
impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes), brain
cell damage, lowered IQ in children, kidney
damage, arthritic-like conditions, symptoms
characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Considering the substantial variation in
individual water intake, and the wide range of
human sensitivity to any toxic substance,
fluoridation at 1 ppm provides no margin of
safety to protect against these adverse health effects.
2. The publication in 2004 of the book "The
Fluoride Deception" by award-winning
investigative reporter Christopher Bryson. This
meticulously researched book documents that
industrial interests, concerned about liabilities
from fluoride pollution and fluoride’s heath
effects on workers, played a significant role in
the early promotion of fluoridation in the
1950’s. Bryson also details the brutal
suppression of scientists who have challenged the
establishment on the safety of this practice. A
videotaped interview with Bryson can be accessed on Google video at:
3. The evidence provided by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005 that
32% of American children have a condition called
dental fluorosis a discoloration and mottling of
the enamel caused by fluoride exposuure. Clearly,
our children are now being overdosed with
fluoride from wwater, swallowed toothpaste and
many other sources. Fluoridated water is the easiest source to eliminate.
4. The American Dental Association’s
distribution, on November 9, 2006, of an Advisory
to its membership recommending that fluoridated
water not be used in the preparation of infant
formula due to the elevated risk of dental
fluorosis. This admission by the ADA that
fluoridated water is not appropriate for infants
is reason alone for fluoridation to be immediately halted.
5. The concession by the CDC in 1999, and again
in 2001, that the predominant benefit of fluoride
in reducing tooth decay is TOPICAL and not
SYSTEMIC. To the extent fluoride works to reduce
or prevent tooth decay, it works from the outside
of the tooth, not from inside the body. It makes
no sense to drink it and expose the rest of the
body to the long term risks of fluoride ingestion
when fluoridated toothpaste is so readily available.
6. The publication in May 2006 of a
peer-reviewed, case-controlled study from Harvard
University which showed a 5-7 fold increase in
osteosarcoma (a frequently fatal bone cancer) in
young men associated with exposure to fluoridated
water during their 6th, 7th and 8th years (Bassin
et al., Cancer Causes and Control, 2006). This
study was surrounded by scandal as Elise Bassin’s
PhD thesis adviser, Professor Chester Douglass,
was accused by the watchdog Environmental Working
Group of attempting to suppress these findings
for several years. See video at
7. The admission by federal agencies, in response
to questions from a Congressional subcommittee in
1999-2000, that the industrial grade waste
products used to fluoridate over 90% of America's
drinking water supplies (fluorosilicate
compounds) have never been subjected to
toxicological testing or FDA approved for human
ingestion. See: <http://keepersofthewell.org/>http://keepersofthewell.org/
To bring an end to fluoridation:
We call upon Members of Congress to sponsor
and/or support a new Congressional Hearing on
Water Fluoridation so that those in government
agencies who continue to support the procedure,
particularly the Oral Health Division of the CDC,
will be compelled to provide the scientific basis
for their ongoing, aggressive promotion of
fluoridation with millions of taxpayer dollars.
They must be cross-examined under oath if the
public is ever to fully learn the truth about
this unnecessary and harmful practice.
We call upon local elected officials in
fluoridated communities to exercise due diligence
in this matter and read the basic scientific
literature themselves. It is not enough to
blindly accept assurances from biased agencies
whose reputations depend on maintaining the
status quo and whose employees are required to
promote fluoridation. If you are not confident
about claims that fluoridation is safe and
effective, you should not be forcing this
practice on those who don’t want it and may be harmed by it.
We call upon members of the media to do a
professional job investigating this issue. Do not
assume that the opposition’s arguments are
invalid because of the reams of endorsements that
promoters use to put your intelligence on
hold. It is irresponsible to just quote the Dr.
Strangelove film and a few sentences from each
side. If author Christopher Bryson can spend 10
years researching this issue, surely other
investigative journalists can spend more than 10
minutes sorting out fact from fiction in this matter.
We call upon State health agencies, at the very
least, to use their health networks to thoroughly
publicize, at all levels, the ADA recommendation
that fluoridated water not be used in the preparation of infant formula.
We call upon medical and dental professionals to
get up-to-date on this issue. Professionals
should use their own high level education to look
beyond the outdated blanket endorsements from
promoting agencies. Specifically, we call upon
them to review the NRC (2006) report and the
other literature cited in the introduction above.
We call upon members of environmental and other
activist groups to get involved. In addition to
health concerns, fluoridation is "pollution by
dilution" of the ecosystems with tons of
industrial waste products each year. This
problem is one that's easy to end -- once we have
the political will -- by just turning off the
taps. Getting that political will can be greatly
accelerated by your organization educating its
membership as to the newer developments
identified above and by joining in the movement to end fluoridation.
Despite 60 years of fluoridation, tooth decay
remains rampant in many long-fluoridated areas of
the US. The untold millions of dollars that are
now spent on equipment, chemicals, monitoring,
and promotion of fluoridation could be much
better invested on nutrition education and
targeted dental care for children from low income
families who are known to suffer the greatest
amount of tooth decay. The vast majority of other
countries have done this. It is time for the US
to recognize that the fluoridation program has
failed to deliver its promise, poses unnecessary
risks, and violates freedom of choice and medical
ethics. Fluoridation must be ended now.
Kenji Akiniwa, DDS, Akiniwa Dental Clinic,
Editor, The Journal of the Japanese Society for
Fluoride Research, Tokyo, Japan
Phillip M. Allen, MD, PhD, pathologist (retired), Wichita, KS
Robert Anderson, PhD, Tauranga, New Zealand
Sergio Apollonio, President, Malagrotta Committee, Rome, Italy
Billie Barewald, RN, Chair, Mountain View
Citizens for Safe Drinking Water Mountain View, CA
James Beck, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of
Medical Biophysics, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Steve Breyman, PhD, Executive Director, Citizens'
Environmental Coalition, Albany, NY and Director,
Ecological Economics, Values & Policy Program,
Department of Science and Technology Studies,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Dennis Briggs, PhD
Ernesto Burgio, Pediatrician, Vice President,
Scientific Committee ISDE (International Society
of Doctors for Environment), Palermo, Italy
Larry Bowden, DMD, Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego, OR
Albert W. Burgstahler, PhD, Professor Emeritus of
Chemistry, The University of Kansas, Lawrence,
Kansas. Co-author with George L. Waldbott, MD,
and H. Lewis McKinney, PhD, of "Fluoridation: The
Great Dilemma" (Coronado Press, 1978) and editor
since 1998 of the international quarterly journal
Fluoride, published by the International Society
for Fluoride Research (www.fluorideresearch.org).
Noel Campbell, BDSc, LDS, FACNEM, FASID, Visiting
Professor, Hope Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Neil J. Carman, PhD, Clean air program director,
Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Austin, TX
Robert J. Carton, PhD, former Chief of
Environmental Compliance, U.S. Army Medical
Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, MD
and former president of EPA professionals’ union.
Paul Connett, PhD, Professor Emeritus of
Chemistry, St. Lawrence University and Executive
Director of the Fluoride Action Network, Canton, NY
Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, Washington, DC
Pat Costner, Science Advisor, GAIA, Science
Advisor, IPEN, retired Senior Scientist, Greenpeace International
Joe Cummins, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Genetics,
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Robert C Dickson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Mark Diesendorf, PhD, Director, Sustainability Centre, Sydney, Australia
Michael F. Dolan, PhD, Adjunct Professor,
Department of Geosciences, UMASS, Amherst, MA
Daniel A. Durst, Esq., MHSA, Tinko Law Group, Meadville, PA
David Egilman MD, MPH, Clinical Associate
Professor, Brown University, Attleboro, MA
Lynn Howard Ehrle, MEd, Chair, International
Science Oversight Board (a project of the Organic
Consumers Association), Plymouth, MI
Doug. N. Everingham, MB, BS, Australian Health
Minister 1972-75 , Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Mike Ewall, Director, ActionPA, Philadelphia, PA
Richard D Fischer DDS, FAGD, MIAOMT, past
president, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
Brent Foster, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon
Paul Gilbert, DDS, MAGD, AIAOMT, Practicing
general dentist focusing on biological dentistry, Princeton, NJ
Frank W. George, DO, MD(H), Affiliate Associate
Professor, Midwestern University, AZ College of
Osteopathic Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
Mike Godfrey, MBBS, Tauranga, New Zealand
Dorothy Goldin-Rosenberg, MES, PhD, Toronto, Canada
John Remington Graham, BA, LLB, Member of the
Minnesota Bar, counsel for the plaintiffs in
trials in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas,
resulting in judicial findings that artificial
fluoridation of public water supplies induces
large-scale cancer and other ailments in man.
Tomas Hernandez, MD, MPH, Neurologist, President,
Public and Environmental Health Committee, Puerto
Rico College of Physicians and Surgeons, San Juan, PR
W. Robert Hetrick, PhD, Research Coordinator,
Fluoride Team of Kansas, Wichita, KS
J. William Hirzy, PhD, Vice-President, EPA
Headquarters Professionals Union (NTEU Chapter
280), risk assessment expert and (for
identification purposes only) ranking chemist at
EPA headquarters, Washington, DC
Professor C. Vyvyan Howard, MB, ChB, PhD,
FRCPath, Bioimaging Research Group, Centre for
Molecular Bioscience, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Robert L. Isaacson, Distinguished Professor,
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. Member of
the 2006 National Research Council panel which
reviewed the toxicology of fluoride.
Antone G. Jacobson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, The
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Joel M. Kauffman, PhD, Professor of Chemistry
Emeritus, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA
David Kennedy, DDS, Past President of the
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, San Diego, CA
Pam Killeen, co-author of the NY Times
bestselling book, The Great Bird Flu Hoax.
Dan Knapp, PhD, (Sociology) CEO of Urban Ore,
Incorporated, a reuse and recycling business in Berkeley, CA
Stephen M. Koral, DMD, Vice President
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Boulder, CO
Lennart Krook, PhD, Professor Emeritus of
Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Pierre Larose, DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT, Retired
A/Major, Canadian Forces Dental Services, Fellow,
Academy of General Dentistry, Founding member of
the Quebec Holistic Dental Ass'n and currently,
Vice-President International Academy of Oral
Medicine and Toxicology, Montreal, Canada
Todd Lawson, DMD, Aesthetic Dentistry of Bellevue, WA
Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, Assoc. Professor and
Head of Preventive Dentistry, University of
Toronto, past president of the Canadian
Association for Dental Research, and Member of
the 2006 National Research Council panel which
reviewed the toxicology of fluoride.
Mariann Lloyd-Smith, PhD, (Law) Senior Advisor,
National Toxics Network Inc., East Ballina, NSW Australia
Don Mac Auley, BDS, Dental Surgeon and Chairman
of Irish Dentists Opposing Fluoridation
Laura McCarthy, Program Associate, Citizens'
Environmental Coalition, Albany, NY
Henry Micklem, PhD, Emeritus Professor of
Immunobiology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Peter Montague, PhD, Environmental Research Foundation, New Brunswick, N.J.
Pierre-Jean Morin, PhD, Director of medical
research at Laval University Hospital (1973-1979)
and principal author of La fluoration: autopsie
d'une erreur scientifique (Éditions Berger, Eastman, QC, 2005) Quebec, Canada
Jeffrey Morris, PhD (Economics), Sound Resource Management, Olympia, WA
Alan Muller, Executive Director, Green Delaware, Port Penn, DE
Liliane Buffaut Mungo, Comitato Tutela
Valdichiana, Italia Nostra, Arezzo, Italy
Tohru Murakami, DDS, PhD, former President of
Japanese Society for Fluoride Research, former
Vice President of Gunma prefectural Dental Association, Japan.
Hans H. Nehrlich, PhD, Private Practice
Orthomolecular Medicine, ret. university lecturer, Australia and Germany
E.M.T. O'Nan, Director, Protect All Children's Environment, Marion, NC
Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH, Aesthetic Dentistry of
Bellevue, WA and Lake Oswego, OR; Director of the
Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Host for
the TV Series, "The Doctor's Corner", Lake Oswego, OR
Robert Pocock, fluoride spokesperson for VOICE
for the Irish Environment, Dublin, Ireland.
Perry O. Roehl, PhD, Distinguished Professor of
Geology, emeritus, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Paul G. Rubin, DDS, MIAOMT, Seattle, WA
Ralph Anthony Ryder, Director, Communities
Against Toxics UK, Editor; TOXCAT, Ellesmere Port, UK
Mageswari Sangaralingam (Masters in Environmental
Management), Research Officer, Consumers Association of Penang, Malaysia.
Bryony Schwan, MS, Executive Director, The
Biomimicry Institute, and affiliate faculty at
the University of Montana’s Environment Studies program, Missoula, MT
Alfred A. Siess, Jr., BCE,
MBA, Environmental/Economic Consultant (Ret.
Engineering Executive), Lehigh Valley, PA
Caroline Snyder, PhD, Professor Emeritus,
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
Bruce Spittle MB ChB DPM FRANZCP, Managing Editor
of Fluoride, Quaterly Journal of the
International Society for Fluoride Research, Dunedin, New Zealand
W. Gary Sprules, MA, PhD, Professor of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Daniel G. Stockin, MPH, Senior Operations Officer, The Lillie Center, Inc.
Prof. Dr. Anna Strunecka, DSc, Professor
Emeritus of Physiology, Faculty of Sciences
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Joseph W. Tinko, Esq., Tinko Law Group, Meadville, PA
Chris Vermeire, Journalist, Antwerp, Belgium
Murray J. Vimy, BA, DMD, practicing dentist and
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Dept.
of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of
Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Barbara Warren RN, MS in Environmental Health
Science, Warren Environmental & Health Consulting Services, Inc. NY
Craig E. Williams, Director: Kentucky
Environmental Foundation, Director: Chemical
Weapons Working Group, Recipient: 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize, KY
Councilor Arnold Woolley, DipIM, MCMI, Rtd.
Senior Police Officer, past JP and current
environmental activist, North Wales, UK
Mae W. Woo, DDS, Billings, MT
Patti Wood, Executive Director, Grassroots
Environmental Education, Port Washington, NY
Matthew Young DDS, PA, Member and director of
the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Hendersonville, NC
Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Rudolf Ziegelbecker, Graz, Austria
Phillip Allen: "It should be noted that the
health risks associated with the use of fluoride
in drinking water outweigh, to a significant
degree, the slight benefits from that use."
Albert Burgstahler: "Why are so many public
health officials afraid to admit they could be
wrong about things they have stuck their neck out
on? Does their desire to preserve their
credibility mean more to them than the wellbeing
and good health of their fellow citizens?"
Noel Campbell: "The risk/benefit ratio based on
peer reviewed research is now too high to allow fluoridation of water."
Doug Everingham: "Half a century ago as a public
medical officer and as a family doctor I
published support for fluoridation in my country
following U.S.A. example. When challenged I spent
hours studying evidence on both sides and each
decade have become more convinced that I was
wrong. Public water fluoridation breaks the
near-universal toxicological precautionary
principle that requires providers to prove
medicator safety, not dissenters to prove medicator harm."
Paul Gilbert: "It's really an irony that the ADA
relies on old, outdated "science" to support its
pro fluoride position, and then has the nerve to
say that we use "junk science". I believe that
the ADA is now about as professionally corrupt as
it can get. The ADA is an embarrassment to real research scientists."
Robert Isaacson: "The Health of the entire
country is at risk as long as fluoridation of the
drinking water remains uncurbed."
Mageswari Sangaralingam: "Fluoridation is mass
medication with an uncontrolled dose, and
violates the individual's right to informed
consent. We need to end the harmful practice of
water fluoridation in the US and all other
countries which still add fluoride in public drinking water."
Alfred A. Siess: "When I studied "Fluoridation",
as a Civil Engineering student, 52 years ago,
very little was taught about the effects of
Fluoride... In my opinion, those "professionals"
who advocate fluoridation of the public water
supply as "safe" and "effective" , where the
whole body of scientific evidence shows it is
neither, should lose their professional license
and should NOT be shielded from civil suits or
criminal liability where fluoridated water causes damage."
Councilor Arnold Woolley: "I have spent most of
my life evaluating evidence, including 22 years
as a public prosecutor in various courts. In my
opinion, the case against fluoridation of water
supplies is evidentially sound."
Matthew Young: "I have been studying all the
relevant science in relation to fluoride and can
only come to one conclusion. It was added to our
water for the sole purpose of avoiding government
law suits as a result of accidental human
exposure from industrial greed and government cover up."
Rudolf Ziegelbecker: "I want to emphasize the
fact that nowhere in Europe, where fluoridation
has been stopped, has there been an increase of
dental caries observed afterwards. Also, when
collecting new, random data about natural
fluoride content of drinking waters and dental
caries from the WHO databases in Geneva in 1987,
I could not find a trace of a benefit of
(natural) fluoride in drinking water."