As the summer winds down, we want to provide an update as to what the team at Clean Water California has been working on in recent months.
Fluorosis Warnings For Infants
Infant formula fluoride warnings have finally hit the Bay Area! Members of Clean Water California were successful in convincing San Francisco and East Bay water municipalities to add a fluorosis warning to annual water quality statements. The language is quite guarded (naturally, health departments are worried about lawsuits and losing credibility) but infant formula fluorosis warnings are an important first step in raising public awareness about the detrimental health effects of water fluoridation.
Fluoridated drinking water contains up to 250 times more fluoride than breast milk. This means that babies who ingest infant formula made with fluoridated water have a significantly elevated risk of developing dental fluorosis in their permanent teeth. A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population, whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest. The fluorosis caused by infant exposure will generally appear on the child’s front teeth, the teeth most likely to embarrass and cause anxiety for the child if they have fluorosis stains.
- Start an Infant Fluoride Warning Campaign in your city --
The fluoride used in the vast majority of water fluoridation programs is a toxic industrial chemical. There’s just no other way to put it. The fluoride added to our water supply is in the form of fluorosilicic acid, an unrefined waste product recovered from smokestack scrubbers during the production of phosphate fertilizer that typically contains contaminants such as lead and arsenic. That might be hard to believe, but it's a well known fact among U.S. Regulatory agencies.
Learn about the production of fluorosilicic acid and why the EPA Union of Scientists is opposed to the practice of water fluoridation in this VERY informative conversation featuring Dr. Bill Hirzy and other fluoride-free advocates.
Showdown In Canada
On June 26, the Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation Region made big news when their lawyer presented a legal opinion to Peel Regional Councillors arguing that artificial water fluoridation is unconstitutional and illegal in Canada and the region's councilors themselves would be liable for any harm caused by fluoridating the public water supply.
Hear the story of how a team of activists, experts, and professionals is challenging the legality of artificial water fluoridation in Ontario, Canada. Get inspired by a dedicated and well coordinated team pursuing a strategy that could lead to ending fluoridation everywhere.
Note: approximately 40% of Canadians drink fluoridated water compared to about 70% in the U.S.... Globally? Only 5% of the world drinks fluoridated water (and only 2% of western Europe).
Israel Outlaws Fluoridation
Last year the Israeli Minister of Health, Yael German, passed new regulations ending the nationwide fluoridation mandate, but left open the ability for municipalities to decide the issue for themselves. Since then, she has been aggressively attacked in the media by pro-fluoridation health officials. Because of this pressure, the Fluoride Action Network sent a letter to the Minister signed by health professionals from around the world supporting her decision. On August 18, 2014 she announced that she was going to ban fluoridation throughout Israel, no longer giving municipalities a choice.
THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND A HUGE VICTORY!
Parents Against Fluoridation
Parents are the first line of defense in protecting future generations, so now is the time to send a clear message to elected officials that since we are responsible for the health of our children we will no longer allow them to contaminate the public water supply with fluoride:
If you are a parent or a grandparent, TAKE THE PLEDGE TODAY!
Healdsburg Residents to Vote on Fluoride
Healdsburg is the only city in Sonoma County that fluoridates its public water supply. On November 2nd, Healdsburg residents will have a chance to decide for themselves about fluoridation chemicals in city tap water. In partnership with Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, Fluoride-Free Healdsburg gathered over 1,000 signatures, 867 certified, on a ballot initiative petition to revisit the issue of Healdsburg water fluoridation. More than enough signatures to allow a vote, and more than enough to give voters a long-overdue choice about clean, fluoride-free water.
For more information about the vote in Healdsburg contact Clean Water Sonoma-Marin.
Citizens Conference on Fluoride - September 5-8, Washington D.C.
Clean Water California is sending representatives to the 5th Citizens’ Conference on Fluoride sponsored by the Fluoride Action Network. The three-day conference will focus on Science (Sat Sept 6), Organization (Sun Sept 7) and Action (Mon Sept 8).
Saturday will be devoted to the science that indicates that there is no margin of safety to protect all our citizens from known health effects when they drink fluoridated water (even more so when we add in fluoride from other sources). Confirmed speakers include: Paul Connett, Michael Connett, Chris Neurath, Bill Hirzy, and Dr. Quanyong Xiang from China.
Sunday will focus on fighting the PR of fluoridation promotion. To end fluoridation we simply have to get better at dealing with the psychological (but unscientific) hold that this seven-decade policy has on the minds of the public health community, dental organizations and the ill-informed. We will hear from groups who defeated fluoridation and how they did it and we will discuss the formation of FAN’s new campaign arm: Parents Against Fluoridation.
Monday we will taking some of what we've learned on Sunday into action with our lobby day. Clean Water California will be conducting staff-level meetings with California Senators and Representatives at the nation's capital. Our message: we must get Congress to force federal Agencies (FDA, EPA) to do an honest job on protecting our children from fluoride’s toxicity.
There's still time to register for those who are interested in being a part of this very special event.
Our goal of ending fluoridation in California is actionable and realizable. We appreciate your ongoing support and a DONATION of any size will help us educate and empower more Californians.
Please sign this PETITION to the California State Legislature. SPANISH version of the petition is now available.
Volunteers, we need you! We'd like to invite you to a volunteer planning meeting on September 18th. Reply to this email if you are interested in volunteering and offering your skills and leadership in the nuts and bolts of the organization. In particular we need people with expertise in web design, graphic design, legal expertise, fundraising, and public and media relations.
Project Director, Clean Water California