Good Afternoon Lovers of Clean Water!!
Fluoride Free Houston has been back at it for the last month and a half. We have been city council every Tuesday spreading information to City Council members and attempting to get the Mayor to listen. Here are some updates on our recent action and ways you can get involved!!
Fluoride Action Network
After several attempt to reach the Fluoride Action Network we heard back! We support the efforts of FAN and Dr. Paul Connett 100%! They have a large amount of resources and have been instrumental in helping many communities fight against water fluoridation. They have suggested adapting a strategy that includes:
– gain the support of area professionals, business and community leaders, citizens, and the usual coalition partners (Lulac, NAACP, Sierra Club, Chiropractors, libertarians).
– go to the council members one-by-one and lobby them individually (along with a professional
or two) to learn 1. their current position on the issue, 2. what specific concerns and questions they need answered, and 3. what they need individually to feel comfortable voting to end the practice.
– media campaign and focus your lobbying on those councilors who are on the fence or pro-fluoridation.
– Gather petition signatures from their districts, particularly their actual neighbors, donors, and local business owners.
We are currently using some of the suggested tactics but believe we can work harder and have a more cohesive battle plan. We need your help to make that happen! Would you be interested in attending a meeting to discuss strategy?
We are currently attending the public speaking sessions of council, setting up individual meetings and working to get local organizations to support ending water fluoridation. One of the council members who agreed to meet with us was Council Member C.O. Bradford.
Council Member C.O. Bradford
“Water fluoridation should be reviewed” – Houston City Council Member C.O.”Brad” Bradford
After meeting with Council Member Bradford we learned a few important pieces of information.
– Bradford says he has been getting the emails and phone calls. He believes there is more than enough information available and supports a public forum on the topic.
– Bradford recommended bringing health professionals against water fluoridation to council
– He also informed us that Houston’s charter gives the Mayor unilateral powers to decide what makes the agenda for discussion and/or voting. Knowing that the mayor is pro-fluoridation we face a battle simply getting the topic discussed on the official agenda. We are working on how to resolve this.
We believe if we continue to meet with individual council members we can pressure them to pressure the Mayor to hold a public forum. Of course, to do this we need more people at City Council!
Conflict of Interest Between the CDC and ADA
Since our last post new information has come to light that hints at a conflict of interested between the CDC and the ADA.
“Over 2000 pages of emails released under a Freedom of Information Act request have uncovered an apparent conflict of interest between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding water fluoridation.”
From September 5th to the 8th the Fluoride Action Network held the 5th Citizens Conference on Fluoride in Washington D.C. At the conference, Dan Stockin, MPH, released the emails and declared that “These documents make it abundantly clear….. the ADA and CDC Oral Health Division are the tweedledum and tweedledee of fluoridation promotion. They work hand in hand (often at taxpayers’ expense) to spin the message in favor of fluoridation.”
The 2500 pages contained emails from 2011 between employees at the Oral Health Division of the CDC (the only division at the CDC that deals with fluoridation) and the ADA, as well as communications from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Included in that email is William Bailey who was at the time the Director of CDC’s Oral Health Division. Bailey confirms what many critics of fluoride (aka hydrofluorosilicic acid) have said. Fluoride affects the kidneys.
“End stage renal disease may be another issue. Since the body excretes fluoride through the kidneys, it is reasonable to assume that people with end stage [renal] disease may experience a buildup of fluoride.”
In an another FOIA document release, an internal memo from a U.S. Public Health Service official highlights that the CDC has known since at least 1962 that fluoride affected the black population at a higher rate. On January 10, 1962 F.J. Maier wrote “negroes in Grand Rapids had twice as much fluorosis than others.” According to the CDCs own data blacks have a higher percentage of dental fluorosis than whites (58% vs 36%) based on 99-04 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
This new information confirms what many Fluoride Free researchers have long been saying. We need to get this information to the Mayor and City Council!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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