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  • Austin: Fluoridation Under the Microscope

    Local anti-fluoridation activists brought in heavy scientific reinforcements last week, with several Austin appearances by Paul Connett, professor emeritus of environmental chemistry at St. Lawrence University, director of the Fluoride Action Network, and co-author of the recently released The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green Publish ing), in which he and two academic colleagues review the […]

  • Austin: Fluoride fighters protest Austin water additive

    A meeting of the Austin city council’s Public Health and Human Services Committee drew a hefty crowd to City Hall Tuesday afternoon, many waving mock-ups of vintage cigarette advertisements for brands “recommended” by doctors and dentists. The committee met in the council chambers where the audience was nearly full thanks to a call to arms […]

  • Austin: Fluoride-Free Pressley for Council

    If you thought Fluoride Free Austin would go quietly into that good night after failing to get a fluoridated-water warning placed on Austin utility bills, you were mistaken. Last Saturday, one of the group’s most outspoken members, Laura Pressley, announced that she is running for City Council, which makes her the first official challenger to […]

  • Austin: Fluoride Throwdown!

    As we’ve written, Austin’s water fluoridation practices inspire a small but rowdy band of opponents. City staff tried to assuage their concerns – or at least provide a pretext for closing the door on the discussion – in a report (PDF) defending the practice. Tonight, that report should receive a scrutinous vetting. The city’s Environmental […]

  • Unstable Element. Are Austin’s water fluoridation policies dangerous? It depends who you ask

    The reduced form of the highly reactive chemical element fluorine – better known as fluoride – is commonly added to municipal tap water, in order to strengthen our teeth. When we eat sugars and refined carbs, bacteria lurking in our mouths use them to form acids. Eventually the acids can grow strong enough to eat […]

  • Austin: Downside of Fluoride?

    City Council’s Citizen Communications period – when speakers address council for three minutes on a topic of their choice – is a hotbed of anti-fluoridation activists who say that the fluoridation of Austin’s tap water fails to provide health benefits and may be harmful, especially to infants (see “Unstable Element,” Nov. 27, 2009). Now they’ve […]

  • Austin: Fluoride free Austin takes action against forced water fluoridation

    There has been considerable controversy among health experts regarding the fluoridation of municipal water supplies, enough to arouse public concerns with activist groups working to have it abolished. Petitioning the FDA and USDA and Congress has just not worked. Locally, Hawaii avoided water fluoridation and Fairbanks Alaska recently stopped decades of forced fluoridation. Though the […]

  • Austin: Fluoridationists can be wacky, too

    Reader comment to Fluoridation Under the Microscope Organized dentistry is behind virtually every fluoridation initiative. Fluoridation is their political battle. Most dentists are fluoridationists and/or support their trade unions which instigate and defend fluoridation. Every day I read dentistry articles. There are dentists who murder, rape, commit Medicaid fraud, do and sell drugs. A Florida […]

  • Austin, TX: America’s Largest Water Fluoridation Fight

    Water fluoridation is an institution in America. The American Dental Association (ADA) and World Health Organization (WHO) say it is a safe and cost-effective way to prevent cavities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hails it as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. On the other side, […]

  • City of Austin water quality questioned by visiting environmental scientist

    Note: See excerpt of “citizens 3 minute communication” to the Austin City Council Dr. Paul Connett, a professor of environmental chemistry at St. Lawrence University in New York and director of the Fluoride Action Network—America’s largest organization opposing water fluoridation—kicked off his six-day Austin tour at the Nov. 4 Austin City Council meeting where he […]