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AUGUST 2007: It took about forty days for a dedicated team working with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) in several countries and across North America to achieve an historic moment in the battle against water fluoridation.
On August 9, 2007, FAN released a Statement signed by over 1,000 professionals calling for an end to fluoridation and a call to legislators in fluoridating countries to hold hearings to determine why, after the release of the landmark National Research Council report in 2006, aggressive promotion of fluoridation continues.
The over 1,000 signers represent a remarkable coming together of those concerned about fluoride and those concerned about mercury issues; doctors practicing conventional medicine and those pursuing alternative treatments and the public health and the environmental health communities. All believe that public health policy should be determined honestly with full attention paid to sound science and to ethical principles.
According to Dr. Paul Connett, the Executive Director of FAN, “What we are seeing here is the judgment of professionals across the world, not trapped by a ‘fluoridation belief system,’ that the information on the health effects contained in the National Research Council report of 2006, together with a growing number of peer reviewed studies showing that fluoridation has only weak or no benefits, leads to one conclusion: the meager benefits do not outweigh the serious risks and fluoridation must be stopped.”
Connett adds, “Now our task is to get health officials, regulators, and the media to exercise due diligence in this matter and seriously examine the information presented in the Professionals’ Statement. Fluoridation will only end in the US when officials in the Oral Health Division of the CDC are forced to defend, under oath, their zealous promotion of this practice. They appear to be oblivious to its ineffectiveness and the dangers it poses to the American people – and people in the handful of other fluoridated countries.”
To this end, FAN has organized an online action petition to Congress allowing citizens to add their support to the Professionals’ Statement and the call for new Congressional Hearings.
August 9, 2007, was an historic day for this movement because it marks the day when those who promote fluoridation can no longer claim that they represent a single “authority” on this matter. Over 1,000 professionals have seen through their hollow rhetoric and are demanding an end to this outdated practice. August 9, 2007 marked the beginning of the end of fluoridation worldwide.
Connett concludes, “The Professionals’ Statement is the rock on which we will build the rest of our campaign.”
UPDATE: 4,456 Signers by-degree as of June 10, 2013:
- 782 Nurses (RN, MSN, BSN, ARNP, APRN, LNC, RGON)
- 599 DC’s (Doctor of Chiropractic, includes M Chiro)
- 551 MD’s (includes MBBS)
- 513 PhD’s – includes DSc, Doctor of Science; EdD (Doctor of Education); DrPH (Doctor of Public Health)
- 354 Dentists (DDS, DMD, BDS)
- 172 ND’s (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)
- 102 Lawyers (JD, LLB, Avvocato)
- 97 Pharmacists (Pharm.D, B. Pharm, DPh, RPH)
- 113 RDHs (Registered Dental Hygienist); also DH, RDHAP, EFDA, RDAEF, and RDN
- 70 Acupuncturists (LAc – Licensed Acupuncturist, and, MAc -Master Acupuncturist)
- 46 DO’s (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
- 28 Veterinarians (DMV, VMD, BVMS)
- 19 OD (Doctor of Optometry)
- 20 PA-C (Physician Assistant – Certified); also MPAS and RPA-C
- Magda Aelvoet, MD, Former Minister of Public Health, Belgium
- Rosalie Bertell, PhD, Regent of the Board, International Physicians for Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
- Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine, 2000.
- Theo Colborn, PhD, co-author, Our Stolen Future
- Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
- Pat Costner, PhD, retired Senior Scientist, Greenpeace International
- Ingrid Eckerman, MD, MPH, President, Swedish Doctors for the Environment (LFM), Stockholm, Sweden
- Sam Epstein, MD, author, “Politics of Cancer” and Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
- Doug Everingham, former Federal Health Minister, Australia
- Lois Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Goldman Prize Winner (1990), Falls Church, VA
- Andy Harris, MD, former national president, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Salem, OR
- Vyvyan Howard, MD, PhD, Past President, International Society of Doctors for the Environment
- Robert Isaacson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus, State University of New York at Binghamton
- Stephen Lester, Science Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
- Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, Former President, Canadian Association of Dental Research
- William Marcus, PhD, Former chief toxicologist of the EPA Water Division, Boyds, MD
- Peter Montague, PhD, Director of Environmental Health Foundation
- Raul Montenegro, PhD, Right Livelihood Award 2004 (known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), President of FUNAM, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
- Ted Schettler, MD, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network
- Kathleen M. Thiessen, PhD, Senior Scientist. SENES Oak Ridge, Inc.