FAN’s Sixth International Conference on Fluoride:

FAN’s Sixth International Conference on Fluoride:
“When Policy is King, Science becomes a Slave.”

This coming weekend (Sept 16, 17) the Fluoride Action Network ( ) will be bringing together citizens and scientists from around the world, to the Regency Hyatt hotel in Crystal City, VA, in an effort to educate the public, the media and decision-makers about the dangers of swallowing fluoride.

According to Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Paul Connett, “the purpose of the conference is to rescue “genuine” science  from policy makers at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our citizens deserve protection, not propaganda .”

Saturday attendees will hear a presentation from Dr. Stephen Peckham (University of Kent, UK) who will talk about a study he co-authored linking fluoride exposure to lowered thyroid function. Also speaking will be Dr. William Hirzy, a former risk assessment specialist at the EPA, whose recent paper quantifies the risk fluoride poses to the developing brains of children ( )

On Sunday, lawyers Michael Connett and Chris Nidel will discuss FAN’s lawsuit  calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoride to drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) because of the overwhelming evidence that fluoride is neurotoxic.

According to Connett, “The very last children who should be exposed to a neurotoxic substance are children from low-income families, precisely those targeted for fluoridation by myopic zealots at the Oral Health Division of the CDC.”

On Monday, conference attendees will lobby Congress to amend legislation which could authorize millions more in federal grants for use by special interests to directly influence state and municipal decisions on water fluoridation.

“As written, H.R.2422 will be used to directly subsidize lobbying efforts for fluoridation by state dental industry associations. This will stifle local decision-making, override freedom of choice and continue to expose citizens to a dangerous toxic substance,” says Stuart Cooper, FAN Campaign Director.

According to FAN’s interim director and dentist Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH, “For 25 years I promoted fluoridation, but when I read the literature more closely it was like a knee in the gut. We are subjecting our children to unnecessary risks. We need the media to do their homework and not just accept at face value glowing endorsements from the dental lobby and government agencies.”


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