Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

By Donna Westfall

On November 6, 2012, Crescent City voters voted in a moratorium to stop adding toxic industrial waste fluoride to the drinking water because our supplier would not provide three things:

1.) Toxicological report

2.) Listing of contaminants

3.) Proof that their product was safe for all water consumers, infants to seniors.

The actual chemicals added to our water for about four decades is called Hydrofluorosilicic Acid or HFSA for short.

The absurd practice of adding HFSA is based more on politics than science. Why should a water department be given the power to medicate anyone when they didn’t take a health history, they didn’t pass out a listing of side effects or monitor the dose.

Can you imagine what would happen if your medical doctor didn’t monitor the dose?

Our Environmental Protection Agency announced in early 2011 that 41% of our nations teenagers had fluorosis and recommended cutting the parts per million down to .7. Our city council reduced the ppm from 1.2 to .7. Ultimately, it didn’t matter that the HFSA was down to .7 parts per million.  The DOSE is just as important because an infant drinking reconstituted formula several times a day is getting overdosed.

New Hampshire Governor Lynch signed into law on Aug 4, 2012 infant warnings concerning mixing fluoridated water with formula because of the high prevalence of fluorosis. Fluorosis is the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning.

Back in October, 2012, we published an article, “Beware of ‘Prestigious’ Organizations that Endorse HFSA/Fluoride.”  In it was our email correspondence with the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), Hollis Russinof.

Since then, the AAP has been very busy in promoting fluoride as we were recently furnished with the results of a public records request:

  • Emails to Erin Knoerl re: the Rapid Response Team
  • Obtained through Freedom of information Act

Who is Erin Knoerl?

Eric Knoerl, MPH is with the New York State Department of Health.  MPH stands for Masters Degree in Public Health.

Who is Heather P. Stob?

Heather Stob is the Division Coordinator, for the Division of Pediatric Practice for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What is the Rapid Response Team?

That takes us to the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Pew formed a coalition called the Campaign for Dental Health (CDH). The CDH was created after Pew had lengthy discussions with four foundations—the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF), the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, The Health Trust and the Bower Foundation.

In 2009, Pew and these foundations sought an analysis of fluoridation by William Smith, a social marketing expert and the former executive vice president of the Academy for Educational Development. The following year, SalterMitchell Inc., a social marketing firm, conducted a communications scan to better understand how the topic was being framed in news stories and how it was being discussed online and in social media.  As a result, the Rapid Response Team was created.

  • Creating a Rapid Response Team to alert public health activists who are willing to review online articles and, when appropriate, provide scientifically accurate comments about the benefits of water fluoridation.
  • Getting back to the AAP – Hollis Russinof, a program manager for the Campaign for Dental Health at the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that Pew filled a gap. In particular, Russinof praised Pew for engaging experts in social marketing who had experience developing award-winning anti-smoking campaigns that could help inform strategies for promoting fluoridation.
  • Since 2011, Pew has assisted more than 40 communities in defeating rollback attempts, effectively protecting water fluoridation for more than 5 million people.

Between February and May of this year, emails sent from AAP to Erin Knoerl and others would contain the names of States, the name of the articles, and the name of the newspaper along with this at the top: “Please post a pro-fluoridation comment to the following articles.” Then at the bottom; “A document containing sample comments is attached to assist you in your efforts.”

Makes you feel grateful to know that our town with 70% cavities in our children teeth (quote by local dentist, Dr. Susan Wellman) after four decades of a failed fluoridation program, decided to get rid of it.







3 thoughts on “3 Year Anniversary – Fluoride-Free Water”
  1. It was and is an Honor to be a part of history
    in the making. Iam again graced with a giant
    in his own right Glenn Foster rare to have the
    Represenitive of We The People advocate to walk
    alongside, We as the people indeed deside 1% is
    Deceptive substitute-not fair exchange for our
    Constitutional Libertys Justice for all as we move
    torward our persuit to happiness. ,Not buisness as
    usual.,though favord graces in our unique quality
    -individually.United States as reflection to the
    world for the good of all. JRW

  2. It was an Honor to be a part of this great history
    In the making. I am again graced with
    A Giant in his own right, Glenn Foster. It’s rare
    to have the represenative of We The People to walk
    alongside. I must say its like walking next to more
    then a President. GOD BLESSES THE United
    States Of America..pure clean and clear
    We as the people will indeed decide 1% is
    deceptive substitute, not fair exchange for our
    Constatutional Libertys and justice for all.
    As we move torward our persuit to happiness
    And not business as usual,though favored graces
    in our unique quality.Individually..United States
    as a Nation and the reflection to the
    world for the good of all.

  3. Grateful for the new beginnings and because you gave me a chance
    to be valued, it is An honorable destiny we all share.
    Please let me introduce Mr.Glenn Foster who recognizes
    The Great Values of Our Constitutional Libertys and the pursuit
    to happiness. Our Country The United States of America
    Was and is never a mirror image to the world for simply the 1%
    at Any Level …Angle….not intentions to course the way
    ever. In Patience and time its easy to interpret The clarity
    Of Poetic Justice For the Great standard We the people of the United States.
    I echo the lives of those set before me whom bore the price
    Of freedom and within our lives the creative individuality
    bring tones reality to inspire cords of change for the empowering faith.
    For all whom care to share, valence being within each one of us
    To unite breaking the chains..that bound us to deceptive
    bargining….God Blesses USA With A True Example setter.

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