My mum always taught me to be kind

If you tell people that fluoride in the water is a poison they don't believe it. It takes a quantum leap in understanding to go from 'Ah yeah fluoride is good for my teeth, it's a government public health policy...to then think wait fluoride is a toxic chemical that is doing unknown harm to my health when I drink water every day '. People need to make up their own mind and hear about the fluoride chemical issue in context of the EU. 98 % of Europe have rejected adding fluoride chemicals to their water as they don't think it's safe or ethical. This gets people thinking at their own pace. Once people start to question fluoride, they can slowly come around to the idea that it isn't healthy and that we should all have a choice. After all we can choose to use fluoride free toothpaste (shop bought or homemade) but we cannot choose to avoid fluoride entirely when it is added to our drinking water and all our foods and drinks prepared with tap water. 
I find being gentle and level headed about the issue is by far more effective than stressing people out with tonnes of scary facts. I'm still learning and evolving as I continue on this journey and I really couldn't do this work without your support. Thank you Fluoride Free Team!
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We are in this together. Our individual action adds to the collective mind shift about fluoride. Let's be gentle. 

We are in this together. Our individual action adds to the collective mind shift about fluoride. Let's be gentle. 

I love Mother's Milk

The truth about mothers milk via my friend's website Moms against Fluoridation
Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages. However, he wrote:

1) It is perfect formula for the child.
2) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3) It is always the right temperature.
4) It is inexpensive.
5) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6) It is always available as needed.

And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote:

7) It comes in two attractive containers and it’s high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.

He got an A.

The best answer: The breast filters out fluoride so the infant will not be exposed to potentially harmful fluoride levels during the most vulnerable time of life. This is not the case when an infant is fed formula bottles made with fluoridated tap water, where they are exposed to fluoride levels 200 times higher than the recommended level by Mother Nature herself. 

Our babies are our future. 

Our babies are our future. 

Historical debate in Seanad Eireann 1st October 2014

Tomorrow Seanad Éireann will debate a motion noting the fundamental human right of every Irish citizen to choose whether or not they have their water medicated with fluoride, given that from today the 1st October, they are being asked to pay for it.

The private members bill was tabled by Senators Mary Ann O’Brien, Feargal Quinn, and Katherine Zappone. The 5 pm debate in the Upper house of the Irish parliament should be interesting, given that water quality is a central issue in the great controversy over the water charges and the fact that nobody in Ireland should have to pay for water with added fluoride.

I think it is a good idea for people to make personal appointments to meet their Senators/TDs/Councillors as I have received countless feedback over the past few years that email bombing really puts people off the fluoride issue. It also easier to dismiss/ignore emails, than one on one conversations. After all we are all humans and personal connection is so much more powerful than generic electronic messages.

Building personal relationships with our public representatives is necessary to clearly communicate the reasons why we don't want fluoride added to our drinking water. Freedom of choice is the one thing we can all agree on. 98% of Europe has rejected the practice of water fluoridation. It was banned in Holland in 1976. Sounds like a slight cause for concern? Thousands of studies worldwide indicating harm to human health. We don't know if they are all true but we don't want to take unnecessary risk when people can brush and floss their teeth and improve their diet. 

We all love shiny white teeth! So what is the alternative to fluoridation?

Solution: The Child Smile Initiative in Scotland, where they are reducing tooth decay by running education programmes with nursery children on proper tooth brushing techniques, providing healthy snacks, educating about the role of nutrition in tooth health and providing preventative treatment where necessary. We need education not fluoridation

The stunning classic decor in Seanad Eireann where our Senators will debate the fluoride controversy. 

The stunning classic decor in Seanad Eireann where our Senators will debate the fluoride controversy. 

Freedom of Choice

If people believe fluoride is good for their teeth. That is fine, go ahead and use fluoride in your life. That is their choice. If people don't believe fluoride is good for their health. They should have a choice. In light of tomorrow's (1st October 2014) water charges commencing in Ireland, we should have a choice to have access to fluoride free water. There will always be two views on this issue so why don't we agree on freedom of choice?

Freedom to choose

International Fluoride Conference 2014 Washington DC

This September I was invited to speak at The Fluoride Action Network Conference in Washington DC. It was a massive opportunity to connect with Dentists, Doctors, Health Professionals, Scientists, Lawyers and Environmentalists who are working towards ending water fluoridation in the USA, Canada and China. 

What became clear is that we all face the exact same barrier. People simply don't believe us. People believe fluoride is good for their teeth. Sure doesn't everyone brush their teeth with minty fluoride every morning and night?  Doesn't our lovely family dentist recommend we drink fluoridated water to reduce tooth decay? We have been repeatedly fed the same line that water fluoridation is a one of the 10 top public health achievements of the 20th century. However we are now living in the 21st century and we all own a toothbrush (mine is pink and electric).

98% of Europe has rejected water fluoridation. The addition of fluoride chemicals to tap water was banned in Holland in 1976. Seriously? Why is that? Thousands of studies and countless books by Doctors, Scientists, Nobel Prize winners and PhDs have been published highlighting the risk to human health from drinking fluoridated tap water. Is all this information true? I can't be entirely certain, however I know I don't want to take the risk with the entire population. Does it make sense to add a certain concentration of fluoride chemicals to our tap water when you can't control the dose everyone receives from their tap? How can the same dose (milligrams per litre) be appropriate for a bottle fed baby, a healthy adult, an athlete, a person with kidney disease or an elderly person with no teeth? Surely we are all individuals with unique sensitivities? We all drink various amounts of water at different times. On a Saturday night when we may drink a few too many fluoridated beers or the football star during training season drinking 3 litres of fluoridated tap water plus per day?

The FDA in the USA regard fluoride supplements as an unapproved drug. In Ireland the former Irish Medicines Board never tested or regulated fluoride chemicals as they told us fluoride is a food when it comes out of our taps (yum yum out pops your fluoride bun?). Whatever the definition that is in fashion (food, drug, additive, tooth fairy magic dust) we should have a choice whether we ingest fluoride in our tap water. We don't all have to agree that fluoride is increasing or causing diseases but we can agree that we should have the choice. After all we do live in a democracy.

The Girl Against Fluoride at Capitol Hill, Washington DC

The Girl Against Fluoride at Capitol Hill, Washington DC

What is fluoride?

Is it a drug, is it a food or is it the tooth fairy magic dust? 

The White House at night

The White House at night

The attendees at the Fluoride Action Network International Conference at the Hyatt Hotel, Crystal Hotel, Washington DC 

The attendees at the Fluoride Action Network International Conference at the Hyatt Hotel, Crystal Hotel, Washington DC 

Plenty of Doctors, Scientists, Journalists, Lawyers, Health Professionals and Environmentalists, concerned about water fluoridation. 

Not a tin foil hat in sight. 

Whatever view you hold on the fluoride controversy.

We can agree that we should have a choice whether we ingest fluoride chemicals in our water. 

Our drinking water...

Is a basic human right. 

All the lovely attendees having fun and enjoying the music after the conference.

All the lovely attendees having fun and enjoying the music after the conference.