What to do when you encounter the eyes glazed over syndrome

The Girl Against Fluoride campaign evolved from need. The need was to create a campaign that was novel, entertaining and fun while also being educational and informative. This was because as I gave talks around the country I increasingly encountered “the eyes glazing over syndrome” as I spoke about the dangers of water fluoridation. After all it is not an easy truth to swallow, to be told that the water we are drinking contains fluoridation chemicals that have been banned for health reasons by some countries in the EU. People don’t like to be assaulted with the idea that their water, their cherished cup of tea/coffee could possibly be harming them.  The Girl Against Fluoride was born as a buffer, a bridge towards eventually accepting that water shouldn’t be pumped with chemicals our bodies don’t need.

The “eyes glazing over syndrome” can come from two sources. The first one being the reaction from someone who already has their plate full and cannot possibly take on board the fact that their water is not safe. This is quite common among people who already have a lot of other problems and whose time is taken up with them. These people tend to switch off and may shelve the information for a future time. The second source comes from people who dislike uncomfortable ideas as they conflict with their established belief system. For instance, telling a person who believes that the State has their best interests at heart that the same State is putting untested chemicals into their water makes them feel uncomfortable.  Even squirmy and sweaty as they back away from you. These are the people who will strive to protect the status quo, even if the status quo is harming them and will either ridicule or demonise the messenger.  These are the ones who will brand you as a conspiracy theorist and will enquire about your tin foil hat. These are the ones who are deep down scared and want to hold onto their security blanket of denial. Bless.

So the question is – what can we do about this syndrome? People need multiple exposure to new information before they form new neural pathways. So initially when friends and family switch off and think you are a fluoride freak (that’s what I was called in the beginning) you just wait and see what happens when they hear it from another source and then another. The belief changes from the old story of fluoride is good for your teeth to fluoride should not be in the water and nor should it be in our toothpaste. It takes time, exposure to water fluoridation and the gradual rise in consciousness to begin to dismantle the matrix that is holding the water fluoridation in place.

People like to live in a safe and comfortable world but here in Ireland we have the uncomfortable reality that fluoride’s in our water. This is despite years of campaigning by many groups in Ireland. It is difficult when all State agencies support water fluoridation and equally most dentists and doctors. (Although I have been told that 25% of dentists don’t support it but are afraid to speak out about it as their job is threatened)

It is a challenge to suddenly try to steer a ship in a different course from that which was decided since the 60’s.  Education however is key to the spread of awareness and as awareness grows consciousness increases. We cannot expect people to instantly wake up and agree with us that fluoride shouldn’t be in the water but we can present the information in such a way that doesn’t cause them to shut down with their eyes glazing over.

A person could even start with talking about how much they are enjoying filtered water. This alone can generate a conversation around water and how tap water tastes so awful in comparison.  Sometimes we have to reach out to where people are at. I know this is difficult as when I first found out about the water fluoridation issue I was horrified and wanted to shout it from the rooftops and broadcast the truth on National TV. It has taken me years to learn about the psychology of change and how activism alone cannot work without the support of the public in general. We cannot frighten people into waking up to the truth but we can present it in a way that doesn’t threaten their safety and yank off their security blanket.

So, can I ask you to do two things when spreading information to potential eyes glazing over people? 1)Tell them why you are now drinking bottled or filtered tap water- you prefer the taste and feel better because of it. People always want to feel better and may be interested in chemical free water. As they have not shut down or begun to defend their pro fluoride stance, they remain open.

2) You could progress to asking people why 98% of Europe no longer add fluoride to their water.

By not listing the potential side effects of fluoride you are keeping the conversation flowing.

The real solution is to educate the next generation who will not accept water fluoridation and will change the policy for good. It is up to us all to nurture our children so that en masse they will demand change. Toleration of water fluoridation then will become history, a history during which we will all have played our part.

Inspire to change

Let me know if any of these ideas work. You could even have a coffee morning with fluoride free coffees and ask your friends if they notice a difference. Upload pictures of your fluoride free coffee morning and inspire people to change. How much easier it is when they can learn from a place of joy. So get out the best ware, make some gorgeous cupcakes and let the coffee, tea and information flow…..

Erin Brockovich speaks out against fluoride on Dr Oz Show

It was a dream come true to see Erin Brockovich speak out against fluoridated water on the Dr Oz Show.There are so many people now speaking out against this outdated practice. Politicians have promised in the past to get rid of fluoridated water but those promises were never kept. Until we have a collective mind set shift about this issue will we see change.

Watch Dr Oz Interview Erin Brockovich

Water Fluoridation: A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention

"This paper reviews the human health effects of fluoride. The authors conclude that available evidence suggests that fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect. As part of efforts to reduce hazardous fluoride ingestion, the practice of artificial water fluoridation should be reconsidered globally..."

 Link to Full Article

Holland banned adding fluoride to water

In Holland Dr. Moolenburgh found himself in a unique position to study the effects of fluoridation first hand, as half of his practice lay in Heemstede (fluoridated) and the other half in Haarlem (non-fluoridate).“The adverse health effects began almost at once, with people, especially children, developing colicky pains. I also saw how children with a known allergic condition that had been under control, such as children with atopic eczema, suddenly saw a return of their complaints.”

Erin Brockovich calls for an immediate end to water fluoridation

Erin Brockovich calls for an immediate end to water fluoridation

Erin Brockovich posted the following message on her Facebook account yesterday calling for an end to fluoridation, for hearings to hold public officials accountable, for organizations to rescind their endorsements, and for further research on removing accumulated fluoride from our bodies:

Profits rise at fluoride supplier in Ireland

Source: Irish Examiner | April 20th, 2015 | By Gordon Deegan

Location: Ireland

Pre-tax profits at the firm employed by the Government to deliver the material used for the contentious fluoridation of the State’s water supply last year jumped by 56% to €1.16m.

New figures show that pre-tax profits at Chemifloc Ltd increased by €416,776 from €744,548 to €1.16m in the 12 months to the end of last December.

The firm has the contract to deliver the hydrofluosilicic acid from a source in Spain that is required for the fluoridation of the State’s water supply.

Between 2009 and 2013, the State spent €9.7m on supplying the hydrofluosilicic acid.

Chemifloc was first awarded the hydrofluosilicic acid contract in 1991.

The main activity of the company is the manufacture of water treatment chemicals and according to the directors’ report “both the level of business and year end financial position were satisfactory given the current economic climate”.

The firm recorded the increase in pre-tax profits after its gross profit jumped by 15% from €4.346m to €5m.

The firm was established over 30 years ago by Hilary Lawless and his colleagues and at the end of last December it had accumulated profits of €12.83m.

At Ennis District Court last year, the firm only avoided a conviction concerning a chemical spill after confirming to court that it was to fund a €10,000 university science scholarship at the University of Limerick for a Clare student and pay costs of €3,152 and expenses of €1,562.

In the case, the firm pleaded guilty to two offences arising from a Health & Safety Authority investigation relating to the uncontrolled emission of a yellow-green gas on its premises in December 2012.

Arising from the chemical spill, a Chemifloc employee spent two days in intensive care, with a second spending five days in a hospital high dependency unit, along with a further six hospitalised.

Chemifloc pleaded guilty to failing to manage work activities in such a manner to ensure the safety, health, and work of its employees which as a consequence resulted in employees Eugene Flanagan, Martin Hehir, Jack O’Malley, John Dillon, Anthony O’Sullivan, Susan O’Donnell, Mary Collins, and contract truck driver Patrick Glynn sustaining personal injury.

Irish Food Safety Authority supports not using fluoridated water for Infant Formula

On the 3rd of October 2001 the Food Safety Authority of Ireland supported the position, that because of evidence " infant formula should not be reconstituted with fluoridated tap water." They felt that "Irish tap water was not safe to make up a baby's bottle." The public was not informed-  the report was buried. We believe every child has the right to pure healthy water. 

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