Connett to talk about fluoride issue Oct. 21
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Dr. Paul Connett will return to Santa Rosa on Monday, Oct. 21, to speak further about water fluoridation.

Connett, a chemist and toxicologist, has consulted on fluoridation issues and has worked to stop public water fluoridation throughout the United States, Europe and Asia for the past 17 years. 

He will be taking questions from audience members.

The fluoridation of water in Sonoma County is sure to be a controversial and divisive issue next year and the County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on whether or not to fluoridate the county’s water supply.

Connett and his wife, Ellen, are the founders and directors of Fluoride Action Network, a coalition of citizens and scientists from 14 countries who work to end fluoridation through informed debate.

Connett also is executive director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project and the author of “50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation” and “The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water.”

This event, sponsored by Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Glaser Center at 547 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa. Admission is free. 

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Steve Slott
October 22, 2013
Interesting that Paul Connett and his followers get so defensive when it comes to money. Antifluoridationists, led by Connett, constantly make the ridiculous allegations that fluoridation advocates, including me, are being somehow "paid" by some entity or another for our efforts to improve the oral health of all our citizens. Yet, when the record is set straight by verifiable facts, as to whom is really profiting from the fluoride "controversy" the defensive claws come out of the woodwork. Honestly, i couldn't care less what Paul or any of his cohorts make from their efforts to deprive our citizens the benefits of water fluoridation. I simply bring out the facts of Connett's financial interest in the issue in order to demonstrate the blatant hypocrisy that exists amongst Paul and his antifluoridationist followers.

As far as Paul's continual lack of understanding of the peer-review process, and its requirement for credibility of any scientific literature, well, that simply reinforces my statements that he has not the knowledge, training, or experience to be making recommendations to ANYONE in regard to water fluoridation or any other healthcare issue. If he had any true understanding of the scientific literature, he would far better understand the fallacies of his claims and his attempted support of those claims with science that he cherry-picks, quotes out-of-context, misinterprets, and from which he constantly omits key information. That he chose to publish his opinions as a non-peer-reviewed "book" rather than putting them into proper form for peer-review and possible publication in a respected scientific journal, as do legitimate scientists and researchers, speaks loudly and clearly to his obvious lack of confidence that his opinions would bear up under appropriate scrutiny for accuracy and validity. That the 2006 NRC Committee on Fluoride politely listened to his nonsense, does not, under any circumstance substitute for proper peer-review as Paul has stated he believes. Interesting is the fact that a supposed "authority" on fluoride, as Paul and his followers purport him to be, that the NRC did not invite him to sit as a member of that Committee, instead of simply agreeing to listen to his "presentation".

As far as Paul's skewed sense of his"altruistic"' efforts which amount to "only" charging expenses for his speeches, Those of us who have spent our entire careers providing dental treatment to the underserved population, free or at Medicaid fees,.....are not impressed. It is this population of our citizens for which I have spent the better part of my 32 year career providing free or low cost dental care as well as for whose better access to dental care I have advocated loudly and publicly, that Connett and his followers seek to harm the most with their crusade to further their own personal ideology at the expense of those who need our help the most.

Paul, if you want the respect among legitimate science that you so desperately crave, then either go back to school to properly educate yourself on science and healthcare, or do some legitimate research , submit for peer-review and hope that it can bear up under proper scrutiny. In the meantime, leave fluoridation to those of us who DO understand the science, who DO understand proper scientific study and methodology, and who DO have the education and knowledge to properly interpret and understand the science which you so flagrantly misuse in the furtherance of your personal ideology.


Steven D. Slott, DDS
jstandards
October 21, 2013
Slott,

Anyone with a third grade education can clearly see you for the paid shill that you are. How you find time to practice dentistry in between your serial internet commenting is a mystery, though most of us can reasonably assume you're being paid well for your continued efforts in distributing fluoride propaganda. Thing is, you suck at it, and should probably be fired because you're not fooling ANYONE with your empty rhetoric and contrived ad hominem attacks. What peer-reviewed literature have you contributed to the fluoride debate, Slott?
Robert Brentwood
October 20, 2013
Mr Slott, DDS

It seems you are making a lot of unsubstantiated claims about Dr Connett. Dr Connett is a professor emeritus of chemistry and you should show some professional respect by acknowledging this. I believe he specialised in environmental chemistry and toxicology. Are you saying chemistry and his two specialisms have no relevance to healthcare?

I've read "The Case Against Fluoride..." and it is an excellent book. Do you have any publications to your name?

Fluoride is not an essential nutrient - we don't need to swallow the stuff or the nonsense proponents like you spout.

The CDC stated in 1999 and 2001 that fluoride's effect is topical underlining the fact we don't need to swallow fluoride. The EPA should have 'pulled the plug' on fluoridation following the findings of the NRC's 2006 Toxicological Review of Fluoride in Drinking Water. The NSF have done no safety studies on fluoridation chemicals. The ADA is dental trade union not an academic body. And, the WHO's endorsement was obtained by deception in 1969 at the 22nd World Health Organisation Assembly in Boston after over 90% of delegates had left on the last day:

"Nevertheless, during the final hours of the session, when only 55 to 60 of the 1,000 delegates from 131 countries were still present, all bills that had not been accepted were collected into one and voted upon, including a statement on fluoridation." [From: Fluoridation, the Great Dilemma by Dr George Waldbott et al, 1978]

Whatever Dr Connett and his wife are being paid, it's not enough. I'll be donating when they do their next fund-raising event.

If you think you have anything worthwhile to say on fluoridation (I seriously doubt you have), offer to debate Dr Connett. I'm sure Santa Rosa residents would find it helpful.

Bob Brentwood

Zero Waste Canada
October 20, 2013
A canary in the coal mine moment for citizens here in Canada is when decision and policy makers placed too much trust in so called "experts who have convinced many in authority that as "experts" burning and incinerating garbage and waste is somehow scientifically sound. As citizens in our communities here in Canada, and it truly seems everywhere, the foxes are guarding our hen-house". The notion that "The citizens of your community would be far better served by obtaining a reputable, true authority" is worrisome to us citizens, as we are constantly seeing our interests being sold out by "experts, true authorities who are reputable"! We see many who are totally entrenched in feathering their own nests, quite often using junk science, inaccurate or misleading reports or whatever that can get them to the podium to present their views on the affects of fluoride or burning waste as bona fied "experts" and watch out if anyone should dare cross their paths. Perhaps we all should question more? I think we need more Connetts, not less. And is it not a good idea to question "authority" if we have opposing views? I have little faith in 'experts" if they so easily want to squelch dissenting opinions and ideas. The so called experts here in Canada are selling our elected officials garbage incinerators under the disguise of "science"!
nyscof
October 20, 2013
As usual Steven Slott is incapable of producing scientific evidence to show that fluoridation is safe, so like most activists promoting fluoridation, he uses character assassination, as if anyone valued his misinformed opinions that aren't even remotely close to the truth.

Like the rest of the Fluoridation Rapid Responders, set up by the PR guy hired by PEW who failed to get a win in Portland, Oregon and Wichita Kansas (and who no longer works for Pew), Slott shows no intellectual curiosity. He and the others just have a sophomoric need to win or be right.

They have a strong belief that government agencies and dental and medical associations are always right, but they have no deep-understating of fluoride and fluoridation. This gives them the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

Dr. Connett and his wife were honored this month for their human rights work in Bangladesh. Dr. Connett is a well-respected figure in the environmental health community. His two science-based books, one on waste management and one on fluoridation (The Case against Fluoride) are tributes to his scientific expertise and integrity. Connett?s work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals.

he amount of money the Connett?s receive for the work opposing fluoridation is extremely miniscule compared the to the millions of dollars fluoridationists get from the dental products industry, organized dentistry, government agencies, Delta Dental, Pew and other foundations to promote fluoridation.

The reason the Fluoridation Rapid Response team was set up is because you guys think we?re good at social media. Actually, we a good at the truth and you are not.

One of the scientific experts who was part of the National Research Council's fluoride panel that produced the 2006 report says that fluoride, even at levels added to water supplies, can be detrimental to the thryroid gland. And, when an individual is deficient in iodine, those adverse effects are magnified. She and two other NRC members advise that water fluoride levels be as close to zero as possible.

Who would Slott nominate as a fluoridation expert to present information in a forum along with Dr. Connett. We usually have trouble finding anyone with the courage to do so. Most out-spoken fluoridationists are bullies and cowards - just like Slott.
Liesa C.
October 20, 2013
Congratulations Santa Rosa residents for inviting Dr. Paul Connett to further discuss the 'artificial water fluoridation issue'.

Dr. Connett is the leading expert for communities across the globe.

We are looking forward to having him present the TRUTH in the Region of Peel, Ontario Canada (community of 1,300,000 citizens) in the coming months.
Communities are waking up across the nation and are no longer supporting this outdated (fraudulent) public health policy which is unsafe, unproven, uneffective and unethical. We all need one very important question answered. Are there any toxicology studies to prove the safety of long term consumption of the 'chemical additives' used to fluoridate the drinking water. Surely, evidence of safety assurance is not an unreasonable request seeing that the citizens are the consumers who not only purchase the water but more importantly the ones who drink it.
BOTTOM LINE - PROVE SAFETY - NO STUDIES - NO FLUORIDATION!!!
Thank you Dr. Connett and many of the other experts who are diligently working to help educate our elected representatives so that they can make informed decisions in order to protect the health of the very people who elected to represent them.

Mr. Slott, you seem to be so supportive of fluoridation, perhaps you could provide your peer-reviewed and published papers on fluoride for the public to read, if you have any?

Also, you question Connett's credentials and his expertise, I suggest you have a public debate with Dr. Connett as I'm certain he would be more that happy to debate you on this issue at your earliest convenience.

Liesa
Paul Connett
October 20, 2013
I wonder when Steve Slott finds time to do any dentistry since he seems to spend all is time trolling the web posting his spiteful comments on me and any others who have the temerity to challenge the religious believe in fluoridation.

For the record I am a retired professor of chemistry from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, where I specialized in environmental chemistry and toxicology. This may not give me license to treat patients or to fill teeth but it does give me the ability to read and review the scientific literature which I have done on fluoride and fluoridation for 17 years.

Slott complains that I have not published anything on this matter in a peer reviewed journal. That is not true and if he did a more careful review he will find several articles. But what he does not point out is that it is very difficult to get anything, which opposes fluoridation published in a dental journal.

I believe that the book I co-authored (The Case Against Fluoride) with two other scientists - with 80 pages of references to the scientific literature - is worth several peer-reviewed articles. What is extraordinary is that after three years of publication neither Slott nor any of his cronies have published a written critique of this text.

The written material on this issue that I am most proud of is the review I co-authored with my son Michael and submitted in writing and in person to the National Research Council panel in 2003. I believe that their report of 2006 is the best peer review I ever had! Obviously neither the National Research Council (which invited me to present in person to their panel) nor the panel (who heard my 45 minute presentation) shared the disdain for me that Slott has.

As far as Slott's cheap shots about my doing all this for money, any one who knows me would laugh at this. I have spent 28 years providing pro bono help to communities around the world (for expenses only) on both waste management and fluoridation. Yes having spent the effort to write this book I would like people to read it - but I am more than happy if they get a copy from the library. My share of the royalties go to the Fluoride Action Network. As far as my wife and I being paid for our work - that is a nominal. I receive a monthly salary of $1000 total before taxes for both my waste work and my fluoride work combined. I doubt very much that Slott or anyone else would work the hours I do - or travel the miles I do - for such a reward! It is not money that drives me Steve but the desire to see an end to this foolish practice and a return of scientific integrity to public health policy.

This is the last time I intend to respond to Slott. If he wants to continue insulting me then I suggest that he plucks up his courage and debates me in public. If he is not prepared to do that then he deserves to be called a coward as well as being called a bully. I am prepared to defend anything I say or write in public against all-comers. Why is Slott not prepared to do the same?

Paul Connett, PhD
Director of the Fluoride Action Network,
www.FluorideAlert.org
Kurt Ferre DDS
October 19, 2013
Dr. Connett is an international anti-fluoridation zealot. You learn about a person by who he or she associates with. Here are two examples:

Paul Connett has joined Joseph Mercola, a modern day snake-oil salesman and anti-vaccination quack.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Joseph_Mercola

Joseph Mercola, "doctor" of osteopathy, is a popular guru of alternative medicine and a member of the right-wing quack outfit Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He advocates and provides a forum for many classic crank medical ideas, such as vaccine hysteria and the belief that modern (sorry, "allopathic") medicine kills more people than it helps. His website is a veritable spring of pseudoscience, quackery, and logical fallacies. He is a promoter of the idea of an AMA/Big Pharma/FDA conspiracy.[1]

Despite his claim that unlike real other doctors, he is not interested in profit,[2] he advertises all manner of unproven products, and has a health center that dispenses alternative medicine for a steep price

Another associate of Dr. Connett's is Alex Jones. Dr. Connett has appeared on Jones' TV/radio show several times.

Alex Jones (radio host) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Jones_(radio_host

And check out this video to see what a wack-job, Alex Jones is. If you are gay, beware!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/alex-jones-gays-government-chemicals_n_2520280.html

"Mainstream sources have described Jones as a conservative and as a right-wing conspiracy theorist. Jones has been the center of many controversies, and has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and September 11 attacks.

My mother was right: Choose your friends wisely.
Linda Rosa
October 18, 2013
Connett is a professional scare-monger and a very lonely voice in chemistry and toxicology when it comes to community water fluoridation.

Only some 350 (living?) dentists have signed the old, anti-fluoridation petition on Fluoride Action Network's website. Put that against 183,000 working dentists in the USA who support fluoridation as a safe and cost-effective way to help us keep our own teeth.

Fluoride Action Network has recently formally aligned with the leading anti-vaccination organization (NVIC). That should be a big tip off on how invalid FAN's claims about fluoride science are.
Kurt Ferre DDS
October 18, 2013
You learn about a person by who he or she associates with. Here are two examples:

Paul Connett has joined Joseph Mercola, a modern day snake-oil salesman and anti-vaccination quack.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Joseph_Mercola

Joseph Mercola, "doctor" of osteopathy, is a popular guru of alternative medicine and a member of the right-wing quack outfit Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He advocates and provides a forum for many classic crank medical ideas, such as vaccine hysteria and the belief that modern (sorry, "allopathic") medicine kills more people than it helps. His website is a veritable spring of pseudoscience, quackery, and logical fallacies. He is a promoter of the idea of an AMA/Big Pharma/FDA conspiracy.[1]

Despite his claim that unlike real other doctors, he is not interested in profit,[2] he advertises all manner of unproven products, and has a health center that dispenses alternative medicine for a steep price

Another associate of Dr. Connett's is Alex Jones. Dr. Connett has appeared on Jones' TV/radio show several times.

Alex Jones (radio host) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Jones_(radio_host

And check out this video to see what a wack-job, Alex Jones is. If you are gay, beware!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/alex-jones-gays-government-chemicals_n_2520280.html

"Mainstream sources have described Jones as a conservative and as a right-wing conspiracy theorist. Jones has been the center of many controversies, and has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and September 11 attacks.

My mother was right. Pick your friends carefully.
Steven D. Slott, DDS
October 18, 2013
Paul Connett has no healthcare education, training, experience or expertise. In spite of promoting himself to be an "authority" of some sort on water fluoridation, the fact is that he is simply a fringe activist who has published not one single peer-reviewed piece of scientific literature on the issue. His only publication on this issue is his non peer-reviewed "book" sales of which he pushes at every conceivable opportunity for $25 per copy. He and his wife both receive salaries and other compensation from their non-profit organization. Connett relies upon his misinterpretation of study conclusions, out-of-context quotes and other "information, most of which is totally irrelevant to fluoride at the miniscule level of 0.7 parts per million. His unsubstantiated fear mongering about cancer, thyroid, and other such disorders which he constantly seeks to tie to water fluoridation, serves no purpose except to keep alive an issue from which he profits, and to create "controversy" where none exists.

The citizens of your community would be far better served by obtaining a reputable, true authority on water fluoridation, rather than listening to Connett's skewing of the facts as he misperceives them to be. The CDC, the EPA, the NSF, the ADA, and the WHO all have a wealth of accurate information readily available to anyone who so desires. Access informatin from these sources, and leave Connett out on the fringe where he belongs.
jwillie6
October 18, 2013
As a top scientist and the premier international authority on fluoride, last year Dr. Paul Connett's published (with two co-authors, one an M.D.) his most recent book "The Case Against Fluoride." It contains over 1200 scientific studies (80 pages) and sound scientific reasoning showing the ineffectiveness and dangers to health including cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ in children, kidney disease, arthritis and other serious health problems.
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