CALLING ALL AUSTINITES! — SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE CITY’S RUBBER-STAMP REPORT AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD MEETING OF WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2

                                                                     


Event:  Austin Environmental Board Meeting
Date:  Wednesday, December 2
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Place:   Austin City Hall Council Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street   http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/cityhall/visit.htm

Let’s all turn out to watch city staff present their shameful rubber-stamped fluoridation  “report”, and offer some comments of our own.  Come to speak or just lend support.  Bill Kiel, the Alamo Heights former city councilman who kept water fluoridation out of his town will be in attendance. 

We need, by our presence, to let those responsible know that we will not settle for a whitewash.

The report of Assistant City Manager Rudy Garza’s “informal internal stakeholders group” can be found at http://www.austinchronicle.com/media/content/921482/11-13-09.water_fluoridation_report.pdf.     

IT’S HERE! AUSTIN CHRONICLE COVERAGE: FAIR AND BALANCED



The Chronicle article is out, a day early owing to Thanksgiving.  Any fears of a hit piece were misplaced.  Not only is it solid and well balanced, it’s just about the best piece on the subject I’ve ever seen in any mainstream media.  Kudos to writer Wells Dunbar for a job wells done..  Check out the links, send them around:  

http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A921482
http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A921486
http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A921484

and don’t forget to download the City’s report:
http://www.austinchronicle.com/media/content/921482/11-13-09.water_fluoridation_report.pdf

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

ANNOUNCEMENT!! — AUSTIN ANTI-FLUORIDATION MOVEMENT TO BE COVERED BY AUSTIN CHRONICLE

                                                           
                                                               The Two of Us – In Younger Days

It’s official:  the Austin Chronicle will run a feature article on Fluoride Free Austin’s efforts in its next issue, Friday, November 27. Today a Chronicle photographer took pictures of my husband and me at City Hall, where we weren’t speaking during Citizens Communication thanks to the new one-out of-four-Council meetings rule. The Chron is a highly literate, well-regarded Austin weekly, once alternative, now thoroughly mainstream.   Also quoted in the story is Neil Carman. Ph.D., environmentalist extraordinaire and our science guru.  Will it be a hit piece?  Who knows?  The Chron hasn’t shown itself sympathetic to our cause in the past.  On the other hand, the writer was sufficiently engaged in his subject to take a tour of the Austin Water Utility.  We’ll just hope for the best, brace for the worst, and remember that if you’re catching flak, you must be over the target. 

The current Austin Chronicle can be read at www.austinchronicle.com  Back issues are archived there. 

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH…THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER’S DISINGENUOUS REPORT

                                    

While Walt and I were getting our pictures taken, Austin Assistant City Manager Rudy Garza was signing off on a report “developed in response to concerns raised about the practice of water fluoridation during Citizen Communications at City Council meetings.”  The 16-page report – dated November 13 to be exact – is smug and self-congratulatory:  the result of several month’s work by a committee comprising representatives of the Austin Water Utility, the Austin/Travis County  Health and Human Services Department, the Watershed Protection Department, and the Law Department.

How the Environmental Board’s August 19 recommendation that City Council set up an unbiased task force to re-examine the city’s decades-old water fluoridation policy gave rise to a highly biased self-investigation committee out of the City Manager’s office eludes me.  Be that as it may, Garza’s working group did nothing to seriously address “concerns raised about the practice of water fluoridation during Citizen Communications at City Council meetings.”  Rather, they retreated behind the comforting notion of. “best practices”  Refusing to take into account that it’s those same outdated standards that are being challenged, they consulted no independent authorities, cited no recent peer-reviewed scientific literature, and ignored all concerns about fluoride’s well-known toxicity.  Mainly, they rehashed language from classic promotional tracts like the ADA’s Fluoridation Facts. http://www.ada.org/public/topics/fluoride/facts/fluoridation_facts.pdf.  Their feel-good opus rubber-stamping  the status quo smacks of bad faith.  It settles nothing.  Ignoring the elephant in the living room doesn’t make it go away.

It’s to be hoped that City Council won’t let his sorry offering replace a real investigation.  They have the power to act, and they should hasten to convene the independent advisory group the Environmental Board had in mind.  They need to hear from experts who aren’t lobbyists for fluoride, to learn about the health damage it causes and the good it doesn’t do.  After that, as somebody once said, all they have to do is turn off the tap.  Amen.    

FLUORIDE DATE LECTURE #22 – TEXAS DENTAL HEALTH: NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT

                                                             

                                                          Hard-to-Get Texas Dental Report Highlights
                                                                      Water Fluoridation’s Poor Record

Good afternoon, Mayor Leffingwell and Councilmembers.  Last time, I mentioned this report by the Texas Dental Association that assesses the current oral health of Texans.  Please bear in mind, as I read a few quotes, that the main premise on which water fluoridation has always been marketed is that it