Yesterday councilmember Randi Shade requested, through an aide, that the following message be conveyed to all who spoke out at the Committee on Public Health and Human Services water fluoridation briefing of March 22:


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy week to speak at the Public Health and Human Services meeting last Tuesday. I am glad  to have brought the item to the committee and am also glad my colleagues and I were able to learn so much.  
As a next step, I plan to schedule a facilitated work session with the other members of the committee. The purpose of this work session will be for those of us on the PHHS committee to publicly engage in a more in-depth dialogue among ourselves while also allowing us to ask additional questions and dig deeper into some of the underlying assumptions that each side presented last week.  I expect to include Dr. Huang and a couple of community leaders from FFA and ADA to help us with our questions during the work session.  The work session will be televised and be open to the pubic for viewing, but will not include public input.  Again, the purpose of the work session will be for the committee members to publicly deliberate further and weigh the issues in front of us as policy makers.  I will begin putting this work session together right away with the hope of getting it scheduled for some time in May and being able to announce the details at our next scheduled PHHS meeting to take place on April 18th.  In the meantime, I will continue to ask questions, gather information and receive your input.  Thank you.
Yours truly,


While we welcome Ms. Shade’s willingness to carry forward the public discourse begun last week, we can’t help but notice the same essential imbalance as occurred at the briefing:  one public advocacy group, Fluoride Free Austin, facing two “authority” figures whose qualifications we challenge, without an opportunity to meet the opposition’s inaccuracies head on.  But that challenge goes to the heart of our cause, and cannot be resolved outside of a chance for direct exchange.  Will that chance come next time around?  It could make all the difference. 

We note, incidentally, that City Council election day is May 14, and that this work session not yet scheduled is proposed for “some time in May.”  Will it come before, or after, the elections?  Time will tell.  Stay tuned. 



  1. It is not easy to know what the intent of an action is.,
    Locally we had one Man running for Mayor even do radio health shows that his first act as mayor would be to halt fluoridation. After election he commented it was tough because it was so political and a year later said he could take it or leave it. Now he is out of office but fluoridation remains.
    Natick Ma and Fairbanks alaska both did reviews by MD and PHD and rejected fluoridation. It was 11 years ago for Natick and was more agressive against fluoridation but a few years later after commission changes they fluoridated. It looks like Fairbanks will most likely halt fluoridation.
    Port Orange Fl had a works shop at my request and banned all against fluoridation from even speaking. Then they voted after hearing only one side 5-0 to keep fluoridation. This had been planned 2 months earlier with an agenda item of how to silence me when the ADA had a meeting at the health department in the shade. Florida has public record laws to prevent back door conversations on public policy. The state ADA and health department did power points but I never discovered which dentists attended or a what plans were made against me.
    My dentist mayor who asked for the meeting had also made a CD of me speaking 13 times on fluoridation to Ormond Beach and a transcript. This was given to city managers and dentists to prepare them for the battle. I was never informed but discovered it in a records search by accident. I thanked my mayor at the next meeting for taking the first step to inform dentists of fluoridation issues.
    They they banned from speaking ever again on fluoride at comments. Three months later because of first amendment issues made it a rule of two on any topic and never again. The vice mayor said it made him cross to have to listen to me. He is now our mayor.
    One commissioner has now admitted I was right and they were wrong on fluoridation. None in the county have even lowered the levels to .7ppm but the health department did warn of the new guideline. She also said fluoridation was the foundation of all public health and the best policy. Only 4 dentists out of over 200 in our county treat poor kids on medicaid. Florida pays the least at 30 cents on the dollar. Dentists boycott medicaid with a passion. They feel insulted and would rather do pro bono then mess with the paperwork. 2% is not much of a service to the public.

  2. Where did you get the information on how many dentists in your county take medicaid patients and how much they are paid?

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