AN INCONVENIENT TOOTH: GREAT NEW DOCUMENTARY

This stunning documentary, which features scientists, health professionals and activists, was recently released in Portland, Oregon, where powerful special interests – working behind the scenes for a year or more – have influenced the mayor and two of four City Council members (none facing  reelection) to force water fluoridation on an unwilling public.  It was produced, directed, shot and edited by Guy Wagner.  Filming took place during the Fluoride Action Network’s (FAN) Citizens’  Conference of July, 2010.   Kudos to Mr. Wagner for his outstanding work.

    
  
 

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FLUORIDE DATE LECTURE #55 – IT’S OFFICIAL: LOW-INCOME KIDS IN FLUORIDATED AUSTIN HAVE POOR DENTAL HEALTH

                                
                                City Milks St. David’s Dental Van for Photo-Op but Doesn’t Contribute

Good afternoon, Mayor and councilmembers. Throughout our four years of speaking at City Hall against water fluoridation, one element has been conspicuously absent:  the low income children in whose name the practice is implemented.  Theoretically, the city fluoridates to provide

FLUORIDE DATE LECTURE #54 – INTRODUCING FLUORIDE FREE HOUSTON

                                            
                               Six Fluoride Free Houston Members Speak Before Their City Council 


Good afternoon, Mayor and councilmembers.  A year ago, on August 2, Mayor Leffingwell asked, while I stood at this podium, why Fluoride Free Austin didn

STRANGE DAYS: MARTINEZ BLAMES STRANGER’S OUTBURST ON FFA’S LINDA GREENE; YOUTUBE CENSORS CLIP OF INCIDENT (BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE IT)

                                                  
                                                         “Good job, Ms. Greene. He represents you well.”

I guess we’ve finally made the big time!  YouTube has seen fit to censor a 90-second videoclip I uploaded this morning- almost immediately. The clip, which was within the public domain, caught City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee chairman Mike Martinez sarcastically comparing Fluoride Free Austin co-founder Linda Greene to a stranger who wandered into the meeting apparently at random, suffered a panic attack, and was made to leave. It’s nice to know the higher-ups are paying attention.

The date was this past Tuesday, June 19.   Greene and I attended the Austin City Council

TWO RADIO SHOWS TO CATCH: TOMORROW (6-13) AND THURSDAY (6-14)



                                                                



Hear Fluoride Free Austin activists discuss the health, environmental and political aspects of water fluoridation.  The programs will later be archived on their respective websites.


Tomorrow, Wed. the 13th
, John Bush will interview Dr. Neil Carman and Rae Nadler-Olenick on his 7-10 a.m. Rise Up Radio Show (listening details here:   Our segment will come on at 9:15 a.m.

Then, on Thursday, the 14th, Stacy Guidry will interview Drs. Griffin Cole and Laura Pressley on the Shades of Green radio show on 91.7, at 1-2 p.m.

 

 



 

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DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE! KEYE-TV TRIES TO DISAPPEAR ITS OWN FLUORIDE SURVEY: CALL TO NEWSROOM CONFIRMS “ALMOST 50-50″ RESULTS





In the last few days, Austin KEYE-TV has made serious efforts to obliterate all traces of its recent poll showing that nearly half of Austinites think fluoridating our drinking water is a waste of money. Their website now offers a transcript from which all reference to the survey has been removed along with assurances that it contains the “text content” of the now-deleted video.  Luckily, on June 1, we made a call to the station: 
   
                                                                                         

The unedited videoclip is still available – for a price – from Teleclip, Inc. of Austin.

 

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KEYE-TV: IT’S OFFICIAL – HALF OF AUSTINITES DON’T WANT FLUORIDE


                             
 

On Tuesday, May 22, ABC’s local KEYE-TV broke a startling piece of news: nearly half of Austinites consider community water fluoridation to be a waste of money. The announcement by respected anchor Judy Maggio aired at 10 p.m. during the “Waste Watch” segment – following a telephone survey commissioned by the station itself – and was billed as a Top Story.  Then it proceeded to disappear.

The saga really began back in early April, when a KEYE reporter contacted me for an interview.  The reporter, who also interviewed a local dentist with a fluoride-free practice, was well aware of the health hazards of fluoride and strongly committed to doing the piece. I was glad to be part of it, though privately I had my doubts that such a story would ever air in Austin.  I suspected it would be spiked – old timey newspaper parlance for forgotten, buried, killed, kaput – somewhere along the way to the broadcast studio. 

I was told only that it would run “some time” in May.  Weeks went by. Then, on 5/22, a day when I happened to be out of the country, it finally came up on the 10 p.m. news. By the time I reached an Internet cafe, the survey results had been edited out of the videoclip.  Within the next day or two, the clip itself vanished, replaced by a still shot of giant teeth:

                                      

As of today, we have been informed that the original video was “deleted” and is no longer available! A most extraordinary step for KEYE to take.

Clearly someone (or more than one) in a position of power did not want that information out there. But the genie of truth, once released, is not easily put back in the bottle. It exists in KEYE’s chart  – captured in a screen shot (top) and the edited transcript, still available online (below):
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Fluoridated City Water: Is It Worth The Added Expense?        K-EYE Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Every time you take a drink of city water, or eat vegetables rinsed off in your kitchen sink, or eat pasta boiled in city water, you

AUSTIN’S RACIST “GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENT”

                                          
              Van Os: There at the Birthing                      Martinez: Current Beneficiary


When Dr. Laura Pressley ran for City Council Place 2 against incumbent Mike Martinez, she broke a long-entrenched taboo that designates two Council seats for individuals of specific racial/ethnic lineage.  Originally Places 5 (Hispanic) and 6 (black), the arrangement has not resulted in improved representation of Austin