Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday Feb. 17) and for the next two weeks, the special anti-fluoridation PSA seen above will be aired locally during the popular Dr. Oz TV program. Dr. Oz appears on Fox weekdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Austin area. Narrating the 1-minute message is Ed Begley an actor best known for his television role on St. Elsewhere and a dedicated conservationist in his own right. The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine has generously underwritten the first two-week block of air time.
Because we feel it’s important that this message reach a wider audience than can be achieved through the viewership of a single program, we are launching an INDIEGOGO campaign for funding to purchase more Austin TV spots in multiple venues. We’re offering a variety of healthy lifestyle perks to contributors of $15 or more, but donations of any size are welcome. Those who are able to help, please make your donations through the INDIEGOGO website. Thank you!
This PSA by Ed Begley, star of the St. Elsewhere TV series and a prominent environmental activist, has been shown in various venues since its YouTube debut last April–most recently in Dallas on the Dr. Oz show.
Austinites will soon get their own chance to see Begley’s message on daytime TV. Beginning this coming Tuesday, February 17, it will run for two weeks during the Oz program (perhaps longer if sufficient funding exists). Dr. Oz airs here on Fox from 3 to 4 p.m. weekdays. Be sure to watch.
The first two weeks’ airing of the PSA’s has been generously underwritten by the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. An Indiegogo campaign to raise additional funds will be announced soon.
On February 12, Walt Olenick became the first member of Fluoride Free Austin to speak before the new Austin City Council. His talk was respectful, informative, and consumed less than the alotted 3 minutes.
His object, in this first 2015 appearance at City Hall was simply to make the Council members aware that it’s commonplace in Austin to have doubts about the value of fluoridation. To reinforce the point, he handed out the flyerWater Fluoridation is NOT a Fringe Issue in Austin, available from our website. The flyer cites and graphically illustrates the results of a 2012 survey by KEYE-TV (our CBS affiliate) in which roughly half the Austinites surveyed said they consider fluoridation a waste of money. What could be more mainstream than that?
Disappointingly, nobody on the dais had a single comment or question about the material presented, in stark contrast to the other seven citizens’ communication speakers, with whom they interacted freely. Clearly the word is already out: fluoride is a subject to be approached with extreme caution. (One councilmember had reason to feel particularly uncomfortable–the notion that fluoridation opponents are “crazy” had been the springboard for a vile smear campaign against an opponent.) And now here was half of Austin unmasked as sharing those same outlandish views. Instant cognitive dissonance!
Still, the immutable facts are before them, and we shall see what we shall see. Will the new Council open their minds enough to allow some enlightenment in and then vote for what’s right rather than what’s politically expedient? Or will they freeze into the hard mold of political careerism that has so long worked against the interests of Austin’s everyday citizens? Only time will tell.