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Election Day is Tuesday November 6th. Your vote counts! Photo courtesy of Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

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YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Election Day is Tuesday November 6th, 2018. You can verify your Voter Status on the California Secretary of State website.

MARIN COUNTY
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SONOMA COUNTY
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FLUORIDE & IQ: THE 53 STUDIES

“As of June 2018, a total of 60 studies have investigated the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence, and over 40 studies have investigated the relationship fluoride and learning/memory in animals. Of these investigations, 53 studies have found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ in humans, while 45 animal studies have found that fluoride exposure impairs the learning and/or memory capacity of animals. The human studies, which are based on IQ examinations of over 15,000 children, provide compelling evidence that fluoride exposure during the early years of life can damage a child’s developing brain. – From Fluoride Action Network, Fluoride & IQ: The 53 Studies

MORE about quantifying Fluoride’s potential to reduce IQ in children in this overview of Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh’s article explaining the 2017 Prenatal Fluoride/IQ study by Bashash et al.

The first U.S. Government-funded study investigating prenatal neurological damage from fluoride, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico (2017), finds that each 0.5 part per million (ppm) increase in a pregnant woman’s urine fluoride levels reduced her child’s IQ by 2.5 – 3 points.

The full peer-reviewed study,  a 12 year analysis of data from 287 mother-child pairs, was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (9/19/2017) , and is available at the U. S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) website. READ THE STUDY.

The new study is unique in approach, size, and duration, but it joins over 50 other human-based studies finding evidence of fluoride-based cognitive damage affecting IQ.  READ DAWNA’S ARTICLE.

Watch Michael Connett’s presentation on Fluoride and IQ Studies:

Michael Connett on Fluoride & IQ Studies (running time 26:24 min)

Visit Clean Water Sonoma-Marin’s updated page on Fluoride Neurotoxicity
MOMS 2B

May 2018: Clean Water Sonoma-Marin Charitable Trust joins Fluoride Action Network (FAN) in its Moms2B campaign. Moms 2B alerts pregnant women to the most recent scientific evidence that consuming fluoride, whether from fluoride supplements, or from fluoridated water, can harm the developing brains of their unborn children. Don’t risk your child’s future. Learn more here: http://fluoridealert.org/issues/moms2b/

UPDATES: FLUORIDATION IN SONOMA & MARIN COUNTIES, OUR STATE & NATION

SONOMA COUNTY
2018 Sonoma County Supervisors (left to right): Susan Gorin (District 1), James Gore (District 4), Shirlee Zane (District 3), Lynda Hopkins (District 5), and David Rabbitt (District 2)

THE SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS has postponed indefinitely any consideration of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) proposal to fluoridate Sonoma County water (originally on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors agenda 5/19/2015). As of the 2016 elections,  a majority of Sonoma County Supervisors is on the record opposing fluoridated tap water for Sonoma County.

LOOKING AHEAD, Sonoma County residents should be reassured to know that future attempts to fluoridate water in Sonoma County will not be through the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) . Even if, some day,  the issue returns to the Board of Supervisors, the unanimity requirement among signers to the Sonoma County Water Agency Restructured Agreement for Water Supply cannot be met, as long as the City of Cotati, the City of Sonoma, and the Valley of the Moon Water District continue their official rejection of fluoridation.

Merrilyn Joyce

SANTA ROSA: The Sonoma County Department of Public Health has declared a renewed focus on fluoridating the City of Santa Rosa (announced at the second annual Sonoma County Dental Health Summit, 9/25/2016), although, so far, no traction has been gained.

THE CITY OF HEALDSBURG remains fluoridated. For information and updates, visit Safe Water Healdsburg online.

Merrilyn Joyce

MARIN COUNTY

NORTH MARIN WATER DISTRICT remains unfluoridated due to the full committment of the NMWD Board of Directors, which is grateful for Clean Water Sonoma-Marin’s successful efforts to stop attempts to fluoridate through the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). 80% of NMWD water, including water for the City of Novato, is provided by SCWA.

MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT (MMWD) remains fluoridated. Clean Water Sonoma-Marin is holding individual meetings with Marin Municipal Water District board members. The good news is that we are talking at last, not just limited to three minute comments at MMWD Board meetings.

Marin Municipal Water District's Cataract Falls property, safe from glyphosate, thanks to the MMWD Board's use of the Precautionary Principle.

Marin Municipal Water District’s Cataract Falls property, safe from glyphosate defoliation thanks to the MMWD Board’s use of the Precautionary Principle.

MARIN COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Grant Colfax

Because communication is essential, Clean Water Sonoma-Marin Charitable Trust members , including medical professionals, have been sharing fluoridation concerns with Grant Colfax, MD, Director of the  Marin County Department of Health, and with Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis, MD, MPH.

In the fall of 2017, a cordial meeting was arranged by former North Marin Water District (NMWD) Board Member, and current Marin County Supervisor from Novato, Dennis Rodoni.

Dennis Rodoni

In January 2018, a second meeting was arranged by Supervisor Rodoni. Although Dr. Colfax was unable to attend, Dr. Willis met with Supervisor Rodoni, and other Marin County Clean Water advocates, Ginger Souders-Mason,  Deborah Landowne, Steve Lamb, CWSM-CT Director Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh , thyroid specialist Dr. Richard Shames, MD, and Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) Board Member, attorney Larry Bragman, who explained the current suit in Federal Court against EPA on the issue of fluoride neurotoxicity. Brian Smith DDS, and Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH participated in the meeting via letters to Dr. Colfax and Dr. Willis.

Matt Willis

As with all Public Health professionals, Dr. Willis is tasked with implementing and supporting Public Health policies, including water fluoridation. However, Dr. Willis said, of all the concerns about water fluoridation presented at the meeting, the one that gives him pause is the issue raised in the letter from Dr. Osmunson, the possiblilty that, with increasing fluoride exposure from many sources, Marin County residents might be receiving too much fluoride.

THE HEALTH COUNCIL OF MARIN is looking into the new data on fluoride toxicity. We have been contacted,  and are providing documents as requested. The Health Council operates under Marin County Health & Human Services (HHS), and is responsible for advising the Marin Board of Supervisors, and Marin HHS on health issues, and advocating “for the development and allocation of resources to assure quality and accessible health care, and to educate regarding issues affecting the health and well-being of the citizens of Marin County.” Source: https://www.marinhhs.org/boards/marin-health-council

CALIFORNIA & THE NATION

MEDICAID FUNDS FOR FLUORIDATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Jay Kumar

Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH, is California’s first Director of Dental Health, an office created in 2015, after years of lobbying by the California Dental Association (CDA). Before coming to California, Dr. Kumar was instrumental in setting up a pilot program, now in effect in New York State, in which millions of dollars in Medicaid funds now support water fluoridation. The program, which siphons off scarce funds from effective dental and other health care, is a first step in an ambitious plan to use Medicaid funds to pay for water fluoridation infrastructure, engineering,  chemicals costs, and staff time, nationwide. Dr. Kumar is in discussion with public health officials and key legislators, about a similar program for California. For more information, and documentation,  please contact us.

TO BENEFIT THE NATION

LAWSUIT AGAINST US EPA REGARDING FLUORIDE NEUROTOXICITY

VIDEO: Zero Waste hero, and FAN co-founder Dr. Paul Connett and Dr. Bill Hirzy, retired Senior Scientist for Risk Assessment at US EPA (1981-2004), old comrades-in-arms, have just hand delivered The Petition to EPA Headquarters, along with  many heavy boxes of scientific documentation. Now they sit in the sun,  praise young attorney Michael Connett for his brilliant work and, figuratively, pass the torch.

THE PETITION
November 23, 2016, the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT), and Fluoride Action Network (FAN), in coalition with others, hand delivered a petition to US EPA, accompanied by over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation, to ban the use of fluoridation chemicals because of the neurotoxic risks of fluoride ingestion.

Historically, when a chemical has evidence of neurotoxicity, for example lead, EPA has banned its use. Since 2014, fluoride has been on EPA’s short list of chemicals, including arsenic and lead, with scientific evidence of developmental neurotoxic harm to humans. However, EPA rejected the petition (2/27/2017).

THE LAWSUIT
April 18, 2017,  the petitioners responded by filing a complaint in US District Court  in San Francisco, seeking a ban on water fluoridation, under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

November 30, 2017, EPA responded with a motion to dismiss “all claims in the present matter.” The EPA motion was rejected by Judge Edward M. Chen (12/21/2017). A month later (01/15/2018), EPA filed a brief  seeking to deny plaintiffs the right to submit any evidence, including new scientific studies, not submitted at the time of the original filing.

January 15, 2018,

“This case will present the first time a court will consider the neurotoxicity of fluoride and the question of whether fluoridation presents an unreasonable risk under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  And, in contrast to most other legal challenges of Agency actions, TSCA gives us the right to get the federal court to consider our evidence ‘de novo’—meaning federal courts are to conduct their own independent review of the evidence without deference to the EPA’s judgment.”  – attorney Michael Connett

For brief background on the petition, a detailed timeline, including links to all filings and rulings to date, and the names of petitioning organizations, and their attorneys, please read: Lawsuit against US EPA Regarding Fluoride Neurotoxicity.

The suit has survived US EPA’s challenges, and is scheduled to be heard in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, August 2019. We’ll keep you posted.

H.R. 2422

Lobbying Members of Congress on H.R. 2422 takes our intrepid Clean Water Sonoma-Marin team to some unexpected places in the Capitol Building, Washington DC (September 15, 2017). Photo: Merrilyn Joyce

STUART COOPER’S UPDATE ON H.R. 2422
H.R. 2422, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017,  would have authorized fluoridation promotion programs through 2022 and would have cost taxpayers 160 million dollars. Congratulations! You helped stop that waste. Because of Sonoma County emails and calls to our Members of Congress, added to messages from concerned citizens across the country, including some of us who went to Washington DC to talk with Congressmen and staff members in person, H.R. 2422 was withdrawn. Thank you for a strong, speedy, effective response! The ADA has proposed and lobbied for similar bills in the past, and we’ve stopped them. When bills like this come up again, you’ll know. Together, we’ll stop those too. – Stuart Cooper [See Stuart’s article in the October 2017  issue of the Sonoma County Gazette, “Take Action: Stop or Amend H.R. 2422.”]

Clean Water Sonoma-Marin Charitable Trust: Grassroots Democracy in Action

Clean Water Sonoma-Marin's giant scroll with signatures of thousands of Sonoma County residents against water fluoridation.
May 16, 2015 – Clean Water Sonoma-Marin volunteers hold a  giant scroll displaying the signatures of thousands of Sonoma County businesses and residents against water fluoridation. Photo: CWSM (5/16/2015)
May 9, 2016 – Dawna Gallagher Stroeh turns in over 8000 signatures of voters registered in the Marin Municipal Water District, on a ballot initiative requesting an MMWD moratorium on water fluoridation pending evidence of  fluoride’s safety for ingestion. Photo: Marin Independent Journal
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FEATURED VIDEOS

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Fluoridation and the Environment by Howard Patterson

Our Daily Dose by Jeremy Seifert

Don’t Swallow Your Toothpaste

Poisoned Horses by David Kennedy

FEATURED ARTICLES

Fluoride Neurotoxicity: US EPA listing and recent studies

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Newsweek discusses: Does fluoridation prevent cavities?

A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention by Peckham and Awofeso (2014)

MMWD Infant Formula Advisory: open letter from Lauren Ayers

Healdsburg: Nothing But Questions by Larry Hanson

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