News from the Fluoride Front

This weekend was packed with family activities, but I still managed to volunteer a couple of hours at the Go Green Expo in Christchurch.  It was at the Fluoride Free NZ booth, where I met the founder, Mary Byrne and her husband Sean.  It was really heartening to meet these dedicated folks and to see such a positive response from expo attendees.  We gathered a lot of signatures on the petition to keep Christchurch fluoride free.  If you would like to support the campaign, please add your name and sign the petition here.

Not convinced about the hazards of fluoridation?

I too, used to think that anyone who questioned the practice of adding fluoride to our water was nut-job, to be quite blunt.  It was only when I actually began researching it for myself that I began to realize how insane it is to add this literal hazardous waste to our drinking water.  Here is just one of many videos available

If you’d like to learn more, check out the Fluoride Debate on Fluoride Free NZ

For those of you with Sky TV in South Island you can also catch the debate  7.30pm Wednesday 17th of August Face TV (Sky Channel 083)

I’ve also written a brief article for the community papers in Christchurch Tuesday, August 17th.  Please share and feel free to copy for blogs or email!

Sleepless From Seattle

I love Christchurch water! It’s one of the many exceptional things we’d heard about the Garden City before moving here. So I was naturally concerned to learn about proposed changes to our water system.

I discovered at an early age how location could affect water quality. When my grandmother moved to the Cascade Mountains near Seattle, she said that the tap water there had a ”sweetness” to it. She was absolutely right – there was a huge difference between our aquifers in Spokane and her spring water in Snoqualmie. It wasn’t until much later that I paid any attention to what is actually in our water.

I’d heard people protest against fluoridation, but written them off as paranoid conspiracy theorists. It wasn’t until becoming a personal trainer that I actually questioned the practice. The research was eye opening.

Our water is being treated with an industrial waste product called hydrofluorosilicic acid. This chemical is a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry.   Although classified as hazardous waste, it is barreled up and sold, unrefined, to communities across the country. This is the “fluoride” in public water.

Dr. William Hirzy, Former VP and Senior Chemist at the U.S. EPA Headquarters (2000), had this to say about it: “If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.”

Hydrofluorosilicic acid is far different from the sodium fluoride (which is not for ingestion) commonly used in toothpaste. This begs the question: Why would they use this dangerous form of fluoride? A likely reason: cost. Because it costs corporations many thousands of dollars per ton to neutralize and dispose of it, they instead sell it to municipalities as a ‘product.’

Chemist and world-renowned fluoride researcher Dr. Paul Connett lectured in Christchurch in July 2016. He listed 50 human studies finding that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ.

Christchurch has managed to remain fluoride free for the last 30 years, but new legislation may allow for fluoridation by 2018 unless the public demands a place at the table in this decision.   And that’s what is keeping me up at night.

Are Trump Supporters Clueless?

crazy Trump supporter

“So why is it you support Trump?” a co-worker asked me today.   He continued, “Because some other guys were talking about him and they couldn’t believe it when I told them you support him.  ‘John follows American politics- he’s pretty sharp’.  But what were your reasons again?”

If your news staples are the likes of CNN or MSNBC, it is completely understandable why you would ask that.  Rarely have we seen such a unified mainstream media assault against a presidential hopeful.  Headlines from trusted sources like the Washington Post with headlines like “Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist” certainly don’t inspire confidence.  Michael Goodwin of the New York Post ponders the sanity of backing Trump in his recent article Why it’s time for a Trump revolution.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t yet boarded the “Trump Train”.  But to see the establishment- both liberals and conservatives in such violent opposition to the candidate and his supporters, is historic.

Donald Trump has said some very brash things- and to the dismay of many, has refused to retract them.  This fact alone has won him at least the admiration of a growing number of PC-weary Americans.  They are tired of being told what to think and say by establishment media and tired of being lied to by the establishment politicians they work with (AKA the politico-media complex).

People who voted for “hope” in 2008 were sorely disappointed.  Some optimists even maintained enough hope for another try in 2012.  And they got burned again.  But who in their right mind support Trump?  Well, voters.  Angry voters.  Trump’s swelling popularity may say as much about our complete frustration with politics-as-usual as it does about the candidate.  Donald Trump is a big middle finger to the establishment.  As such, it’s not the most elegant gesture, but when one has been bullied long enough, it gets the message across.  Decorum has fallen by the wayside.

So are Trump supporters clueless- or FED-UP?  Faced with a “fatal ultimatum”; being asked to choose among a socialist, a treasonous serial-liar and a wealthy egomaniac.  While Trump is no Ron Paul, he is infinitely better than the rest of the field.   It’s tempting to consider voting third party- or just opt out completely.  But given the stakes in 2016, that attitude is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous.



Rest in Space, Edgar

National hero dies at 85; Sept. 17, 1930 to February 4, 2016.  Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was the 6th human being to walk on the moon and an inspiration to millions.  I admired him not just for his accomplishments but also for his perspective.  He was the author of one of my favorite quotes (which is a signature file on all my outgoing emails):

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

His words are even more poignant today.

Credit: NASA

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