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.