NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many professionals
world-wide are calling on Louisiana Governor Jindal to veto a bill which
would force fluoridation on almost the whole state. SB 312 was quietly
pushed through the legislature by PR firms without most Louisianans knowing
it was happening. The professionals are asking Jindal to use his veto in
the interest of fairness. Citizens should have been part of this discussion
but they were not.
Fluoride is added to water ostensibly to reduce tooth decay but
according to many professionals contacting Jindal, recent evidence
indicates that fluoride poses many health dangers (NRC, 2006).
Paul Connett, PhD, Director, Fluoride Action Network asks, "If
fluoridation is a source of pride to the dental lobby why didn't they
present their case openly and allow the legislators to hear experts from
both sides? The public should be fully informed about measures that could
adversely affect their health. This shouldn't be done by stealth."
Among professionals writing to Jindal are Dr. Kathleen Thiessen, and
Dr. Robert Issacson, panel members of "Fluoride in Drinking Water," a
landmark review by the National Research Council (NRC, 2006); Dr. Doug
Everingham, a former Australian Health Minister and Dr. Vyvyan Howard,
president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. They
are among 1700 professionals calling for an end to water fluoridation
worldwide. See http://www.FluorideAlert.org
With American Dental Association funding, the Louisiana Dental
Association (LDA), hired public relations and lobbying firms to promote the
fluoridation bill. The LDA boasts that they have huge access to
legislators. On their website they state that their activities include "the
use of staff and contract lobbyists, governmental publications, legislative
reporting service, dinners for legislators, Dentists' Day at the
Legislature, and VoterVOICE!"
Connett says, "In the interest of fairness, Governor Jindal should Veto
the fluoridation bill, so that citizens can find out what fluoridation
entails and allow legislators to hear the latest evidence of fluoride's
dangers. Governor Jindal has been tipped as a future leader and more than
anything else people expect leaders to act fairly."
The Fluoride Action Network asks all concerned citizens to contact Gov.
Jindal to veto SB 312 by sending an online message at
http://la2.fluoridealert.org or phoning 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121.
SOURCE Fluoride Action Network