Professionals Ask Governor Jindal to Veto Unfair Fluoridation Bill

Jun 21, 2008, 01:00 ET from Fluoride Action Network

    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
     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 or phoning 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121.

SOURCE Fluoride Action Network