Stop Sonoma County Fluoridation:

Action Resources

By Patricia Dines

Hi all -

I think we can -- and must -- stop the plan for community water fluoridation in Sonoma County. The science just does not support fluoridation, and it will risk health and environmental harm to all of us.

What's key is for many more of us here to stand up and object -- ideally in the next three or four months, before this starts getting more fixed and much harder to reverse. There are lots of ways you can help. Now is the time to act if we want to see a change. We together can make a difference on this!

Below are some key resources that can help you learn, educate others, and otherwise take constructive action on this locally.

You can also see and download an older handout PDF version of this page, with much of the information here, at

I'll continue also continue adding and updating information here, as needed.

I hope that you find this useful. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggested additions, or if you want to connect further in taking action.

Patricia Dines
Freelance Writer, Educator, & Public Speaker
Specializing in Environmental & Community Issues

Some key ways you can learn more and take action

>> Consider sharing these with others, both online and in print.

1) I've created a handy webpage summary of what I see as the key problems with CWF at This includes citations, as well as links to taking action. Read this to learn more, identify key points you might make, and get supporting citations. It also offers my proposals for fixing the process with the Board of Supervisors, which I feel is currently biased towards CWF.

2) If you want to create an informational flyer, my article in Pacific Health Magazine is written for a medical periodical and works for a mainstream audience, including medical people. You can read the webpage and download the PDF of the article at: "Understanding Concerns About Community Water Fluoridation". Note: I also have a similar presentation of this information in Should We Fluoridate Our Community's Water?, in the Sonoma County Peace Press.

3) If you want to create a two-sided informational flyer that has more details and has more local info, you can use my two Ask EcoGirl columns on this topic, which includes most of the points on my summary webpage above. Just go to each of these links, download the PDF for each column, then copy them double-sided on one page.

* "Should We Fluoridate Our Water?" (Feb. 2013).

* "Standing Up to Stop Fluoridation" (April 2013).

Note: It's great if you want to print my article PDFs and copy them for personal non-profit use - OR - if you want to link to the webpages from your website or Facebook page. However, please don't copy the actual text onto your page or into a periodical without getting my permission. All my articles are available for possible reprint with permission.

4) You're invited to join and participate in the email/online group I created to help us stop SC fluoridation. (You can have an email, digest, or web-only membership in this group.)

Here you can:

* Read files and see links with key information locally and beyond (see the left part of the screen);
* Get ideas for actions you can take to help;
* Connect with other folks who care about this issue locally, by reading and posting messages;
* Make plans together; and
* Feel general support among allies.

5) I also post ongoing information on this and other eco-topics on my Ask EcoGirl Facebook page. Come by for a visit!

6) You can get on my very low-volume action alert list, where I pass along just the top meetings and moments for action. You can choose that option in my main email list signup at

7) Here are two Sonoma County petitions you can sign .

8) See these local webpages and Facebook groups.

9) Write a letter to state your fact-based objections to fluoridated water. Please don't make more speculative fringe arguments. That just undermines our credibility and makes it hard for people to hear what we're saying. The science and facts really are enough to prove the CWF is harmful not helpful. Here are key email addresses for our Supervisors and more!

10) Write the water providers who would be receiving the fluoridated water, and ask that they state their official objection to the introduction of this material into their water supply.

Look at the list of receiving agencies (called "contractors" of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA)) at The only Sonoma County water provider not on this list that fluoridates its water now is Healdsburg.

11) Dawna Gallagher is taking local action. Contact her at 707 547 7006


In addition to my EcoGirl columns, I made this useful information into easy handouts.

* Position Against Water Fluoridation by LULAC (The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino organization in the U.S.)

* Statement About Water Fluoridation from the EPA Professionals Union (NTEU Chapter 280)

* Professionals Statement to End Water Fluoridation
Signed by over 4,000 medical, dental, scientific, and environmental professionals

* Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation

* Fluoride is not an essential nutrient

13) There are lots of other ways to help. Be creative and have fun with it!

14) Good general resources on this topic:

Fluoride Action Network

Movie: Fluoridegate: An American Tragedy, by Dr. David Kennedy. This engaging and informative documentary film shares the experiences of scientists who sought to ring the alarm about Community Water Fluoridation. (65 minutes)

Book: The Case Against Fluoride, By Dr. Paul Connett, et al

Book chapter: "A Response to Pro-Fluoridation Claims," from The Case Against Fluoride, by Dr. Paul Connett, et al. Dr. Connett is a scientific professional who supported CWF until he looked at the science. Hopefully more health professionals and decisionmakers will also reconsider their opinions based on what we know today.


"My father was a dentist. I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation."

Andrew Young, former U.N. Ambassador, former Atlanta Mayor Inductee International Civil Rights Walk of Fame
Quoted in: "Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation," Black Politics On The Web, April 15, 2011

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"Fluoridation presents unacceptable risks to public health, and the government cannot prove its claims of safety… [The] EPA has attempted to silence scientists who do not follow the party line. Fluoridation … is banned in most of Europe; European Union human rights legislation makes it illegal…. Fluoridation is a scientific fraud, probably the greatest fraud of the century."

- Dr. Robert Carton, Former US EPA senior scientist, including as a Risk Assessment Scientist with the Office of Toxic Substances; Twice president of the EPA Professional Union

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"It is time for the U.S., and the few remaining fluoridating countries, to recognize that fluoridation is outdated, has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, violates sound medical ethics and denies freedom of choice. Fluoridation must be ended now."

&endash; Professionals Statement to End Water Fluoridation, signed by over 4,000 medical, dental, scientific, and environmental professionals.

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"We call upon all medical and dental professionals, members of water departments, local officials, public health organizations, environmental groups and the media to examine for themselves the new documentation that fluoridated water is ineffective and poses serious health risks. It is no longer acceptable to simply rely on endorsements from agencies that continue to ignore the large body of scientific evidence on this matter…. The untold millions of dollars that are now spent on equipment, chemicals, monitoring, and promotion of fluoridation could be much better invested in nutrition education and targeted dental care for children from low income families. The vast majority of enlightened nations have done this…. It is time for the U.S., and the few remaining fluoridating countries, to recognize that fluoridation is outdated, has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, violates sound medical ethics and denies freedom of choice. Fluoridation must be ended now."

- Professionals Statement to End Water Fluoridation, signed by over 4,000 medical, dental, scientific, and environmental professionals.

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