The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is excited to announce that NH State Representative Lars Christiansen has introduced two bills in the New Hampshire Legislature for the 2011 legislative session. One them, HB312-- "An Act relative to notice required for the fluoridation of drinking water", has been referred to the House Health and Human Services committee and will have a public hearing this Tuesday, February 1 at 1pm in room 205 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH. [Directions:http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/misc/directi... [Bill Text: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/...
The legislation requires that all fluoridating communities in New Hampshire place a statement on all water bills disclosing that the water is fluoridated and warning citizens not to reconstitute baby formula using fluoridated water.
Since the 2006 NRC report on fluoride showed that infants were consuming 3 to 4 times more fluoride than adults, contributing to overexposure, dental researchers and medical experts have agreed that children under 12 months of age should not be consuming fluoridated water. Just this month, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommended lowering "optimal" water fluoride levels to 0.7 ppm to decrease the epidemic of dental fluorosis afflicting over 41% of adolescents aged 12-15. Even at 0.7 ppm, an infant using fluoridated water will still consume up to 175 times more fluoride than a breastfed baby.
We need your help to pass this important legislation, and to keep the momentum going in our fight to end fluoridation. Please take a minute to send NH Legislators a message urging them to support our infant warning bill, HB312. Don't forget to customize the title and opening statement of the message, as this will dramatically increase the impact of our campaign and increase the likelihood that your message will be read by legislators. If you live in NH, are a medical or scientific expert, a victim of fluorosis, or a concerned parent, its important to state that in the opening of the message. Use these links to send a message:
Within a week from Tuesday's public hearing, the committee will likely vote on their recommendation to the full NH legislature. 80% of the time the committee recommendation is adopted by the full House, so it's crucial that the Health committee votes to recommend the passage of HB312.
We need everyone's help to win the Health committee's support for this bill, but especially from residents of NH. You can also help by getting anyone you know in NH to contact our point person for this campaign: firstname.lastname@example.org,FAN's Campaign Manager and a NH resident.
Stuart Cooper, Campaign Manager Fluoride Action Network Stuart@fluoridealert.org