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The Case Against Flouride with Dr. Paul Connett Podcast ONL076

Paul Connett.jpg Chemist Paul Connett, PhD, spoke with us compellingly last month about the case against mandatory flouridation of tapwater as practiced in most American municipalities. He is author of The Case Against Flouride: How Hazardous Wasted Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep it There with co-authors James Beck, MD, PhD and H. S. Micklem, DPhil. They lay out a well documented argument against this ineffective and harmful experimental mass medication of the water system without consent of the users and with no control of dosage.

ONL076 Podcast Interview

The title and sub-title of Connett’s book do a great job of summarizing the topics covered in this well-researched book. Connett did not set out to discredit flouride, but when he attempted to placate his wife’s concerns by discounting the dangers of flouride in drinking water, he discovered a myriad of health risks instead. Connett is no stranger to scientific research or leadership. He serves as the director of the Flouride Action Network (FAN), and is the Executive Director of its parent body, the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP). He has spoken and given more than 2,000 presentations in forty-nine states and fifty-two countries on the issues of waste management. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph. D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He is a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University. He lives in Canton, New York.

Jon and I were both impressed by Connett’s passion for his subject and the breadth and depth of his knowledge. His book does an excellent job of detailing the problems and setting up the case against flouride. Here is a link to ten facts about flouride from the FAN. Anyone living in a community that has flouride added to your tap water should do the research and find out about this issue. I highly recommend Connett’s book.

While we’re on the topic of dental health, we’d like to call your attention to our newest affiliate, OraWellness. Cathy has been using their brushing blend formula. Since both of my grandmothers and my mother had gum disease to a significant extent, she is very concerned about caring for her gums in a holistic way. Nutrient dense food is her first defense, but good oral care is the second.

Farm Updates

We have a new supply of heritage rabbits at Broad River Rabbitry in NE Georgia, thanks to the American Drift project and deliveries Jon has made while traveling on business. Jon took some photos when drift 2011 reached us here in Elberton. With diverse lines from as far away as Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Ohio, and Canada, I am now able to supply high quality breeding and show-quality stock of American, Beveren, and Silver Fox rabbits. At this time, I have more junior (non-breeding age) does than senior, but that will change by fall. I will be updating availability of rabbits on my website as it develops.

We have two new interns working on the farm for the summer. One found us through the ATTRA website. He is doing daily maintenance of poultry and is in charge of our 1/10 acre vegetable garden. The other intern is getting summer course credit from the University of Georgia and will be designing an edible, pollinator and native plant landscape around the farmhouse. We are still seeking the right 12-month apprentice to work from September 2011 to August 2010. Our winters are mild! Please contact us if you are interested. We have nice accommodations above our barn.

Our perimeter field fences were completed last week. In a few days we will also have an entry gate, wire to keep our dogs on the property, cross-fencing for sheep paddocks, livestock irrigation, and electricity to the rabbit barn completed. This will allow us to bring home our first critically endangered heritage Gulf Coast Sheep. We believe this breed is well suited to our farmstead and heritage model of farming at Broad River Pastures. They have adapted well to a hot, humid climate and are highly resistant to the parasites that plague sheep in this region.

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