Should we change our name?
Should Washington Action for Safe Water change its name?
Should we be Fluoride Free Washington? What do you think?
I’ve been pondering this comment. At first I kinda shook my head in agreement but the term continues to come up. I just did a search for the popularity of the term Fluoride Free. At this point it appears that this might be our best name yet.
Popularity of using Fluoride Free:
Fluoride Free Windsor
Fluoride Free Austin
Fluoride Free Fairbanks
Fluoride Free Sacramento
Fluoride Free Australia
Fluoride Free NZ
Fluoride Free Wexford
Fluoride Free Portsmouth
Fluoride Free Murray River
Fluoride Free Moncton, Canada
Fluoride Free Winnipeg
Perth Fluoride Free, Australia
Fluoride Free Florida
Fluoride Free Taranaki, NZ
Fluoride Free Waterloo
Fluoride Free Britain
Fluoride Free Yuma
Fluoride Free Findlay
Fluoride Free Ireland
Fluoride Free World
Fluoride Free New York City
By far the most popular term for anti-fluoridation organizations is Fluoride Free ______. It could be a strong element of bonding us with worldwide anti-fluoride orgs. Worth considering seriously.
Indeed. FAN has been encouraging the term Fluoride Free.
A very positive term.
If I were going to start from scratch, or if it were up to me, I would use the term “Fluoride Free Washington.”
In fact, keeping WASW and starting FFW would also be a good idea.
Right now I’m working with Fluoride Free TV (Tualatin Valley).
People know we are not Fluoride Free at this time, so I don’t think most people would jump to the conclusion that Washington is already Fluoride Free.
I’m not good at marketing and have no preference.
Over half the people think fluoride is good and think anti-fluoride people are nut jobs.
We come in and say we are looking at all aspects of water safety.
We are not just against fluoride. We are against lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lithium, statins in water. And maybe aluminum flocculent.
Maybe we should take a stand against Weed and Feed atrazine in lawn fertilizer. Why is it legal for people to put a powerful poison on their lawns?
And we are against a particular kind of fluoride especially, silicofluoride, because it leaches lead and is an enzyme interrupter, although in the last sentence we always say we are against any kind of fluoride in water.
And we have some allies who are pro-fluoride. Some are in favor of fluoride applied topically but opposed to putting it in the water because the dose cannot be controlled and because of the type of industrial waste fluoride used.
I am opposed to topical fluoride across the board, but I am willing to make allies with pro-topical fluoride people to stop water fluoridation.
WASW is a good name. It sounds objective. It allows us to attack water fluoridation specifically without attacking topical fluoride.
WASW offers more angles of attack than Fluoride Free Washington.
We are the objective protectors of our water.
So I think we should be happy that we have such a good name. That’s just my opinion. I’ll go with the majority opinion.
What do you think?