A grassroots meeting: On invitation, as the Producer of FireWater, I flew down to support local Sydney safe-water activists in their efforts to raise awareness of the current Australian Water Fluoridation issue – Bondi Junction, Sydney, 1st November.
My hosts met me at the airport, then kept me well looked after – housed, fed and watered during the (nearly) three-day visit – a very special thankyou must be given for the kindness and hospitality during this time; along with their enthusiasm, attention to detail and genuine community spirit.
The viewing venue was the local Chapel by the Sea, a clean, well organised community centre in the heart of the Bondi Community – we were inside the main chapel filled with the beauty of glorious stained glass windows and a very peaceful ambience.
7:15pm Most who had come, had not seen the film before. So, attended by a keen and varied group of Bondi community members, I opened the night by giving a ten-minute introductory talk on how the film came about ie. from sincere community requests, with the funding being donations. Plus we all had a chuckle at my tales of the dodgy camera and how difficult it was to pull the footage together – the challenge of my very first editing attempts of bringing over 90 hours of footage down to 15 succinct hours (1 x full documentary, cut from 19 interviews), learning as I went along (!!). As the film is now a few years old, it was important to fill in some of the issue’s events that have transpired on both local, national and international levels since the film was first released in early 2011 (now having over 130,000 views across the project of 74 films).
Flyers were distributed with research topics and sites to explore:
Decades of collation: http://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/
Australian Letters to ‘authorities’ and politicians: http://aswla.wordpress.com/
and our Official FireWater website: http://firewaterfilm.com/
The book, The Case Against Fluoride ISBN: 9781603582872 was also recommended to read (I had a very well read copy on hand to show those ‘newbies’ in the audience).
7:30pm Straight into the film – we viewed Pt. One (‘First things first: Just what the Hell are We Drinking’) & Pt. Two (‘Crimes Against the Innocent’) of FireWater: Australia’s Industrial Fluoridation Disgrace – approximately half the documentary (as this is a long film, the first hour is vital to watch ie. pt 1 covers the industrial grade chemicals; pt 2 covers how various professionals see this issue; and how many ordinary people are being affected in the short and long-term).
8:45pm A short talk was given by local Medical Researcher, Dr Andrew Katelaris, on the co-contaminants of the fluoride mix, and how these can affect the brain and nervous systems – specifically mentioned was Arsenic and Lead. Questions and answers were asked; and comments made – many people were stunned at what we are meant to ingest long-term, in the name of ‘safe and effective’ for our ‘teeth’ (as if we are only teeth and nothing but, teeth).
9:05pm I didn’t let anyone doubt for a moment, the facts of the matter – no, industrial waste laced with co-contaminents, is not recommended for for babies whose blood-brain barrier is still developing. The infant warning is vitally important – but why have our Australian ‘authorities’ ignored this international warning? Nor is this industrial grade pollution mix good for those with kidney, heart, thyroid or other, health concerns.
And as for ethics? We have not given our INFORMED CONSENT TO TREATMENT. We talked for some time about just this section of the water fluoridation issue. Informed consent to treatment given by dentists is a fundamental human right.
NB. For healthy teeth, the team at FireWater recommend a diet rich in wholefoods – fresh fruit & vegetable, and lean meats; plenty of clean pure spring or RO water; to get regular dental checkups; flossing and brushing twice daily; with a concerted awareness in the reduction in refined, processed foods – especially sugar – for children particularly, a reduction in the habits of ingesting large amounts of masse-produced refined fruit juices – or soft-drinks; and other junk-foods laden with sugars, artificial chemicals and flavourings.
9:45pm A healthy ‘joining the dots’ discussion then proceeded – discussion included how people need to awaken from their stupor urgently to pressing world chemical and other pollution issues – such as water fluoridation, CSG impacts; and, the Fukishima disaster (a major concern to many, many people) – and how these will impact Australia’s fresh food/seafood industry into the future; plus other chemical imbalance issues – how children especially, are being bombarded with chemicals via processed modern foods; water, air and other sources….. the Bondi audience actively participated in a lengthy discussion, triggered by the industrial chemical issues raised in FireWater. It was agreed by the audience, that most people are still ‘asleep at the wheel’ and must awaken to all the issues of (industrial and other man-made) chemical assaults we are dealing with throughout the industrialised world – that a ‘critical masse’ needs to awaken, and, fast!
10:15pm Reminded all film go-ers WHAT YOU CAN DO:
3. Send out the firewaterfilm.com link by email to your contact list to watch/educate
4. Contact Sapphire Eyes Productions to go on local mailing list;
5. Set up a local Facebook page, then send link to AFAM facebook database;
10:25pm We finished and packed up the room – all who assisted with the pack up, chairs, etc – a huge thank you to those who stayed behind to help; and who came up to me and talked further (business cards exchanged, etc). It was agreed that the evening was a great success, and the talk(s) were valuable.
10:30pm Out the door.
NEXT DAY: I received many phone calls and some emails of thanks……
GREAT EVENT. MORE just like this one, need to happen – a grassroots campaign.