One of the world's leading voices against fluoridation is bringing his message to Wichita, one week ahead of the citywide vote.
Dr. Paull Connett is a former chemistry professor turned leader of a non-profit that's spreading awareness about the "harmful consequences of Community Water Fluoridation."
"If you want fluoride, brush it on your teeth and spit it out," Connett told a small group of voters gathered at a neighborhood health food store Monday.
Connett is in Wichita for a series of lectures, including an appearance before the Sedgwick County Commission Wednesday.
Connett said he believes science is on the side of those opposed to fluoridation. He said government agencies and medical and dental associations will try to hide or discredit research and that's why he came.
"It's in black and white. It's documented. They don't have the science on their side. They have the power on their side. They have money," he said.
Connett said fluoride has only a "topical" benefit for teeth and produces no other health benefits to people. He believes a great deal more research is needed on the possible side effects of adding fluoride to the water.
"The people at the very top are scared if fluoridation fails it will be a massive loss of credibility," he said. "They're worried about losing the public's trust for other major public health programs."
Connett will be speaking Monday evening at 7:00 pm at Wichita State University's Hubbard Hall. He has another lecture scheduled Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway.