The New Zealand Fluoridation Information Service has evolved from frustration that useful, factual information about fluoridation has become almost impossible for the public and even professionals to sort out.
NZFIS' main goal is to facilitate full public and scientific examination of this public policy, which has become obscured by biased or inept media treatment (or lack thereof), by political rhetoric, and because of the obfuscation surrounding important information.
One of NZFIS' main concerns is the Ministry of Health funded lobby service, masquerading publicly as the "National Fluoridation Information Service", whose role is to further obscure the facts about fluoridation, and "spin" Ministry of Health policy to the public and decision makers as if it were fact.
In light of the above, our aim is to provide clarification where there is confusion, and to cut through spin, claims, and counterclaims, to assist clearer understanding by the public and decision makers.
We are aware as of September 2013 that some fanatics are claiming we are copying or passing ourselves off as the "NFIS". Why would we try to pass ourselves off as such an unethical (non-existent) organisation? For an analysis of NFIS, click here (opens in a new window). Critiques of their disinformation can be found on our "Facts and Fiction" page.
We do not address on this site the ethical arguments about fluoridation.
Water fluoridation is one of the most controversial public health issues in history. Proponents and opponents typically make diametrically opposed claims and counterclaims about the science, claimed safety, and claimed effectiveness surrounding fluoridation. At times, both camps will claim opposing conclusions from the same study.
The NZ Fluoridation Information Service has been created by independent experts in this subject. The Service includes scientists, doctors, dentists, and lawyers. It has direct access to many international fluoride researchers.
We do not receive funding from Government, or from any orgnisation with a vested interest in either promoting or opposing fluoridation.
We believe it is vital that members of the public have access to fair analysis of research and claims by both those promoting, and those opposed to, water fluoridation.
We believe the public has a right to informed decision-making on this subject, and to information that has not been “spun” to promote a particular viewpoint.
Our purpose is to provide truthful, objective analysis of research and publications, including public relations material, in terms the average person can understand.
We also provide general information to aid understanding of terms relating to this issue.