Dr. Paul Connett

Dr. Paul Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a PhD in chemistry from Dartmouth College. From 1983 until he retired in May 2006, Paul taught chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. Over the past 37 years his research on waste management has taken him to 49 states in the US, 7 provinces in Canada and 69 other countries, where he has given over 2500 pro bono public presentations. Ralph Nader said of Paul Connett, “He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting”.

In 2013, Paul published the book The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time (Chelsea Green, 2013). This book has a foreword by actor Jeremy Irons who hosted the full-length documentary Trashed in which Paul appears.          

Paul Connett has researched the literature on fluoride’s toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 26 years. He helped found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) – see http://www.fluorideACTION.net – for which he was the current executive director (he stepped down in early 2022). He has given invited presentations on the dangers of fluoridation in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the US. This has included invited presentations in 2003 to both the US EPA and the US National Research Council.

In 2010, with two other authors (James Beck, MD. PhD and Spedding Micklem, D.Phil (Oxon)) he published the book, “The Case Against Fluoride” (Chelsea Green), which contains 80 pages of citations to the scientific literature. As of Nov, 2022, there has yet to be a scientifically referenced critique of this book.

Connett’s involvement with the fluoridation debate in 1996 coincided with the publication of the first two Chinese studies (published in English) indicating an association between fluoride exposure and lowered IQ. This is an issue that both Connett and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has monitored closely since its inception in 2000. In 2016, FAN produced two important initiatives. 1) FAN requested that the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) review the neurotoxicity of fluoride and 2) They petitioned the US EPA to prohibit the deliberate addition of fluoridating compounds to the US water supply. This has led to a Federal Lawsuit. Connett believes that these two initiatives will lead to end of water fluoridation worldwide.