Pat first learnt about the risks of water fluoridation as a teenager in Rotorua in the late ‘60s, when her father lent her some books and pamphlets on the subject. This early introduction was never forgotten but it took a move to Hamilton and another 40 years to do something about it. By this time it had become apparent through official statistics that the promised improvement in dental health in fluoridated areas in NZ simply had not happened. Pat was also concerned that the public was not being informed of the risks.

She thought that this challenged all common sense – mass medicating the population with untested industrial chemicals. Pat continues to educate herself and others in the community on the dangers of water fluoridation