In the business world, partnerships may well be the cornerstone or foundation of success. The old saying, “two heads are better than one,” means two people may creatively solve a problem more quickly than just one. However, in business, bringing together two organizations in a unique partnership also enables both businesses to benefit from the strengths they each possess.
Strategic partnerships give businesses access to greater resources and a larger audience. They also help strengthen some of the weaker aspects of each business. It may be challenging to find ideal strategic partners with whom you can collaborate, but not be competitive, as they support and motivate each other to grow.
Being in partnership also offers an opportunity for businesses to identify gaps that may speed the delivery of information to their customers. Ultimately, partnerships work best when they’re working toward a common shared goal, and that’s exactly how we feel at Mercola.com about the organization’s we’ve partnered with.
My goal has always been to help you take control of your health. One way I’ve worked to accomplish this is to partner with organizations that have the same ideals in different areas of health. As you discover the great work these organizations are doing, consider partnering with them to help expand their reach and their ability to create a healthier world.
National Vaccine Information Center
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a nonprofit organization intent on evaluating information relating to vaccines and the science, policies and laws behind their use. They don’t make recommendations for vaccines but instead pursue the mission of1 “preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and advocating for informed consent protections in medical policies and public health laws.”
Although the CDC2 calls vaccines “one of the greatest success stories in public health,” the use of vaccines required legislation to help compensate families who had been affected by vaccine injury and deaths. This is called the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.3
While the Act was a step forward, it enabled compensation on a “no fault” basis, so responsibility for injury or death was never placed on manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies or physicians.4 In the 1950s public health officials recommended five vaccines for children; currently that number has jumped to multiple doses of 14 different vaccines — and the number is rising.5
Not every medical professional6 believes that the data gathered and published by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System7 contains accurate information. NVIC reports that by 2018 nearly $4 billion had been awarded after individuals died or had been injured from vaccines that were mandated by state governments in order to attend school.8
NVIC serves as a clearinghouse of information with connections to resources that enable you to make an informed decision about the complications of a vaccine and the infectious disease for which it’s being given.9 For more than 30 years the organization has had representatives on a number of boards evaluating the use of vaccines for consumers.10
These boards include the Institute of Medicine, the FDA and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. They have sent representatives to testify in Congress and in state legislatures and they have continued to monitor research and respond to federal rulings affecting vaccine safety and your legal right to informed consent.11
Their goal is to protect your rights and offer information you can use. Currently, 45% of adults in the U.S. doubt the safety of vaccines,12 as governments end exemptions13 and propose mandatory vaccinations.14 Your tax-deductible donations help this valuable organization continue their goal of protecting your rights and providing life-saving information.
Fluoride Action Network
More than 70% of U.S. water supplies have industrial-grade fluoride chemicals added under the guise of preventing tooth decay.15 The problem is that fluoride is a toxin linked to an increasing list of health problems, while the usefulness of ingesting it to prevent cavities is highly questionable.16
I’ve written extensively on the hazards of fluoride in our water supply as it has been linked to neurotoxicity17 with an average loss of seven IQ points,18 hypothyroidism19 and skeletal fluorosis.20 The Fluoride Action Network was developed to broaden your awareness of the toxicity of products containing fluoride.
The organization works to stay up to date on research and remains vigilant in monitoring the actions of agencies impacting your exposure. The group is supported by a network of volunteers committed to drawing attention to populations disproportionately endangered by the addition of fluoride to water and dental products, including those living in low-income communities.21
Unfortunately, the devastating effects of fluoride have been overlooked for many years, prompting the formation of the Fluoride Action Network in 2000. Despite going up against chemical companies with deep pockets, the group has successfully lobbied for legislation, exposed scientific misconduct and translated previously inaccessible studies that discovered the negative impact fluoride has on IQ.22
They work with local groups to say “no” to water fluoridation in their communities, helping reduce the effects on infants and children.23 You can help with your tax deductible donation to support the organization as they work to fight governmental actions that increase your exposure to this toxic chemical.
Consumers for Dental Choice
The key campaign supported by Consumers for Dental Choice24 is the Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry, the mission of which is to phase out the use of amalgam worldwide, also called “silver fillings.”
These dental fillings are made with mercury, known to have toxic effects on the nervous system, lungs, kidneys and eyes and considered to be one of the top 10 chemicals of public health concern by the World Health Organization.25 Consumers for Dental Choice was founded in 1996 and works to educate consumers. One of their initiatives is to increase access to mercury-free alternatives for filling cavities.26
As a founding member of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry27 they assembled a team of advocates who participated in the Minamata Convention on mercury. One of the requirements from the Convention was that participating nations would create initiatives to reduce the use of mercury in dental amalgam.
By May 2017, the convention was ratified by 50 countries and by their first anniversary, that number had grown to 95. Many other countries have also come forth with their support.28
It’s not only patients who are exposed when amalgam is implanted,29 but also those working in the dental offices. Funeral directors are also at risk, as they are responsible for pollution control during cremation. Property owners have to step up when mercury gets into their pipes and taxpayers are the ones who front the costs of environmental cleanup.
Consumers for Dental Choice has successfully protected against the American Dental Association’s gag rule preventing practitioners from telling patients about the risks of mercury in amalgam fillings.30 They’ve made mercury free alternatives more accessible and advocated for resolution in several cities that have called to end dental amalgam.
The number of dentists turning to mercury-free dentistry to protect their patients is rising, in no small part due to the education and information made available by Consumers for Dental Choice. Consider using the link below to donate to help give consumers and parents a strong voice against the use of amalgam in dental fillings. The organization also suggests:31
- Choose mercury-free fillings.
- Take action to protect our children by writing to the FDA. Even though the FDA’s advisory panel found mercury in amalgam is neurotoxic to developing neurological systems, they have not yet taken action. Write to the FDA on the Consumers for Dental Choice website to express your concern that jeopardizing children’s health is not acceptable.32
- Sign up on the home page of the Consumers for Dental Choice website for Action Alerts.33
- Like their page on Facebook to help spread the word about mercury fillings, in addition to sharing their website with your friends and family.
Organic Consumers Association
In 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed allowing irradiated and toxic sewage sludge in the production of organic products. In the aftermath of this astonishing proposal, Ronnie Cummins and Rose Welch founded the Organic Consumers Association.34
Their mission has been to protect your right to purchase safe and healthy food and encourage a system that allows an environment free of pollution and rich in biodiversity.35 The Organic Consumers Association addresses your knowledge of safe food production through education and consumer campaigns against unsafe practices.
They also address farming practices through legislative efforts to address food safety and children’s health and at the same time encourage corporate accountability and environmental sustainability.36 Their support of policy reform to transition farmers to an organic regenerative program is one I believe will help improve the biodiversity of farm soil. I think it will also improve public health and reduce pollution.
The organization would additionally like to see the widespread use of pesticides reduced or eliminated,37 limiting the toxic exposure to those who have apply it, and those who live near the farms or eat the food.
The fight to keep genetically modified produce out of the National Organic Program is an ongoing challenge as advancements in gene-editing technology lead some to believe it is safe.38
In their effort to protect public health, the Organic Consumers Association organization recently sued Twining’s Tea for misleading advertising.39 Boxes of Twining’s tea read “pure” and “100% natural ingredients,” which belies the residues of glyphosate found in testing by an independent laboratory, which was classified in 2015 as a “probable human carcinogen.”40
Through your support of the Organic Consumers Association you enable the organization to defend your right for safe, healthy food produced in a clean environment.41 Through education and the addressing of infringements on your rights in the courts and the legislature, they help protect your access to clean food. Please consider donating today.