THE CASE AGAINST FLUORIDE:
how hazardous waste ended up in our drinking water and the bad science and powerful politics that keep it there
a book By Paul Connett, James Beck, and H Spedding Micklem
On the eve of the new millennium, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
listed water fluoridation as one of the twentieth-century's 10 greatest
public-health achievements. Yet according to the authors of this painstakingly
researched expose of fluoridations overall
ineffectiveness and toxicity, endorsements such as these from the CDC and other
health organizations are motivated more by face-saving politics than credible
research. Fluoridation advocates who have previously branded detractors as
conspiracy theorists and shills for junk science will be hard pressed to debunk
the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and sound scientific reasoning presented
here. In demonstrating fluoridations ineffectiveness, the authors cite
exhaustive evidence proving fluorides only benefits are topical, as in
toothbrushing, as opposed to swallowing. But the case against fluorides alleged
safety, even in small doses, is more alarming, with multiple studies showing
fluorides probable complicity in lowered intelligence scores, thyroid
dysfunction, hip fractures, and the ominously rising incidence of osteosarcoma
in boys. The authors academic, hyperbole-free writing style serves them well in
marshaling a series of facts that, all by themselves, expose fluoridation as a
false panacea. It remains to be seen, however, whether the public-health
community will give this landmark work due credit or continue to rubber stamp an
outdated policy that, like bloodletting and trepanation, properly belongs on the
scrap heap of sham medical interventions.
"Sweden rejected fluoridation in the 1970s and, in this excellent book, these three scientists have confirmed the wisdom of that decision. Our children have not suffered greater tooth decay, as World Health Organization figures attest, and in turn our citizens have not borne the other hazards fluoride may cause. In any case, since fluoride is readily available in toothpaste, you don't have to force it on people."--Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology (2000) and Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, University of Gothenburg
"Alfred North Whitehead said the scientific method means leaving 'options open for revision.' An ancient Roman adage says that 'whatever touches all must be approved by all.' These characterizations of science and democracy are the reasons for reading this book. Especially if you and your family are drinking administratively mandated fluoridated water."--Ralph Nader
"This book clearly shows that water fluoridation is poor public policy and must end. As a concerned citizen, I applaud the authors for bringing this issue to the worldÂ's attention."--Ed Asner
For anyone who has ever wondered why cities add fluoride to water-and questioned whether they should. Written with clear and easy-to-read prose, and supporting citations, The Case Against Fluoride carefully lays out the arguments against fluoridation and reasons why it should be discontinued. The authors examine the evidence on fluoridation and conclude convincingly that it should now be considered 'harmful and ineffective.'--Dr. Hardy Limeback, Professor and Head of Preventative Dentistry, University of Toronto
Review by Jack Cook
Here it is; the book that took retired Professor Paul Connett and an army of researchers and activists fourteen years to compile and write. This is the one that rips the cover off the cover up conceived by the U. S. Public Health Service and maintained by corporate industrial giants after World War II to protect one of the most flawed public policies ever conceived in the United States. It reveals one of the saddest mass public deceptions in our history.
For more than 60 years the idea of fluoridation has been supported, promoted, advertised and force fed to an unsuspecting public until the very mention of adverse health effects seemed like an affront to the very integrity and expertise of the practice of dentistry and public health itself. Yet, during its entire run as a public policy, fluoridation has continually attracted the thoughtful challenge of intelligent and respected scientists and researchers who did not take blindly accepted dogma at face value. Rather, their sense of ethics and professional responsibility compelled them to read with deep understanding the few well-planned scientific reports that were allowed to slip through the veil of contradictory and skewed tests that were accepted without opposition by an entire medical discipline. Those who came to the conclusion that "fluoridation must stop" were ignored, threatened, and given a very cold shoulder by the very officials whose job it was, and is, to protect the public health.
Connett and his co-authors remind us that dentistry is not the enemy here. The enemy, instead, is a system that is geared to perpetuate a belief in fluoridation by using professional peer pressure, tremendous amounts of promotional money, and the subtle threat of ostracism. Maintenance of the policy of fluoridation continues by use of the tools of professional licensure and legal pressure in a long chain of workers who are compelled to continue a practice many of them know is wrong. And, some are compelled to follow state mandates that have been poorly understood, poorly written, yet strongly enforced by professionals who were responsible for twisting laws and ethics that should have signalled a poor and failing medical policy many years ago. Only the politics of face-saving seems to have formed the basis for the continuation of fluoridation, especially in the U. S.. The ignorance by officials of the basic science, law and ethics concerning this issue are unbelievably glaring.
Having been a victim of fluoride poisoning myself, the group of people who helped compose this book are the ones who helped me recover my life. I stopped using fluoridated toothpaste and now only drink distilled water. With the application of several other common sense diet changes that have reduced other toxins from my environment, my health has improved to a startling degree since I became aware of this scam back in 2007. My teeth have actually gotten stronger and whiter. I have no additional cavities. In fact, I was so impressed with the honesty and forthright integrity of this dedicated group as compared to the treatment I received from public officials when I questioned fluoride, that I became involved with the movement to end fluoridation. I was eventually asked by Paul Connett to help with many aspects of this publication. We worked exhaustively on its content. And, I know we are all proud and respectful of the final product.
To my mind, this is the most comprehensive and detailed collection of facts and figures ever placed in one printed volume for the public's analysis of fluoridation. It reveals in great detail the other side of an issue that fluoridation pundits hedge or avoid altogether. It is highly readable. Its logic and meticulously chosen studies bring the entire issue into crystal clear view for all to see. If anything, the authors could be faulted for being too wary of their evidence with the expectation that their work will be challenged severely by the behemoth of the fluoride establishment. Not only is this an eye-opener for the common public, but also for all those medical professionals who may not have had the time to carefully review the decades of information brought together in this one volume.
This book marks the beginning of the end of a long running scam whose details are now clearly revealed.