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The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There


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When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.In this timely and important book, Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. James Beck, and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump them into rivers and lakes or release them into the atmosphere. And water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible-forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.At once painstakingly-documented and also highly-readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesn't question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public.

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Connett (environmental chemistry and toxiclogy, St Lawrence U., retired), Beck (emeritus, medical biophysics, U. of Calgary, Canada) and Micklem (emeritus, School of Biological Sciences, U. of Edinburgh, UK) line up evidence against the US national policy of water fluoridation. Writing for general readers with no presupposed scientific background, they argue that the scientific literature as well as findings of a 2006 review conducted by the National Research Council, overwhelmingly suggest that ingesting fluoride carries more health risks than it prevents. Organized into six parts, the volume covers ethical and general arguments against fluoride, evidence that fluoride is ineffective in preventing tooth decay, historical events leading to the adoption of mandatory fluoridation, evidence of harm, consideration of the margin of safety argument used by proponents, and motivations and techniques for the promotion of fluoridation. Copious references and endnotes are provided. Connett is the director of the Fluoride Action Network. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Dr. Paul Connett, a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University, has given more than 2,000 presentations in forty-nine states and fifty-two countries on the issue of waste management. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He lives in Canton, New York. Dr. James S. Beck is a Professor Emeritus of Medical Biophysics at the University of Calgary and holds doctorates in medicine from Washington University School of Medicine and biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. H. Spedding Micklem is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Matthew McGreevy, April 24, 2011 (view all comments by Matthew McGreevy)
The first published interview with this author about this book was published in the River Cities' Reader on December 9, 2011. Audio file of interview with the author is there as well.
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Connett, Paul
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Micklem, Spedding
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