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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Chelsea Green Publishing, Oct 7, 2010 - Medical - 392 pages

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, more than 70 percent of Americans, as well as 200 million people worldwide, are drinking fluoridated water. The Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it--and even mandatory statewide water fluoridation--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 dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water, and yet it is allowed in our drinking water. To make matters worse, this program receives no oversight from the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency takes no responsibility for the practice. And from an ethical standpoint, say the authors, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals are being forced to take medication without their informed consent, there is no control over the dose, and no monitoring of possible side effects.

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 endocrine system, and argues that the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.


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Excellent book and interesting read, which documents historical fact regarding the conspiracy of water fluoridation and it's negative effects on human health. Nearly all 1st and 2nd world nations have banned water fluoridation based on available science, scientific studies, and a lack of studies proving water fluoridation is beneficial for dental health (quite the opposite actually). 

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A year ago, I considered the topic of Fluoride to be too boring to bother with; certainly, I assumed, the government bureaucrats and busybodies have analyzed everything about Fluoride, and know exactly what they are doing. And after all, I thought, who wants bad teeth? why be against Fluoride in our water?
In August 2012, with the Wichita Referendum on Fluoridation looming, as President of the Kansas Republican Assembly, I scheduled a Fluoride Debate for our September meeting. My intent was to keep the October meeting for something more exciting, interesting and meaningful. I had not made a decision for myself, as to how I was going to vote on fluoridating Wichita's water, and making that decision was a priority-10 item on my list. However, from the day I tried to arrange the debate, my life has not been the same! It was like sticking one's hand into a hornet's nest! An amazing battle is raging in America, all beneath the radar of the average person. All of the modern science is against fluoridating our water, but all the big money and political clout is for fluoridation.
I have since read an enormous amount of material from both sides of the Fluoride debate. In terms of scientific accuracy, thorough research, organization and logic, this book by Dr. Paul Connett and the information on his website from this book, is simply the best that is available anywhere. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the facts about Fluoride.
Mark S. Gietzen, President
Kansas Republican Assembly


Ethical and General Arguments against Fluoridation
Poor Medical Practice
An Inappropriate and Inefficient Practice
The Chemicals Used
Who Is in Charge?
An Experimental Program
The Evidence That Fluoridation Is Ineffective
Fluoridation and Tooth Decay
Fluorides Chemistry Biochemistry and Physiology
Early Reversible Effects
The 2006 National Research Council Report
Fluoride and the Brain
Fluoride and the Endocrine System
Fluoride and Bone
Fluoride and Osteosarcoma
Fluoride and the Kidneys and Other Health Issues

The Early Evidence Reexamined
Key Modern Studies
The Great Fluoridation Gamble
The Great Fluoridation Gamble 19301950
The Great Fluoridation Gamble 1950
The Evidence of Harm
Dental Fluorosis
Margin of Safety and the Precautionary Principle
The Promoters and the Techniques of Promotion
Review and Conclusion
Fluoride and Bone
About the Authors

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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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