The Fluoride Deceptionby Published 07 Mar 2006
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With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action and the commitment to environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception documents a powerful connection between big corporations, the U.S. military, and the historic reassurances of fluoride safety provided by the nation’s public health establishment. The Fluoride Deception reads like a thriller, but one supported by two hundred pages of source notes, years of investigative reporting, scores of scientist interviews, and archival research in places such as the newly opened files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. The book is nothing less than an exhumation of one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era: how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.
From the Hardcover edition.
The Fluoride Deception Reviews
"If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away." Those words, or something similar, are on every tube of fluoride toothpaste sold in America. What could be in it to cause such a warning? According to this book, it’s the fluoride.
Fluoride is not some safe, innocuous substance that happens to fight cavities. It is used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, to prepare Sarin nerve gas, to produce high octane gasoline, also to make refrigerant gases and Teflon plastic. It is also used in drugs like Prozac and Cipro. Fluoride is a potential workplace poison and grave environmental hazard.
Since the 1930s, fluoride has been linked, in Europe, to a number of illnesses, like central nervous system disorders, breathing problems and a number of arthritis-like ailments. But during the Cold War, with help from researchers funded by the government and industry, no such problems were reported in America. It is as if "American" fluoride and "European" fluoride have two different sets of properties. Can anyone say "scientific fraud?"
Fluoride may actually help the teeth, but the evidence is not clear-cut. Cavity rates have fallen dramatically since the 1940s, but also in countries that don’t fluoridate their water. Perhaps good nutrition, better dental care and antibiotics can explain it.
The vast majority, nearly 90 percent, of the fluoride added to drinking water is actually industrial waste, scraped from the smokestacks of Florida phosphate fertilizer mills. The companies are spared the expense of treating this "fluosilicic acid" as toxic waste. Instead, it is sold to towns all over America. Shipped in rubber-lined tanker trucks, it is dumped into municipal reserviors, supposedly to fight cavities.
On several levels, this book easily reaches the level of Wow. This well-written tale of public relations whitewash and corporate/government collusion at the people’s expense has over 100 pages of footnotes, and is very much a Must Read.
Fluoride is a neurotoxin, carcinogen, causes skeletal deformities, organ damage, and brittle teeth. It has never been shown to be either safe or effective in fighting cavities. Fluoride in the brain, organs, bones can have no benefit for teeth. Fluoride is a major industrial pollutant, emitted by the aluminum, fertilizer, gasoline, steel, plastics, and nuclear weapons industries. Flouride pollution of the air, water, and land, has caused vast damage to livestock, crops, land, and loss of human life. Industry faced far more dollar liability from lawsuits due to fluoride pollution than from any other industrial pollutant.
Lawyers representing the polluting industries paid researchers to deny that fluoride is harmful. Fluoridating drinking water was a stunt to defuse fluoride-pollution lawsuits.
Researchers who have published the truth, that fluoride is highly toxic, have been fired and had their careers ruined. One of them may have been murdered. U.S. government agencies have been co-opted by the lawyers representing the polluting industries.
Much of the fluoride added to U.S. drinking water is not even pure fluoride, but is simply smokestack-scrubber liquor from fertilizer-processing plants. It contains lead and arsenic.
Christopher Bryson is an award-winning journalist. He discovered proof of all this, digging into decades of evidence industry had buried.
U.S. communities are starting to get with the program most of the rest of the world has long realized, and stop fluoridating drinking water. Portland, Oregon voted to stop fluoridating water in 2013. http://fluoridealert.org/articles/por...
Environmental Working Group on fluoride: http://www.ewg.org/search/site/fluoride
Other books on fluoride and similar pollutants: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...
Everyone needs to read this book. We used to think swallowing fluoride helps our teeth. Without knowing it, the CDC has changed this idea and now says fluoride is only good when it comes into contact with the teeth, swallowing fluoride does nothing for you and a matter of fact, too much fluoride can cause cancer, bone tissue changes, and nerve damage.
This book identifies many reasons fluoride became popular as a prevention to tooth decay. The main reason was to stop lawsuits against the military industrial complex that were using fluorine and fluoride to make aluminum and uranium. Both needed during the wartime build-out. To stop any lawsuits, fluoride was introduced as a cure all for tooth decay and added to water supplies and given as supplements to preganant women. No jury in the country could convict a corporation of fault with over exposure to fluoride since we all have it in our water and it makes better teeth! Great propaganda.
Read the book, then question whether swallowing fluoride is really that good for you. (Note: You still need to brush your teeth since it works great on teeth, but don't swallow it!)
(Also checkout Fluoride Alert.)
You can't fault Brysons research in The Fluoride Deception. Its hard not to say that their are more dangers in putting Fluoride in the water than benefits if you look at the facts. The benefits to dental health are debatable but a lot of the damage it can cause in other areas is hard to debate. In an open honest forum where all the facts are presented I don't see how any government could justify putting this substance in the water. I feel lucky that I now live in a place that does not put Fluoride in the water.
This meticulously documented narrative paints a chilling portrait of the impact of bias in science and politics. Author Christopher Bryson begins with the tale of Phyllis Mullenix, chief neurotoxicologist at Forsyth Dental Center at Harvard University. However the story quickly connects with the Manhattan Project.
Dr. Mullenix was fired days after publishing a peer reviewed research project proving neurological deficits in rats with blood plasma levels of fluoride that match that of humans in communities with water fluoridation. Toxicologist and Chief Scientist Dr. William Marcus of the EPA had a similar experience when he voiced his concerns to his supervisors about the manipulation of data in a experiment looking at carcinogenic properties of fluoride. Dr. Marcus was vindicated and reinstated with a Whistleblower's defense. Dr. Mullenix wasn't so lucky. Having no interest in fluoride prior to being assigned this study, she now finds herself blacklisted from the type of work she loved. She now makes her living primarily as consultant.
However, the twist in the story is that the kindly old emeritus scientist who looked over her shoulder as she conducted her research was Harold Hodge, former Chief Medical Officer and Toxicologist of the Manhattan Project and the person who subtly promoted water fluoridation as a method of minimizing litigation against fluoride air pollution. (Google 1948 Donora Smog and Martins v Reynolds Metals lawsuit). Who knew, fluoride was considered more dangerous to workers than the radioactive products. One of Hodges water fluoridation cohorts was Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, also known as "the father of spin."
This isn't typically the type of book I review on my professional book list, however, it is a study in the destructive power of hierarchical culture, confirmation bias, and ad hominem attacks. It is also a book I believe should be widely read based on its content.
I strongly suggest you read this book.