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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 Paperback – October 7, 2010

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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*Starred Review* 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 exposé of fluoridation’s 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 fluoridation’s ineffectiveness, the authors cite exhaustive evidence proving fluoride’s only benefits are topical, as in toothbrushing, as opposed to swallowing. But the case against fluoride’s alleged safety, even in small doses, is more alarming, with multiple studies showing fluoride’s 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however, whether the public-health community will give this landmark work due credit or continue to rubber stamp an outdated policy that, like bloodletting and trepanation, properly belongs on the scrap heap of sham medical interventions. --Carl Hays

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"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 world'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



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This book builds a meticulous case against CWF and offers 81 pages of references to back up every single fact.
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The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connett, James Beck, & H.S. Micklem is a masterpiece.
Bernard W. Miltenberger

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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Cooper on October 14, 2010
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This book will shock you!

I used to drink my tap water without concern, thinking it was safe and free of toxic chemicals. Then I read "The Case Against Fluoride" only to find out that 72% of public water supplies in the United States add an unregulated drug--fluoride--to the drinking water. Worst of all, its not the same fluoride you find in toothpaste, but instead 90% of communities use the cheapest, lowest-grade fluoride they can find, which happens to be unfiltered and unregulated toxic waste from the fertilizer industry (primarily from China and India). You can imagine my shock when I looked into whether my community fluoridated, and if so what chemicals they used (anyone can look this information up through the CDC website here:[...]). I found out that a town I lived in for nearly 7 years dumped this toxic waste into the water supply without any notification to the public or warnings regarding the huge volume of scientific and medical research pointing to serious health problems. What's worse, fluoride is also in processed food, soda, beer, and juice bottled in fluoridated communities, so we're consuming it whether we live in a fluoridated community or not.

The book was comprehensive, easy to read and understand, and supported every step of the way by the best and latest medical and scientific research. If you drink anything, you need to read this book.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By C. Kopf on October 13, 2010
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Fluoridation opponents are often told that peer-reviewed published science doesn't support them. But that's a lie. This book is heavily referenced with such data. When fluoridationists with professional sounding titles testify before city councils, citizens are often intimidated and legislators confused. This book provides all the evidence required to refute any fluoridationist's false claims.

Because Dr. Connett, who is a chemist and very scientifically literate, was frustrated by fluoridationists who refused to read up-to-date fluoride science, he knew the average citizen could be equally frustrated. This book is meant for all of us who want a professional by our side when we tell elected officials, community and environmental groups that water fluoridation is ineffective at reducing tooth decay, harmful to health and a huge waste of money. Dr. Connett can't be everywhere, although he tries; but, if you buy this book, it will seem like he's by your side.

Fluoride chemicals are added to 70% of US public water supplies and, therefore, virtually 100% of the food and beverages made with that water in restaurants and supermarkets. As a result, fluoride is the most consumed drug in America. Yet, few American know fluoride's adverse effects, side effects, contraindications, proper individual dosage and where it comes from. Don't expect your dentist or physician to know. Most haven't learned this either.

I suggest you find out if your water is fluoridated, by calling your water company. If it is, take this book to your local legislative body and start reading from it, a little at every meeting until you reach the end or until they agree to stop fluoridation.

Fluoridationists often use name-calling and personal insults to denigrate people opposed to fluoridation. Don't let that stop you. Remember, Intelligent people, if they really understood science, wouldn't need to resort to such sophomoric tactics.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jack Cook on October 17, 2010
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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.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bernard W. Miltenberger on October 11, 2010
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I have been active in the fluoridation debate since 1988. I am currently the President of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland, Inc. The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connett, James Beck, & H.S. Micklem is a masterpiece. This book along with the Fluoride Deception by C. Bryson are must reads for every citizen in the United States that has been exposed to the flawed practice of water fluoridation. The Case Against Fluoride should be the book that makes the most impact on the political level regarding this issue in years. It was well thought out and researched and is a gripping book detailing the most important arguments against the practice of water fluoridation. My hat is off to Paul, James & H.S. for crafting such a riveting book for the ages. Thank you!!!
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