- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press (February 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583225269
- ISBN-13: 978-1583225264
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fluoride Deception Hardcover – February 3, 2004
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Concerns over fluoridated drinking water have long been derided as the obsession of McCarthyite cranks. But this muckraking jaccuse asserts that fluoride is indeed a dire threat to public health, one foisted upon the nation by a vast conspiracynot of Communist agents, but of our very own military-industrial complex. Investigative reporter Bryson revisits the decades-long controversy, drawing on mountains of scientific studies, some unearthed from secret archives of government and corporate laboratories, to question the effects of fluoride and the motives of its leading advocates. The efficacy of fluoridated drinking water in preventing tooth decay, he contends, is dubious. Fluoride in its many forms may be one of the most toxic of industrial pollutants, and Bryson cites scientific analyses linking fluoridated drinking water to bone deformities, hyperactivity and a host of other complaints. The post-war campaign to fluoridate drinking water, he claims, was less a public health innovation than a public relations ploy sponsored by industrial users of fluorideincluding the governments nuclear weapons program. Legendary spin doctors like Edward Bernays exploited the tenuous link between dental hygiene and fluoridation to create markets to stimulate fluoride production and to prove the innocuousness of fluoride compounds, thereby heading off lawsuits by factory workers and others poisoned by industrial fluoride pollution. Bryson marshals an impressive amount of research to demonstrate fluorides harmfulness, the ties between leading fluoride researchers and the corporations who funded and benefited from their research, and what he says is the duplicity with which fluoridation was sold to the people. The result is a compelling challenge to the reigning dental orthodoxy, which should provoke renewed scientific scrutiny and public debate.
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"Whether you are for or against, or even neutral on water fluoridation, you owe it to yourself to read The Fluoride Deception. By chapter 3 you’ll find the arguments against water fluoridation compelling. The book is well written, and reads like a very good fiction novel."—The Water Exchange
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In a race to develop atom bombs to counteract a perceived threat from its former ally, the Soviet Union, the United States broadened its nuclear development program through an unprecedented collusion between government and industry. In his farewell address to the nation in 1961, president Eisenhower warned that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military-Industrial Complex."
This complicity is seen clearly in the history of fluoride and the public relations exercise carried out by government and industry that fooled America into thinking this deadly chemical was good for a our teeth. As it turns out, fluoride, and its industrial counterpart fluorine gas, described by some as a "violent monster," is one of the most toxic chemicals on the planet inducing skeletal fluorosis, arthritis, thyroid problems, bone cancer, and hyperactivity in animals.
As Bryson explains, fluoride is a necessary ingredient in nuclear bomb production, as essential as uranium. In the 1940's, the U.S. government and corporate America were faced with a flurry of worker and citizen lawsuits about fluoride poisoning. Industry-sponsored research and clever spin control transformed the nation's perception of fluoride from a toxic chemical pollutant into a medical supplement dispensed in water.
Bryson documents how various industries funded studies that showed the dangers of fluoride to workers in metal fabricating plants, and nuclear bomb production-factories. The most damaging studies were kept hidden from public sight until recently.
Fluoride, ubiquitous in so many household products, turns out to be one of the most deadly known chemicals and has no safe place in our food supply. That the U.S. medical establishment supports adding it to our water only attests to the gigantic and criminal fraud that has been perpetrated upon the U.S. and a few other countries that advocate fluoridation. Bryson's book is one of the best I have ever read on any subject. Read it if you want to know the disturbing truth about the secret agendas of those who make public policy in America.
(Dr. Simeon Hein is the author of "Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraorindary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance" and the forthcoming "Planetary Intelligence.")
It really stands out from the great majority of books written on this subject which, unfortunately, tend to devolve into pseudoscience, conspiracy theory, and so on. There was never a "tin foil hat" moment while reading this. His analysis is calm and fair, a true sample of scholarship and insight. Highly recommended.
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