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The Fluoride Deception Paperback – March 7, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Once WWII was over we had the cold with the Soviets to contend with. We needed to keep ahead of them in the nuclear arms race. To most Americans fluoride was still considered rat posion. Something had to be done to make it acceptable to the American people. Some flawed research in the 1950s showed that it prevented tooth decay. The rest is history.
Many court battles have been fought over the toxicity of fluoride to the soil. One famous case was fought by the New Jersey peach growers with Dupont. They were downwind from the Dupont plant. In the summer of 1943 their orchards were blighted, their poultry were dying, and their fields were often strewed with dead cattle. Some cows were so crippled they could not stand up. The horses were to stiff to work. Workers who ate the produce they had picked vomited all night and into the next day. The Farm workers sued DuPont and the Manhattan Project (atomic weapons research) for fluoride damages. Workers inside the plant were often exposed to large doses of fluoride. They often developed a fibroid condition of both lungs and chemical burns were seen.
All these human, plant and animal damages are classic signs of fluoride poisoning. Wherever a chemical, aluminum, steel or fertilizer manufacturing plant using fluoride was located the surrounding vegetation would turn brown and the domestic and wild animals would look sickly, cripple up and die. The people in and outside the factories would exhibit all the classic symptoms of fluorosis (fluoride poisoning). The military didn't want fluoride to be declared toxic and neither did the big manufacturers.
It doesn't target one part of the body, fluoride is a systemic (total body) poison. The signs of fluorosis are identical to the sign of thyroid malfunctioning. Fluoride and iodine are antagonists, so it can seem like a person is low in iodine, when actually the fluoride is preventing the iodine from being used by the thyroid. Fluoride also prevents minerals, such as calcium and magnesium from being used by the body. For more information on various body systems fluoride damages visit the "excellent" website put out by the Fluoride Action Network.
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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