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The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water Is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do about It Paperback – May 8, 2018
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“This intriguing personal account of one woman’s experience with acne is a detailed case report that could have been published in the peer-reviewed literature. Using scientific deduction, careful observations, and self-experimentation--a process used by Nobel Laureates such as Barry Marshall, Werner Forssmann, and Ralph Steinman--Melissa Gallico figured out that the cause of her chronic acne was the fluoride added to her drinking water. The fact that other people who read her book also report that their acne cleared up when they switched to fluoride-free beverages and foods suggests this is an area that deserves rigorous clinical investigation.” (Hardy Limeback, D.D.S., Ph.D., head of preventive dentistry at the University of Toronto (ret.))
“This is an astounding piece of work and a ‘must-read’ for people wanting the true story about how and why and to what terrible effect the addition of fluoride to drinking water is having. As Gallico’s riveting personal story attests, public water fluoridation is, in essence, a hazardous waste management tool that is damaging our health in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. Her deep research into this area and the clear, arresting manner in which she presents it is a valuable, even crucial, contribution to ending the antiquated and dangerous practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water.” (Bill Hirzy, Ph.D., senior scientist at the EPA (ret.))
“Melissa Gallico has authored an engaging book, one that is enjoyable to read despite the seriousness of the subject matter. As she notes, ‘it doesn’t take a degree in medicine’ (or dentistry or science) to appreciate the importance of personal observations in matters of personal health, or to understand the potential consequences of one-size-fits-all medication of the public through the drinking water supply. Fluoride sensitivity (including dermatological, endocrinological, gastrointestinal, and other effects) has been in the medical literature for decades, unrefuted, and deserves the wider awareness that Gallico’s work will bring.” (Kathleen M. Thiessen, Ph.D., senior scientist at Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis)
About the Author
Melissa Gallico is a former military intelligence officer, Fulbright scholar, and intelligence specialist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She has instructed classes for FBI analysts at Quantico and provided intelligence support for FBI national security investigations. She graduated with honors from Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She lives in South Florida.
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Melissa Gallico makes a strong case for fluoride being the culprit here. One might think that a book about fluoride and acne might be a little dry, but that is far from the case. The reasoning is strong, but the writing style is not academic; it is more conversational in nature. There is a lot of color and humor thrown in. Yet acne is no laughing matter. Aesthetic considerations aside, fluoride toxicity can cause serious psychological and medical harm.
This book is really a good case study in how researchers can get thrown off the trail, by less than rigorous analysis and, especially, by institutional bias. Once powerful government agencies, medical and dental organizations, and others throw their weight behind a health measure, it becomes extremely difficult to get them to change course. Many concerns about fluoridation have been raised, for decades, yet in many areas outside of Europe, the fluoridation program goes on. Hopefully we are reaching a tipping point.
I was not aware of just how ubiquitous fluoride is nowadays. There are many ways in which we may be exposed.This book explains how and why. The discussion of how iodine can help remove stored fluoride was also informative.
Fluoride is a big problem and the water fluoridation needs to end. But the issues described in this book apply well beyond this one program. One can see how these same dynamics affect the government vaccine program and our exposure to medical mercury, for example.
I would strongly recommend this book to people who have problems with persistent acne and to those who are interested in the types of issues discussed in my review.