The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep it There
by Paul Connett, PhD; James Beck MD, PhD and H S Micklem D Phil
First published 2010
Available from Amazon
From the back cover
Take a Closer Look at Your Drinking Water
“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” – Dr Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology (2000)When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, its safety was still unproven. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, more than 70 percent of Americans (as well as 200 million people worldwide) drink fluoridated water. Disturbingly, the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but also potentially hazardous to human health.In this timely and important book, Connett, Beck, and Micklem carefully investigate the science behind water fluoridation—concluding that endorsements from dental and medical establishments do not mean a public-health measure is effective or safe. At once painstakingly documented and also highly readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light—including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and endocrine system—arguing that the evidence of fluoridation reducing tooth decay, the very reason it is added to drinking water, is surprisingly weak.”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
Fluoride in Drinking Water, A Scientific Appraisal of EPA’s Standards
National Reserch Council of The National Academies
The National Academies PressNPWA review, 2009
The NRC Review was to determine whether the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for fluoride, set by the EPA at 4 mg/Litre (=4 ppm), was protective of health. The scientific team which worked for three years to produce the Report concluded that an MCLG of 4 mg/L was not protective of health in terms of severe dental enamel fluorosis, Stage II skeletal fluorosis and bone fracture in the elderly. They recommended that the MCLG be lowered.Although the NRC Review did not evaluate the safety or efficacy of fluoridation at 1 ppm, it flagged up issues which should be of concern to individuals and groups endorsing fluoridation and to politicians and health authorities planning to add fluoride to the water supply of hundreds of thousands of consumers. According to Dan Fagin, writing in the Scientific American, January 2008:The NRC committee concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid—the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism. Although researchers do not know how fluoride consumption can influence the thyroid, the effects appear to be strongly influenced by diet and genetics. John Doull, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who chaired the NRC committee, says: “The thyroid changes do worry me. There are some things there that need to be explored. What the committee found is that we’ve gone with the status quo regarding fluoride for many years—for too long, really—and now we need to take a fresh look,” Doull also says. “In the scientific community, people tend to think this is settled. I mean, when the U.S. Surgeon General comes out and says this [fluoridation] is one of the 10 greatest achievements of the 20th century, that’s a hard hurdle to get over. But when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on. I think that’s why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began. In the face of ignorance, controversy is rampant.Another area in which the NRC Report called for further research was fluoride’s effects on the brain and nervous system. There is clear evidence that fluoride has neurotoxic effects and over twenty studies (mainly from China) indicate fluoride has the potential to lower IQ in children (Fluoride Action Network www.fluoridealert.org/iq.studies.html ).
The NRC Report expressed concern for ‘susceptible sub-populations’ “at risk because their exposure to fluoride is greater than that of the average person or because they re particularly vulnerable to the effects of fluoride”. These at risk groups include people who consume large volumes of water [athletes, outdoor workers, diabetics] those with poor renal function who retain more fluoride than average, children under eight at risk of dental fluorosis and the elderly. Children under eight [with primary dentition] are the main target population for fluoridation and the NRC report singles them out as a group vulnerable to the adverse effects of fluoride (NRC Report pp350 – 351).
by Bruce Spittle, Bruce J Spittle, MB, ChB, DPM
First published 2006
Free download here* Hard copies available at Paua PressForeword by Professor Emeritus Albert W Burgstahler, PhD
This is a vitally important book that has been long needed and begging to be written. Although dental public health officials in countries promoting water fluoridation adamantly deny the existence of illness caused by fluoride in drinking water, undeniable medical ill effects from fluoride added to drinking water have been known and reported since the start of water fluoridation over 50 years ago. Even today, those who experience these adverse effects, whether from fluoride in their drinking water or from other sources, know only too well how insidious these ailments can be, what a relief it is to find out what is causing them, and how easily they can often be overcome simply by reducing excessive intake of fluoride. Those who deny reality and persist in discounting sensitivity to fluoride in drinking water are like ostriches with their heads in the sand. They would do well to heed what Dr Spittle has reported here and stop continuing to promote and be misled by scientifically indefensible claims that do not hold up under scrutiny.* With permission.
The Fluoride Deception
by Christopher Bryson
First published 2004
Available from AmazonFrom the back cover
The Fluoride Deception unearths the mystery of how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste. A chronicle of the abuse of power and of the manufacture of state-sponsored medical propaganda, The Fluoride Deception reveals how a secretive group of powerful industries, all of which faced extensive litigation for fluoride pollution, collaborated with officials from the National Institute of Dental Research to launder fluoride’s public image.Christopher Bryson is an award-winning investigative reporter and television producer. He covered Guatemalan Army human rights abuses from Central America in the late 1980s for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and the Atlanta Constitution. In 1988 he was part of an investigative unit that won a George Polk Award with Jonathan Kwitny at Public Television’s The Kwitny Report. In 1998, he was a member of a team at ABC News Productions that won a National Headliner Award for a History Channel documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. In 1999 he won a Project Censored Award with Joel Griffiths for their first linking of the U.S. Army Manhattan Project to public water fluoridation.
Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves To Death
by Barry Groves
First published 2001
Available from AmazonFrom the back cover
Fluoride is more toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic. Yet it is routinely added to the drinking water of five million people in Britain and more than two and a half million people in Ireland. They are given no choice.This mass medication is justified for reasons of dental health but there is no scientific evidence to prove the benefits of fluoride. Indeed all the evidence points incontrovertibly to the harm caused by fluoride to human, plant and animal life.Fluoridation has been abandoned or is banned throughout continental Europe, China and Japan. Nevertheless governments and health authorities in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere are determined to pursue a policy of mass fluoridation, using arguments that are based on flimsy scientific evidence and ignoring increasing public concern.In this carefully researched and persuasively written book, Barry Groves has assembled an impressive body of evidence and opinion from throughout the world showing that the case for fluoridation of water is based on poor science and dogmatic ignorance rather than on any scientifically proven benefit to public health. His conclusions are truly alarming for everyone concerned with their own health, that of their families and of society in general.
“Must be regarded as essential reading . . . informative and thought-provoking” – Dr Vyvyan Howard, MB. ChB. PhD. FRCPath. Head of the Department of Toxico-Pathology, University of Ulster
A Treatise on Fluorosis
by Professor A K Susheela
First published 2000
Available in hardcopy via Fluorosis Research & Rural Development Foundation (address below)NPWA review, 2011
Professor Dr A K Susheela, a histocytochemist and a senior advisor to the Indian Government, is one of the world’s leading researchers on the harmful effects of fluoride. In India, crippling skeletal fluorosis caused by (natural) high levels of fluoride in ground water has disabled thousands of people. In her book, A Treatise on Fluorosis, Dr Susheela shows that fluoride has adverse effects on the red blood cells, calcium metabolism, tooth enamel, the gut lining, muscle, bone, connective tissue, the foetus and DNA.On 26 October 1998, Dr Susheela gave a presentation in the UK Parliament before the then Health Minister Tessa Jowell. Ms Jowell asked “Why haven’t we seen these health problems in our fluoridated areas?” Dr Susheela’s reply was “You don’t even have a government laboratory to test fluoride levels in blood and urine. If you don’t look for the problems, how do you hope to find them?” Dr Susheela is strongly against fluoridation and advises “the less fluoride the better”.Professor A K Susheela, Executive Director
Fluorosis Research & Rural Development Foundation
34, Indraprastha Extension
Delhi – 110 092
THE SECRET WAR
by Dr Geoffrey Smith
First published 1997From the back cover
Fluoride – the supposed miracle ingredient in your toothpaste is also the chemical ingredient added to 66% of Australia’s water supplies. However, fluoride is not “both safe and effective in reducing tooth decay” as health authorities would have you believe.Indeed, reputable scientists worldwide have repeatedly shown that fluoride can damage DNA and cause both birth defects and cancer. Excessive fluoride leads to skeletal fluorosis, which affects bone and tendons in tens of millions of sufferers around the world.The fluorine gas propellants in medications such as Ventolin may be life-threatening, and recently, fluoride has been implicated as a causative factor in osteoporosis and increasing hip fractures in the elderly. Perhaps most disturbing; fluoride is a ‘mind-dulling’ drug which accumulates in, and damages, the hippocampus, a major memory centre in the brain.In The Secret War Dr Smith explains:
Why many Australians including the late Sir Edward Dunlop openly opposed water fluoridation
How fluoride can prevent decay on the surface of the tooth but why the mechanisms involved may harm cells and tissues inside the body
How fluoride entraps radioactive elements in bone thus increasing the risk of bone cancer and leukaemia.
Why the CIA, the KGB and Britain’s MI 6 became involved in the Fluoride Conspiracy
How fluoride compounds are used to make nerve gases, nuclear bombs and high energy chemical laser weapons.
The Greatest Fraud: Fluoridation
by Philip R N Sutton, DDSc, LDS, FRACDS
First published 1996A review by the late Dr John Colquhoun
Far from selecting and omitting research studies to suit his case, Sutton subjects every report which purports to prove a dental benfit from fluoridation to intense critical examination. Published after his death by his daughter-in-law, the book is, in effect, an updated version of his earlier classic, Fluoridation: Errors and Omissions in Experimental Trials. Indeed, Chapter 19 is a reprint of that earlier edition, which critically examined the first North American fluoridation trials and is still relevant today, having stood the test of time. A later chapter makes further observations on those trials, while earlier chapters critically analyse and assess all succeeding profluoridation studies, as well as criticisms of his analyses by proponents. Sutton’s book will justify to many of his readers the change in title from the sedate “errors and omissions” to “the greatest fraud.” It has become very apparent that, as Diesendorf and others have pointed out in Fluoride Journal, not a single study has ever been published which actually proves that fluoridation works.The book is modestly priced – Australian $14 plus $11 postage, from the publisher, PO Box 22, Lorne, Victoria 3232, Australia.
Fluoride the Aging Factor
by Dr John Yiamouyiannis
First published 1983From the back cover
“Now, liberal legislators, an environmental advocacy group, a respected chemical trade journal and even scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are challenging the conventional wisdom of fluoride’s necessity and safety” – Pittsburgh PressDr John Yiamouyiannis received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Chicago and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Rhode Island. After completing postdoctoral research at Western Reserve University Medical School, he became a biochemical editor at Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s largest chemical information center. Here he first became aware of the health-damaging effects of fluoride. Formerly science director of the National Health Federation and executive director of Health Action, he is now president of the Safe Water Foundation. He has authored many articles in the health field, as well as the book: High Performance Health.Dr Yiamouyiannis is a world-leading authority on the biological effects of fluoride. One leading fluoridationist admits, “He appears brilliant — and dedicated.” Even the American Dental Association cautions its fluoridation speakers, “Running up against Yiamouyiannis is not recommended.” He has appeared on national television shows for ABC, CNN, and CNBC. He has spoken before audiences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, and Brazil. Responsible for stopping fluoridation in the US and abroad, he notes, “With truth as an ally, it’s a lot easier to win. The truth is, fluoridation is chronically poisoning millions.”John Yiamouyiannis, 1943 – 2000.
Fluoride, the Freedom Fight
by Dr Hans Moolenburgh
First published 1987From the book
The issue of fluoridation in water supplies is one which provokes continual controversy and conflict in a society which is becoming increasingly health-conscious. Recent motions in the US Congress and the British Parliament have brought the matter to the forefront of many health debates. FLUORIDE: THE FREEDOM FIGHT outlines the issues at stake and relates the history of what happened in one European country when a small band of objectors took on the power of governmental bureaucracy over the subject of fluoridation in water supplies.Hans Moolenburgh was born in Holland in 1925. After military service he became a general practitioner in Haarlem until 1981 where he now continues as a Consultant. He also lectures in non-toxic cancer treatment in both Belgium and England. He is married with five children.
Fluoridation – Poison on Tap
by Glen S R Walker, FIMF, EMECS, MAES
First published 1982
From the back cover
When the present and future health and freedom of Australians is at stake it is important to evaluate the academic merit and credibility of a Government Scientific Inquiry which claims that artificial fluoridation is totally safe for every member of the community.The so-called scientific bases upon which artificial fluoridation is compulsorily inflicted on the population of Victoria now rests upon the findings and recommendations of a Report prepared by three scientists appointed by the then Premier of Victoria, Mr Rupert Hamer, in March 1979 just two months prior to a State Election.The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Fluoridation of Victorian Water Supplies published in September 1980 is accepted without any reservations by all political parties in the Victorian Parliament and the State Health Department.This book – Fluoridation – Poison on Tap, clearly demonstrates that far from being a scholarly and erudite overview of the fluoridation question, as claimed by the Premier, the Hon. R J Hamer in a speech to the Victorian Parliament (Hansard, 9th September, 1980, p. 64), the Committee of Inquiry’s Report contains a succession of serious errors and omissions.In this book, faults and flaws in the Victorian Report are examined in detail; they are of such a grave nature that the Report cannot and must not be accepted as a medical and scientific basis to support an Act of Parliament which forces everyone in Victoria regardless of their age, state of health, or desire to ingest artificially fluoridated water in an uncontrollable dose.
This book shows beyond any reasonable doubt that artificial fluoridation is: the greatest and potentially most dangerous medical hoax of the century.
Despite almost 40 years of huge financial fluoridation promotion and propaganda, not one scientist, doctor or dentist has proved fluoride solely responsible for any reduction in tooth decay.
This statement has been presented to other Government Inquiries, U.S. Congressional and Senate Committees, and Courts of Law, all without any challenge or answer from fluoridation promoters.
Fluoridation is like the story by Hans Christian Anderson entitled The Emperor’s New Clothes. Those who could not see the marvelous garment of his Majesty were not fit for their posts. And now those dentists, doctors and scientists who do not see reduction of tooth decay from fluoridation are not fit for their posts either.
Glen S R Walker, 1914 – 30 June 2009
Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma
by George L Waldbott, MD
in collaboration with Albert W Burgstahler, PHD and H Lewis McKinney, PhD
First published 1978. From the back cover
Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma is a work of enduring scholarship that presents an objective discussion of fluoridation. Copiously documented and cogently written, this book provides readers with sufficient evidence to decide for themselves whether the reputed dental benefits derived from fluoridation of water supplies are worth the serious risks and consequences involved.”Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma … is without a doubt the most complete and authentic work on the highly emotional subject of fluoride and its use. A careful review of this splendid contribution is highly recommended to all persons interested in this important subject.””This is, without a doubt, one of the most fundamental pieces of work I have read. …” – Alton Ochsner, MDGeorge L. Waldbott, Heidelberg, MD Internationally known authority on environmental diseases. Practicing physician, Warren, Michigan.
Albert W Burgstahler, Harvard, PhD Professor of Organic Chemistry, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
H Lewis McKinney, Cornell, PhD Professor of the History of Science, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
George L Waldbott, 14 January 1898 – 17 July 1982
The Fluoride Question: Panacea or Poison?
by Anne-Lise Gotzche
First Published 1975From the back cover
These are some of the Fluoride Questions:Does fluoride prevent dental decay?What effect does fluoride have on the rest of the body?What effect does fluoride have on adults?
What is the safe maximum dosage for older persons? For the “average” adult?
Why was fluoridation endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Service before adequate studies of safety and effectiveness had been completed?
Is it possible to calculate the effect of a dose-dependent medicine if you don’t know for certain how much you’re getting?
How carefully controlled are the levels of fluoride in treated water systems?
How accurate are the studies on which fluoridation recommendations are based?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, what risks are you taking with your own future health and that of your family?
“We do know that the use of drinking water containing as little as 1.2 to 3 parts per million of fluorine will cause such developmental disturbances in bones as osteosclerosis, spondylosis and osteopetrosis, as well as goiter, and we cannot afford to run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances in applying what is at present a doubtful procedure intended to prevent development of dental disfigurements among children” – The Journal of the American Dental Association, October, 1944 (See page 38 of this book)
Fluoridation and Truth Decay
by Gladys Caldwell and Philip E Zanfagna, MD
First published 1974From the back cover
In this book the authors document that:
Fluoridation is not the dental health miracle of the age, but the consumer fraud of this polluted century.
Fluoride is not an essential mineral nutrient, but a cumulative enzyme poison in a class with arsenic and cyanide, not safe at any dose.
It is not coincidence but expedience that flouridated cities buy the waste fluoride acid from the fertilizer industry.
It is not an oversight that our government has failed to set a standard for this pollutant, which is 1000 times more toxic than sulfur dioxide, thereby giving amnesty to fluoride polluters.
Parents will at first be incredulous and then alarmed to learn they are poisoning their children on advice of their doctors, who are unaware of the truth decay in their dental, medical and public health journals.
The concerned public, especially those into ecology, will learn for the first time that the credibility gap in government and academia is so wide that a pollutant they have never heard of has already killed or damaged plant and animal life at a loss totalling billions of dollars.
The con game is now over. Those entrusted with our health can no longer hide the bodies of those killed by fluoride air pollution disasters in government closets. Nor can they deny that “neighborhood” fluorosis is poisoning people residing near factories guilty of fluoride fallout.
The authors add up the fluoride intake from air, food and water and charge that fluoride is making man the endangered species.
Health effects of environmental pollutants
by George L Waldbott
First published 1973From the Preface
During the past two decades an abundance of technical, biological, and legal information dealing with air pollution has accumulated; however, there is an extraordinary paucity of data on how pollutants affect human health. Indeed, a survey of the air pollution literature conveys the impression that animals, plants, and materials are adversely affected by polluted air but that, at levels in which pollutants are present in the atmosphere, little if any serious damage to human health ensues. The question arises whether humans are really not subject to adverse effects from polluted air or whether damage to health actually occurs but is not being recognized by the scientific community. A number of circumstances render damage caused by polluted ambient air difficult to identify with its sources.
…George L Waldbott, 14 January 1898 – 17 July 1982
A Struggle with Titans
by George L Waldbott
First published 1965From the back cover
A graduate of the University of Heidelberg Medical School in 1921, Dr George L Waldbott emigrated to the United States in 1923, where he joined the staff of the Henry Ford Hospital. In 1927, he carried out the first hay fever survey, and the first pollen count in Michigan.Pioneering in the field of allergic diseases, Dr Waldbott originated a method of treating asthma by washing out the bronchial tree, a procedure proved to be a lifesaver on many occasions.In 1953, he was first to describe a lung disease that leads to emphysema and to pinpoint smoking as its cause.Dr Waldbott’s research demonstrating that patients with allergy are more readily poisoned by drugs than normal people, stimulated his interest in studying the effect of fluoride on the human organism.
He is presently consulting physician in Allergy at Harper and Women’s Hospitals, in Detroit; a member of the American Medical Association; the Michigan State and Wayne County Medical Societies: a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and the American College of Physicians; member of other national and international medical societies.
Dr George L Waldbott is a member of editorial committees of several international medical journals. He is author of a book, Contact Dermatitis.
George L Waldbott, 14 January 1898 – 17 July 1982
Compulsory Mass Medication
by P Clavell Blount
First published 1964From the book – About the author
As he is the Chairman of the London Anti-Fluoridation Campaign, it may be thought that the author of Compulsory Mass Medication was a dedicated ‘anti’.This is far from true. For over twenty years, Mr Clavell Blount spent most of his time, and a great deal of his own money, promoting, single-handed, a constructive, nationwide campaign for encouraging a better flow of ideas which would add to national prosperity.His new ideas campaign conflicted with the views of many people who had an interest in maintaining the status quo. This brought him a lot of hard knocks and personal denigration which, ironically, simply served to confirm the soundness of his original thesis. Despite this treatment, however, he persevered, using these efforts to thwart his ideas as evidence of the need for something to be done to prevent new ideas being obstructed.Some of this evidence has been included in a collection of case histories. These, together with Mr Blount’s own proposals for making better use of the nation’s brain-power, were published in Ideas into Action, the only definitive book on the subject written by an Englishman.
Ideas into Action was well received by the Press but, of far greater importance, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh graciously permitted Mr Clavell Blount to quote certain of his statements about ideas, which agreed with Mr Blount’s own views, in Press advertisements of his book.
In addition, Mr Blount’s ideas for helping other people’s ideas have been highly praised in America, a country which has long surpassed us in a field where we in England were once the leading exponents.
The Physiology and Biochemistry of the Mouth
by G Neil Jenkins
First published 1954The aim of this book is to provide an account of certain topics in physiology and biochemistry which are of importance in dental surgery but which tend to be neglected, or given a non-dental emphasis, in the standard textbooks. The considerable amount of new material which has been added to this edition is reflected in the changed title of the book. The existing text has been thoroughly revised and replaced where necessary. Its critical approach has been maintained.NB Chapter XI – Some physiological aspects of dental caries, carries a sub-heading – Caries as a Disease of Civilisation [Our emphasis]G Neil Jenkins, 23 October 1914 – 14 October 2007