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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 - Paul Connett

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 Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9781603582872
Number Of Pages: 384

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When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. 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, are drinking fluoridated water. The Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it--and even mandatory statewide water fluoridation--despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.

In this timely and important book, Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. James Beck, and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water, and yet it is allowed in our drinking water. To make matters worse, this program receives no oversight from the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency takes no responsibility for the practice. And from an ethical standpoint, say the authors, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals are being forced to take medication without their informed consent, there is no control over the dose, and no monitoring of possible side effects.

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, and argues that the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.

Industry Reviews

"This volume will quickly become the most trusted compendium of evidence and argument critical of fluoridation worldwide - and quite right too." The Scientific & Medical Network - Feb 2011 "If you are interested in the fluoride debate you should read this book. However, more importantly, if you are disinterested in the fluoridation of drinking water or are strongly pro-fluoridation, you must also read it." Caduceus - February 2011

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Ethical and General Arguments against Fluoridation
Poor Medical Practicep. 3
An Inappropriate and Inefficient Practicep. 13
The Chemicals Usedp. 16
Who is in Charge?p. 23
An Experimental Programp. 29
The Evidence that Fluoridation is Ineffective
Fluoridation and Tooth Decayp. 37
The Early Evidence Reexaminedp. 48
Key Modern Studiesp. 55
The Great Fluoridation Gamble
The Great Fluoridation Gamble, 1930-1950p. 67
The Great Fluoridation Gamble, 1950-p. 87
The Evidence of Harm
Dental Fluorosisp. 109
Fluoride's Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physiologyp. 115
Fluoride Poisoning of Humans: Early Reversible Effectsp. 126
The 2006 National Research Council Reportp. 137
Fluoride and the Brainp. 148
Fluoride and the Endocrine Systemp. 157
Fluoride and Bonep. 169
Fluoride and Osteosarcomap. 181
Fluoride and the Kidneys, and Other Health Issuesp. 195
Margin of Safety and the Precautionary Principle
Margin of Safetyp. 201
The Precautionary Principlep. 212
The Promoters and the Techniques of Promotion
Weak and Inadequate Sciencep. 217
Promoters' Strategies and Tacticsp. 225
Self-Serving Governmental Reviewsp. 238
A Response to Pro-Fluoridation Claimsp. 246
The Promoters' Motivationsp. 258
Review and Conclusionp. 269
Fluoride and the Brainp. 275
Fluoride and Bonep. 287
Endnotesp. 291
About the Authorsp. 357
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9781603582872
ISBN-10: 1603582878
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59