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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, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, d 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, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, 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 medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump them into rivers and lakes or release them into the atmosphere. And water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible-forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.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 kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesn't question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public.


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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, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, d 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, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, 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 medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump them into rivers and lakes or release them into the atmosphere. And water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible-forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.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 kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesn't question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public.

30 review for The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mamagrids

    I used to think the anti-fluoride crowd was a bunch of on-the-fringe nut cases. But now I am one! Thanks to the facts provided by sources like this book and the Fluoride Action Network (http://fluoridealert.org/), Americans are becoming more aware of the dangers associated with the common but unnecessary practice of dumping fluoride into our municipal water supplies. I hope people are willing to read this book and become educated. I used to think the anti-fluoride crowd was a bunch of on-the-fringe nut cases. But now I am one! Thanks to the facts provided by sources like this book and the Fluoride Action Network (http://fluoridealert.org/), Americans are becoming more aware of the dangers associated with the common but unnecessary practice of dumping fluoride into our municipal water supplies. I hope people are willing to read this book and become educated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aeischeid

    mostly a skim read for me. seems like a solidly argued case on why communities should not add fluoride to drinking water. history, bad-science and political background that got things where they are today is interesting as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    Dr. Connett is a chemistry professor who previously accepted the common belief that fluoride was a positive for dental health but after thorough scientific investigation he has become an activist against the forced medicating of our population with fluoride. Read this book and you will immediately run out and buy a reverse osmosis water filter. Not only is ingesting fluoride not good for you, it's a hazard that is causing serious public health issues including but not limited to dental fluorosis Dr. Connett is a chemistry professor who previously accepted the common belief that fluoride was a positive for dental health but after thorough scientific investigation he has become an activist against the forced medicating of our population with fluoride. Read this book and you will immediately run out and buy a reverse osmosis water filter. Not only is ingesting fluoride not good for you, it's a hazard that is causing serious public health issues including but not limited to dental fluorosis, bone fractures, thyroid dysfunction, and lower IQ scores just to name a few.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Robinson

    This book has TONS of information from every point of view on the issue of Fluoride! This is very important and even if you just skim through this book EVERYONE should know this stuff. Fluoride is NOT Good for us or our children. Start small and filter your water and DO NOT give your children Fluoride tablets or anything they would digest. I do agree that there are some benefits to putting it Directly on your teeth, but it still gets into your system. Everything in moderation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Larson

    I don't usually read so-called "expose" books where the author is telling the reader how bad such and such or so and so is. So I am not sure why I picked up this book, but I am definitely glad that I did. Even before I read this book, I had been aware that some people believe that fluoride in the water supply is bad for you. I have read the occasional magazine article that spoke to this belief. After reading these articles, I wouldn't say that I believed or disbelieved their message but rather fo I don't usually read so-called "expose" books where the author is telling the reader how bad such and such or so and so is. So I am not sure why I picked up this book, but I am definitely glad that I did. Even before I read this book, I had been aware that some people believe that fluoride in the water supply is bad for you. I have read the occasional magazine article that spoke to this belief. After reading these articles, I wouldn't say that I believed or disbelieved their message but rather found some aspects of what they said to be plausible and yet didn't have any way to verify or refute their statements. In this book, the authors present a case against the practice of fluoridating our water supply. They present a history of water fluoridation, describe the key points that fluoride supporters say about fluoridation and then present and discuss, point by point, why each and every one of these arguments are either false or lack sufficient evidence to justify them. The authors don't present their information with scare tactics the way many expose books do but rather lay it out simply and in a straight forward manner. One of the most astonishing facts they discuss is that even the American Dental Association, one of the key supporters of water fluoridation, has publically admitted that there is little evidence of benefit from fluoride in the water supply. But they do say there is great benefit from fluoride applied topically, e.g. in toothpaste and fluoride rinses. And yet the ADA still supports water supply fluoridation despite this. The authors point out that even though the majority of countries around the world do not fluoridate their water, the tooth decay rates of children in those countries are no worse than the tooth decay rates of children in countries that do. Very high rates of tooth decay in the United States occur in cities that have been fluoridated for years. And finally they state that the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water in the United States are not pharmaceutical grade, meaning that they are not of the same purity used in dental products. Instead, the bulk of the chemicals used come from the wet-scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Great book that everyone should read regarding the forced mass medication we have to endure through water fluoridation in violation of the Nuremberg protocol. Interesting how studies have shown that fluoridation has been linked to sleeplessness, reduction of an average of 20 points in IQ, Bone cancer, dental fluorosis, joint pain, fibromyalgia, weight gain and arthritis. Not surprising when fluoride happens to be the waste from the aluminum, fertilizer and nuclear industries and is conveniently Great book that everyone should read regarding the forced mass medication we have to endure through water fluoridation in violation of the Nuremberg protocol. Interesting how studies have shown that fluoridation has been linked to sleeplessness, reduction of an average of 20 points in IQ, Bone cancer, dental fluorosis, joint pain, fibromyalgia, weight gain and arthritis. Not surprising when fluoride happens to be the waste from the aluminum, fertilizer and nuclear industries and is conveniently dumped into our drinking water under the guise of dental health so these industries can not only earn extra profits by selling it to municipalities but then don't have to store or destroy it. Beware tea drinkers especially green tea as the tea leaves have a very high concentration of fluoride from the soils. I now don't drink tea anymore unless it is organic and all my water is distilled.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rogier

    This is undoubtedly THE go-to book on the whole fluoride hoax. It remains incredible on the face of it that a hoax could be continued this long, but I guess it has. In Europe fluoridation started in the 60's and ended in the 70's, after the lack of a solid scientific base became clear, right now the tide is turning in Canada, and in New Zealand, and even Australia. Ireland is seeking to make it criminal, and Great-Britain and the USA are the lone holdouts any more. Yet there is now so much good sc This is undoubtedly THE go-to book on the whole fluoride hoax. It remains incredible on the face of it that a hoax could be continued this long, but I guess it has. In Europe fluoridation started in the 60's and ended in the 70's, after the lack of a solid scientific base became clear, right now the tide is turning in Canada, and in New Zealand, and even Australia. Ireland is seeking to make it criminal, and Great-Britain and the USA are the lone holdouts any more. Yet there is now so much good science that refutes all the pro-fluoride arguments, that it cannot take too long any more before we are ready to get rid of this industrial poison in our drinking water in the USA as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Makes it clear what the obvious answer is, and so will history.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aidan Reid

    Vital book, especially for those living in fluoridated areas (Ireland being 1 of 8 countries where fluoridation is mandated for the entire populace). Only 2% of the population of Europe consume fluoridated water, which begs the question why, in countries such as Ireland, has it been allowed to remain in the water supply (not to mention promoted through other products), despite the incidence of tooth erosion/decay being virtually the same as in non-fluoridated countries. The book avoids conspirac Vital book, especially for those living in fluoridated areas (Ireland being 1 of 8 countries where fluoridation is mandated for the entire populace). Only 2% of the population of Europe consume fluoridated water, which begs the question why, in countries such as Ireland, has it been allowed to remain in the water supply (not to mention promoted through other products), despite the incidence of tooth erosion/decay being virtually the same as in non-fluoridated countries. The book avoids conspiracy theory and is backed by an abundance of credible sources to highlight the wonky science and corrupt corporate agenda that continues to promulgate the erroneous assumption that fluoride is good for us. Powerful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Camille McCarthy

    This book had a clear message and after reading just a few pages I was convinced that fluoride should not be in our drinking water, does us no good, and could be causing harm to a lot of people. It presented its views with strong evidence and compelling arguments, however, as with a lot of technical concepts, the authors rely too much on convincing the reader with logic which I feel might actually cause it to fall on deaf ears; not everyone has the background needed to understand these argument This book had a clear message and after reading just a few pages I was convinced that fluoride should not be in our drinking water, does us no good, and could be causing harm to a lot of people. It presented its views with strong evidence and compelling arguments, however, as with a lot of technical concepts, the authors rely too much on convincing the reader with logic which I feel might actually cause it to fall on deaf ears; not everyone has the background needed to understand these arguments so they might feel like it's much easier to just follow the more emotional arguments that these people are just paranoid and there's nothing wrong with the water, fluoride is helping poor people have better teeth, etc. Perhaps they should have been less technical in their writing and maybe tried to be both logical and appeal to peoples' emotions. Even though the subject interested me, the book was too long. It was like a PhD thesis on the subject, while the common person just needs to know the information included in the first 60 or so pages. This also turned me off and was probably another setback for the authors. A shorter, more personable book would probably have gotten the point across much better, especially since it is a message that needs to be heard -- after reading this I feel that fluoride in the drinking water is a terrible idea and we should get rid of it as soon as possible.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel C

    There may have been painstaking research done on this topic, but this book was painful to read. I was not impressed with the so-called evidence supporting their case throughout the first half of the book. Most of it was based upon studies done in the 1950s. Come on, medicine has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. There may have been other reasons for the conditions those people suffered in the 50s. Even though I mostly skimmed this book, I did connect more with the latter half of it. Not There may have been painstaking research done on this topic, but this book was painful to read. I was not impressed with the so-called evidence supporting their case throughout the first half of the book. Most of it was based upon studies done in the 1950s. Come on, medicine has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. There may have been other reasons for the conditions those people suffered in the 50s. Even though I mostly skimmed this book, I did connect more with the latter half of it. Not that I agreed with it in totality. I do feel that over-fluoridation can have negative effects, and that there has definitely been well supported scientific evidence to that end in regard to bone density. Also, I agree that the CDC, FDA, and ADA need to financially support more thorough, current studies into long term effects of fluoride. In the meantime, I think the best approach is - as is most often the case - all things in moderation.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dr. K Reads

    A well-researched but poorly-written essay on the saga that ensues regarding fluoride. They could have done a lit review on pubmed and called it a day. I couldn't even finish it and I read this stuff all the time. However, if you are on the front lines it will be great to have it in your arsenal. Good luck getting it out of your drinking water if it is there and good luck stopping it from going in... A well-researched but poorly-written essay on the saga that ensues regarding fluoride. They could have done a lit review on pubmed and called it a day. I couldn't even finish it and I read this stuff all the time. However, if you are on the front lines it will be great to have it in your arsenal. Good luck getting it out of your drinking water if it is there and good luck stopping it from going in...

  13. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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