By: Paul Connett, PhD; James Beck, MD, PhD; H . Spedding Micklem, DPhil
I have had the great privilege of meeting one of the co-authors of this book, Dr. Paul Connett, on several occasions; including international conferences on water fluoridation. He has even visited Waterloo, Ontario twice in 2010, upon invitation, in connection with a local, concerted and sucessful effort to remove fluoridation from our municipal drinking water (we had our vote on October 25, 2010). I had a chance to read pre-publication copy of this book and it is a wonderful handbook for citizens who want a readable piece which explains the intertwined science and politics on this alarming issue. Rather than going into my own review I think the one that appears in “booklist” a publication of the American Library Association parallels my own views completely:
*Starred Review* On the eve of the new millennium, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), listed water fluoridation as one of the twentieth-century’s 10 greatest public-health achievements. Yet according to the authors of this painstakingly researched exposé of fluoridation’s overall ineffectiveness and toxicity, endorsements such as these from the CDC and other health organizations are motivated more by face-saving politics than credible research. Fluoridation advocates who have previously branded detractors as conspiracy theorists and shills for junk science will be hard pressed to debunk the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and sound scientific reasoning presented here. In demonstrating fluoridation’s ineffectiveness, the authors cite exhaustive evidence proving fluorides only benefits are topical, as in tooth brushing, as opposed to swallowing. But the case against fluoride’s alleged safety, even in small doses, is more alarming, with multiple studies showing fluoride’s probable complicity in lowered intelligence scores, thyroid dysfunction, hip fractures, and the ominously rising incidence of osteosarcoma in boys. The authors’ academic, hyperbole-free writing style serves them well in marshalling a series of facts that, all by themselves, expose fluoridation as a false panacea. It remains to be seen, however, whether the public-health community will give this landmark work due credit or continue to rubber stamp an outdated policy that, like bloodletting and trepanation, properly belongs on the scrap heap of sham medical interventions. (Booklist, Sep-2010)
I urge anyone who lives in a fluoridated community to read this book. The unethical, unnecessary and potentially dangerous practice of fluoridation has to be stopped. This book should help to do this, not only in Canada and the U.S. but also in the handful of other countries that still continue this outdated and unsafe practice.
Robert J. Fleming (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)