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Dentists have been getting awkward questions about water fluoridation from their patients, and not known how to answer them. To rectify this, the British Fluoridation Society gave dentists suggested answers to thirty-two likely questions.
Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death? takes each of these questions in turn and shows the sham behind the BFS's suggested answers. In so doing it covers the history of fluoridation, the ways in which we were conned into believing this poison is 'good for our teeth', the toxicity of the actual chemicals used and their impact on our health.
It also discusses the recent British government's York Review, the legal implications of compulsory water fluoridation in the light of recent European legislation, and lists the places in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland which are currently fluoridated.
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Fluoridation of water has been used for the prevention of tooth decay for over fifty years. During this time little research has been done to ascertain whether it works. The chemicals used are classified as toxic industrial waste, yet no study has ever been conducted into their safety for human consumption. At the same time, research has uncovered serious side effects including deaths, cancer, skeletal fluorosis, osteoporosis, dementia, lowered IQ, kidney damage and even increased dental decay. Strongly opposed throughout the world, water fluoridation is far less widely accepted than its proponents would have us believe. Only two percent of the people of Western Europe have their water fluoridated - almost all of them within Britain and Ireland. Despite all this, the dental organizations lobby governments to compel everyone to ingest fluoride, whether they want it or not and without regard to possible harm. The vast majority of dentists maintain that fluoride is not debatable. However Barry Groves has assembled evidence to refute every single argument made by the dental establishment in favour of fluoridation. His book is particularly timely as the issue of fluoridation enters the political area once again in both Britain and Ireland. The debate will be vigorous and this book will be at its centre.
3. Cancer and Fluoride
Q: Is it true that young males living in fluoridated communities have an increased risk of bone cancer?
BFS suggested answer: No. The evidence on fluoridation and cancer – including bone cancer – has been reviewed by expert committees – including the Knox committee here in the UK, and the National Cancer Institute in the USA. There is no evidence whatsoever to support the claim that fluoridated water is associated with an increase in cancer anywhere in the body.
Fluoride and genetic damage
Many studies have noted a link between fluoride and genetic toxicity. Dr. W. Klein and colleagues at Austria’s Siebersdorf Research Centre found in 1977 that 1 ppm of fluoride inhibited DNA repair enzyme activity by fifty percent and caused genetic and chromosome damage. This was confirmed in 1982 at the University of Missouri. Sperm cells were damaged by fluoride in a test carried out at Holland’s Leiden University leading to a “highly significant increase in mutation”.
Scientists at the West German Central Laboratory for Mutagenicity Testing and at Columbia University came up with similar findings showing that it also caused genetic damage to eggs in both insects and mammals. And a committee of the National Research Council of Canada, which reviewed the research in 1977, concluded that “fluoride has displayed mutagenic activity in studies of vegetation, insects, and mammalian oocytes. There is a high correlation between carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of pollutants, and fluoride has been one of the major pollutants in several situations where a high incidence of respiratory cancer has been observed.”
In 1993 the US National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, stated: “In cultured human and rodent cells, the weight of evidence leads to the conclusion that fluoride exposure results in increased chromosome aberrations”.
In Poland, scientists at the Pomeranian Medical Academy reported that as little as 0.6 parts per million produced chromosomal damage to human white blood cells.
Even Proctor and Gamble who make Crest (fluoridated) toothpaste, produced a study which showed that 1 ppm of fluoride causes genetic damage. So it’s no secret.
Fluoride and cancer
A mutagen is a substance that can induce genetic mutations: changes which may affect the structure, development and physical characteristics of the resultant offspring. Similarly, a carcinogen is a substance that can cause cancer. The two may be very similar and many substances which cause mutations also to cause cancer. Scientists in several countries have demonstrated that this is the case with fluoride.
FLUORIDE: Drinking ourselves to death?
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 Liverpool
FLUORIDE: Drinking ourselves to death?
"Dental Practice", June 2002. Book Review.
ELECTIVE fluoridation of water supplies in order to achieve a targeted biologic response from the population occurs mainly in the USA and Britain but also in some other English-speaking countries.
Fluoridation gives rise to emotive argument from within, but largely outwith, the medical and dental establishments and professions, such debate encompassing issues relating to the veracity and ethics of its use.
The accepted opinion from within the profession traditionally passes on to generation after generation of graduates - some eventually to become teachers - a usually positive view. How many professionals reading this book review, like myself, have ever stirred themselves to read the literature in any depth or to question the received wisdom? How many dentists currently set aside a significant amount of time related to treating iatrogenic modification/damage of tooth tissue (tetracycline discoloration, fluorosis, etc)?
This soft cover book, which reads well, becomes addictive after a few minutes into its text. It is structured around the questioning and refutation - only by available scientific evidence from the literature - of statements made by the British Fluoridation Society (BFS) in support of fluoridation. The author postulates that this format will by such juxtaposition . . . "serve to put in stark relief the apparent evasive nature or clear bias of the BFS suggested responses".
Does this approach give the reader a picture that seems fair to both profession and laity? I have to say that it does. Any statements used by the author are based on references from the literature in refereed journals and, as far as I am concerned, were certainly contributing to a level playing field.
It is always wrong to entirely dismiss out of hand any reasoned argument for or against any particular issue. This book offers a wealth of detailed discussion and reference on this important topic, presented in an unemotional way. It has certainly added to my personal evidence base for opinion forming. The unique nature of fluoridation in delivering a substance to whole populations that produces bioactive response will remain a subject that generates hugely differing opinion as to justification and validity.
I commend this book to all active clinical practitioners as deserving a place in the practice library, and would go further and say it should be essential reading for all undergraduates. "You pays yer money and takes yer choice" has never been more applicable in these times of effective alternatives.
I can't help feeling that it would be interesting to read a similar work published by the BFS and the appropriate gurus in the profession that refuted the reasoned arguments of this book and opened up the debate to a higher level of scientific input to justify the status quo. There could well be some difficulty with this!
Science is about a search for truth and dogma does not have a place let alone political expediency. There is more than a whiff of both which this author addresses well in this book.
Keith Marshall. "Dental Practice", June 2002
FLUORIDE: Drinking ourselves to death?
A new book has just come to hand on this whole question of fluoride and it is a cracker. Published by Newleaf and written by the author of Eat Fat, Get Thin! , Barry Groves, the book is titled Drinking Ourselves to Death .
This book is simply a must for anyone interested in this most important of subjects. It is packed from cover to cover with quotable quotes and with referenced facts all cleverly laid out in digestible form.
This book, I believe, will quickly become a standard reference.
Dr. Andrew Rynne, Irish Medical News
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