“The political profluoridation stance has evolved into a dogmatic, authoritarian, essentially antiscientific posture, one that discourages open debate of scientific issues.” – Dr. Edward Groth, Senior Scientist, Consumers Union, 1991.
50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation
Introduction In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate any of their water. Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water. In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. This equates to approximately 185 million people, which […]
Fluoridation: A Triumph of Science Over Propaganda
Community water fluoridation (herein called simply “fluoridation”) is the precise adjustment of the concentration of the essential trace element fluoride in the public water supply to protect teeth and bones. In 1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to fluoridate its public water supply. Since then, communities throughout the United States […]
Fluoridation of Water: Questions about health risks and benefits remain after more than 40 years
Chemical & Engineering News’ infamous and thorough review of the science underlying water fluoridation.
Promoters’ Style Has Fueled Fluoridation Controversy
The style of promotion that fluoridation’s proponents have used from the very beginning probably made the issue more controversial than it need have been.
Letters Published in Chemical & Engineering News following Review article on Fluoridation
Letters published in response to Chemical & Engineering News’ comprehensive review of the fluoridation debate (August 1, 1988). The review stimulated a tremendous amount of feedback – with letters published in the Journal up through April of the following year. Most of the feedback was complimentary, with much appreciation for the Journal’s effort to conduct an objective analysis of the issue.
Why Environmentalists Should Oppose Fluoridation
I am very heartened by the fact that David Brower, Executive Director of the Sierra Club from 1952-64, Founder of Friends of the Earth, and Founder of Earth Island Institute, has agreed to become a founding member of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). He joins several other prominent environmental activists, including Edward Goldsmith (publisher of […]
ADA: The State of Fluoridation
After 67 years, challenges continue across nation For 67 years, community water fluoridation has been part of the landscape in the United States public health arena. Hundreds of studies have confirmed its safety and effectiveness in reducing caries rates since 1945, when Grand Rapids, Mich., became the first community to adjust the fluoride levels in […]
In this chapter, I present a number of cases in which attempts have been made to stop antifluoridationists from expressing their views, doing research, and practicing dentistry. The number of cases is very large, and they fall into comprehensible patterns. In my study of this phenomenon in other areas, there are always many more cases occurring than end up being documented.
The Politics of Fluoride
“[T]he political profluoridation stance has evolved into a dogmatic, authoritarian, essentially antiscientific posture, one that discourages open debate of scientific issues.” – Dr. Edward Groth, Senior Scientist, Consumers Union, 1991.