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Fluoridation, Cancer: Did Researchers Ask the Right Questions?
WHEN HEALTH OFFICIALS decided to add fluoride to the water supply of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945, they plunged ahead despite the lack of a rigorous, large-scale study of the risks and benefits. And for most of the next 60 years, fluoridation research has gone pretty much like that. It has not been science’s finest […]
Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?
Was the age of puberty really dropping? Parents said yes. Leading pediatric endocrinologists said no. The stalemate lasted a dozen years.
Why Not Debate?
The Fluoride Action Network would like to applaud the editors at the Salt Lake Tribune for their editorial concerning fluoridation proponents’ unwillingness to debate the issue they so enthusiastically endorse (see below). This “No Debating” policy of proponents is an insult to both science and democracy and it is encouraging to see this recognized by […]
The Promotion of Water Fluoridation: An Historical Overview
…Three historical cases of major technological innovations whose benefits and risks were the subject of heated public controversy are examined, in search of lessons that may suggest a path toward consensus in the biotechnology debate. In each of the cases-water fluoridation, nuclear power and pesticides-proponents of the technology gathered scientific evidence that they believed established […]
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.
Suppressed Science: A Stain on Society
Most of us would be incredulous if we were told that scientific papers on some sensitive subjects are being routinely rejected by journals for political reasons. The more informed among the readership might suggest that papers are sometimes rejected because of national security considerations, but almost never for purely political reasons. Unfortunately, our confidence in […]
Is Science Censored? Ideology May Influence What Studies Get Published
“Publicity…would certainly follow,” fretted the editor of one top journal. “A possible general panic,” predicted a researcher. Both were explaining why a study linking childhood leukemia to fluorescent lights should not be published. That fear trumped the conclusion of other reviewers–scientists who evaluate whether a manuscript should be published in a journal–who called the paper […]
New Evidence on Fluoride and the Developing Brain
In 2007, the question of how fluoride affects the developing brain gained renewed attention from researchers around the world. Research teams from Brazil, China, India, Italy, Mexico, and the United States conducted important new analyses, including 3 new studies investigating fluoride’s impact on childhood IQ, and several new animal studies investigating fluoride’s effects on learning, memory, and behavior
Impact of Fluoride on Neurological Development in Children
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
Ministry of not-so-funny walks
The fluorosis problem is “enormous, unbelievable,” says Andezhath Susheela of the Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation in Delhi. She has been unravelling the national story for a decade during which time her estimate of the number of people leading “a painful and crippled life” from fluorosis has risen from one million to 25 million and now to 60 million — six million of them children.