HAMILTON — The Colgate Bookstore will host a discussion and book-signing with Dr. Paul Connett, co-author of the book, “The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There” on Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. at 3 Utica St. This event is free and open to the public.

Although many countries have rejected the practice, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it.

In “The Case Against Fluoride,” the authors take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure doesn’t mean it’s safe. The book brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and endocrine system, and argues that the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.

Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. From 1983 until his retirement in May 2006, he taught chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.

Over the past 26 years his research on waste management has taken him to 49 states and 55 countries, where he has given over 2000 pro bono public presentations. Ralph Nader said of Connett, “He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting.”

Connett has researched the literature on fluoride’s toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 15 years. He helped found the Fluoride Action Network and has spoken on the dangers of fluoridation to legislative and research bodies in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the US. That latter has included presentations to both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Research Council.

The Colgate Bookstore is Central New York’s largest independent, downtown bookstore; it is proudly and operated by Colgate University.