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Concerns over fluoridated drinking water have long been derided as the obsession of McCarthyite cranks. But this muckraking j’accuse asserts that fluoride is indeed a dire threat to public health, one foisted upon the nation by a vast conspiracy—not of Communist agents, but of our very own military-industrial complex. Investigative reporter Bryson revisits the decades-long controversy, drawing on mountains of scientific studies, some unearthed from secret archives of government and corporate laboratories, to question the effects of fluoride and the motives of its leading advocates. The efficacy of fluoridated drinking water in preventing tooth decay, he contends, is dubious. Fluoride in its many forms may be one of the most toxic of industrial pollutants, and Bryson cites scientific analyses linking fluoridated drinking water to bone deformities, hyperactivity and a host of other complaints. The post-war campaign to fluoridate drinking water, he claims, was less a public health innovation than a public relations ploy sponsored by industrial users of fluoride—including the government’s nuclear weapons program. Legendary spin doctors like Edward Bernays exploited the tenuous link between dental hygiene and fluoridation to create markets to stimulate fluoride production and to prove the innocuousness of fluoride compounds, thereby heading off lawsuits by factory workers and others poisoned by industrial fluoride pollution. Bryson marshals an impressive amount of research to demonstrate fluoride’s harmfulness, the ties between leading fluoride researchers and the corporations who funded and benefited from their research, and what he says is the duplicity with which fluoridation was sold to the people. The result is a compelling challenge to the reigning dental orthodoxy, which should provoke renewed scientific scrutiny and public debate.
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Investigative reporter and television producer Bryson chronicles the process by which a workplace poison and one of the most damaging environmental pollutants of the Cold War ended up in children's toothpaste and public drinking water. In short, he describes a secretive group of powerful industries that faced extensive litigation for fluoride pollution, collaborating with officials from the National Institute of Dental Research to launder the chemical's public image.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
From the Publisher
"Christopher Bryson is an excellent narrator, and he reports on recent research previously not known to me. Especially I am intrigued by the story about Phyllis Mullenix and her animal research on the influence of fluoride on behavior and brain development. . . . It is my sincere hope that his book will receive the attention it deserves and that its implications will be seriously considered." Dr. Arvid Carlsson, 2000 Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine
"In much the same way biologist Rachel Carson warned us over forty years ago in Silent Spring about the havoc and harm being caused by the misuse of persistent pesticides, journalist Christopher Bryson here lays bare the secret story and hidden dangers of the introduction of fluoride chemicals from the cold war era into our drinking water. The irrefutable evidence of duplicity and cover-up presented in this book is hair-raising. The Fluoride Deception presents a scorching indictment of how researchers and health care officials working closely with government agencies, big industry, and their attorneys have allowed themselves to surrender their responsibility for the medical well-being of their fellow citizens." Dr. Albert W. Burgstahler, former president of the International Society for Fluoride Research and Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Kansas
"Bryson is right on in his emphasis on the ineffectiveness of fluoridation of water with industrial wastes, and its risks of nerve and brain damage, and cancer, coupled with the long-standing industrial conspiracy to suppress this information." Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health
"The Fluoride Deception compellingly and inescapably exposes the murderous fraud that heads of state and industry have for decades perpetrated on an innocent public. Extremely well written and tightly researched, The Fluoride Deception is sure to become the ‘must read’ book in this important and burgeoning field." Derrick Jensen, author of The Culture of Make Believe and A Language Older Than Words
A chronicle of the abuse of power and of the manufacture of state sponsored medical propaganda, The Fluoride Deception reveals how military and industry scientists and public health officials buried information about fluoride's potential for harm, while promoting its use in dentistry.
The book reveals that fluoride pollution was the greatest legal threat facing the Manhattan Project and how a group of powerful Cold War industries, who all faced extensive litigation for fluoride pollution, collaborated with officials from the National Institutes of Dental Research, laundering fluoride's public image.
We'll sit with the famous doctor who reported in the 1950's that fluoride was a systemic poison, with tens of thousands of citizens uniquely sensitive to even tiny doses. We'll walk the cobbled streets of Donora, Pennsylvania, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious air pollution disaster in 1948, and meet the scientist who blamed fluoride for the deaths. And, when a superstar toxicologist is fired in 1995, after discovering that fluoride affects the central nervous system, we'll uncover a stunning connection to the WWII atomic bomb program. Today that scientist joins a growing number of health experts who call fluoride a venomous and hydra-headed poison. They suspect its involvement in a host of modern illnesses, including arthritis, bone cancer, and emphysema, and a spectrum of central nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and attention deficit disorder.
Makes you wonder what other truths are hidden by smirks., August 26, 2004
Reviewer: Reticuli (Las Vegas) - See all my reviews
Seriously, it's a sort of comical taboo that you just don't question water fluoridation. Of course it's safe! You're a conspiracy freak like General Jack D. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove or a holistic health nut if you say otherwise. Canada, China (which conducted the largest study of its kind), and several European countries no longer fluoridate their drinking supply. Portland, Oregon is the same way. Modern mass double-blind studies have shown it contributes to weak bones, low intelligence, and ulcers of the stomach and mouth...not to mention that it does nothing to improve dental health by ingesting it. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a leading contributor to that IBS that increasingly afflicts so many. The science used to support fluoridation is outright junk science...slanted by anti-commies and fluoride money. The fluoride money got the "marketing" of fluoride going, then the "patriots" perpetuated it by saying our children's strong teeth would help defeat the atheists. Then the dentists, the same ones who flunked out of medical school, tried to back it up with skewed ADA stats...and people actually believed all three groups. So wipe that damn smile off your face and read this book.
"The great enemy of truth is often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth." JFK
Don't give your children flourinated water!, August 10, 2004
Reviewer: celiac "celiac" (Florida) - See all my reviews
I decided to read this book as my son's dentist said, "make sure your son has flourinated water". I wanted to research what exactly flouride did when digested and how safe it really is. Christopher Bryson does an amazing job with this book. I would like to see this book turn into a movie. I could not believe how much the government was involved with flouride and how many people suffered needlessly at the hands of these evil corporations. I doubt this book will ever make it into a movie because the big government would stop it dead in its tracks. They don't want you to know the truth about this deadly substance that is being put in your drinking water. My city has flourinated water so needless to say, we drink only springfed. I won't touch the flouride and will never let my children have it.
The fluoride book I have been waiting for, July 23, 2004
Reviewer: Wade Frazier (Seattle, WA United States) - See all my reviews
It is the book I have been waiting for since 1997, when I read his and Joel Griffiths?s article about fluoride and the Manhattan Project. Bryson?s book is a landmark in the field, and full of original material, much recently declassified. It will be prominently featured in my fluoride essay when I re-edit my site sometime in the next year (I hope!). Bryson?s book reveals matters far more horrific than I related I my original essay. There were numerous fluorine accidents during the Manhattan Project, with workers literally disintegrating at times. It was all covered up in the name of ?national security.? There were many places in the book where I had to step back and take in the institutional evil that Bryson was documenting. Plenty was hair-raising. For instance, during the Manhattan Project, the protection afforded workers was nil, and many worked in a constant mist of hydrogen fluoride (HF), one of the deadliest acids known. Where the workers were most exposed to the HF, white people were not allowed as their skin damage was too obvious. So, in the most dangerous HF environments, the only workers allowed were black.
The U.S. government took the line of fluoride polluters, spinning an extremely hazardous waste into a health product. Much of the spinning happened just as Orwell?s 1984 was being published. I am not sure what the scariest part of the book is. Is it that the U.S. government performed extensive research into fluorine?s effect in the central nervous system (and all the results are still classified)? Or perhaps that the same people performing those experiments (who also performed the notorious plutonium experiments on unwitting subjects), were the same ?scientists? who produced the ?information? that showed how harmless fluoride was for people, as well as good for our teeth?! Bryson uncovered one study that showed the deleterious effects of fluoride on animal subjects, research that was paid for by fluoride polluters in the 1960s as they tried defending themselves from pollutions lawsuits. The results were so damning they were buried for 40 years until Bryson discovered it (the study showed fluoride causing emphysema when inhaled). All in all, Bryson?s book is an amazing effort.
Riveting!, July 10, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Wow! In this riveting book, Christopher Bryson skillfully connects the dots in exposing a 60 year old cover-up by industry giants designed to avoid mounting litigation related to fluoride--a major workplace poison--and reveals how public opinion was engineered to embrace this toxic substance as the panacea for tooth decay.
With more than 100 pages of supportive documentation Bryson spotlights the long-hidden truth, some of which he uncovered in recently declassified government files, showing that fluoride's harm to human health was well known before the start of fluoridation in 1945.
The shocking facts in this powerful book should rightfully enrage and catapult a largely unsuspecting public into action against this ill advised practice; one that has been banned or rejected by 98% of medically advanced countries.
The Fluoride Deception