The Fluoride Deception

by Christopher Bryson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
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.

Book Description

"It is my sincere hope that Christopher Bryson's apparently thorough and
comprehensive perusal of the scientific literature on the biological actions of
fluoride and the ensuing debates through the years will receive the attention it
deserves and that its implications will be seriously considered."-Arvid
Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine

"The Fluoride Deception reads like a whodunit. . . .We are left with compelling
evidence that powerful interests with high financial stakes have colluded to
prematurely close honest discussion and investigation into fluoride
toxicity."-Chemical & Engineering News

"Previous authors have presented the idea of a deception, if not an outright
conspiracy, involving fluoride. What makes Bryson's book unique is that it is an
up-to-date account supported by indisputable new evidence in the form of
declassified correspondence and exhumation of buried studies."-Fluoride
"As with landmark titles, such as Silent Spring, Bryson's book is bound to
become a seminal volume."-British Columbia Naturopathic Association
With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action and the commitment to
environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception leads us
on a terrifying journey through the history of the industrial use of fluoride, a
chemical substance that has risen steadily in status from a deadly environmental
pollutant responsible for injuring thousands to a key component in the
development of the atomic bomb to a staple ingredient in toothpaste and drinking
water all across the United States.

Christopher Bryson is an award-winning investigative reporter and television
producer. After reporting on Guatemalan Army human rights abuses from Central
America in the late 1980s for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and
The Atlanta Constitution, he then won a George Polk Award as part of the
Jonathan Kwitny investigative team on public television's The Kwitny Report.

Product Details

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583227008



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