By R. Allan Freeze

ISBN-10: 0470448334

ISBN-13: 9780470448335

ISBN-10: 0470463678

ISBN-13: 9780470463673

A full of life account of fluoridation and its discontentsSince its first implementation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945, public ingesting water fluoridation and its attendant conflicts, controversies, and conspiracy theories function an item lesson in American technological know-how, public future health, and policymaking. as well as the arguments at the factor nonetheless raging this present day, the story of fluoridation and its discontents additionally resonates with such current matters as genetically changed meals, worldwide warming reaction, nuclear energy, and environmental regulation.Offering the simplest present pondering at the factor, The Fluoride Wars provides a witty and particular social historical past of the fluoridation debate in the US, illuminating the intersection of technology and politics in our fresh earlier. This reader-friendly review explores the professional- and anti-fluoridation events, key gamers, and significant occasions. filled with fun and brilliant anecdotes and examples, this available recounting includes:A cautious and non-condescending examine the challenging technology, renowned technology, pseudo-science, and junk technological know-how involvedA examine fluoride concerns together with dosage, expense, monetary and investment pursuits, fluorosis, and difficulties of risk-cost-benefit analysisThe back-and-forth drama among professional- and anti-fluoridation factions, with all its claims, counterclaims, insults, acrimony, and lawsuitsCase reports of assorted towns and their reports with municipal water fluoridation initiativesFluorophobia and well known conspiracy theories regarding fluorideThe colourful characters within the debate together with activists, scientists, magicians, and politiciansA richly and considerately advised story of yankee technological know-how and public lifestyles, The Fluoride Wars bargains an engrossing historical past to either common readers and experts in public health and wellbeing, dentistry, policymaking, and comparable fields.

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Fluoridation is not cost-efficient. Cheaper and more effective fluoride delivery systems are available. Fluoridation systems are prone to engineering failures that could release toxic concentrations of fluoride into public water supply systems. Fluoridation is a health hazard. It causes increased incidence of dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis, hip fractures, bone diseases, heart problems, allergic reactions, and certain types of cancer. It is implicated in Down’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, diminishment of IQ, and premature aging.

2, you will find a couple of unexpected, nonmedical organizations in the list of pro-fluoridation parties. We have included the Chocolate Manufacturers Association and the National Confectioners Association on the list just to remind us that there are self-interested 22 A CLASH OF ABSOLUTES parties on all sides of all issues. Sugar manufacturers and those who would like to ply our children with sugar-filled delights have always supported fluoridation. It can’t be bad for business to get the public thinking that the guilt of a cavity-enhancing sugar fix can be wiped out with a little dose of fluoride.

18 The NHF was founded by a man named Fred J. 19 In the early 1950s, he was the president of a company that sold electronic devices for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. Practitioners of alternative medical therapies would send him dried blood specimens from their patients, and he would use his electronic equipment to analyze the blood, following which he would mail back his diagnosis by postcard. The FDA investigated his equipment and found that they contained circuits that resembled those of an electric doorbell or small radio transmitter.

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