The Fluoride DeceptionBook - 2004
With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action and the commitment to environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception documents a powerful connection between big corporations, the U.S. military, and the historic reassurances of fluoride safety provided by the nation’s public health establishment. The Fluoride Deception reads like a thriller, but one supported by two hundred pages of source notes, years of investigative reporting, scores of scientist interviews, and archival research in places such as the newly opened files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. The book is nothing less than an exhumation of one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era: how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.
From the Hardcover edition.
“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.
Not so many years ago, those concerned about the introduction of fluoride into America's drinking water and dental practice were portrayed as paranoid kooks and conspiracy theorists (see the character General Jack D. Ripper in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. However, as investigative reporter and television producer Bryson demonstrates, many of those who objected to were, if anything, underestimating the nature of the problem and the powerful interests behind it. He describes how government and industry, by falsely promoting fluoride as a panacea for dental health, managed to absolve themselves of the problem of toxic pollution resulting from the industrial use of fluoride while simultaneously endangering the public health. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)