When my dentist recently pointed to her connection to the American Dentists Association as the reason that she would not be negative about fluoride toothpaste I pushed a little harder. When I asked her opinion of my views regarding Fluoride Toothpaste (explained during the slurring and bubbling accompanying a dental exam) she essentially agreed with my views and then went on to explain her connection to the ADA again.
So, read this book…” The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson. This is one of the best reads from last year for me. I’m taking interest in it again since our 4.5 year old twins had a recent examination, had their TOPICAL twice a year fluoride treatment and were given the all clear…this after NEVER using Fluoride toothpaste. I find the book fascinating since it deals with exposure to a chemical that the majority of adults simply throw into their mouth two or three times a day because “mom said so”. In fact, I asked my own mother why we started using fluoride toothpaste and she gave me the pulpit speech re. prevention of cavities. Ah – the power of marketing.
Our family doesn’t use fluoridated toothpaste and drinks from a well (fortunately). I recommend Tom’s of Maine toothpaste personally.
If a Nobel Prize Winner reviews the book with “It is my sincere hope that Christopher Bryson’s apparently thorough and comprehensive perusal of the scientfic 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.” you might take interest in reading it.
If you knew that a group of EPA scientists were demanding the protection of water resources you might be interested.
With the increasing concern about Teflon and PFOA people are abandoning their teflon pans…maybe they are trying to save their parrots from poisoning? Meanwhile lawsuits abound over fluorinated compounds such as PFOA and companies are concerned over their association with perfluorinated compounds overall. So….fluorine bad? Fluoride bad?
Meanwhile, many people put a stripe of toothpaste in their mouths on a daily basis without knowing why exactly…other than the power of marketing. So, while I certainly don’t recommend stopping brushing your teeth what I do encourage is informing yourself about why fluoride found its way into toothpaste, some of the interesting work reported in recent years and the politics involved with big business. The Fluoride Deception is a great read.
Likely this might start a flame war between the pro- and anti- “fluoridaters”. OK.