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The Fluoride Deception

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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 thrille...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2004)
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Hadrian


I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

Lisa Susan
If you ever were or are on the fence about fluoride, read this book! Fluoride is linked to numerous medical maladies that I never knew about. And the involvement of the government to cover up this fact is truly unbelievable! As a dental hygienist, I was not totally in favor of it before, but after reading this book, I really have trouble giving fluoride treatments to children when the parents request it. It's a disturbing mental struggle. However, at the same time, whether we like it or not, flu...more
Brian Markey
Apr 24, 2008 Brian Markey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who drink water
I had a woman with masters degree in biology who aspired to work in public health policy tell me I was nuts for worrying about fluoridated water.

She had never read this book, and didn't seem interested in doing so. It's pretty scary that such a blind spot can exist among scientists that should be educated on a health subject that affects so many millions of people.

Bryson is an excellent journalist. He presents this side of the fluoride story without being too slanted or sensationalistic.

Consider...more
Samantha Penrose
Jun 20, 2012 Samantha Penrose rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, you would be suprised....
Wow.
For a while that was all I could think of to say.
Wow.
This book may not be what you are expecting.
You will be schooled on the cold war, the creation of the atomic bomb, and national security.
The book focuses mainly on the dangers of fluorides in respect to the environment, and the workers exposed to them while working for big industries. You will learn about the strange circumstances surrounding the decision to add fluoride to our drinking water and the problems that it may (or may not) be ca...more
Jon
Everyone needs to read this book. We used to think swallowing fluoride helps our teeth. Without knowing it, the CDC has changed this idea and now says fluoride is only good when it comes into contact with the teeth, swallowing fluoride does nothing for you and a matter of fact, too much fluoride can cause cancer, bone tissue changes, and nerve damage.

This book identifies many reasons fluoride became popular as a prevention to tooth decay. The main reason was to stop lawsuits against the military...more
Evan
First of all, to state my biases up front. I believe that water fluoridation is a sham, a scam and a fraud.

In this book, I think Christopher Bryson needed another hundred pages to really hit a home run with his argument to that effect, by looking more closely at some of the issues specific to public water fluoridation and the details of the studies touted as proving fluoridation effective in strengthening teeth and reducing tooth decay. (He touches on this but not enough. There are many websites...more
Paul
"If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away." Those words, or something similar, are on every tube of fluoride toothpaste sold in America. What could be in it to cause such a warning? According to this book, it’s the fluoride.

Fluoride is not some safe, innocuous substance that happens to fight cavities. It is used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, to prepare Sarin nerve gas, to produce high octane gasoline, also to...more
Charlie
This book reveals a history of conspiracies in the fluoride industry and fluoride's addition to are water supply and toothpaste. At the very beginning is the metal refinement, the atomic bomb and Harold Hodge, who shows up again committing Tuskegee like atrocities in The Plutonium files by Eileen Welsome. Edward Bernays (author of Propaganda) plays a major role in organizing dental cooperation for fluorides addition to the water supply. Bryson also documents a history of the Mellon Institutes sc...more
Littlevision
"If this stuff gets out into the air, it's a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it's a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it's a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it's not a pollutant. That's amazing!"

-Dr. William Hirzy

For many years, factory workers (uninformed on the dangers of their work) connected to the Manhattan (Atomic Bomb) Project were injured, suffering from emphysema, bone deformities, arthritis, skin burns and damage, and other injuries as...more
Jesse
This is, ostensibly, a history of the element fluorine since WWII, but it is also, and much more importantly, a prime example of the dangers of allowing people to step from corporations into government positions, otherwise known as the danger of fascism. The same man who defended corporations against worker's health claims concerning fluoride on behalf of the Aluminum Company of America became the head of the administration overseeing the Public Health Service, which promptly declared, in 1950,...more
Annmarie
Jul 21, 2008 Annmarie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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"'The Fluoride Deception' reads like a whodunit. There are conspiracies, cover-ups, human casualties, and broken careers. The prime suspects in this toxic thriller are compounds of fluoride; the coconspirators represent industry, the military, and the public health community. At the book's ending, the suspect chemicals are not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but we are left with compelli...more
Jonette
This is not a light little read. It's deep, ugly and depressing. It's the story of how various industries, including the nuclear industry had a problem with toxic products they were spewing into the environment. So, what do you do when you have lawsuits pending as a result of lives destroyed? Get some scientists willing to accept money lots of money and advancement to fake studies and then put a good spin on those toxins with some killer (no pun intended) advertising. THEN when you get people wh...more
Eddie Snipes
This is a must read. It goes into the health risks and symptoms of over exposure to fluoride. The fluoride Deception looks a the roots of the movement to fluoridate water, the scientific data that was published as far back as the early 1900s, and the marketing reasons why a substance that was once used as rat poison is now marketed as a dental wonder mineral. The author also shows top scientists and researchers that were once advocates of fluoride who were expelled from their careers when they h...more
Cwn_annwn_13
You can't fault Brysons research in The Fluoride Deception. Its hard not to say that their are more dangers in putting Fluoride in the water than benefits if you look at the facts. The benefits to dental health are debatable but a lot of the damage it can cause in other areas is hard to debate. In an open honest forum where all the facts are presented I don't see how any government could justify putting this substance in the water. I feel lucky that I now live in a place that does not put Fluori...more
Karen
This meticulously documented narrative paints a chilling portrait of the impact of bias in science and politics. Author Christopher Bryson begins with the tale of Phyllis Mullenix, chief neurotoxicologist at Forsyth Dental Center at Harvard University. However the story quickly connects with the Manhattan Project.

Dr. Mullenix was fired days after publishing a peer reviewed research project proving neurological deficits in rats with blood plasma levels of fluoride that match that of humans in com...more
Agile Kindergarten
This meticulously documented narrative paints a chilling portrait of the impact of bias in science and politics. Author Christopher Bryson begins with the tale of Phyllis Mullenix, chief neurotoxicologist at Forsyth Dental Center at Harvard University. However the story quickly connects with the Manhattan Project.

Dr. Mullenix was fired days after publishing a peer reviewed research project proving neurological deficits in rats with blood plasma levels of fluoride that match that of humans in co...more
Darcee
ok I skimmed it. Not because it wasn't interesting but because I'm a busy lady and it was overdue at the library.
I usually support medicine- I vaccinate my kid etc, but there will be no more flouride in my house. It's a scam.
Pete
Excellent book that everyone should read.

The evidence in this book overwhelmingly supports the removal of fluoride from our water and toothpaste (among other things). Read this, and send it to your elected officials.
Lisa
A timely book to read with Portland's upcoming public vote about whether to add fluoride to local drinking water. I picked it up with some concerns about water fluoridation, and thought I might get some recent & relevant data on the subject. Instead, I got a roller-coaster ride that at times felt like I'd stepped into a Hollywood conspiracy story! I eyed certain quotes & claims with a fair amount of suspicion initially... I was not expecting the connection between fluoride and the Manhat...more
Seema
A must read. Its also a short read and well worth it. Made some changes in my dietary and other habits as a result of this book and further research.
Christina
Wow! Very eye opening! I did an analytical research paper on this subject and had to verify all my citations / references. I had found so many inconsistencies within our own US govt information. It's amazing how something you never really thought of before can change your viewpoint so drastically. I found, through researching, my head whirling by the time I was done with this book and my project! What started out as trying to debunk a silly conspiracy theory ended up as me questioning almost eve...more
Graham
Don't let them poison you with industrial waste. Oh wait, you can't cause fluoride is in everything you consume so unless you don't eat or drink water you're pretty well fucked.

Dilution is the solution to pollution, indeed. Another reason to get off the grid.
Erin Shumate-gudmunson
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Rogier
This adds phenomenal depth to the story of fluoride... and the addition to drinking water will eventually be recognized for what it is, one of the greatest scientific hoaxes of all time.
AJ
Fascinating and disturbing. I only wish the conclusion hadn't been so abrupt, I feel like the book kind of just ended with no wrap up.
Alicia
Oct 28, 2008 Alicia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a bit about this book and seen it quoted many times in researching toxicity, but I haven't read it myself yet.
John Petersen
Here is my review on Amazon I wrote for this book.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2NZESYR...
Christine
Wow. Everyone needs to read this book, now.
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