Dr. Johnny Johnson is a Pinellas County (Florida USA) dentist. He is a well-known promoter of water fluoridation and a harsh critic of all those who oppose the practice. In this post, we draw attention to some very devious tactics used by Johnny to mislead readers of his own website, regarding a 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives paper about the impact of fluoride on the neurological development of children.
“Two of the scientists who compiled the numbers for the Harvard Study, stated that “it does not address the safety of fluoridation levels typical of American drinking water. These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S.””
What did the Harvard scientists actually say?
“These results do not allow us to make any judgment regarding possible levels of risk at levels of exposure typical for water fluoridation in the U.S. On the other hand, neither can it be concluded that no risk is present. We therefore recommend further research to clarify what role fluoride exposure levels may play in possible adverse effects on brain development, so that future risk assessments can properly take into regard this possible hazard.“
On his website, Johnny has conveniently omitted the second part of the statement from the Harvard scientists – Anna Choi & Philippe Grandjean. By doing so, he has deliberately misrepresented the position of the authors. Quite simply, Johnny has been caught red-handed engaging in typical pro-fluoridation propagandising tactics. Instead of educating his readers about the complexities of the matter, he keeps them away from the other side of the story, thus witholding the truth. Furthermore, Grandjean is quoted in the official Harvard School of Public Health press release as follows: “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.” Johnny also neglected to mention this.