Fluoridation good for our health, good for our budgets
By Jeff Smith, M.D.
Claim: “Fluoridation is a common-sense health measure that reduces tooth decay by about 25 percent.”
Response: “In chapters 6–8, we examined in detail the evidence for fluoridation’s benefits and found it to be very weak. Even a 20 percent reduction in tooth decay is a figure rarely found in more recent studies. Moreover, we have to remember that percentages can give a very misleading picture. For example, if an average of two decayed tooth surfaces are found in a non-fluoridated group and one decayed surface in a fluoridated group, that would amount to an impressive 50 percent reduction. But when we consider the total of 128 surfaces on a complete set of teeth, the picture—which amounts to an absolute saving in tooth decay of a mere 0.8 percent—does not look so impressive” (Connett, Beck & Micklem 2010, p. 251). For further information, click here.
Claim: “Nationwide there is positive momentum in favor of community water fluoridation.”
Response: Click here.
Claim: “It is surprising that there are activists who still oppose fluoridation and work to convince communities not to fluoridate. Their arguments against fluoridation are unfounded.”
Response: Dr. Smith claims that arguments against fluoridation are unfounded, yet he makes no effort to refute them. He banks on readers believing him, simply because he has fancy letters after his name. If he wants to play that game, fine, we can do that too: a); b); c); d); e); f); g); h); i); j); k); l); m)… Okay, we’ll stop now, before Dr. Smith starts to feel too small. 🙂
Claim: “The scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports community water fluoridation.”
Response: We direct the attention of our readers to The Case Against Fluoride (a new look at the scientific evidence).
Claim: “Nearly every health and medical organization endorses fluoridation.”
Response: Endorsements do not represent scientific evidence. 50 Reasons #46.
Claim: “Fluoridation prevents cavities, and preventing cavities saves money… On average, fluoridation only costs about $1 per person per year.”
Response: Fluoride’s mechanism (for ‘benefit’) is topical, not systemic. The evidence for ‘benefit’ from water fluoridation is very weak. Proponents often use simplistic PR statements like, “for every dollar spent on fluoridation, $38 is saved in dental costs,” however such statements are based on inflated ‘benefits’ that ignore or understate the costs of any side effects. See: Connett, Beck & Micklem 2010, pp. 249-250. Dr. Smith, therefore, is talking from a place where the Sun don’t shine.
Claim: “More than 60 years of study have verified the effectiveness of fluoridating the water.”
Claim: “The Centers for Disease Control [lists] community water fluoridation [as] one of the top public health achievements of the 20th century.”
Response: Click here.
Claim: “Refusing to fluoridate community water supplies amounts to turning our backs on one of the most cost-effective disease prevention measures available. Health and medical organizations nationwide strongly support water fluoridation, and so should communities. It improves health and saves money.”
Response: Water fluoridation policy is driven by spin, not science. The simplistic propaganda used by proponents has been exposed time and time again. Fluoridation emerged from the scummy drain pipe of corporate manipulation. The chemicals used are dirty; the tactics of promotion are dirty; and those like Dr. Smith will be shamed by history as perpetrators of a scientifically flawed and ethically reprehensible practice.
We enjoy exposing the lies and tactics of this devious cartel, which will – one day soon – be shoved back down the scummy drain pipe from which it slithered; and sealed away, for all time.
Congratulations, Dr. Smith – you now have your very own Tag. We’ll be watching you.