Hollywood: Paid Propaganda or Plain Ignorance?

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In the movie, Contagion (2011) [1], Laurence Fishburne’s character – Dr. Ellis Cheever, a high ranking CDC official – states:

“Well, Homeland Security wants to know if we can put a vaccination in the water supply, like Fluoride, cure everyone at once.”

This is either a deliberate script insertion by vested pro-fluoridation interests, but perhaps more likely, it simply reflects the general brainwashing of the masses over decades when it comes to water fluoridation. It seems Hollywood scriptwriters are not ‘immune’ from this type of ignorance.

What can we really add to this? Perhaps a few things are worth a mention as food for thought.

Firstly, the public should know that it is not the vast and wide array of experts at the CDC who are responsible for the promotion of the fluoridation program, but rather a very narrowly-focused, extremist section of the CDC:

“The CDC has only one division that deals with fluoridation. This is the Oral Health Division (OHD), which is largely staffed by people with dental credentials. They have few staff with expertise in medicine and no toxicologists and risk assessment specialists. In short, they have no one qualified to make the judgment they made. Moreover, there is no one at the CDC – independent of the OHD – overseeing the safety of the fluoridation program.

The OHD has a huge conflict of interest in this matter. They avidly promote fluoridation. They give awards to communities and states based upon their adoption of the practice. They even send out their top personnel to state legislatures to support mandatory statewide fluoridation bills. To all intents and purposes the OHD is an adjunct of the ADA.

Most members of the public and the media know little of this background, so when the CDC makes pronouncements about the “safety and effectiveness” of fluoridation, journalists and officials take it at face value. Not a day goes by without someone in the world citing the CDC’s statement that fluoridation is “One of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th Century” (CDC, 1999). Those that cite this probably have no idea how incredibly poor the analysis was that supported this statement. The report was not externally peer reviewed, was six years out of date on health studies and the graphical evidence it offered to support the effectiveness of fluoridation was laughable and easily refuted” [2].

This situation would be laughable if it weren’t so serious [3].

Secondly, in the movie, we see a genuinely deadly and highly contagious disease that the CDC is called upon to combat via an effective vaccination. To associate this type of extreme measure and situation with something as outdated [4] and unnecessary [5] as public water fluoridation, is beyond idiocy. It is highly unethical [6].

Thirdly, fluoridation does not “cure everyone at once,” as the scriptwriters claim. As Diesendorf reported in 1986 in the journal Nature, “Large temporal reductions in tooth decay, which cannot be attributed to fluoridation, have been observed in both unfluoridated and fluoridated areas of at least eight developed countries over the past thirty years. It is now time for a scientific re-examination of the alleged enormous benefits of fluoridation” [7]. And the scientific case for fluoridation has gotten weaker ever since.

For instance, a research team from the University of York, in 2000, concluded, “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide” [8]. An article in the British Medical Journal, in 2007, reiterated the York team’s conclusions, and concluded – similarly to Diesendorf – that, “although the prevalence of caries varies between countries, levels everywhere have fallen greatly in the past three decades, and national rates of caries are now universally low. This trend has occurred regardless of the concentration of fluoride in water or the use of fluoridated salt” [9].

Hollywood needs to update its dinosaur mentality. Its propaganda may be subtle – just a slick passing mention of fluoride in a major film – but the masses are well awake to this fraud now. These types of ridiculous and sloppy intrusions into the creative arena are beyond a joke.

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Author: AFA Mildura

Administrator, Anti-Fluoridation Association of Mildura

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