The Fluoride Deception

The Fluoride Deception

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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 thriller, but one supported by two hundred pages of source notes, years of investigative reporting, scores of scientist interviews, and archival research in places such as the newly opened files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. The book is nothing less than an exhumation of one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era: how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.

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“It is my sincere hope that Christopher Bryson’s apparently thorough and comprehensive perusal of the scientific 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.”—Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Fluoride Deception reads like a whodunit. . . .We are left with compelling evidence that powerful interests with high financial stakes have colluded to prematurely close honest discussion and investigation into fluoride toxicity.”—Chemical & Engineering News

“Previous authors have presented the idea of a deception, if not an outright conspiracy, involving fluoride. What makes Bryson’s book unique is that it is an up-to-date account supported by indisputable new evidence in the form of declassified correspondence and exhumation of buried studies.”—Fluoride

“As with landmark titles, such as Silent Spring, Bryson’s book is bound to become a seminal volume.”—British Columbia Naturopathic Association

With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action and the commitment to environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception leads us on a terrifying journey through the history of the industrial use of fluoride, a chemical substance that has risen steadily in status from a deadly environmental pollutant responsible for injuring thousands to a key component in the development of the atomic bomb to a staple ingredient in toothpaste and drinking water all across the United States.

Christopher Bryson is an award-winning investigative reporter and television producer. After reporting on Guatemalan Army human rights abuses from Central America in the late 1980s for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and The Atlanta Constitution, he then won a George Polk Award as part of the Jonathan Kwitny investigative team on public television’s The Kwitny Report.

How a toxin used in developing the atomic bomb was added to our drinking water.

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Not so many years ago, those concerned about the introduction of fluoride into America's drinking water and dental practice were portrayed as paranoid kooks and conspiracy theorists (see the character General Jack D. Ripper in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. However, as investigative reporter and television producer Bryson demonstrates, many of those who objected to were, if anything, underestimating the nature of the problem and the powerful interests behind it. He describes how government and industry, by falsely promoting fluoride as a panacea for dental health, managed to absolve themselves of the problem of toxic pollution resulting from the industrial use of fluoride while simultaneously endangering the public health. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781583227008
Characteristics: xxv, 374 p., [16] p. of plates : ill ; 22 cm


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Dec 20, 2016

Speaking of Fake News: how many, many times does one hear anyone raising actual Science, and Real Scientific Processes, being cast as a tin foil hat weirdo, by those lesser, robotic followers of the dictum: Obey Authority?
I mean, read the frigging research protocols sometime, yea great unwashed masses!
I don't know how many times I've read something in the Fake News over the past 50 or so years, then read the protocol and found there was no connection between the // reporter's \\ assertion, and the actual FACT! [And yes, facts, like politicians' voting records, are really, really important!]
Yes, there was no sound reason to add fluoride, and the recent most valid scientific study just cited this year, again reiterated that fluoride is found to have no effect in teeth health and cavity prevention! Those who called the anti-fluoride critics nuts for ever so long, never paid any attention in their science classes, assuming they ever took any . . . .

Jan 30, 2013

This should be on everyone's "MUST READ" list. This book will shock you, as you will learn how aluminum and other industries plagued by the issue of fluoride pollution were able to avoid massive lawsuits by the simple trick (scam!) of adding fluoride to the drinking water of various municipalities under the guise that it's good for the teeth (it's not!). Various companies were facing a number of lawsuits of workers exposed to fluoride and it really started due to the Manhattan Project. That's right, fluoride was a huge part of the A-bombs and it is believed caused more deaths and injuries than the nuclear aspect. Other things which have been banned which is made by fluoride include freon gas and Teflon. Can't more highly recommend this book, you will be disgusted by our government after reading this though!!!

Dec 02, 2012

Excellent book that gives several stories behind the use of fluorine and fluoride. Very important information to know. Well written--a good read.

Apr 04, 2012

A wake-up call to all of us!! This book is more than 10 years old... and we're still debating the issue of fluoride in our public drinking water!!?? A must read for anyone concerned about the health of all of us and our planet... and the history of why public poisoning is part of Government policy. Five Stars

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