Don't be takin' fluoride...

If you think that drinking fluoridated water is good for you, because
authorities insist it significantly reduces tooth decay,
then think again, for as Ben Franklin warned:
"Half the truth is often a great lie."

Why You Should Not Believe the Fluoridation Sales Pitch

The US government's biggest and still its best fluoridation study compared the number of decayed, missing, and filled tooth surfaces (DMFS) in the permanent teeth of 39,000 children aged 5-17 years.

Results are reported in Table 6:
  • Nonfluoridated kids averaged: 3.39 decayed, missing and filled tooth surfaces.
  • Fluoridated kids averaged: 2.79 – 0.6 fewer decayed, missing and filled surfaces.

Table 6 The government dentists divided 0.6 by 3.39 to claim in the abstract*:

"Children who had always been exposed to community water fluoridation had mean DMFS scores about 18% lower than those who had never lived in fluoridated communities."

That this claim is misleading is underscored by the fact that the same data can be used (divide 0.6 by 2.79) to claim: "Children who had never lived in fluoridated communities had DMFS scores about 22% higher than those who had always been exposed to community water fluoridation."

Also, for age 5: a difference of seven-hundredths of one tooth surface equals a 70% lower DMFS score!

"Recent trends in dental caries in U.S. children and the effect of water fluoridation" was published in the Journal of Dental Research (1990). As its title indicates, the focus was on BAD TEETH.

When considering GOOD TEETH, however, we discover the other half of the truth.
A tooth has 4 or 5 surfaces, so 28 teeth have a total of 128 tooth surfaces, therefore:
  • Nonfluoridated kids averaged: 124.61 healthy tooth surfaces.
  • Fluoridated kids averaged: 125.21 – 0.6 more healthy surfaces.

Dividing 0.6 by 124.61 reveals a difference of only 0.5%.

This trivial benefit from fluoridation is far
outweighed by the multiple risks of swallowing fluoride.

*When someone is "vulnerable to inaccurate conclusions contained in abstracts and articles," Ira L. Goodman, MD, calls it Innumeracy in Medicine, which is common even in a "highly educated, extremely intelligent, and motivated group such as physicians... How many have the time to read past the sales pitch (i.e., the abstract)?"

The use of misleading statistics to promote drugs is a widespread form of fraudulence. "Innumeracy is rampant in medicine," says Goodman. "This is a fact that is very much exploited by Pharma."

New Zealand's great lie about fetal fluoride exposure

What the CDC is not telling you

Pregnancy and Fluoride Do Not Mix
• Fluoride, Premature Birth and Impaired Neurodevelopment
• Placental Fluorosis: Fluoride and Preeclampsia
• Prenatal Fluoride and Autism

Research Reports
by John D. MacArthur