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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, June 13, 2016

Doug's latest paper on fluoride

This is Doug's latest paper on fluoride which we have been waiting a long time for it to be published in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The journal is 'Nanotechnology Perceptions', the abstract is here, please pass this on to other people in the anti-fluoridation movement. You might also be interested in Doug's paper on zika and microcephaly which has just been printed online by the BMJ, if you google 'Douglas Cross and zika BMJ' you should not have trouble in finding it.
Liz Vaughan.

Reference citation: Cross D. An unhealthy obsession with fluoride. Nanotechnology Perceptions 11 (2015) 169–185 doi: 10.4024/N11CR15A.ntp.15.03
This is the second publication listed on this page. To access, put mouse pointer on the page image on the left of the entry, and a pop-up saying 'Read full text' will appear at the bottom of the image. Click on this for the full article.

Justification for a state policy on water fluoridation is found in the authoritarian approach to public health. The strategies employed to choose interventions are consistent with strictly utilitarian determinants that in practice rely on inadequate risk cost–benefit analysis, inflating the perceived benefits to the State whilst ignoring private sector costs when the socio-economic benefits to the State and the community are judged to justify abrogation of individual rights. This promotes reliance on the concept of proportionality in public health interventions, obstructing appropriate review of the ethical acceptability and legitimacy of water fluoridation. It is proposed that the underlying drive to retain fluoridation is mainly directed at preserving the power base of the dental profession; its persistence is reliant on collusion between the legislature itself and its regulatory and implementing agencies, and the tactics employed to maintain the status quo are everywhere dependent on a legal fiction, as well as on scientific fraud and deliberate misrepresentation. It appears, then, that the objective is to persuade key public sector influence groups to recruit the lay public’s support through the engineering of misinformed consent to the practice. This new cross-disciplinary analysis examines the underlying ethical and legal issues raised by fluoridation, and the role of the public sector and professional elites in manipulating the judiciary and State (including local authorities) to endorse the preservation of the expiring fluoridation paradigm.


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