Anti-fluoridation porkies – Mullinex’s rats

Some of my posts seem to upset people who then send me emails correcting my mistakes. “Samuel” kindly did this the other day – sending me the video below. No explanation accompanied the link but I gather he thought it would help me see the error of my ways and convert me to his anti-fluoridation viewpoint.

I certainly can’t recommend that anyone watch the video. It’s a very boring presentation made by the conspiracy theory propaganda outfit PrisonPlanet.TV. Here is how the presenter is described:

“Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author whose trailblazing research has tirelessly documented the fact that there is an epidemic of neurological disorders in the western world which are directly connected to toxins in our environment, and how this relates to the larger global eugenics program behind population reduction. In this fascinating interview, Blaylock reveals how depopulation programs forged by the Rockefeller foundation in association with the Nazis were the basis of modern day incarnations of eugenics like fluoride poisoning and vaccinations.”

Fluoride produces “sheeples”

One could go through and laboriously debunk everything this guy claims. However, I will just stick with one of his claims here. It related to a common anti-fluoridationist claim that somehow fluoride in fluoridated water turns us all into “sheeples,” or makes us compliant and apathetic. The “scientific backing” for this claim often relates to a paper by Phyllis J Mullinex et al.Neurotoxicity of sodium fluoride in rats,” Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 17: 169–177.

Big problem with using this paper as “evidence” is that her study exposed rats to drinking water concentrations of  0, 75, 100, or 125 ppm! Behavioural effects were observed at the high concentrations.  But community drinking water is fluoridated to only about 0.7 ppm F!

There are several orders of magnitude difference here.

True – Mullinex, and some anti-fluoridationist campaigners, like Christopher Bryson in his book “The Fluoride Deception” attempt to argue that the study is relevant by comparing blood plasma F concentrations in the rats with blood plasma levels seen in some humans exposed to high levels of fluoride (much higher than in fluoridated water).

Why bother with a detail like the truth?

But Blaylock really takes the cake. He seems to want to make it simple for viewers so doesn’t bother with the blood plasma story – he simply states that Mullinex used F concentrations in her study equal to that used in fluoridated water.

Blaylock’s tale about Mullinex’s work begins  at 13 min 25 sec. But at 17 min and 7 sec Blaylock says:

“She proved for the first time that fluoride added to water in the concentration that humans were exposed to was producing profound changes in the brain of young animals exposed to it.”

With such blatant misrepresentation as this a viewer would be very naive to accept anything this guy says. But, then again, who bothers to check? Especially if this story already confirms your bias?

See also:

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2 responses to “Anti-fluoridation porkies – Mullinex’s rats

  1. It’s a very boring presentation made by the conspiracy theory propaganda outfit PrisonPlanet.TV. Here is how the presenter is described:
    “Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author whose trailblazing research has tirelessly documented the fact…

    Wow. Four crank points all crammed in together like that.
    I wonder….
    (…google search…)
    Yep, he’s an anti-vaxxer too.

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  2. As soon as you mentioned Prison Planet, Ken, I knew this was going to be bad. With a capital B.

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