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Environmental movement needs pragmatism

Book Review: Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand Price: US$17.153 Hardcover: 336 page Publisher: Viking Adult (October 15, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0670021210 ISBN-13: 978-0670021215 Stewart Brand is an invigorating and challenging writer. He has a long … Continue reading

Beware of scientific paper abstracts – read the full text to avoid being fooled

Inaccuracies are very common in scientific paper abstracts. Image credit: Science in the Abstract: Don’t Judge a Study by its Cover I have come to accept anti-fluoride campaigners will never stop cherry-picking research and findings to support their claims but … Continue reading

Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared

All the recent research anti-fluoride campaigners promote as “evidence” of harm from community water fluoridation amount to cherry-picking a very few statistically significant results from a large number of non-significant results. The whole exercise is a bit like the “Mouse … Continue reading

What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?

This graphic is typical of current anti-fluoride propaganda. It is scare-mongering, in that it is aimed at undermining community water fluoridation (CWF) which is accepted by health and scientific authorities as safe and effective. It relies on citations of recent … Continue reading

Fluoridation science and political advocacy – who is fooling who?

It is a false balance to equate the advocacy of scientific and medical experts concerned with truth and child health to the advocacy of ideologically-motivated anti-fluoride and anti-vaccination activists known for their misrepresentation of science. Credit: World Congress for freedom … Continue reading

Sleep disorders and fluoride: dredging data to confirm a bias

There is a pattern to the recent research aimed at finding a link between fluoridation and cognitive deficits, ADHD prevalence or possible thyroid problems. These researchers are simply using large databases from recent health surveys (ELEMENT in Mexico City, MIREC … Continue reading

Some fluoride-IQ researchers seem to be taking in each other’s laundry

Scientific peer-review is often touted as a guarantee of the quality of published research. But how good is peer-review? Does it guarantee poor science is weeded out? Or is it sometimes simply a bureaucratic manipulation aimed at endorsing a paper … Continue reading

Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance

Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote

Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other … Continue reading

The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study

Just imagine it. If the local anti-fluoride group Fluoride Free NZ (FFNZ) really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be erecting billboards encouraging pregnant women to drink fluoridated water because a new study shows a positive … Continue reading