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Fluoridation: Another study shows stopping fluoridation bad for child tooth decay

In the last week, Windsor in Ontario, Canada, voted to reinstate community water fluoridation (CWF) 5 years after it was stopped because of opposition. This time the City Council was swayed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s Oral Health 2018 Report which found the … Continue reading

Fluoridation and ADHD: A new round of statistical straw clutching

“To clutch at straws – the act of reaching for a solution no matter how irrational or inconsequential.” Source: Advanced Vocabulary for English Language Learners Anti-fluoridation activists are promoting a number of new scientific papers they argue support their campaigns. But one … Continue reading

Fluoridation: “debating” the science?

How the anti-fluoride activist envisages their debate challenge – their hero standing up against the might of the health authorities. Image credit: From the Coliseum to the Cage New Zealand last week saw another “debate challenge” from anti-fluoride activists. But are … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridation activists buy scientific credibility using a predatory publisher

A group of well-known anti-fluoride activists have just published some new research. Well, this is what their social media publicity will tell us. In fact, this is not new research. It is simply the republication of a shonky paper from two … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridationist Paul Connett misrepresents NZ data

Slide 110 from Paul Connett’s presentation prepared for his planned meeting at Parliament Buildings last February Here is another post in my series critiquing a PowerPoint presentation of Paul Connett – a leading US anti-fluoridation activist. Paul prepared this for a meeting … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridationists rejection of IQ studies in fluoridated area.

This is another article in my critique of the presentation Paul Connett prepared to present to a meeting at Parliament in February. I deal with his coverage of the studies of IQ effects where community water fluoridation (CWF) is used. … Continue reading

Why is it so difficult to get an open discussion on fluoridation?

Yes, I know – everyone’s mind is already made up so participants just talk past each other. People’s positions on this and similar issues have become a matter of identity – people are driven by emotions, not information. But, the information … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent New Zealand dental data – an annual event

Caught again! – NZ anti-fluoride campaigners tell their annual porky about the MoH statistics for the dental health of school children. This exercise in confirmation bias by New Zealand anti-fluoridation campaigners has become an annual tradition involving confirmation bias and cherry-picking. Every year … Continue reading

Fluoridation means money in the pocket

Local researchers recently presented data showing that the ordinary person, and not the taxation financed health system, is the main financial beneficiary of community water fluoridation. Their research confirmed that community water fluoridation in New Zealand is highly cost-effective for all but … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridation campaigners often use statistical significance to confirm bias

I was pleased to read this Nature article – Five ways to fix statistics – recently as it mirrors my concern at the way statistical analysis is sometimes used to justify or confirm a bias and not reveal a real causal relationship. Frankly these … Continue reading