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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

ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?

Finding reality needs more than wishful thinking. The problem is that statistical arguments often provide a jargon to confirm biases. Image credit: Accurate Thinking Versus Wishful Thinking in Gambling I worry at the way some scientists use statistics to confirm … Continue reading

Experts complain to funding body about quality of fluoride-IQ research

Science should never be protected from critical and rational discussion. Funding bodies should also be aware of problems in the research they fund. Image credit: The value of experience in criticizing research. The scientific community was generally critical of the … Continue reading

Biostatistical problems with the Canadian fluoride/IQ study

There has been widespread scientific criticism of the recently published Canadian fluoride-IQ study of Green et al., (2019). Most recently Dr. René F. Najera (a Doctor of Public Health, an epidemiologist and biostatistician) has critiqued the statistical analysis. He finds … Continue reading

An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study

The critical debate about the recent Candian fluoride/IQ study is continuing. Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry of The Body Of Evidence group discussed the research in their recent Podcast. The subject is appropriate because, as their website says: “The … Continue reading

More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper

The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride activists misrepresent a new kidney/liver study

A new study reporting the ranges of values for kidney and liver parameters in a healthy population is being actively misrepresented by anti-fluoride campaigners. The Fluoride Action Network’s (FAN) latest bulletin claims the study shows “that fluoride at commonly experienced … Continue reading

Preempting the annual misrepresentation of NZ dental health data by anti-fluoride activists

The latest NZ school dental service data again confirms that community water fluoridation is effective.  The data show benefits of up to about 30% improvement in oral health. But, anti-fluoride activists will, once again,  reject this evidence and instead cherry-pick … Continue reading

Protection of teeth by fluoride confirmed – yet again

  Fluoride protects teeth from the attack of acid and microbes. Figure from Faidt et al., (2018) The protective role of fluoride in teeth has been confirmed, yet again. A new study nicely demonstrates how incorporation of even a small … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride campaigners exhaust their legal channels with another loss

NZ Supreme Court Building, Wellington The NZ Supreme Court has delivered its judgments and local anti-fluoride campaigners (and their big business supporters) seem to have come to the end of the line with their legal actions to prevent community water … Continue reading