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Who is weaponising the vaccination debate?

Image credit: How To Win a Vaccination Debate The  media are promoting a new scientific paper on the vaccination debate. Their interest is undoubtedly driven by the study’s conclusion that “Russian trolls” (and by implication the Russian state) are amplifying this … Continue reading

Putting vaccination risks into context

Picked this graphic up on Facebook last night. Some people seem hesitant to discuss vaccination in the comments so hopefully this gives them the excuse they need. Really drives the message home, doesn’t it?

When scientists get political: Lead fluoride-IQ researcher launches emotional attack on her scientific critics

It seems impossible to keep politics out of science. It’s a pity because politics can end up forcing science to produce the results desired by politicians. When this happens the ideal aim of science – the pursuit of objective knowledge … Continue reading

No; a new study from Ethiopia does not indicate fluoridation is bad for your bones

Anti-fluoride activists are continually citing scientific studies from areas of endemic fluorosis where dietary F intake is very high in their propaganda against community water fluoridation where F intake is low. Image credit: Science in the age of fake news … Continue reading

Industry-funded translation can introduce bias in selection of studies for scientific review

Image credit: Assessing and addressing bias in systematic reviews The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), in the last decade, paid for translation of a lot of Chinese-language scientific papers linking high fluoride dietary intake to IQ deficits in children. They, of course, … 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

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

Debating science

The Science March in Palmerston North. Credit: Erin Wilson, Twitter. This last week has certainly raised the profile of the “science debate” in New Zealand. Most importantly we saw big turnouts for the Science March in several major cities – a … Continue reading