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Flogging a dead horse – anti-fluoridationists lose in court again

The NZ Court of Appeal has rejected the latest legal attempt by New Zealand anti-fluoridation campaigners to hinder community water fluoridation. You can read a summary of the ruling in the Court’s press release – New Health v South Taranaki District Council. … Continue reading

Dissecting pseudoscientific and political propaganda

Tactics used in anti-science and pseudoscience propaganda are essentially the same as used in political propaganda. Continue reading

Attempting a tyranny of the minority on fluoridation

Tom O’Conner, president of Grey Power, describes community water fluoridation (CWF) as the “Tyranny of the Majority” (see “Fluoridation of water a trampling of our right,” Timaru Courier, May 26th). Well, it is nice to see an anti-fluoridation piece which does … Continue reading

Mistakes were made – but by who?

We are all wrong at times – usually a lot more often than we think, or are happy to acknowledge. But the only person who doesn’t make a mistake is the person who is not doing anything – and that is … Continue reading

Fluoridation

Over the last few years I have often posted articles related to community water fluoridation (CWF), the scientific issues involved and the misinformation and distortions that inevitably go with the public discussion of the issue. The public debates go on, the claims … Continue reading

Rejection of scientific studies in online discussions

Sometimes the on-line discussion of scientific issues  looks like a citation battle. People take sides, battle lines are drawn and struggle commences. Each side fires barrages of citations “proving” their own argument. The battle progresses in real-time – the proferred citations … Continue reading

Gagging of scientists – a common problem?

A recent NZ Association of Scientists survey indicates that 40% of NZ scientists report they feel gagged from communicating their scientific findings to the public. Management policies and funding problems were blamed and there are issues around “embarrassing the government.” … Continue reading

Fake weight-loss study example of wider problem

Click on image to enlarge Another interesting article in the Conversation – Trolling our confirmation bias: one bite and we’re easily sucked in by Will Grant. It underlines a point  I have often made – that the sensible reader must approach the scientific literature … Continue reading

Hypocrisy

Credit: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe This cartoon reminded me of some of the local campaigners against fluoridation. They almost all are either strongly connected to the “natural” health movement and its businesses, or, because of their beliefs, are customers … Continue reading

Tactics and common arguments of the anti-fluoridationists

Anti-fluoridation activists have celebrated their recent win in Hamilton (see Hamilton City Council reverses referendum fluoridation decision) and are moving on with their plans for similar victories in other New Zealand communities. While most of the newspaper and TV polls show … Continue reading