Learn the Truth About Fluoride in This Revealing Interview with the Award-Winning Author of "The Fluoride Deception
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
As I wrote in the last newsletter issue, Christopher Bryson has written a book that is not only interesting, it is also incredibly important. The Fluoride Deception is much more than a book about the dangers of fluoride–it reveals a multi-tiered effort, or as Bryson says an abuse of power, by military and industry scientists and public health officials to shamelessly promote fluoride to the dentistry field and the American public with little regard to the implications it would have on human health.
If you are not familiar with the controversy surrounding the use of fluoride in water, toothpaste and numerous other products and industries, your mouth will drop as you read this book. If you are, you will be amazed at just how far and wide the cover-up and deceit stretches.
In fact, the evidence is so compelling that you will likely find yourself reading and rereading in disbelief.
In the interview below you will learn the interesting story of how the book came about as well as a shocking piece of information from the book.
I highly recommend The Fluoride Deception to anyone and everyone–the message it contains has the power to change policy and opinions, and will make you question the effects of not only fluoride but also of other "safe" chemicals used openly in our environment today.
The following is from an e-interview that we recently conducted with Christopher Bryson.
What prompted you to write "The Fluoride Deception"?
1. I'm a reporter. I don't know how many modern stories have the same epic reach of history and rich cast of characters as you will find in "The Fluoride Deception."
I stumbled on the story in 1993. I was working in New York as a BBC radio producer and was asked to find "an American angle" on water fluoridation. Ralph Nader put me in touch with a couple of government scientists (William Hirzy at the EPA and Robert Carton at the U.S. Army) who opposed water fluoridation, and explained how the science underpinning the nation's fluoride safety standards was fraudulent.
I met the medical writer Joel Griffiths whose 1992 story in Covert Action Information Bulletin laid out the monumental scale of industrial fluoride poisoning, and explained how industry had long manipulated the public debate over water fluoridation.
I just kept reporting.
I interviewed the famous chemist Philip Sadtler. He told me how he had investigated in the aftermath of the most notorious air pollution disaster in U.S. History, the 1948 Halloween tragedy in Donora, Pennsylvania, in which a couple of dozen people were killed and hundreds were injured. He had measured high levels of fluoride in the blood of local citizens in the disaster aftermath. His work was dismissed at the time, but after Sadtler's death I uncovered a secret autopsy report on one of the Donora dead, performed by Alcoa, which found similar levels of fluoride in the blood. Sadtler had been right, it seems.
2. What piece of information was most shocking to you?
There were several. I uncovered a medical study that had been performed at the Kettering Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1950s. The study was paid for by industry and was buried for almost 40 years. It was part of an effort by companies such as U.S. Steel, Alcoa and the TVA, to "provide ammunition" to a self-described Fluorine Lawyers Committee to help those industry attorneys defeat workers and farmers who alleged fluoride poisoning.
But the study found that fluoride was terribly harmful to the experimental animals, damaging their lungs and lymph nodes at modest doses. A scientist who reviewed the study for me said that, if the scientists who set workplace exposure standards had seen the data, then fluoride exposure levels in factories would have been set much lower. Tens of thousands of women and men have likely been poisoned and hurt by fluoride because of this decades-long cover up.
3. Do you have any recommendations for people who want to avoid fluoride as much as possible?
Contact your local politicians and tell them how you feel about this deception. Get active in your community and find out if fluoride is added to public water supplies. Fight for a referendum to get it out. Short term; buy a water filter that removes fluoride. If you are a worker in a factory, get active in your local union and find out about the chemicals that may be present in the work environment. Tell your friends about "The Fluoride Deception."
4. What goals do you hope to achieve with this book?
The book was written to empower. I want readers to understand the issue, so that they can make informed judgments for themselves.
5. Is there a way a person can tell if fluoride is causing them, or has already caused them, health problems?
I'm a reporter, not a doctor. The distinguished allergist Dr. George Waldbott, who first warned us in the 1950s about cigarette smoking and the dangers of allergic reaction to penicillin, found that many people are allergic to even tiny amounts of fluoride.
Fluoride is a systemic poison. It attacks enzymes.
Because enzymes are so important to the body, fluoride intoxication can be manifested in many ways. Dr Waldbott reported that fluoridated water caused, among other symptoms, migraine headaches, bone stiffness, and gastric distress. Those symptoms vanished when his patients stopped drinking fluoridated water.
6. Do you think that water fluoridation will one day become a thing of the past, among the ranks of using asbestos, aspartame, DDT and other chemicals that were once deemed safe?
I hope so, but that ultimately depends on citizens informing themselves and taking action.
7. In "The Fluoride Deception" you mention that no proponents of fluoride would attend the major fluoridation debates in 2001. Can you give a brief explanation as to why you think this is?
Fear. The emperor has no clothes. As the 2000 Nobel Prize winning scientist Arvid Carlsson states in my book:
"Fluoridation violates modern pharmacological principles."
Fluoride defenders know that they will be exposed in public discussion. Thus, the American Dental Association has long told fluoride supporters not to encourage debate. My book also reveals how the legendary public relations wizard Edward L. Bernays suggested in 1960 that the New York City Health Commissioner could suppress public debate by writing to William Paley of CBS and David Sarnoff of NBC, suggesting that debating water fluoridation is like "presenting two sides for Anti-Catholicism or Anti Semitism and therefore not in the public interest."
In his 1928 book "Propaganda," Bernays also noted "the psychological relationship of dependence of men on their physicians" and other such "opinion leaders" in society. "Those who manipulated this unseen mechanism of society," he wrote, "constitute and invisible government, which is the true ruling power of our country … Our minds are made up, our takes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."
8. Do you have plans to write another book?
I'd love to.