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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

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Foreword: Dr Vyvyan Howard on 'Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death'

Barry Groves has performed a considerable service to society by producing a clearly written book, which summarises much of the scientific evidence available on the vexed question the fluoridation of public drinking water supplies. The format of the book is based on a circular notice sent to UK dentists by the British Fluoridation Society (BFS), which detailed a series of questions that might be posed by patients and provides suggested answers to those questions. Barry Groves takes each question and the BFS answer in turn as the basis of a series of short chapters which then present what is known and published about each topic. This juxtaposition serves to put in stark relief the apparent evasive nature or clear biasedness of many of the BFS's suggested responses.

What are the most important questions? Readers of this book will find that the science underpinning the widespread introduction of drinking water fluoridation, with the claim that it reduces dental decay, appears decidedly thin and shaky. For instance, data are presented to show that there are many examples of dental decay rates being higher in fluoridated areas than in non-fluoridated ones.

There are relatively few countries in the world that use fluoridation, the USA (where it all started) and some mainly English speaking countries across the globe. In many other countries it is simply against the law to contemplate the mass medication of a whole population with a substance that everyone, even the protagonists, will admit has the potential to be toxic at certain doses. A major consideration about fluoride is that the margin of safety for fluoride is about 100 times less than that tolerated for drinking water pollutants. The industrial source of the actual fluorosilicates used to fluoridate and their potential contamination with toxic metals is thoroughly covered in the book.

What other therapeutic prophylactic substance has ever been allowed to be administered to patients, unsupervised, with no control over consumption and no recommendation for dose? Fluoride is recognised as a cumulative toxic substance and there is considerable scientific evidence showing that a proportion of the population is liable to consume more fluoride than is advisable. This can lead, amongst other conditions, to osteoporosis. Since the concept of fluoridating public water supplies was introduced we have become exposed to many other sources, through fluoridated dentifrices, tablets, and dental treatments, which has exacerbated the problem. In addition, for any drug that has ever been produced, there will be a minority of the population who will, because of their genetic make up, be peculiarly susceptible to its toxic properties. Furthermore there are periods, such as fetal life, infancy and extreme old age, when the body's ability to detoxify substances and excrete them are less than optimal. It appears that few considerations for such vulnerabilities in water fluoridation have been made.

Whatever the merits of the case, and you can judge those for yourselves, I am personally opposed in principle to the mass medication of whole populations. There is no shortage of fluoride containing products for people to be able to make an informed choice on their own behalf and those of their families. In addition there are no arguments for the overwhelming necessity of such treatment. This combined with the genetic susceptibility of some, as outlined above, makes the whole proposition subject to questioning on an ethical basis, as discussed in this book.

The book contains a number of accounts of actions that have been taken against dentists and academics who have had the temerity to question the wisdom of mass fluoridation. Clear violations of academic freedom appear to have been committed. As academic freedom continues to come under increasing pressure, with a majority young academics being appointed to short term contracts, this is something that should exercise the minds of all in society that value the importance of freedom and independence of thought amongst scientists. If academic freedom is ever allowed to be strangled then the type of data that has made the writing of this book possible will become very scarce.

I hope that you will enjoy this book, which must be regarded as essential reading for those who wish to enter an informed debate on this topic. As a microscopist who has had a research interest in the formation and build up of dental plaque and a toxico-pathologist with an interest in the effect of toxic substances on development, I have found this volume to be in turn informative, readable and thought provoking. When you have finished reading, if you come to the same conclusion, recommend it to others!

Dr C Vyvyan Howard MB. ChB. PhD. FRCPath.

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Last updated 2 February 2002

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