Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Troubled Water

Originally uploaded by Rosie O'Donnell.

Harvard Fluoride Findings misrepresented?

Environmental Working Group (EWG) has obtained documents suggesting that the Chairman of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine falsified reporting to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Chester Douglass has received several years of large federal grants to study the possible relationship between bone cancer in boys and drinking fluoridated water. Reporting on the findings of this funding, he told federal officials unequivocally that there was no relationship, but the grant-funded publication he cited found exactly the opposite. In fact, the research was done by a former doctoral student of Douglass's and was the most rigorous study of its kind to date.

Douglass has made the same assertion to the National Academy of Sciences panel now reviewing the safety of fluoridated drinking water. He is the publisher of a Colgate-funded fluoride journal.

EWG has filed an ethics complaint against Douglass with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Strontium ranelate for the treatment of osteoporosis -- Fogelman and Blake 330 (7505): 1400 -- BMJ:

"This lesson was learnt with fluoride therapy, which led to dramatic increases in bone mineral density of the spine but in higher dosage caused an increased incidence of hip fracture"

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Digital Courier: Getting dental care to kids a priority:

Rutherford County/Spindale, NC, is fluoridated:

"Statistics show that in Rutherford County one out of every three children who enter kin-dergarten have unattended dental problems."