fluoride and bone cancer

  1. The Link Between Levels of Fluoride in Public Water and Bone Cancer

    The Link Between Levels of Fluoride in Public Water and Bone Cancer

    Same facts - opposite conclusions?

    The Fluoride Flip-flop, part two

    In the last Daily Dose, I told you about how something is rotten in the much-heralded Harvard University Department of Oral Health Policy. First, a doctoral student at the Ivy League institution concluded in a 2001 thesis that there was a strong link between levels of fluoride in public water and the incidence of bone cancer among boys.

    But the head of that department, a man ironically also named Dr. Douglass, presented a final report to his research benefactors that starkly contrasted to the conclusions his doctoral student came to about the correlation between osteosarcoma and fluoridated water: Namely, he claimed there was no such statistically significant link.

    There's only one problem: His findings are based on some of the SAME RESEARCH that his 2001 doctoral student's fluoride-incriminating conclusion was derived from!

    According to a recent Associated Press piece, Douglass' department received a $1.3 million study grant in 1992 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further research a fluoride/bone cancer link an earlier U.S. Public Health Service study had pinpointed among young men in fluoridated-water areas. The resulting research, spanning 7 years and concluding in 1999, led to two divergent conclusions among researchers within the same Harvard department.

    However, one of these researchers is the Editor-in-Chief of a newsletter funded by one of the biggest players in the militantly pro-fluoride toothpaste industry. I'll give you a hint: It's not the grad student.

    Yes, you read that right. Despite his good name known for integrity, Mr. hoity-toity, grant cashing, Harvard-honcho doctor-boy is the figurehead mouthpiece for The Colgate Oral Health Report, a quarterly publication paid for by the Colgate/Palmolive Corporation that serves the dentistry and toothpaste industries - and unmistakably promotes fluoride and fluoridation of public water.

    Nah, there's no conflict of interest at play, is there?

    At least one advocacy group thinks there is. According to the article, they've alleged "scientific misconduct" on the matter, and called on Harvard University to conduct an investigation of Douglass' ties to the fluoride-related industries. A spokesperson for Harvard claims that the school is convening a committee to check into the allegations

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    I, for one, wouldn't need some bloated committee to conclude what's happening here. Fluoride-friendly forces have been trying to cover up this industrial toxin's link to bone maladies since 1970. In that year - less than 2 decades after public-water fluoridation became widespread in the U.S., by the way - a New York study showed a higher incidence of bone defects in fluoridated-water communities when compared to those where the water was un-poisoned (non-fluoridated).

    Couple this with the 1991 U.S. Public Health Service study and the 2001 Harvard thesis I outlined above that the dental industry is trying so desperately to downplay and anyone with half a brain would conclude that there's something about fluoride ingestion that's detrimental to the bones (duh! I've only been claiming this for 30 years).

    But NO - before this research can take hold and be seriously considered, Mr. Harvard Department Head climbs out of the rich, silk lining of the dental lobby's pocket long enough to look at the SAME EVIDENCE and spin it into the opposite conclusion. The problem then goes away, because his credentials and connections overpower his former student's. End of story, most likely.

    This is just another in a long line of shameless instances in which industry infiltration of the scientific community has resulted in findings favorable to that industry's interests. I'll keep you posted as this brouhaha develops, if it does indeed persist. I hope the story gets some more exposure in the press, but I won't hold my breath.

    I'm just hoping the name "Dr. Douglass" isn't permanently sullied by this travesty.

    Defending my claim, and protecting my name,

    William Campbell Douglass II, MD

  2. Fluoridating Our Public Water Systems

    Fluoridating Our Public Water Systems

    Something's rotten in Dent-mark

    The Fluoride Flip-flop, part one

    For years, I've been waving a red flag about the government's misguided insistence on fluoridating an ever-increasing number of our public water systems. Evidence damning this practice is abundant. Fluoride has been strongly linked to bone cancer - and likely doesn't even help teeth, as I've reported often in the past.

    I've also shouted from the hilltops that the original 1930s study pointing to the "benefits" of fluoride was laughably biased - it was funded by the aluminum industry, for Pete's sake! In case you're new to the Daily Dose fold, or aren't up on the fluoridation issue, fluoride is a by-product of the aluminum manufacturing process

    In fact, while we're recapping, I'd like to once again point out (it's been about a year since I last mentioned it - Daily Dose 3/30/2004) that until this "research" gave the government free license to begin disposing of millions of tons of toxic waste by adding it to our drinking water, fluoride was a regulated substance that could only legally be sold as an insecticide and a RAT POISON!

    Sounds healthy, huh? But enough background. Anyone who digs into the issue will discover that public water fluoridation stinks like last week's tuna. And apparently, a Harvard University doctoral student did just that several years ago - and found some of the most conclusive evidence yet that fluoride increases the risk of bone cancer, especially among kids.

    According to a recent Associated Press expose, the student's findings, presented as her 2001 doctoral thesis, pointed to a strong correlation between high levels of fluoride in tap water and osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in boys aged 5-10. These are almost the exact same findings as a 1991 U.S. Public Health Service study which found that rates of bone cancer were significantly higher among young men in fluoridated-water communities as compared to areas where the water wasn't poisoned - er, fluoridated

    So there you go, open and shut: Fluoride causes bone cancer, right?

    Not according to another Harvard University source, the dentistry professor who heads the school's Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology (translation: dental lobby spokes-scholars). And lo and behold, this man - whose name is Dr. Douglass, freakishly enough - was the aforementioned doctoral student's supervisor.

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    Cancer risk a household name?

    Speaking of man-made industrial cancer-causers, there's new evidence that a common "fluorochemical" called C-8 is carcinogenic. Why should this worry you?

    Because this toxin is used in the manufacture of the ubiquitous Teflon.

    An EPA report has linked the chemical to liver tumors in laboratory animals. For years, the environmental lobby has been clamoring for a ban on the chemical, claiming that many other carcinogens that are less harmful and pervasive have been successfully banned.

    Of course, the EPA report claims that there isn't enough evidence to assess possible human carcinogenic potential. And the makers of Teflon (DuPont) claim that there can't possibly be any link between C-8 and cancer, since the chemical is only used in the manufacture of the coating, and is not present in the finished product. Maybe they are right - I'll look into it.

    But if you want to be on the safe side (I do), box up the non-stick cookware and break out that old, seasoned cast-iron skillet and stainless steel pots and pans. (Just one caveat - if you have any sort of iron metabolism problem, don't use iron cookware.) And instead of lubing them up with PAM or other spray-on vegetable oils that'll clog up your heart, try good old-fashioned butter - or better yet, lard.

    That way, you'll get all the great taste AND all the peace of mind.

    Protecting my name - not playing their game,

    William Campbell Douglass II, MD

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