This is an 11-minute piece pulled from a 46-minute segment from Democracy Now! with an interview of journalist-Author, Christopher Bryson by the show’s host, Amy Goodman, where the former claims in his book “The Fluoride Deception” that the post-war campaign to fluoridate drinking water was less a public health innovation than a public relations ploy, sponsored by industrial users of fluoride â€“ including the government’s nuclear weapons program.
During the Manhattan Project, fluoride was used to enrich the uranium used to make the bomb.
The workers in the Manhattan Project were terrified that they would be inhaling aerosolized fluoride, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man and generally used as rat poison.
To quell such fears, Edward Bernays, the grandfather of Public Relations industry (and coincidentally, Sigmund Freud’s nephew) was hired to create the spin campaign that fluoride was safe for children and that it prevented tooth decay.
Evidence is emerging today that fluoride could be linked to serious health problems.
Fluoridation was first advanced in the US at the end of the second World War. Proponents argued that fluoride in water and toothpaste would help to protect teeth and prevent decay. Over the following decades, fluoride was added to public water supplies across the country.
This trend did not catch on in other parts of the world – and where it did, this trend has long since been reversed.
While the benefits of fluoridation have been held to be unquestionable, accumulating evidence points to serious adverse health effects, including infant mortality, congenital defects and lowered IQ.
Now a new book, titled “The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson examines the background of the fluoridation debate. According to Bryson, research challenging fluoride’s safety was either suppressed or not conducted in the first place. He says fluoridation is a triumph not of medical science but of US government spin.
(Christopher Bryson has reported science news stories for many media outlets including the BBC, Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel. He was part of an investigative team at Public Television that won a George Polk Award for “The Kwitny Report.”)