The Case Against Fluoride Comes to San Diego and Ocean Beach

by on October 15, 2010 · 2 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Economy, Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego


Dr. Paul Connett comes to San Diego

Paul Connett, author of the newly released book The Case Against Fluoride, will be speaking in San Diego from Oct. 14 – 16.  Connett will provide new, compelling science-based arguments against community water fluoridation. Following are the times and locations of his public presentations.

Connett will be addressing a noon rally on Saturday, October 15th, at the County Admin Building, at 1600 Pacific Highway.

There is also a presentation by him at the Ocean Beach Women’s Club, at 2160 Bacon at 5pm.

How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water

Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There.

Authors Paul Connett, PhD; James Beck, MD, PhD and Spedding Micklem, Dphil have collaborated to publish a book that challenges fluoride in our drinking water.

Here is the publisher’s description:

When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.

In this timely and important book, Connett, Beck and Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump these into rivers and lakes or release the parent gases into the atmosphere. In addition, water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible—forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.

At once painstakingly-documented and also highly-readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesn’t question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public.

Here’s information on the authors.

Paul Connett obtained his bachelor’s degree from Cambridge, England, and his PhD in chemistry from Dartmouth College in the United States. He retired from a full professorship at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in May 2006. He is currently the director of the Fluoride Action Network. His specialty at St. Lawrence was environmental chemistry and toxicology. For twenty-five years, he has been involved in waste management, an issue that has led him to give over two thousand pro bono presentations in forty-nine U.S. states and fifty-two other countries.

In 2010, he gave two presentations on Zero Waste and Sustainability to the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development in New York City. At the urging of his wife, Ellen, he began researching the issues of fluoride’s toxicity and the water fluoridation debate in July 1996. Before Professor Connett began reading the literature on fluoride, he had accepted the prevailing American perception that people opposed to fluoridation were scientifically ill informed. After fourteen years of reviewing the primary literature his perception has dramatically changed. Paul and Ellen Connett were included in American Environmental Leaders From Colonial Times to the Present by Anne Becher and Joseph Richey (Grey House Publishing, 2008)

Dr. James S. Beck is a Professor Emeritus of Medical Biophysics at the University of Calgary and holds doctorates in medicine from Washington University School of Medicine and biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

H. Spedding Micklem is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr. Paul Connett is scheduling speaking engagements in San Diego, California, October 14 through 16. For locations and more information, visit and

The book is available and copies can be ordered from

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Marisag October 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

I remember voting on the fluoride issue a couple of times. I remember we voted not to have fluoride. How did we end up with fluoride??


tj October 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

“The Case Against Fluoride”



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