The Fluoride Wars by P-Wiley


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									The Fluoride Wars
Author: R. Allan Freeze
Author: Jay H. Lehr

Edition: 1

A lively account of fluoridation and its discontents
Since its first implementation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945, public drinking water fluoridation and
its attendant conflicts, controversies, and conspiracy theories serve as an object lesson in American
science, public health, and policymaking. In addition to the arguments on the issue still raging today, the
tale of fluoridation and its discontents also resonates with such present concerns as genetically modified
foods, global warming response, nuclear power, and environmental regulation.

Offering the best current thinking on the issue, The Fluoride Wars presents a witty and detailed social
history of the fluoridation debate in America, illuminating the intersection of science and politics in our
recent past. This reader-friendly assessment explores the pro- and anti-fluoridation movements, key
players, and important events. Full of amusing and vivid anecdotes and examples, this accessible
recounting includes:

A careful and non-condescending look at the hard science, popular science, pseudo-science, and junk
science involved

A look at fluoride issues including dosage, cost, financial and funding interests, fluorosis, and problems of
risk-cost-benefit analysis

The back-and-forth drama between pro- and anti-fluoridation factions, with all its claims, counterclaims,
insults, acrimony, and lawsuits

Case studies of various cities and their experiences with municipal water fluoridation initiatives

Fluorophobia and popular conspiracy theories involving fluoride

The colorful characters in the debate including activists, scientists, magicians, and politicians

A richly and considerately told tale of American science and public life, The Fluoride Wars offers an
engrossing history to both interested general readers and specialists in public health, dentistry,
policymaking, and related fields.
Author Bio
R. Allan Freeze
R. Allan Freeze is one of North America's leading researchers in the field of environmental water quality,
and has acted as the consulting engineer on drinking water quality at a number of sites across North
America. He was a member of the University of British Columbia's engineering faculty in Vancouver for
twenty years and is the author of over 150 technical articles and the coauthor of several books. <br>

Jay H. Lehr
Jay H. Lehr is Senior Scientist with The Heartland Institute and Chief Scientist for EarthWater Global, an
international water supply company. A graduate of Princeton University, he developed the first PhD
program in hydrology at the University of Arizona and was on the faculty at The Ohio State University.
Lehr has authored or coauthored over twenty books, hundreds of journal and magazine articles, and is an
internationally renowned expert who speaks worldwide on environmental topics.<br>

"The authors have put an enormous effort into acquiring the data in this book and... it is a very interesting
and stimulating read."

"The authors should be commended for providing all of the facts of the controversy in one place. Their call
for both sides to get together to study the health issues with reason and respect is also a worthwhile goal
because, as they point out; perhaps then 'this long-standing and somewhat silly dispute could finally he
laid to rest.'"

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