A review by Ted Nye in the Otago Daily Times, 12 April 2008. (The rating of good was added by B Spittle).
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Sat, 12 Apr 2008
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(Paua 2nd printing, $20) and Fluoride Fatigue (Paua, Revised 2nd printing, $11) by Dunedin doctor Bruce Spittle are self-published books to make the author's case that fluoridation of drinking water supplies, at 1pp (parts per million of fluoride), poses a health risk to 1% to 5% of the population.
A variable symptom complex, with chronic fatigue as a common feature, is offered as evidence of toxicity in the 32 clinical vignettes drawn from the United States, Netherlands, New Zealand and India.
It is claimed that in all these cases there was improvement when fluorinated water was avoided by the subjects.
The books include extracts from a Commission of Enquiry (US 1957), New Zealand (1956) and a WHO resolution that supported drinking-water fluoridation as an acceptable public health measure.
The author does a service by challenging what is now almost an orthodox view on the value of fluoridation of water supplies in general but the presentation of a small number of cases, drawn from several countries, of possible idiosyncratic reactions to fluoride, may be a call for vigilance and research, as he would probably agree.
Ted NyeRating: [5 of 5 Stars!]