Bonnie Bucqueroux teaches at Michigan State University's School of Journalism and experiments with citizen journalism, including co-publishing Lansing Online News with Bill Castanier. They also co-host a radio show Mondays at 7 p.m. on LCC Radio - WLNZ - 89.7.

4 responses to “A field guide to the right’s latest paranoias”

  1. nyscof

    It’s hard to believe that a former green party candidate could be in favor of water fluoridation. The chemical used is hydrofluosilicic acid (HFA), a lead and arsenic-laced waste product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing, truck as hazardous waste and injected unpurified into the water supply. HFA has never been safety tested in humans or animals. And the FDA never approved fluoride or HFA for ingestion.

    Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

    More than 4,038 professionals (including 331 dentists and 518 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement:

    Eleven US EPA unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals are calling for a moratorium on fluoridation.

    The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008. About 100 US and Canadian communities rejected fluoridation since 2008.

    In Nebraska, 53 out of 66 towns voted not to fluoridate in 2008 and 2010, reports the PEW Foundation.

    Tennessee, once 99% fluoridated, is now down in the low 90’s, according to the American Dental Association News.

    In 2011 the following US cities stopped fluoridation: Holmen and Grantsburg, Wisconsin; Welsh, Louisiana; Mechanicsville, Iowa; Hartland, Marcellus and Mt. Clemens, MI; Fairbanks and Palmer, Alaska; Spring Hill, Lawrenceburg & Hohenwald, TN; Philomath, OR; Pottstown, PA; College Station and Lago Vista, Texas ; Spencer, Indiana; Naples, NY; Pinellas County and Tarpon, FL; Amesbury, MA and Yellow Springs, Ohio . In 2012: Myerstown, Pennsylavnia; ; Bolivar, Missouri

    In Canada: Lake Shore, Ontario; Calgary, Slave Lake and Taber, Alberta; Flin Flon, Manitoba; Verchères, Québec; Lake Cowichan and Williams Lake, BC; Moncton and Dieppe, New Brunswick. In 2012: Amherstburg, Ontario.

    In New Zealand: New Plymouth and Taumarunui.

    Many cities are considering stopping fluoridation including New York City

    New York State communities which have already stopped or rejected fluoridation include: Elba, Levittown, Canton, Corning, Johnstown, Oneida, Carle Place, Rockland County, Suffolk County, Western Nassau County, Albany, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Riverhead, Central Bridge Water District, Homer, Ithaca, Rouses Point and Amsterdam.
    Students in Ireland are spearheading a campaign to stop fluoridation in the only country that mandates fluoridation country-wide.

  2. Doug Warren

    Well in defense of conspiracy theorists (I myself am unabashed supporter of many), Godlike Productions is to conspiracy theories is as Hustler is to erotic art.

    In addition to nyscof’s points above, considering that Grand Rapids (the HQ of the Amway/Blackwater Dutch Mafia and the place where the Warren Commission’s FBI informant, Gerald R. Ford, first made a name for himself) was the first city in the nation to systematically fluoridate their water in the late 1940’s, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the dangers of governments putting “something in the water.” I escaped the Grand Rapids gulag during the Ronnie Raygun administration, so I feel lucky. As a friend of mine – and a fellow GR native – once said of our West Michigan neighbors, “The Dutch are thrifty but not that bright.”

    By the way, the Ford/FBI reference is not “Conspiracy Theory,” but “Conspiracy Fact.”

    As always, I look forward to the program.

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