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Cochrane fluoridation review. II: “Biased” and poor quality research?

Here again, the language used in the Cochrane review (Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries) is very misleading. Especially when cherry-picked and taken out of context. The word “bias” used in the review does not have the meaning … Continue reading

With the publication of the new Cochrane Fluoridation Review (Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries) we have, once again,  both fluoridation supporters and opponents claiming it as evidence for their contradictory positions. They surely both cannot be right. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg has a great article showing why climate change deniers have it all wrong when they argue that the observed global warming is explained by natural causes. It just isn’t. The article is What’s Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame … Continue reading

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Sciblogs 2.0 coming soon After nearly six years in operation, Australasia’s largest blog network is getting a facelift and some fresh voices. Sciblogs features commentary from around 30 scientists and science writers and is consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 blogs based on Sitemeter statistics. But the platform is well overdue for a revamp … … Continue reading

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A recent NZ Association of Scientists survey indicates that 40% of NZ scientists report they feel gagged from communicating their scientific findings to the public. Management policies and funding problems were blamed and there are issues around “embarrassing the government.” The Science and Innovation Minister, Stephen Joyce, is not convinced by the survey results but is … … Continue reading

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A new fluoridation review was published this week – Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries from the Cochrane Oral Health Group. It’s main message is: “Data suggest that the introduction of water fluoridation resulted in a 35% reduction in decayed, missing or filled baby teeth and a 26% reduction in decayed, missing or filled permanent … … Continue reading

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OK – this is satire and as with all satire the parallels are not completely equal. But it does illustrate what I feel about the widespread pathetic reporting of the Ukrainian events. It’s as if we are bing told how to think – without any exposure to real facts. And it disrespects the innocent victims of … … Continue reading

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I have noticed a few “Letters to the Editor” and social media comments lately misrepresenting the “York review” on fluoridation so looked into the background of some of these claims. The “York review” (McDonagh, et al., 2000) is one of the earliest authoritative and comprehensive reviews of the scientific literature related to fluoridation and resulted from a … … Continue reading

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I sometimes wonder if anti-fluoridation propagandists are trying to extend their “freedom of choice” argument to the scientific facts themselves. Perhaps this is how they justify to themselves their frequent cherry-picking and misrepresentation of research. A current example is Fluoride Free NZ’s (FFNZ) misrepresentation of the mode of action of fluoride in protecting existing teeth in Saliva … … Continue reading

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Readers following the fluoridation issue have probably come across claims fluoridated water can poison horses. This is just another case of scaremongering by anti-fluoride propagandists – but what is it based on? The claims go back to Cathy Justus, a horse owner from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She lost eight horses and four dogs and blames it on their consumption … … Continue reading

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