This is a book more about deception than Flouride. It focuses on how big industry can muscle government regulators and the academic world to bury or distort uncomfortable issues. In this case, Christopher Bryson shows how this was done by the aluminium and chemical industries- who dump thousands of tons of flourine-based waste into the environment each year. The toxic effects of these wastes have been well-known since the turn of the 20th century, when Danish physician Kaj Roholm published his observations on Flourine intoxication of factory workers. Undeterred, Alcoa, DuPont, and Dow, amongst others, launched a campaign of biased research to muddy the waters regarding the dangers of flourine and perflourocarbons (PFC's). These are found in refrigerants and common household products such as Teflon and Scotchguard. The jewel in this public relations crown is the policy of flouridation of community water supplies. This policy was pushed on the unsuspecting public using extremely dubious evidence. To this day, the value of water flouridation is a sacred cow which may not be questioned. Never mind the fact that no other nation will allow flouridation of water supplies, and in fact most countries do not consider ANY level of flouridation to be safe. The benefits of water flouridation achieve two goals for industry: 1) a convenient place to dispose of waste PFC's (the same materials which the EPA would call pollutants if they were detected in a mountain stream!), and 2) as part of the legal strategy. In every flourine-related exposure lawsuit brought against the chemical industry, defense council simply points to flouridation of public waters and says "the government isn't worried about flouride- why should the jury think that flouride harmed you?" The level of dirty tricks, squelched public debate, intimidated whistleblowers, and the promotion of disinformation detailed in this book is shocking.