Posted by: quiscus | January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

1.  “Fluoride in Toothpaste Is Good, But Fluoride in Water Is NOT

Topical Application to Teeth Versus Ingestion in Drinking Water

Much of the confusion about fluoride comes from the fact that dentists assumed for decades that oral ingestion helped get fluoride to the teeth, but it is now understood that topical application – with toothpastes, gels or rinses – works better.

The Centers for Disease Control noted in a 1999 report:

Laboratory and epidemiologic research suggests that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children.

Dr. Arvid Carlsson – Nobel prize winner in medicine in 2000 – points out (in a brief, must-watch video) that water fluoridation goes against all principles of pharmacology, because fluoride works topically on teeth, not by oral ingestion.”

2.  ”

As always, many people would respond to claims of this sort by believing they’re hyperbolic.  The reason for that is obvious:  none of this happens to them.  And the reason it’s doesn’t is because they’re not engaged in any actual dissent; they’re not opposing the U.S. Government in any meaningful way.  They’re Good Citizens, supportive of their government (or critical only in the most tepid and deferential ways), and thus not targeted by such measures.  So they don’t perceive them, or if they do, don’t believe they’re a problem.  But that’s how repression always works:  it’s targeted only at the faction that is actually adversarial to political or other elite power.

People who spout pieties are never targeted with censorship, since there’s nothing to censor.  Only those whose views are threatening or marginalized are subjected to such measures.  Identically, media outlets that engage in government-subservient reporting are not the target of the government’s wrath; only those whose reporting undermines government interests (such as WikiLeaks) are so targeted.   And most people are not being detained at the airport and having their laptops searched, seized and copied — or having their Twitter and other communications invaded — because they’re not doing anything to bother the government; it’s those who are who experience that intimidation.   But political liberties are meaningless if they’re conditioned on obeisance to political power or if citizens are frightened out of exercising them in any way that matters.”

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