Introduction: The following article was commissioned by the Christian Science Monitor in the spring of 1997.
Despite much favorable comment from editors, and full documentation, the story remains unpublished by the Monitor.
The results are ranked according to their composite scores.
By any yardstick, this report was an award-winning scoop for any national paper.
The report offers a glimpse into the history of fluoride, a bio-accumulative toxic that Americans ingest every day.
Chris Bryson, who holds a Master's degree in journalism, is an independent reporter for BBC Radio, ABC-TV and public television in New York City, and writes for a variety of publications.
The authors wish to thank Clifford Honicker, Executive Director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project, Knoxville, TN, for his indispensable archival research.
The authors, Griffiths and Bryson, spent more than a year on research.
With the belief that the information should be withheld no longer, the authors gave their report to Waste Not, and others, with a short note: “use as you wish.” This introduction is taken from Waste Not #414 (September 1997) where the article was first published. Many municipalities still resist the practice, disbelieving the government’s assurances of safety.
For example, if you search for foods high in calcium and magnesium, a food ranked #1 for calcium and #10 for magnesium would have a composite score of 10.
A food ranked #5 for calcium and #5 for magnesium would have a composite score of 25.
One of the most toxic chemicals known, fluoride rapidly emerged as the leading chemical health hazard of the U.
S atomic bomb program–both for workers and for nearby communities, the documents reveal. A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the documents show. Bomb program researchers played a leading role in the design and implementation of the most extensive U. study of the health effects of fluoridating public drinking water–conducted in Newburgh, New York from 1945 to 1956.
That safety verdict should now be re-examined in the light of hundreds of once-secret WWII-era documents obtained by these reporters [authors Griffiths and Bryson], including declassified papers of the Manhattan Project - the ultra-secret US military program that produced the atomic bomb.