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Archive: Open Parachute June 2012

Dental health – it’s not all about fluoride

Ken Perrott Jul 26, 2016

Fluoride is not the only factor in oral health. But it is generally the only element in drinking water considered for its effect on our teeth. Drinking water fluoride benefits existing teeth by chemically reacting with the tooth surface. Involvement of fluoride in the apatite structure at the tooth surface helps prevent demineralisation, due to acid attack, and also encourages remineralisation – … Read More

MH17 tragedy – 2 years on

Ken Perrott Jul 19, 2016

Two years on and there has yet to be a a decision on who was responsible for shooting down Malaysian Airlines MH17 over Eastern Ukraine.   This video shows the local memorial meeting held near the crash site. We often forget that the locals in such tragedies also suffer as they have to deal with the destruction and death … Read More

Misrepresenting fluoride science – an open letter to Paul Connett

Ken Perrott Jul 14, 2016

A new year and a new speaking tour of New Zealand by US anti-fluoride campaigner Paul Connett. Looking over the presentation he is giving at his New Zealand meetings I find he has absolutely nothing new to say. It’s all been said before – and all his claims have been debunked before. A poster for Connett’s Blenheim meeting – scaremongering … Read More

June ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Ken Perrott Jul 01, 2016

There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake or get your stats wrong. Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to … Read More

MH17 tragedy – new investigation launched

Ken Perrott Jun 09, 2016

Two years after the shooting down of the Malaysian commercial airliner (flight MH17) over eastern Ukraine (Donbass), investigators seem no closer to identifying the culprits. This may seem surprising given the quick recovery of the black boxes and most of the airplane. But, on second thoughts, perhaps not surprising given the regional … Read More

Fluoridation debate: Responding to Tom O’Connor

Ken Perrott Jun 02, 2016

Ken Perrott responds to Tom O’Connor’s post Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds. This is the second article in the debate. I think Tom’s concept of “freedom of choice” is confused. He appears to be arguing for his own right to determine a social decision. But that is undemocratic, it imposes an individual’s wish on society. Read More

May ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Ken Perrott Jun 01, 2016

There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake or get your stats wrong). Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to queries … Read More

Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds

Ken Perrott May 31, 2016

Individual consent – what does it mean and how is it obtained? This article below is a guest contribution from Tom O’Connor responding to my article on attempting a tyranny of the minority on fluoridation. I invited Tom to discuss the issue here, and offered him a right of reply because I think there is value in discussing the points he … Read More

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Water fluoridation: attempting a ‘tyranny of the minority’

Ken Perrott May 29, 2016

Tom O’Connor, president of Grey Power, describes community water fluoridation (CWF) as the “Tyranny of the Majority” (see “Fluoridation of water a trampling of our right,” Timaru Courier, May 26th). Well, it is nice to see an anti-fluoridation piece which does not resort to scientific misrepresentations and distortions.* These fallacious “scientific” arguments a really just a proxy … Read More

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