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US elections – who should you be angry with?

Ken Perrott Nov 13, 2016

  I know – it is easy to blame others for an accident or a tragedy than it is to accept responsibility oneself. But I am amazed at the blame going around at the moment over the US presidential election result. Trump’s election is being blamed on racist Americans, red-necks, the uneducated “deplorables,” Republican voters, third party voters, etc. People … Read More


Anti-fluoride claims often not relevant to New Zealand

Ken Perrott Nov 07, 2016

As we head towards the parliamentary consideration of new legislation on fluoridation in New Zealand the anti-fluoride groups are building a campaign to oppose the transfer of responsibilities from local councils to District Health Boards. So, their Facebook pages are promoting myths that fluoridation is dangerous to health – and we expect this to intensify as parliament moves into its Health Committee … Read More

Fluoridation not associated with hip fracture, heart attacks or osteosarcoma – new study

Ken Perrott Oct 17, 2016

A new Swedish study confirms fluoride does not increase risks of hip fracture, myocardial infarction, or osteosarcoma. That’s the conclusion from a new Swedish study. And these conclusions agree with most findings from earlier studies. Peggy Näsman describes this new study in her PhD thesis: Epidemiological studies of fluoride exposure and hip fracture , myocardial infarction and osteosarcoma.(Näsman, P. (2016)) She used Swedish … Read More

Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett and fluoride debate

Ken Perrott Oct 12, 2016

Paul Connett, from  the US anti-fluoride group, the Fluoride Action network, was interviewed today on the Radio new Zealand’s Jesse Mulligan programme.  The interview and Sir Peter Gluckman’s response is worth listening to. You can listen to it below or on the RNZ website at Complaints against anti-fluoride ads not upheld.     Jesse Mulligan interviewed Paul Connett about … Read More


Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates

Ken Perrott Oct 05, 2016

Why do anti-fluoride candidates standing for District Health Boards (DHBs) shy away from proper discussion of community water fluoridation? After all, they have usually raised the issue themselves – and often claim that those supporting community water fluoridation avoid the discussion. In my article Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley I raised this with Andrew Buckley who is standing for … Read More

MH17 report: will it stand up in court?

Ken Perrott Sep 29, 2016

The joint investigation team (JIT) responsible for the criminal investigation of the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July 2014 have delivered the preliminary results of their investigation. Wilbert Paulissen, the head of the Dutch National Detective Force announced their findings at a press conference in the Dutch city of Nieuwegein, saying: “We have no doubt whatsoever that conclusions … Read More

Flogging a dead horse – anti-fluoridationists lose in court again

Ken Perrott Sep 28, 2016

The NZ Court of Appeal has rejected the latest legal attempt by New Zealand anti-fluoridation campaigners to hinder community water fluoridation. This certificate should be awarded to New Health NZ, the NZ Health Trust and the anti-fluoridation movement for not knowing when to give up on the “fluoridation is medicine” myth. You can read a summary of … Read More


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