1492386243413 - Auckland University professor to take on anti-fluoride campaigners

Auckland University professor to take on anti-fluoride campaigners

An Auckland professor has agreed to debate with an anti-flouride group saying it is a debate that needs to happen.

Auckland University professor Michelle Dickinson will debate Professor Paul Connett who is a senior advisor to the Fluoride Action Network.

The group is an international coalition which refuses to accept the current science on fluoride, saying it is highly toxic.

The Ministry of Health says fluoride is a natural compound that exists in air, fresh water, soil and plants.

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Fluoride helps guard against tooth decay and its addition to tap water is recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Dickinson, also known as nanogirl because of her work as a nanotechnologist, has been an outspoken critic of those opposed to fluoridation of water and has studied the topic as part of her Master’s and Phd.

She will invite the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor sir Peter Gluckman to join her in the debate.

Connett has accused Gluckman of relying on junk science to support the continuation of fluoridation in New Zealand. “I am still waiting for any pro-fluoridation scientist to give me a list of primary studies (not self-serving government reviews) that give him or her the confidence to ignore the over 300 animal and human studies that indicate that fluoride can damage the brain.”

Dickinson said there was no evidence for IQ loss in fluoride studies and the science was “quite clear”.

The Fluoride Action Network said in a statement that the stage was set for a “massive showdown on the science of fluoridation”.

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