The Douglass Report December 2005

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Tumors, toothpaste, and the scandal rocking the hallowed halls of Harvard

Tucked away in the "rare books and special collections room" at Harvard's medical library is a study the government and the American Dental Association didn't want you to find out about. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and other prestigious groups were denied access to the information until the Fluoride Action Network finally got its hands on this attempted cover-up. What it found will shock you.

A dissertation written in 2001 by Dr. Elise Bassin at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine showed a connection between fluoride in tap water and bone cancer in boys when they were exposed to fluoride between the ages of 5 and 10. Since Bassin was awarded her doctorate on the basis of this research, it obviously has merit.

This news is so shocking and significant that it's no wonder you haven't seen it in your local paper. But wait a minute-it did make headlines in other parts of the world.

Here's a headline from the June 12, 2005, edition of The Observer, one of the UK's leading newspapers:

"Fluoride water 'causes cancer' Boys at risk from bone tumors, shock research reveals."

About 90 percent of the fluoride that is stored in the body is taken into the bones. One of fluoride's effects is to stimulate bone growth in the growing ends of the bones, places where a type of bone cancer, called osteosarcoma, occurs, according to Dr. Vyvyan Howard, senior lecturer in toxico-pathology at the University of Liverpool.

"At these ages the bones of boys are developing rapidly," he said. "So if the bones are being put together abnormally because fluoride is altering the bone structure, the boys are more likely to get cancer. It's biologically plausible, and the epidemiological evidence seems pretty strong-it looks as if there's a definite effect."

No bones about it

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a respected research organization, is trying to get the U.S. government to add fluoride to its Report on Carcinogens because of its connection to bone cancer in young boys. EWG's co-founder, Richard Wiles, said, "This is a very specific cancer in a defined population of children. When you focus in and look for the incidence of tumors, you see the increase."

"We recognize the potential benefits of fluoride to dental health," added Wiles, "but I've spent 20 years in public health, trying to protect kids from toxic exposure. Even with DDT, you don't have the consistently strong data that the compound can cause cancer as you now have with fluoride."

Wiles is wrong on fluoride's "benefits" and even more wrong on DDT, but he is on target with fluoride being toxic. The only question is why it took 50 years for him and others to figure out the obvious.

But now that they have figured it out, what are the chances of the EWG actually getting the government to acknowledge the truth? The Observer reported, "Scientists have been inhibited from publicizing any adverse findings." Inhibited? Shouldn't that be "threatened and coerced"? Any cover-up like this must be political-and, of course, it is. These types of findings could pose a legal nightmare if they were given any validation in the courts.

Apparently after receiving years of federal grants to test the association between fluoridated water and bone cancer, Dr. Chester Douglass, the chairman of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (and the supervisor of Elise Bassin), reported the exact opposite of what the results actually found.

Now, according to the EWG, Douglass seems to have falsified these findings to both the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences, telling federal officials that "there was no relationship between bone cancer in children and fluoride." In fact, in his final report, Douglass cited Bassin's research-and minimized the findings in it, saying it supported his conclusion that fluoride poses no risk.

You might be interested in knowing that Douglass is also one of the editors of the Colgate Oral Health Report, which is indeed funded by Colgate, the fluoride-peddling toothpaste giant. How could highly trusted Harvard University allow such a conflict of interest to exist between a toothpaste company and a head of one of its departments, especially the Department of Oral Health Policy?

In my opinion, Douglass should be canned instantly. And do you really think that Douglass is the only person who knew about this cover-up? What about the dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine? Did he not know of Douglass' sleazy connections?

Harvard's motto is "Veritas," which, ironically, means "truth." Maybe the school should change it to Veritas Obscurantist instead.

Losing sleep over fluoride risks

Many people wonder why we can't stop cancer-at least in the young. And what about attention deficit disorder, sexual disorders, and all the other things we blame (incorrectly) on smoking? Is it possible that massive fluoride intoxication is the cause? There's admittedly no hard proof to support any of these hypotheses yet, but based on what we do know about the dangers of fluoride, is it really such a stretch?

In addition to increasing the risk of bone cancer in innocent children, fluoride also has negative effects on adults, especially in the brain where it builds up calcifying tissue in the pineal gland.

When I was young and innocent, practicing emergency medicine, I noticed that a high percentage of the elderly patients I saw had a calcified pineal gland showing up on their x-rays. When I asked my elders about it, their reply would be: "It's just an aging thing." Most of them appeared mildly irritated that I would waste their valuable time on such a stupid question. I had been taught, just as they had been, that the pineal gland was a vestigial one, like the appendix, and of no importance.

These physicians may have been older, but they weren't any wiser, at least not on matters concerning the pineal gland. It turns out to be one of the most important endocrine glands in the body, regulating light metabolism and sleep through the production of melatonin. The same people scratching their heads about our inability to stop cancer are the same ones wondering why the elderly have such a high incidence of insomnia. But I think I know, and now you do too.

Actions to take:

(1) Protect yourself and your family from fluoride's toxic effects by investing in a good filtration system for the main pipe coming into your house.

(2) Don't buy toothpastes that contain fluoride. Better yet, don't buy toothpaste at all. Plain old baking soda and peroxide will give you the same, if not better, results. Sure, many brands of toothpaste now boast "baking soda and peroxide" as added ingredients. But why spend over $3.00 when you can make your own for pennies.

The procedure couldn't be easier: Just mix a little bit of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together to form a paste and then rub it into your gums. If you do this two or three times a day, you'll keep your teeth-and the rest of you-safe and fluoride-free.

(3) Once you've taken steps to protect yourself and your family, contact the Fluoride Action Network ( to find out more about how you can participate in the anti-fluoridation campaigns in your state.

(4) Keep your eye out for a dynamite article on fluoride in the next issue. We may have won the battle!


"Fluoride water 'causes cancer,'" The Observer (, 6/12/05

"Harvard looks into prof's cancer research," Associated Press, 7/14/05