More on flu­o­ride

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

THE Uni­ver­sity of Otago ap­pears to be los­ing its way as the con­science of so­ci­ety with re­spect to pre­vent­ing IQ loss in chil­dren from wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion.

Al­though aca­demics were crit­i­cised, by Emer­i­tus Prof Paul Con­nett, for not at­tend­ing the re­cent pub­lic lec­ture on flu­o­ri­da­tion and chil­dren’s IQ and en­gag­ing in de­bate

(ODT, 6.9.18), uni­ver­sity staff do not have to rely on pub­lic lec­tures by vis­it­ing ex­perts to learn about cut­ting­edge re­search.

The lec­ture em­pha­sised the 2017 pa­per by Morteza Bashash and oth­ers pub­lished in the jour­nal

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Per­spec­tives,

avail­able on­line to uni­ver­sity staff mem­bers.

Sim­i­larly, knowl­edge can be con­sid­ered to ad­vance best by cool, rea­soned, log­i­cal ar­gu­ments, based on ev­i­dence, rather than by heated rhetoric and the cut and thrust of de­bate.

Knowl­edge in sci­ence is never set­tled, and the sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence pre­sented by Prof Bashash in 2017 can­not be ef­fec­tively coun­tered, as Prof Paul Brun­ton at­tempted (ODT, 6.9.18), by re­fer­ring to re­ports from re­cent decades which did not con­sider the Bashash work.

The pub­lic de­serve a rea­soned an­swer to the spe­cific concerns raised by Prof Bashash, and elab­o­rated on in Flu­o­ride

2017;50(4):385­392, which in­di­cate that flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter is un­safe for preg­nant women. Bruce Spit­tle

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