New Research, New Life for Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels?

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

So, long ago and far way – 5 years back, to be exact – the FDA proposed new, super-graphic warning labels on cigarettes. Unsurprisingly, the tobacco companies were against them. One promptly filed suit. As you know, if you’ve seen a package of smokes lately, those warning labels never came to pass. Writing about it […]

Goodbye, Fluoridation?

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We’re not exactly sure why a fluoride pump that broke three years ago has only now become news in Corpus Christi, but become news it has. According to the city’s Water Quality Manager, “the city hopes to have a new system installed in about two years.” Until then, no added fluoride. And if city officials […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added […]

Follow-Up: Davis Says “No” to Fluoridation

Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Back in June, we told you about a pair of fluoride fights up in Yolo County. Earlier this month, the Davis City Council rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4 to 1. Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson’s comments, reported by the Sacramento Bee, are pointed. “This is one issue that’s not 50-50 – 10-to-1, people are begging […]

A Fluoridation Fight Closer to Home

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Last month, Portlanders again rejected fluoridation – for the fourth time since 1956. Whether for health concerns, environmental concerns, ethical principles or some other reason, voters have made their views plain. Surely, the city has more important things to do than keep trying to push for mass medication. Meantime, two cities much closer to home […]

Coming Soon: Warning Labels on Soft Drinks?

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013

If Big Food thinks the kind of regulation Robert Lustig proposed for sugar is a bit much, perhaps they’d like warning labels on soft drinks instead. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks, should be required to have tooth decay […]

Fluoride = The Best Weapon We’ve Got?

Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013

Late last year, the LA Times ran a fascinating series on the rise in lethal yet legally prescribed prescription drugs. One pain specialist they interviewed had 16 patients die from drugs he had authorized – the highest total among doctors in four Southern California counties. He said any patient death from an overdose was unacceptable, […]

How the Food Industry Pushes Its Products

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A conversation with Michelle Simon, author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health: Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Learn more at Simon’s website,

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