Bruce J Spittle, MB ChB with distinction, and DPM (Otago), who authored this remarkable little book appropriately titled Fluoride Poisoning (and subtitled: Is fluoride in your drinking water—and from other sources—making you sick?), is a longtime resident of Dunedin, New Zealand.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, recipient of many prizes and awards, a former Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, and Consultant Psychiatrist for the Otago District Health Board, 1978-2004. Readers of Fluoride know Dr Spittle mainly as co-editor (1994-98), now managing editor (since 1999) of Fluoride.He has published several articles and editorials on the health effects of fluoride and was a peer reviewer for the University of York’s recent systematic review of public water fluoridation.1
The idea of writing a book on Fluoride Poisoning occurred to him at the 27th conference of the International Society for Fluoride Research at Beijing, China, 9-12 October 2007. For Dr Spittle to complete and publish this carefully documented book by December 2007 reveals how extraordinarily familiar he is with the literature on the health effects of fluoride.
“My clinical experience is that the health of some persons is adversely affected by fluoridated water. As an example I enclose a case history of a 77-year-old woman in Dunedin, New Zealand who recovered from a gastric ulcer after switching from municipal fluoridated water to reverse osmosis water. Spittle B. Dyspepsia associated with fluoridated water. Fluoride 2008;41(1)89-92 .
I have found my experience to be consistent with double-blind studies reported in the literature which indicate that some persons are intolerant of small amounts of fluoride, equivalent to that received with municipal water that has been fluoridated. e.g, (i) Waldbott GL. The preskeletal phase of chronic fluoride intoxication. Fluoride 1998;31(1):13-20 (ii) Grimbergen GW. A double blind test for determination of intolerance to fluoridated water (preliminary report).
Fluoride 1974;7:146-52 BJS-3) (iii) Feltman R, Kosel G. Prenatal and postnatal ingestion of fluoride: fourteen years of investigation; final report. J Dent Med 1961;16:190-8
I have been concerned that the scientific evidence of the harm that fluoride may cause has not been properly considered in some systematic reviews. For example, one of the above papers, Waldbott GL. The preskeletal phase of chronic fluoride intoxication. Fluoride 1998;31(1):13-20, was excluded from inclusion in Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council. A systematic review of the efficacy and safety of fluoridation. Parts A and B. Canberra: Australian Government; 2007. Part B, page 322 (Exhibit BJS-5) on the grounds that it was not a clinical study. I do not consider that that ground for exclusion is sustainable as the paper clearly refers to clinical patients.
Because of my concern that the adverse effects of fluoride have not been adequately publicized I have written a book Spittle B. Fluoride fatigue. Fluoride poisoning: is fluoride in your drinking water—and from other sources—making you sick? Revised third printing. Dunedin: Paua Press; 2008. It has been posted at www.pauapress.com (Exhibit BJS-6).
A paper I wrote in 1994 about the effects of fluoride on the brain, Spittle B. Psychopharmacology of fluoride: a review. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 1994;9(2):79-82), was referred to in National Research Council of the National Academies. Fluoride in drinking water: a scientific review of EPA’s standards. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2006. The appropriateness of concern about the effect of fluoride on the brain has been underlined by the publication in Fluoride 2008 (2 and 4) of translations into English of 19 Chinese studies on IQ and the developing brain available at www.fluorideresearch.org