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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
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“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
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22. FLUORIDATION RISKS RAISED BY NEW PUBLIC HEALTH REPORT

Fluoridation has been a controversial issue since fluoride was added to public drinking water in the 1940s to prevent tooth decay.

Now the Department of Health and Human Services has released an “executive summary” of a 13-year analysis of the benefits and risks of fluorides based on a study in which animals were given sodium fluoride in their drinking water.

The study was conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The NTP, a research and testing program with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), found a small number of malignant bone tumors (osteosarcomas) in male rats. The NTP study concluded that there was “equivocal” evidence of carcinogenic activity in male rats.

According to NTP’s standard definition, “equivocal” evidence of carcinogenicity shows a marginal increase of tumors that may be chemically related. The suggestion of “equivocal” evidence of carcinogenic activity as a result of fluoridation is a change from the “zero risk” results the government had assured us of since the first studies were done in 1945.

In addition, the study acknowledged an increased likelihood of dental fluorosis since the 1940s and 1950s when the major sources of fluoride were from drinking water and food. Today, numerous sources of fluoride are available, including dental products containing fluoride, such as toothpaste’s and mouth rinses, fluoride dietary supplements, as well as beverages and foods prepared with fluoridated drinking water.

The report recommends that the U.S. Public Health Service should continue to recommend the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay and continue to support fluoridation of drinking water.

However, it also calls for PHS to sponsor scientific conferences to determine the optimal level of total fluoride exposure from all sources and the appropriate usage of fluoride containing dental products to achieve the benefits of reduced dental decay and to minimize the occurrence of dental fluorosis. Additionally, the report calls for a major educational program which encourages manufacturers of toothpaste to make the fluoride levels in their products easily known. It also calls for the U.S. FDA to review labeling for toothpaste and other fluoride containing products, and for state programs to keep physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and communities informed about the fluoridation status of drinking water.

The United States is one of the few industrialized nations with a major fluoridation program; most countries have outlawed fluoridation or banned it after years of experiments.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: SCOTT SHAWVER

SOURCE: U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201, DATE: February 1991

TITLE: “Executive Summary of the Review of Fluoride Benefits and Risks”

COMMENTS: Fluoridation has been an emotional and controversial issue since the 1940s when it was first added to public drinking water. Because of this, in our efforts to present the issue as objectively as possible to the Project Censored panel of judges, we relied solely on the report by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). Notwithstanding the natural inclination of the PHS to defend its long held position and to maintain the status quo on this issue, the report raised some serious questions about the efficacy and safety of adding fluoridation to our water.

However, Project Censored also has received a number of nominations from other sources questioning the advisability of continuing the fluoridation program. One of these sources is Isabel McCord, of the Safe Water Coalition, in Piedmont, California. In her well-documented letter, McCord points out that “Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Spain have outlawed fluoridation of water. West Germany discontinued fluoridation in 1987, after 18 years of experiments. Norway, France, Italy and Japan do not fluoridate their water. Only the United States and the United Kingdom continue fluoridation in the fact of adverse evidence.”

In a lengthy petition/letter, titled “Water Fluoridation and Cancer,” McCord points out that while fluoridation has generally been accepted as good for children’s teeth and without risk to the public, “with each new scientific study we have more reason to believe that fluoridation of water is both unnecessary and a risk to the public health.”

In a strong criticism of the Executive Summary issued by the PHS, John R. Lee, M.D., from Sebastopol, California, blasts the PHS report for “half­-truths, disinformation, errors of omission, and other errors” that fail to present the real danger of fluoridation.

Shirley Graves, from San Anselmo, California, sent along a copy of The Informer, a monthly published in Allegany County, Maryland. A front page article in the September, 1991, issue quoted a research scientist’s warning to the EPA that “immediate action is needed to lower the permitted fluoride levels because certain segments of the U.S. population are currently sustaining fluoride induced injuries such as hip fractures.”

Given the obvious national concern, and the equivocal findings by the Public Health Service, it would appear that the issue of fluoridation deserves to be put on the national agenda.

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