Dangerous Liaisons: Media Interns and Fluoride Zealots – An Open Letter to Madi Alexander


Holding to account SLOPPY JOURNALISM — thank you AFAM.

Dear Madi,

I am writing in response to your article, Lack of fluoride in drinking water causes health concerns (Jul. 2, 2013). I understand you are currently an Intern at the Shawnee News-Star (based on your Linkedin profile). In light of this fact, I will hold your Editor responsible for your work. However, this letter is for you, written in the hope that it is not too late to save you from the pro-fluoridation zealots you have already encountered. For this reason, I shall offer a brief, point-by-point critique of your article. I hope this critique will prompt you to, in the future, be more critical of your pro-fluoridation sources.

“The lack of fluoride in community water sources may be detrimental to overall dental health of the county’s residents, according to concerns from Pottawatomie County healthcare professionals.”

Fluoride is not an essential nutrient. The human body does not need fluoride for…

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