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Why I changed my mind about water fluoridation

19 Mar

Why I changed my mind about water fluoridation

Fluoridation of drinking water is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. It is hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. The water fluoridation controversy is also one of the most scientifically, ethically and politically contested debates between pro and anti-fluoridation supporters since its introduction to the present day. (more…)

The world is fat: the overweight now outnumber the undernourished

23 Dec

The world is fat: the overweight now outnumber the undernourished

“Worldwide, more than 1.3 billion people are overweight, whereas only 800 million are underweight – and these statistics are diverging rapidly.” – Barry M Popkin

For most developing nations, obesity has emerged as a more serious health threat than hunger. Although under-nutrition and famine remain significant problems in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, even desperately poor countries such as Nigeria and Uganda are wrestling with the dilemma of obesity.

Globalisation over the past 20 years has contributed to the increased consumption of sweetened beverages, vegetable oils and animal-source foods by poor people in developing countries, as they also adopt sedentary Western lifestyles. This combination of lifestyle and dietary changes is paving way for a global public health catastrophe.
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Are we throwing pesticides and precaution into the wind?

6 Nov

Are we throwing pesticides and precaution into the wind?

Almost a decade ago, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published its report titled, Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896-2000. The report is based on selected case studies from the last century detailing how inaction to early warnings resulted in late lessons learned some decades later.
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The girl effect

23 Sep

The girl effect

Can we solve some of the most difficult and pressing global problems such as poverty, education, AIDS and public health by investing directly in the future of 12 year old girls? There are more than 50 million girls living in poverty today and the evidence is on their side.


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