So many reasons to oppose fluoridated water!
Yes, one could say it's a government-dictated mass medication, but whether that is true, what IS true is that research has consistently concluded that fluoride consumption has many bad effects on our health.
And lo and behold, yet another study. This time research has (once again) confirmed that fluoride is a neurotoxin — and (ouch!) developing fetuses and young children look like the most susceptible.
University of Toronto scientists have now confirmed that exposure to higher than normal levels of fluoride in the womb increases ADHD-like symptoms in school-aged children.
The study’s lead author and researcher at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Dr. Morteza Bashash stated,
“Our findings are consistent with a growing body of evidence suggesting that the growing fetal nervous system may be negatively affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure.”
Fluoride and ADHD?
Dr. Bahash's team studied 213 pregnant women and their children to learn how fluoride affected the children as they reached school age. They were all involved in the Early Life Exposures in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) project. This project recruited subjects between the years of 1994 and 2005 and featured continued follow-up.
The team analyzed urine samples from the mothers during pregnancy, plus samples taken from the children between six and 12 years old. Their aim was to “reconstruct personal measures of fluoride exposure for both mother and child.”
The scientists then studied how fluoride levels affected the kid’s performance in a battery of tests and surveys measuring inattention, hyperactivity. They also conducted overall ADHD scoring.
“Our findings show that children with elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride were more likely to show symptoms of ADHD as reported by parents. Prenatal fluoride exposure was more strongly associated with inattentive behaviours and cognitive problems, but not with hyperactivity,”
The team adjusted for other possible cross-over factors, like lead exposure and smoking history. Dr. Bahash’s team has previously performed a similar study which came to a similar conclusion. The team found that high levels of fluoride in the urine during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ and cognition test scores in children. Several other recent studies have also made a connection between fluoride and ADHD.
Water fluoridation is a decision by the people charged with our health, but that doesn’t mean it is actually safe.
The facts about fluoride has long been (putting it nicely) er.. unavailable. A former EPA scientist, Dr. William Hirzy, has worked extensively to clarify the real danger of fluoride. His research has also indicated that fluoride consumption is linked to a reduction in IQ.
Dr. Hirzy reportedly stated,”The significance of this peer reviewed risk analysis is that it indicates there may be no actual safe level of exposure to fluoride.”
“Fluoride may be similar to lead and mercury in having no threshold below which exposures may be considered safe,” he added.
The China Study
In 2012, researchers from Harvard analyzed IQ scored from 8,000 Chinese school children who’d been exposed to fluoride in the water supply. They found wthat fluoride, once again, was harming kids.
“High fluoride content in water may negatively affect cognitive development. The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15,”
Fluoride’s effect on the brain is just one of fluoride's ugly faces.
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