Harvard University have recently published a study that has found that kids that live in areas of America that have larger amounts of fluoridated water have dramatically lower IQ’s than those living in areas with low fluoride in water.
The researchers from the study (which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)) state in the report that:
“Findings from our meta-analyses of 27 studies published over 22 years suggest an inverse association between high fluoride exposure and children’s intelligence… The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults…”
“In conclusion, our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should formally evaluate dose-response relations based on individual-level measures of exposure over time, including more precise prenatal exposure assessment and more extensive standardized measures of neurobehavioral performance, in addition to improving assessment and control of potential confounders.”
The full report can be downloaded for free here
So what actually is fluoride?
Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine It’s also a by-product (mainly from phosphate fertiliser industry) It is supposed to be included in tap water to help improve dental hygiene and reduce cavities.
Fluoride has been linked to cause:
- Dental Fluorosis: (White and brown spots appear on the enamel of the teeth)
- Skeletal Fluorosis: (symptoms include pains in the bones and joints, muscle weakness and gastrointestinal disorders)
- Osteoporosis: (decreasing bone strength and elasticity)
- Kidney Problems
Two council leaders in Southampton and Hampshire are currently fighting a battle to prevent fluoride been added to the water supply.
Hampshire Leader, Roy Perry said:
“We think it is wrong to put medication in our supply. It is impossible to add fluoride and guarantee where it will go.”
The issue of water fluoridation continues and concerns in the UK are growing. If you are worried about water fluoridation and its effects in your area then we are pleased to announce that with a Water-to-Go bottle will filter it out for you!