Study quantifies how fluoride lowers I.Q. scores in children
(This article is taken from Natural News.)The addition of fluoride to water supplies in the US and around the globe has always been a point of contention, especially among natural health enthusiasts and liberty-loving individuals. There are many reasons to stand against mass fluoridation; first and foremost being that it is nothing short of government-sanctioned mass medication of their citizens.
But beyond that philosophical perspective, there are also many health-related reasons why informed people might oppose fluoride.
The CDC itself is aware that mass water fluoridation is leading to a dental condition known as “dental fluorosis.” In mild cases, the condition merely causes discoloration of the tooth enamel, but in more severe instances, the enamel is severely damaged. White streaks, brown stains, and pitting of the enamel are telltale signs of dental fluorosis. While the cosmetic appearance of the teeth can be restored, the damage to the enamel is sadly permanent. And in 2004, data from the CDC revealed that 41 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 15 had dental fluorosis — a 400 percent rise from just 60 years ago.
It is almost mind-boggling how a substance that can cause so much damage to teeth is added to the water supply under the guise of dental health. Some research has also shown that fluoride can even cause bone cancer. But if that’s what fluoride does to your teeth, doesn’t it make you wonder what it can do to your brain?
Research shows fluoride lowers children’s IQ scores
Fluoride’s neurotoxic effects are nothing new; the aluminum industry’s waste product has been linked to harmful neurological effects for years. But new research piloted by Dr. William Hirzy, Ph.D., a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist who specialized in risk assessment, shows that children in the US are consuming enough of the toxic substance to noticeably reduce their IQ.
Currently, federal guidelines allow for fluoride to be added to water in amounts equivalent to no more than 0.7 milligrams per liter. But as Dr. Hirzy explains, this amount is still likely to be way too high.
“The effect of fluoride on IQ is quite large, with a predicted mean 5 IQ point loss when going from a dose of 0.5 mg/[fluoride/day to 2.0 mg [fluoride/day,” he notes.
Many children consume fluoride at these levels on a daily basis, from the fluoride present in their water and other beverages, the food they eat, the toothpaste they use and the air they breathe.
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NOTE: The current concentration level of fluoride in Singapore’s tap water is 0.6mg per litre.