Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fluoride in water causes permanent neurological damage to children

The  review of fluoride/brain studies by Harvard University researchers just published in July 2012 in peer reviewed Environmental Health Perspectives, a US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' journal concludes "our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children's neurodevelopment." 

Fluoride (fluosilicic acid) is added to Irish water supplies at approximately 0.8 part per million attempting to reduce tooth decay.
Water was the only fluoride source in the studies reviewed, furthermore the researchers identified how research by Ding (2011) suggested that low water fluoride levels had significant negative associations with children's intelligence.

The Harvard scientists Choi et al. documented that, "Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children's neurodevelopment." They recommend more brain/fluoride research on children and at individual-level doses.

These findings follow a previous review of fluoride toxicological data by the U.S. National Research Council NRC reported in 2006 which found that "It's apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain."

The Harvard scientists also found that, "Fluoride readily crosses the placenta. Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to damage of a permanent nature."

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Even low doses are harmful to babies, infant formula when mixed with fluoridated water delivers 100-200 times more fluoride than breastmilk. Further high risk groups in the population to fluoride exposure include those with thyroid problems, kidney patients and heavy water-drinkers. All across North America legislation is pending to stop fluoridation and in the past few years over 800 communities have already stopped while here in Ireland the Government is about to sign a new multi million 3 year contract for the supply of fluosilicic acid to continue with a programme that is now known to cause neurological damage to consumers.

Separate to the recent Harvard Study the Cabinet should be aware of the following review of water fluoridation that was undertaken and published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (Volume 10 Number 2 Summer 2012) by  Professor Joel M. Kauffman,  concluded as follows:

"Artificial fluoridation of drinking water by municipalities at 1 ppm of fluoride ion probably does not reduce tooth decay, except for a minor effect on deciduous teeth. Hexafluorosilicic acid (Used in Ireland) and its sodium salt, which contain other toxic substances because they are not purified, certainly have no significant benefit. 

Proponents of fluoridation have censored most media, ignored intelligent discussion of fluoridation, slandered most opponents of fluoridation, and overturned legal judgments against fluoridation in a manner that demonstrates their political power. Many published studies that had conclusions favouring fluoridation were later found unsupported by their raw data.

There is evidence that fluoridation increases the incidence of cancer, hip fractures, joint problems, and that by causing fluorosis it damages both teeth and bones. Other medical problems may also occur, including neurological damage. Fluoridation of municipal water should cease.  Individuals should remove fluoride from their tap water if fluoridation cannot be stopped."

The State cannot continue to place Irish citizens at risk of harm by continuing with this policy in light of recent scientific evidence. 

To do so will result in certain legal liability. The Irish State must follow the recent example of the Government of Sweden who in 2003 discontinued the policy based on current scientific  concerns. Ireland remains the last country within the EU to support water fluoridation.

The cost of water fluoridation is approx 20million per annum, this includes chemicals, labour overheads but does not include additional costs such as epa monitoring or the cost of the expert body on fluoride and health which as a discredited organisation should be disbanded. Neither does not include the very significant costs of infrastructure which is far in excess of 100 million and insurance which cannot protect the state from future liabilities. The Department of Health is about to sign a 3 year contract for the supply of fluoride chemicals, this is morally and economically unacceptable given the recent scientific findings. 

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