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Fluoride Lowers IQ’s Studies Show

According to a recent Harvard study, fluoride from the water supply negatively effects our brain and body.  Why do our cities knowingly add harmful chemicals to our drinking water?  They say it is to protect against cavities,(“Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has joined a majority of the nation’s public water suppliers in adding fluoride to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.”) but at what costs?

Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity

Summary

Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. In 2006, we did a systematic review and identified five industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. We postulate that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered. To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity. To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse.

What’s in your tap water?

Local Camarillo, CA Tap water : Our imported water provider, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has joined a majority of the nation’s public water suppliers in adding fluoride to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay. In line with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Metropolitan adjusts the natural fluoride level in the water, which ranges from 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million, to the optimal range for dental health of 0.7 to 0.8 parts per million.

One study published in the fall of 2012 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found a link between high fluoride levels found naturally in drinking water in China and elsewhere in the world, and lower IQs in children. The paper looked at the results of 27 different studies, 26 of which found a link between high-fluoride drinking water and lower IQ. The average IQ difference between high and low fluoride areas was 7 points, the study found. http://www.livescience.com/37123-fluoridation.html

Tap water is known for being an unreliable source of clean water, and with good cause.  Our water sources are contaminated with chemicals that can be harmful for human consumption.  Recent studies have shown that chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine are added to our water.  People now need to take water safety into their own hands.

Common filters do not get the job done, and more filtration is necessary. The human body is made up of 75% water on average, so the water we consume should be the cleanest water possible. US drinking water contains more than 2,100 carcinogens and as more studies are done, the more that number increases. Prior to the rampant use of chemicals such as pesticides, chlorine, and herbicides, Americans had a 1 in 50 chance of getting cancer. Now Americans have a 1 in 3 chance of getting cancer and scientists think our exposure to chemicals through tap water is to blame.(http://wateruse.org/7-tap-water-facts-you-must-know-before-you-pick-up-that-glass/)

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/uscities.asp

We often take the purity of our tap water for granted — and we shouldn’t. NRDC’s What’s on Tap?, a carefully researched, documented and peer-reviewed study of the drinking water systems of 19 U.S. cities, found that pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing are sometimes delivering drinking water that might pose health risks to some residents.

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/02/st_whatsinside_tapwater/