Fluoride Is REALLY A Neurotoxin

I had previously posted a crazy long blog post on the dangers of fluoride -then I realized that it was probably a little intimidating for a lot of people. Also, I had used an “attention grabbing” fake news headline to get people to realize the severity of fluoride in our water – and was criticized for abusing hyperbole. Therefore, I decided to split my research into six different blog posts, each talking about one specific aspect of fluoride. This is the first one – neurotoxicity.

There have been more than 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, and everyone knows that there is an alarming increase of cognitive decline in adults, as well as behavioral issues in children (including ADD, ADHD, depression, and learning disabilities).

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In 2012, a group of researchers did a meta-analysis of 27 independent studies conducted over several decades, including data on 8,000 children. Their goal was to study results specifically pertaining to children, since it is acknowledged that “fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known on it’s affects on children’s neurodevelopment.” Because, you know.. this substance has been shown to be detrimental to animals and adults, but we haven’t studied children, so we can’t say it hurts them at all, until science proves it! *shakes head*

What they found was that there was a direct link between fluoride consumption and children’s IQ; more specifically, an average loss of 7 points. One of the researchers, Grandjean, was quoted as saying “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

This is in line with what a well-known and respected peer-reviewed medical journal has stated when they released a list of known “industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain” and are contributing to the “pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity”, with such results as “autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.”

Their list of neurotoxins includes: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic,toluene, manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Other studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to
-increased lead absorption (another neurotoxin)
-increased manganese absorption (yet another neurotoxin)
-damage to your hippocampus (the main function of which is long-term memory)
-formation of beta-amyloid plaques (a classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer’s)
-increased uptake of aluminum (another factor that has been linked to Alzheimer’s)
-accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland (which is mainly associated with producing melatonin – which regulates your sleep patterns. Insomnia, anyone?)

Oh, and another thing that meta-analysis study stated? Fluoride “readily crosses the placenta”. Even before birth, our babies are getting doses of this chemical.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/fulltext#article_upsell

Continue in this series to read about other damage fluoride may be potentially doing to your body.

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