Recently, the movement for elimination of industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s supply of water has been growing. Moreover, there is a lot of evidence against this additive from a great number of sources.
Unbelievably, there is a report from The Lancet, i.e., the oldest and most prestigious medical journal in the world, which has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, thus placing it in the same category as mercury, lead, and arsenic.
The author Stefan Smyle broke the news and the Facebook page Occupy Food spread it, which linked to the report that was published in The Lancet Neurology in the March 2014 edition, Volume 13, Issue 3, by Philip J. Landrigan, MD and Dr. Phillippe Grandjean.
Many Industrial Chemicals Are Identified in Water
There are 5 different similar industrial chemicals that were identified as developmental neurotoxicants: toluene, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls, methylmercury, and lead by a systematic review, as noted in the report’s summary.
That’s not all, now, the summary goes on to state that another six developmental neurotoxicants have also been identified such as: polybrominated diphenyl ethers, tetrachloroethylene, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, chlorpyrifos, fluoride, and manganese.
They Can Lead to Dyslexia, ADHD, and Many Other Cognitive Disorders
A global prevention strategy is proposed by the authors in the Lancet report, explaining that untested chemicals should not be assumed to be safe to brain development, and all the chemicals that are now included as well as all the new chemicals have to be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.
In addition, they also note that nowadays there are millions of children all over the world, who are suffering from some neurodevelopmental disabilities, for instance dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other cognitive disorders, which are considered as a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.
They also propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse in order to coordinate these efforts and speed up translation of science into prevention.
This report actually coincides with 2013 Harvard University meta-analysis findings funded by the National Institutes of Health, concluding those children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water showed greatly lower IQ scores compared to the children who live in areas with low fluoride amount in their water supplies.
Fluoride Is Associated with Cancer Development
Sodium fluoride present in drinking water has also been associated with the development of many cancer types. But, in fact, it is different than the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride, which is usually added to drinking water supplies as well as used by dentists and in dental products that posit it is beneficial for dental health.
Nowadays, fluoride is being added to water supplies across most of the countries of North America. However, this practice is not too commonly used, or completely banned throughout most of European countries and in many other developed countries throughout the world.