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As yearly throughout our annual Fluoride Consciousness Week, Fluoride Motion Community (FAN) founder Dr. Paul Connett is right here to supply us with a progress replace. FAN has been instrumental in lowering fluoride publicity in North America and in lots of nations all through the world over the previous 20 years.
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Fluoride Lowers Youngsters’s IQ
From the very starting, one in all Connett’s driving issues was the likelihood that fluoride may be decreasing youngsters’s IQ.
“Two Chinese language research have been printed in 1995 and 1996, in English. I was very involved, and felt strongly that if there was any proof that fluoride lowered intelligence of youngsters, then there is not any method you’ll put advantages to tooth above that and proceed water fluoridation,” Connett says.
Ten years later, in 2006, the Nationwide Analysis Council appeared on the toxicology of fluoride.1 At the moment, there have been six IQ research and, based mostly on these six research together with many animal research, the NRC concluded that fluoride did in actual fact pose a risk to the mind. By 2008, there have been 18 such research.
In 2012, a distinguished crew, partly from Harvard College, did a evaluation2 of 27 IQ research; 25 from China and two from Iran. Strikingly, 26 of the research confirmed youngsters with greater fluoride publicity had decrease IQ than the kids with decrease fluoride publicity.
“The bombshell got here in 2017. As much as that time, we had about 60 research that had proven a decreasing of IQ, most of them from China, but in addition some from India, some from Iran, some from Mexico,” Connett says.
US-Funded Examine Confirms A long time’ Lengthy Suspicions
The bombshell research3,4 Connett refers to, often called the “Bashash research” (named after the lead creator, Morteza Bashash, Ph.D.), was funded by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, the Nationwide Institute of Environmental Well being Sciences and the Environmental Safety Company.
It adopted pregnant ladies and their infants for 12 years. They measured the fluoride of their urine, which reveals whole publicity, whatever the supply or sources, and so they discovered a powerful relationship between the fluoride stage in moms’ urine and IQ scores of their youngsters on the ages of 4, and between 6 and 12.
It’s vital to comprehend that it’s not the focus of fluoride within the water (measured in mg per liter) that is critical for well being. What issues is the dose you get in milligrams per day, and the dosage (mg/day divided by the person’s physique weight), and these depend upon a wide range of fluctuating components.
“The NIH is a mum or dad of the Public Well being Service, so they have been selling fluoride for years and years (since 1950). So, I imagine they put some huge cash into this research considering that it will show, as soon as and for all, that loopy individuals like me and others have been completely mistaken in regards to the notion that fluoride lowers IQ in youngsters.
However lo and behold, they gave us very, very robust proof that it is. And that probably the most vulnerable age, so far as fluoride’s impression on the mind, is throughout fetal growth.
It seems the placenta doesn’t defend the fetus from fluoride, and, as you understand, as much as about six months of age, the blood-brain barrier isn’t totally shaped within the child. So, the fetus could be very vulnerable to this impression of fluoride.”
The primary response of the American Dental Affiliation was that the findings didn’t apply to america, because it was accomplished in Mexico Metropolis. Nevertheless, this ignored the truth that human beings are human beings, by measuring fluoride within the urine that they had a measure of whole publicity, whatever the supply. It actually doesn’t matter if the fluoride comes from water, different drinks, meals or toothpaste.
Canadian Researchers Affirm ‘Bombshell’ Outcomes
In 2019, the NIH research was replicated in Canada,5 and so they too discovered that greater fluoride ranges in maternal urine have been related to decrease IQ of their offspring. The one main distinction was that based mostly on maternal urine ranges solely boys gave the impression to be affected, not the ladies. However when the moms’ fluoride publicity was calculated from ingestion (i.e. from meals and drinks) there was a relationship between that and the kids’s IQ for each girls and boys,
“Now, this research, not like the primary one, the Bashash research, obtained a certain quantity of protection,” Connett says. “[It] was printed within the journal of the American Medical Affiliation, Pediatrics. That is one of many main pediatrics journals on the earth, and the editors of this journal went to excessive lengths.
They knew this was controversial. Hats off for them to take it on. They knew it was going to be consequential, so that they doubled up on the peer evaluation course of, they double checked the statistics, so that they have been assured after they launched it. They even ran an editorial saying the steps they’d taken.
That they had two of their editors, the editor of JAMA in whole and the editor of JAMA Pediatrics did a 20-minute podcast explaining how astounding the outcomes have been. They stated, ‘Oh, we had no concept that fluoride brought on any issues to well being.’ I do not know what they’d been studying. However anyway … it was a bombshell for them to all of the sudden discover that fluoride might be damaging the mind of the fetus.
Additionally they ran an editorial from David Bellinger, one of many world’s specialists on lead’s neurotoxicity, and he stated ‘The measurements listed here are akin to what’s occurring with lead.’ In different phrases, it’s very, very critical, and that obtained a lot of protection all over the world.
However the different aspect was organized and so they shortly obtained some ‘specialists’ — none of them truly specialists on fluoride or toxicology or neurotoxicity — who stated all the correct issues to dampen individuals’s concern about this research.”
Two Different Necessary Research
“There are 4 research that folks must find out about,” Connett says. To study extra about every, see Connett’s video commentaries on FluorideALERT.org FAN.television web page. Apart from the 2 already talked about, the 2 different ones are:
- The Riddell research, printed in 2019, discovered a virtually 300% improve in ADHD prevalence in adolescents in Canadian communities with fluoridated water provides, in comparison with these dwelling in non-fluoridated communities. “Science by no means stops,” Connett says. “You’ve to entertain the notion that an unsightly truth can destroy a good looking idea, on this explicit case, we obtained loads of ugly details, however the huge one is the truth that fluoride might injury youngsters’s brains.”
- The Until research, which in contrast the IQ of youngsters who had been bottle fed as infants in fluoridated communities (and thus would have gotten fluoridated water of their components) versus non-fluoridated communities. Right here, they discovered a big IQ distinction.
FAN Lawsuit Towards EPA on Fluoride Underway
November 22, 2016, a coalition together with FAN, Meals & Water Watch, Natural Shoppers Affiliation, American Academy of Environmental Drugs, Worldwide Academy of Oral Drugs and Toxicology, Mothers Towards Fluoridation and several other people, filed a petition6,7 calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemical substances to U.S. consuming water below Part 21 of the Poisonous Substances Management Act (TSCA).
As defined by Connett, the TSCA permits residents and nongovernmental organizations to petition the EPA to take away poisonous substances discovered to pose a risk (an unreasonable danger) both to the overall inhabitants or a subset of that inhabitants.
The petition was made on the grounds that a big physique of analysis demonstrates fluoride is neurotoxic at doses inside the vary now seen in fluoridated communities, and included over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing these well being dangers.
The EPA denied the petition8 February 27, 2017, on the grounds that it had did not current “a scientifically defensible foundation” to conclude that anybody had in actual fact suffered neurotoxic hurt because of fluoride publicity. In response, FAN and its coalition companions filed a lawsuit within the U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of California, legally difficult the EPA’s denial of their petition.
This interview was taped June 2, 2020. FAN was scheduled to start arguments in entrance of a choose June 8. FAN will clarify the neurotoxicity of fluoride proven in these and different research, and then the EPA’s business specialists, paid consultants who’ve additionally defended glyphosate and different toxins, will current their proof. (see FAN’s site FluorideAlert.org for a abstract of the trial)
“However we have now, for our lawsuit … some of the main specialists on neurotoxicity on the earth,” Connett says, “together with a pair that have been concerned within the research I have been speaking about.” That consists of Bruce Lanphear, the EPA’s go-to particular person for details about the neurotoxicity of lead. Lanphear labored with Until on the JAMA Pediatrics article and the bottle feeding research listed above. Howard Hu, lead creator of the Bashash research, is one other professional FAN witness, as is Philippe Grandjean.
“I’m very optimistic. [The EPA] doesn’t have the science. We do. And never solely do we have now the science, however we have now a number of the world’s greatest specialists testifying for us. So, until these artful legal professionals for the EPA are in a position to muddy the waters, I feel we’ll don’t have any hassle in demonstrating three issues: One, that the preponderance of proof that fluoride is neurotoxic is overwhelming.
Second, that it’s a danger on the ranges at which we add fluoride to the water. And thirdly, it is an unreasonable danger. As a result of even when your primary focus was lowering tooth decay, there are different methods of delivering fluoride, as a substitute of this ridiculous notion of placing it within the consuming water and forcing it on your complete inhabitants.
I feel we are able to reveal these three issues. And I am joyful to let you know that my son, who began our webpage in 2000 and developed the biggest well being database on the earth, larger than different fluoridating governments, by the best way, goes to be the lawyer combating this case,” Connett says.
Now you can view the transcript of Michael Connett’s sensible abstract assertion
The Finish of Water Fluoridation Is Inevitable
If victorious, the EPA will seemingly attraction, as it is a traditional stall tactic. “There is no company within the United States that’s higher at dragging its ft on controversial points,” Connett says.
“They dragged their ft for over 18 years on the reassessment of dioxin, a difficulty I used to be very near, and so they nonetheless did not resolve the problem. They’re very topic to business strain, and their method of resolving points is simply delay, delay, delay.
However, I do imagine that if a federal court docket, having heard each sides, declares that fluoride poses an pointless danger, an unreasonable danger to the creating mind of our kids, that that information will ricochet round the fluoridating world — Australia, New Zealand, Eire, Canada, Israel, Malaysia, and some different nations the place they nonetheless fluoridate. It’ll have a huge effect.
And I feel the residents will have the ability to use this as ammunition to say to their well being departments, ‘Come on. Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this once you’ve obtained this scientific info … accomplished by prime notch scientists. Why on earth would you proceed this apply when you understand that if you need fluoride, you possibly can merely brush it in your tooth and spit it out. What is your rationale for persevering with this?
By the identical token, to the skilled our bodies, to the AMA, the ADA, the APHA and all these different organizations which have endorsed fluoridation for years and years and years, why would you proceed to assist this? Why would you divulge to the general public that you don’t have any scientific credibility?
That you do not learn the science, that you do not sustain with the science on a difficulty like this? When you are going to the general public and saying once more and repeatedly that fluoridation is protected and efficient, once you’ve obtained this proof proper there in entrance of you?
Yet another factor … Presumably crucial company for reviewing the toxicology of poisonous substances is the Nationwide Toxicology Program (NTP). Again in 2016, FAN requested the NTP to do a scientific evaluation of the neurotoxicity of fluoride. This was earlier than the court docket case and earlier than we went to court docket.
After three and a half years they got here again, having reviewed all the animal knowledge and the human knowledge, and of their draft they stated, ‘Primarily based upon the literature, the presumption is that fluoride is a neurotoxic substance. Primarily based upon research accomplished on youngsters in a number of completely different nations, the presumption is that it’s neurotoxic.’
Not that it is particular; however you would need to presume, based mostly upon all of the literature, that it is a neurotoxic substance. So, that’s an enormous vindication for our case. However, as a result of it is a draft and never a last model, we will not truly use it within the court docket case. Nonetheless, that is very helpful for us going ahead, along with regardless of the court docket guidelines.”
Ending Water Fluoridation Nonetheless Met With Sturdy Resistance
Whereas FAN has efficiently ended water fluoridation in lots of areas, it’s nonetheless very tough. One of many causes for it’s because those that need it to proceed at all times level to critiques by authorities companies “which, as bogus as they’re and unscientific as they’re, carry loads of weight,” Connett says.
In Eire, they check with the professional committee. In New Zealand, they check with the ministry of well being and in Australia to the Nationwide Well being and Medical Analysis Council. Within the United States, they check with the Facilities of Illness Management and Prevention.
All of these companies have promoted water fluoridation and should not good judges of whether or not there are issues or not. Hopefully, a court docket win towards the EPA will facilitate and velocity up the method of getting fluoride out of consuming water. A win would additionally set one other vital precedent:
“We have been capable of deliver this to court docket below the Poisonous Substances and Management Act, which has a clause [stating] that any group or particular person can petition the EPA to take away, to ban, any explicit use of a specific chemical in america if they will present it is an unreasonable danger to the inhabitants, or perhaps a subset of the inhabitants.
We … together with Meals & Water Watch are the primary teams to ever do that. So, it is establishing a vital precedent, which is admittedly worrying the chemical business. It’s a giant concern of ours, as a result of behind the scenes I am positive they’re making an attempt to muddy the waters in each method they will. However it is an enormous precedent. I hope that our victory can even shoot adrenaline into the veins of all these different [health safety] teams …”
One other Fluoride-Associated Difficulty To Be Tackled
In our interview, Connett additionally discusses the fluoride air pollution launched throughout recycling of lithium ion batteries, reminiscent of these utilized in electrical vehicles. Lithium ion batteries comprise fluorinated polymers like polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and an electrolyte referred to as lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6).
When heated throughout the recycling course of, these fluorinated compounds break down to supply hydrogen fluoride, and plenty of fluorinated byproducts that are poisonous and tough to seize. Like PFOS, these chemical substances stick round for thus lengthy they’re often called “endlessly chemical substances.”
Because it occurs, a lithium ion battery incinerator is being constructed close to Connett’s residence, throughout the street from a residential space and adjoining to slightly league baseball area. “It’s a completely insane, unethical siting,” Connett says, noting that there actually is not any protected place for such amenities. It’s the recycling course of itself that must be modified, which is what Connett is combating for now.
“What this has accomplished is fortuitous. It has introduced collectively practically all of the strands of our activism. I’ve had 35 years combating incineration and dioxins [and] 24 years combating fluoridation. Now we’re assembly hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated by-products in spades. On the very least the issue might be: What do you do with the sodium fluoride that is left over within the effluent, the waste water?
I hope somebody does not imply placing it within the consuming water. As a result of additionally in that waste water you may have a PFAS, a polyfluorinated alkyl substance (utilized in a number of the batteries), and my spouse has spent many, a few years sustaining a database on these PFAS … She’s been involved with that for a very long time. So, we have been in a position to attract on three completely different strands of our activism to assist our local people.”
Keep away from Fluoride to Optimize Your Well being
Eliminating water fluoridation will go a great distance towards defending the well being of all individuals, however particularly youngsters. Sacrificing youngsters’s mind perform for a theoretical good thing about much less tooth decay is unconscionable.
Apart from ensuring you don’t drink fluoridated water, or use fluoridated water to combine toddler components, to cut back your publicity, keep away from consuming extreme quantities of tea, which tends to be excessive in fluoride.
“Combine it up,” Connett says. “Should you should drink tea, then drink tea, drink espresso, drink natural tea. Combine it round. Not an excessive amount of tea. Additionally, keep away from animal bones. Do not eat the bones from sardines and pilchards. Do not eat the bones from hen. Keep away from mechanically deboned meat.”
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Once more, for extra particulars on the 4 research Connett highlights on this interview, see his video commentaries on FAN.television web page. There you too can discover a webinar lecture by FAN’s senior scientist, Chris Neurath, through which he explains the neurotoxicity of fluoride. To assist unfold the phrase, you possibly can print out a FAN pamphlet to share with household, buddies and local people bulletin boards.
In closing, for those who’re involved in regards to the well being results of fluoride, please assist FAN along with your tax-deductible donation at this time. Mercola.com will match your donation, greenback for greenback, up to $25,000 throughout Fluoride Consciousness Week.