Research finds that children’s IQ is hanging on by the skin of their teeth
ScienceDaily (Dec. 18, 2010) — In a study that the authors describe as lending credence to the idiom, “by the skin of your teeth,” scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest.
The new research found that the fluorapatite layer formed in this way is only 6 nanometers thick. It would take almost 10,000 such layers to span the width of a human hair. That’s at least 10 times thinner than previous studies indicated. The scientists question whether a layer so thin, which is quickly worn away by ordinary chewing, really can shield teeth from decay, or whether fluoride has some other unrecognized effect on tooth enamel. They are launching a new study in search of an answer.
According to Paul Connett, Ph.D., director of the Fluoride Action Network, “This is the 24th study that has found this association, but this study is stronger than the rest because the authors have controlled for key confounding variables and in addition to correlating lowered IQ with levels of fluoride in the water, the authors found a correlation between lowered IQ and fluoride levels in children’s blood. This brings us closer to a cause and effect relationship between fluoride exposure and brain damage in children.”
“What is also striking is that the levels of the fluoride in the community where the lowered IQs were recorded were lower than the EPA’s so-called ‘safe’ drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 ppm and far too close for comfort to the levels used in artificial fluoridation programs (0.7 – 1.2 ppm),” says Connett.
At the close of each yoga class that I teach I invite my students to find one thing in their life to be grateful for. Last week the city in which I live, Calgary, Alberta, announced a decision that I suggested to my classes they be very grateful for. City council voted in favor of cancelling its artificial fluoridation program. Woohoo, yeah, happy dance!
In our recent mayoral election our question to each candidate was “What is your stand on fluoride in our tap water?” We asked our friends and family to ask this same question and I’d like to think that it was a question that created a desire in these candidates for more information, especially since many were unaware of the dangerous effects of this toxin.
Research trumps ignorance
Perhaps the decision to remove the fluoridation program came as a result of the several strong research findings that were released in December 2010 that finally produced enough evidence that this toxin is not serving to strengthen teeth at all and instead is putting an unnecessary and risky burden on everyone’s overall health plus our children’s ability to learn.
But you never drink tap water you say.
If you drink Reverse Osmosis (RO) water first of all I’d like to say “congratulations”, you are taking a huge step in the right direction by not drinking tap water with it’s myriad of toxic chemicals, the most common of which is of course chlorine.
However, the tricky part about fluoride in water is that, other than when you distill water (which, if you read my report on water, you already know I strongly advise against drinking distilled water) there is no water filter on the market that I have found that can remove fluoride. Because of fluorides molecular size and structure it’s a toxin that is nearly impossible to remove and you’re still absorbing in spite of your best efforts.
So, if it’s next to impossible to remove fluoride from your drinking water, what is the solution for avoiding this toxin if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water?
Mother Earth has the answer – again!
Spring water is still the best water for drinking. Use filtered water for washing fruits and vegetables and cooking with. If you don’t have a whole-home filtration system be sure to install a good shower filter (very easy and inexpensive) in every shower of your home.
Your best action step
If you live in an area that uses an artificial fluoridation program please, for the sake of your, and our future generations, health ask that they cancel the program effective immediately.
Sure election time is a great time to present what the research is showing but honestly, right now is the best time to have the people who are representing your voice, your local politicians, hear this message loud and clear once and for all “Cancel the artificial fluoridation program in your area today, if not yesterday!”