The world’s oldest and most-prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. This puts fluoride in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.
A neurotoxin is a substance that inhibits the functions of neurons.
Basically, neurons are cells that transport different types of information throughout the brain and allow it to function properly.
One of the main concerns within the report: the effects neurotoxins have when passed down from a mother to an unborn child.
Researchers noted that brain disorders now affect 10%-15% of all births. And now, prevalence rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are increasing every year.
Brain disorders — including ADHD, dyslexia and other cognitive impairments — now affect millions of children worldwide. It’s being called a "pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity."
For The Lancet to classify fluoride as a neurotoxin is a big deal. This announcement really caught my attention. (See my 2014 article about fluoride: "Is the Government Poisoning You?")
Still to this day, fluoride does not have FDA approval. That means it is considered by the FDA as an "unapproved drug."
Other adverse effects of fluoride may include …
Chemicals used in fluoridation are byproducts of manufactured aluminum and fertilizer. They contain a high concentration of toxins and heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium. All of these toxins have been shown to cause cancer.
According to the National Research Council (NRC), fluoride can damage the brain. Studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show fluoridated water to cause dementia-like effects and lowering of the IQ.
Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility. (N.J. Chinoy and M.V. Narayana, 1994)
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Fluoride negatively affects thyroid function. In the Ukraine, P.P. Bachinskii found a lowering of thyroid function among otherwise-healthy people. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis.
Fluoride damages bones. An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-’55) revealed a twofold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community. Hundreds of studies are shown with direct correlations between fluoride use and osteoporosis.
Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as one part fluoride per million parts water concentration could disrupt DNA-repair enzymes by 50%.
In other words … when DNA can’t repair damaged cells, we look older, faster!
It’s one thing to change from fluorinated toothpaste to non-fluorinated — that’s pretty easy. (Some of my favorites include Well Scent, Dr. Bronner’s and Uncle Harry’s.)
But a large majority of the country fluorinates the water supply without consent of the citizens. (Some experts say fluoridation might have worsened the water crisis in Flint, Mich.)
And normal water filters from your local department store aren’t able to remove fluoride, either. You need an expensive filter that uses a technology called "reverse osmosis." But it could pay off in spades when it comes to your longer-term health.
Because of the documented health risks of fluoride, many people have launched campaigns to remove the chemical from their water supplies, with varying degrees of success.
Such initiatives are often controversial and emotionally charged because of the reputation that fluoride still enjoys among mainstream dentistry practitioners … and the money it puts in their pockets.
We would love to know if you’re still using fluoride-containing toothpaste, and how your city treats the water supply. Please leave us a comment below.
That’s all for today.
Happy and healthy investing,