Sacramento parents are worried about the high daily use of fluoride in many commercial toothpastes, some mouthwashes, dental rinses, and whether fluoride in drinking water, which is not yet in Sacramento County tap water, can lower their children’s I.Q. Fluoride in drinking water has been linked to lower I.Q. in children, according to a Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ press release. “Fluoride In Water Linked to Lower I.Q.in Children.”
Exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence says a new study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (online December 17, 2010). Read the study for yourself, Serum Fluoride Level and Children’s Intelligence Quotient in Two Villages in China.
Although the latest fluoride study was done in China, fluoride is added to 70% of U.S. public drinking water supplies. See the website from last summer, Action Alert: Stop Water Fluoridation in Sacramento: Indybay. Regarding the latest study on fluoride in water and children, according to Paul Connett, Ph.D., director of the Fluoride Action Network as reported in the news release, “This is the 24th study that has found this association.
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.”
Check out the Infowars.com interview with Dr. Paul Connett on fluoride and toxic tap water at the article site of, “Fluoride In Water Linked to Lower I.Q.in Children.” According to that interview in the news release, “About 28% of the children in the low-fluoride area scored as bright, normal or higher intelligence compared to only 8% in the “high” fluoride area of Wamaio. In the high-fluoride city, 15% had scores indicating mental retardation and only 6% in the low-fluoride city.”
If you read the original study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study authors write: “In this study we found a significant dose-response relation between fluoride level in serum and children’s IQ.” The issue is that in 24 studies of IQ in children, there have been over 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage (all the IQ and animal brain studies are listed in Appendix 1 in The Case Against Fluoride.
Check out the Fluoride Action Network. Sacramento kids should not be exposed to fluoride in drinking water. After all, most commercial toothpaste contains fluoride. You can always brush with baking soda as people did during the Civil War in the 19th century. Basically, in Sacramento, the next time your dentist asks you to take a fluoride rinse (if you’re a senior citizen) or tells your child or grand child to drink water that has been fluoridated, you might show the Fluoride Action Network site to your dentist. But most may be too busy to really look into the matter. Should Sacramento consumers be exposed to this neurotoxin daily in drinking and cooking water?
There has to be other ways of fighting tooth decay, such as rinsing the mouth with baking soda and water rather than drinking fluoride and water. Think of all the commercial mouthwash brands on the shelves of Sacramento supermarkets that contain fluoride. Would you risk lowering a child’s intelligence when there are healthier ways to fight tooth decay, such as not leaving sugar on the teeth after eating?
Also see the book review, “The Case Against Fluoride,” Chelsea Green, October 2, 2010. The book review also is online at the website: I.S.F.R. reviews The Case Against Fluoride : Chelsea Green. See, Booklist Starred Review for The Case Against Fluoride!: Chelsea Green.
If fluoride someday is put in Sacramento drinking water, what type of filters, pitchers, or containers can parents use to filter out the fluoride and are these filters or pitchers affordable? Thats what people want to know. For travelers, which cities contain the most fluoride, and will there be any forthcoming research locally, are what consumers are asking.