Just when I thought fluoride’s reputation couldn’t possibly take another hit, it gets hit with what could be a knockout blow. What sent fluoride possibly down for the count was the discovery by a Canadian Toxocologist that fluoride may indeed lower a person’s IQ! The Toxicologist, Dr. Vyvyan Howard was so convinced by the results of his study that he has joined the growing movement calling for an end to fluoride use in areas where it has been strategically introduced into the water supply.
The fluoride debate has picked up in recent years, as more and more evidence suggests that fluoride is toxic, and could be hurting us more than it helps. I think the mounting evidence is beginning to convince me. If you’ll remember back to the video I posted back in June(See video below) which featured a dentist speaking out against the use of fluoride, you’ll hear several compelling arguments.
Fluoride is Toxic
For example, the dentist in the video points out the fact that under the “drug facts” heading on the back of a tube of toothpaste you’ll probably notice fluoride is there. That’s not news. We know fluoride is a drug. What is interesting is that the tube of toothpaste probably also says to “contact poison control” if a large amount of toothpaste is swallowed. Hmmm. If the only drug in most toothpastes is fluoride, and we have to call poison control if swallowed, doesn’t that mean that the manufacturers of toothpaste are admitting that fluoride is a toxic substance?
Ok, so you’ve heard some of the other arguments made against fluoride in this video, but let’s get back to the IQ lowering properties of fluoride. In the study conducted by Dr. Howard, he found that:
Children’s IQ are likely to be lower in high natural water fluoride areas, said Howard. These studies are plausible because fluoride is known to affect the thyroid hormone which affects intelligence and fluoride is also a neurotoxicant.
Additionally, In 2006, the U.S. National Research Council’s (NRC) expert fluoride panel reviewed recent fluoride toxicology and concluded, “It’s apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”
Sadly, recent surveys have confirmed that most dental professionals are unaware of the negative effects that fluoride can have on the brain. Apparently, the anti-fluoride campaign has some work to do yet, but it appears as if the mounting evidence may begin to convince even the most stubborn dentists that fluoride has to go.