Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Fluoride Debate Highlighted in Veritas Magazine

The second volume of ‘The Veritas’ magazine arrived in our office today, so I read through it to see what article caught my attention.

I found a story on fluoridated water that I found very informative but a bit of a shock.
Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay.

A new study shows that fluoridated water causes brain damage in children. Lowering children’s intelligence and IQ levels.

After comparing two Chinese villages, one with higher than average fluoride levels and the other with lower than average fluoride levels, experts found that there were 3 times as many children in the lower fluoride community with higher intelligence levels than the children in the higher fluoride village.

I would be happy with a false set of teeth and a high IQ level!!“Who in their right minds would risk lowering their child’s intelligence in order to reduce a small amount of tooth decay, for which the evidence is very weak?” says Tara Blank, Ph.D., Science and Health Officer of FAN.

Once a child is intellectually harmed, there is no turning back.
What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. The problem is that if you compare two communities, there will ALWAYS be one with higher IQ than the other.

    What's more, the people in a small town tend to be related to each other, and what's more, the doctors are likely to live near the college professors while the Jukes will likely live near to the Kallikaks. If you are born to a family of Einsteins, you're likely to have a higher IQ than if you are born to a family of Reality TV stars.

    If you were to plumb water from town A to half the people of town B and vice-versa, so that water is the only difference, you'd have the start of a valid study.

    And I don't mean to suggest that I think fluoridating water is a great idea. We're using rivers as industrial sewers, though, then filtering out some of the pollution in order to have drinking water, and it strikes me as likely that the nitrosoamine recommended by the USEPA to purify water is more of a threat than the fluoride is.

    (Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical doctor.)