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2022 Fluoride Action Network Update

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On this interview, Paul Connett, Ph.D., cofounder of and scientific adviser for the Fluoride Motion Community (FAN), offers an annual standing replace for 2022. As long-time readers of this article will know, we have supported and promoted FAN for over a decade.

Fluoride is without doubt one of the many pointless limitations to optimum well being, and we have been preventing all this time to coach individuals concerning the dangers of fluoridated water, and to finish water fluoridation as soon as and for all. Throughout Fluoride Consciousness Week, I’ll match your donations greenback for greenback, so please contemplate making a tax-deductible donation at present.

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Fluoride Lowers IQ

In accordance with Connett, the science was conclusively resolved in 2017, when the primary of the Nationwide Institute of Environmental Well being Science (NIEHS)-funded research got here out. This examine, the so-called Bashash examine,1 confirmed what many earlier investigations had proven, particularly that consuming fluoridated water lowers IQ in kids.

“It was a really putting examine,” Connett says. “It was a really, excellent examine. It needed to be, to get NIEHS funding. It was primarily based on particular person measurements of publicity in pregnant ladies, and particular person measurements of consequence.

They measured the fluoride ranges of their urine, thrice, as soon as in every trimester. Urine degree is an excellent measure as a result of it provides you a measure of complete publicity, whether or not it comes from toothpaste, water or meals.

They discovered a powerful affiliation between the pregnant lady’s publicity to fluoride and lowered IQ in kids, and so they’d taken care of dozens of confounding variables. It was 4 to 5 IQ factors for a 1-milligram per liter improve of fluoride.

In reality, the vary for that 4 to 5 IQ level reducing was the identical vary that you just get for pregnant ladies in america when it comes to fluoride ranges. So, that was essentially the most putting factor. The typical degree of their urine was 0.87 components per milligram (i.e., 0.87 milligrams per liter).”

Kids’s IQ Is Being Decimated

Whereas on the subject of IQ, there’s now proof suggesting that pandemic measures comparable to masks sporting and isolation have brought on a median 22-point drop in IQ amongst infants born through the pandemic.2 Usually, solely 16% of youngsters are born with an IQ decrease than 85. Most are between 85 and 115. Throughout the pandemic years, nearly all of the infants they examined scored beneath 85, scoring a median of simply 78!

A four- to five-point loss for each 1-mg per liter improve in fluoride in moms’ urine was surprising, so that basically says one thing concerning the hurt these countermeasures have completed. Compound that with fluoridated water, and a few kids could possibly be a 27-point loss in IQ, which is just staggering. That is mainly the distinction of going from the extent of genius to common, or from common to imbecile.

The pandemic restrictions had been clearly an aberration, though it isn’t not possible that they will attempt to implement them once more sooner or later. But when we low cost the impression they’ve had, fluoride tops the listing of environmental elements that rob kids of intelligence, and has been doing so for the final 75 years. Connett notes:

“Chris Neurath, our science director, estimates that extra IQ factors are being misplaced in America from fluoride than brought on by every other issue, together with untimely delivery and publicity to steer. Fluoride, at present, is inflicting extra lack of IQ factors than lead.”

When the Bashash examine was revealed, Connett thought the struggle was over. However he was improper. Water fluoridation continued unabated in lots of locations. Just a few years later, a Canadian examine got here out (Until, 2020), displaying the IQ distinction between kids who had been bottle-fed in a fluoridated neighborhood, in comparison with those that had been bottle-fed in a non-fluoridated neighborhood was 9 factors.

Bureaucratic Inertia and Revenue Motives Put Kids at Danger

So, the science3 displaying water fluoridation is hurting our kids is there. As famous by Connett, what we have been doing for the final a number of a long time is to attempt to push again the political forces that refuse to confess the error and cease their endorsement of water fluoridation.

“One of many shocks I’ve had, over the previous couple of years, since 2017, is to find that there actually are individuals on the market who consider a small profit to tooth, if it exists, really warrants this danger to the mind,” Connett says. “[They believe] that lowering tooth decay is extra vital than defending kids’s brains.

And sadly, it contains the U.S. surgeon basic. It contains essentially the most highly effective individuals in public well being in England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, america and Eire.

When individuals ask me, ‘Why do they fluoridate the water? Why do they take these dangers to be able to scale back tooth decay?’ I’ve needed to say, ‘Properly, you’re asking me to give you a rational rationalization for irrational conduct.’ It is simply not rational … there isn’t any scientific rationalization for this observe.

The one factor I can give you is … cash … All the key universities in america are benefiting from authorities cash subsidizing dental analysis. And if you happen to say that fluoridation is the perfect factor since sliced bread, this cash retains rolling in.

Clearly, there’s additionally some huge cash going into the phosphate fertilizer {industry}, the place the fluoridated chemical compounds come from. As a substitute of treating [fluoride] as hazardous waste, it is put in our consuming water. In order that’s one other ‘rational’ rationalization, if you happen to like, as to why it is taking place. However the almost certainly [reason], from my viewpoint, is official inertia.”

The primary municipality to institute water fluoridation was Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945,4 nevertheless it wasn’t till 1950 that the U.S. Public Well being Service and the American Dental Affiliation endorsed it.5 This occurred earlier than any of the trials — which had been alleged to be ongoing for a minimum of 10 years — had been accomplished. For a lot of a long time since then little effort has been made to analysis fluoride’s dangerous results.

This modified in 2017 with the NIEHS Nationwide Institute of Environmental Well being Sciences-funded IQ research. Nevertheless, even now, the individuals answerable for this coverage haven’t been prepared to confess they had been improper in selling this observe for concern of dropping credibility. It might be that in the event that they had been to confess that fluoridation was a mistake, the general public would not belief them on different public well being practices.

Sadly, over time, it has solely develop into harder to confess the error. Who needs to confess authorities has been harming kids’s well being for greater than 75 years with out ever altering course? Private careers could now not be at stake, however the credibility of the company is. Lack of public belief in our well being companies may additionally have an effect on individuals’s belief in different public well being measures, together with childhood vaccinations, which they need to keep away from in any respect prices. 

Warnings Are Not Being Put Out

Now that we all know there isn’t any safety for fetuses — that any fluoride a pregnant lady consumes goes into her creating youngster, together with its mind — pregnant ladies must be instructed to cease consuming fluoridated water and utilizing fluoridated toothpaste, a minimum of whereas they’re pregnant and presumably for a while earlier than. However these warnings are usually not going out. Connett says:

“We begged the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, saying, ‘We all know it may take you time to cease your assist of this coverage, however a minimum of warn pregnant ladies to keep away from fluoridated water and inform mother and father who bottle feed their infants to not use fluoridated water.’

However they will not do it. We wrote a number of letters to the pinnacle of the CDC, after which we requested them to take heed to specialists. We bought specialists of a few of these IQ research.

Philippe Grandjean, Bruce Lanphear and Christine Until gave a 30-minute presentation to Dr. Karen Hacker on the CDC. This was all personal, nobody was watching besides us, and so they had no questions in any way … however they proceed to advertise fluoridation as the perfect factor since sliced bread.

In reality, they’re planning proper now to extend the variety of individuals probably getting fluoridated water by 19 million, as a result of they’re developed a pill system, just like the tablets you set into urinals, massive tablets of sodium fluoride, and these are injected [into the water supply] by way of a plastic tube. It is a very low cost supply system, which is appropriate for small communities.

So, 19 million individuals who have been residing in rural areas, who’ve been protected as a result of it was too costly to place in all the same old gear, now have the great advantages of those fluoride tablets. And the promotion of this new supply system is happening on the similar time that the science is popping out [showing it’s] reducing the IQ of youngsters and growing signs of ADHD.”

EPA Has a Obligation to Finish Water Fluoridation

In 2016, FAN filed a petition below the Poisonous Substances and Management Act (TSCA) with the Environmental Safety Company (EPA), based on Chinese language research displaying fluoride harms the mind, urging them to finish water fluoridation. Below the TSCA, the EPA is required to ban makes use of of chemical compounds proven to pose an unreasonable danger to the well being of the American individuals, together with weak subsets.

“Dr. Philippe Grandjean did a danger evaluation utilizing the Canadian examine and the Mexico Metropolis examine — the Bashash6 and Inexperienced7 research — and estimates the extent of fluoride in moms’ urine related to a one-point IQ loss in offspring is 0.2 ppm. The typical in america is about 0.8 to 0.9 components per million in a fluoridated neighborhood.

0.7 ppm is the really helpful degree to place within the water. I am speaking concerning the degree in a mom’s urine, which is roughly the identical degree. In Canada, they measured it as 0.91 ppm. So, if 0.2 ppm lowers IQ by one level, 0.8 ppm would decrease the IQ by 4 IQ factors; 0.9 ppm would decrease it by 4.5 IQ factors. The connection is linear.”

Replace on FAN’s Lawsuit Towards the EPA

When the EPA rejected FAN’s petition, FAN filed a lawsuit towards them. The trial started in June 2020. Main specialists and scientists testified on FAN’s behalf. The EPA, in the meantime, used specialists from Exponent, a consulting firm that does the soiled work for Dow, DuPont and different chemical corporations. They’ve defended dioxins, PCBs and RoundUp, simply to call a number of.

“They tried to indicate, in court docket, that none of these issues are dangerous. It is all in our creativeness. And so they tried to do the identical with fluoride, however the choose on the finish was clearly impressed with the proof … The opposite putting factor within the trial is that these industry-friendly consultants, Exponent Inc., admitted that the research we had been citing … had been the perfect research performed thus far.

And so, he stated, ‘I need to see three issues. I need to see this BMD evaluation revealed’ — that was by Philippe Grandjean, and it is since been revealed; 0.2 ppm in moms’ urine [results in the] lack of one IQ level — ‘I need to see the Nationwide Toxicology Program’s (NTP) remaining report, and I need to see if there are every other research which have taken place, which contradict what we have heard.’

Properly, he is bought the BMD evaluation from Grandjean, however we’re nonetheless ready for the Nationwide Toxicology Program to finalize [its report]. And that is the ultimate act of politics versus science in the entire fluoridation fiasco. For 70 years, they actually have not had respectable science demonstrating advantages and positively not respectable science displaying it was secure.

They’ve averted the research displaying hurt. Lastly, we have got these research. That is the ultimate act, however clearly one thing is delaying that NTP report, and we expect it is the darkish forces behind fluoridation, the dental foyer and the opposite individuals with maybe financial curiosity who can not bear to see this observe go.

For them, defending this coverage is extra vital than defending the well being of our individuals, and that is a scary factor. When coverage is king, science is a slave, and that is what we’re seeing.”

Are We Witnessing the Battle of Two Businesses?

The unhappy reality is, many if not most of our public well being companies and regulatory our bodies are fully captured by the {industry}, which is why public well being now comes final.

Connett’s spouse is at the moment researching the function of the Nationwide Institute of Dental and Cranial Facial Analysis (NIDCR) within the fluoridation program. This company got here into existence in 1948, on the again of the water fluoridation program. As such, it grew to become the conduit for dental analysis on the taxpayer’s dime, and lots of that cash was siphoned into fluoridation.

“Fluoridation was the justification for the gravy practice,” Connett explains. “My spouse has been going into that gravy practice and I’ve a hunch that what we’re proper now’s the battle between two companies: the NIEHS, which is anxious about fluoride’s neurotoxicity, and the NIDCR, which doesn’t need to see fluoridation go down the tubes.”

The excellent news is that, since we began over 20 years in the past, highly-respected prime specialists in neurotoxicity are actually concerned within the analysis on fluoride, and extra are becoming a member of in to have a look at the toxicity of fluoride on numerous tissues. New research are popping out on a regular basis. Greater than 20 have been revealed on fluoride and IQ since 2017.

And, even when the EPA finally ends up dragging its heels for years with regards to implementation on the federal degree, a optimistic ruling would make it far simpler to finish water fluoridation on the state degree.

Methods to Keep away from Fluoride Publicity

Within the meantime, how will you keep away from fluoride publicity? Connett responds:

“I will let you know what we do. We get our water from an area spring. And also you do have corporations that ship spring water to your family. When you can afford it, that’s the easiest way. You probably have it completed by an organization that does that, they may let you know the way it’s examined and you’ll be safe understanding that you just’re not consuming fluoride.

I feel that is the only greatest funding. Get non-fluoridated spring water, and use that for cooking, tea, espresso, et cetera, and consuming. The opposite factor you are able to do is, clearly, keep away from fluoridated toothpaste.

Keep away from mechanically deboned meat — patties, the place they mince up the meat utilizing a machine — as a result of fluoride accumulates in animal bone, in order that’s the place you are going to get fluoride from. If you are going to eat meat, eat complete steaks, complete chickens or no matter, not minced up. Keep away from floor meat.

The opposite factor is fish. Tinned fish, pilchards, sardines, salmon, the bones in these tinned fish are typically very delicate [and contain loads of fluoride]. Within the sea, [natural fluoride] is 1.4 ppm, components per million, so the fish [bones contain it].

For 20-odd years I have been making an attempt to inform individuals the fluoride ion is the poisonous factor … There’s nothing secure about pure fluoride. The one factor about pure fluoride is whenever you get it, you normally get lots of different minerals as nicely, together with magnesium and calcium, and so they in flip could be protecting towards fluoride.

So, if you happen to get 1 ppm fluoride however you get 100 ppm of calcium or magnesium, that can assist defend you towards that fluoride ion being taken up.”

If you wish to get your fluoride degree examined, simply lookup labs that measure fluoride in water. They are going to be capable to give you that take a look at, and it is sometimes fairly cheap. You probably have fluoridated water, remember that it is very troublesome to filter out. Low cost carbon filters will not do it. You want both reverse osmosis or distillation gear to get it out, which is why NOT including fluoride within the first place actually is the perfect answer.

What’s Subsequent With the EPA Lawsuit?

For now, we’re ready for the NTP report to come back out. As soon as revealed, FAN will return to the court docket. At that time, the choose will need to hear knowledgeable analyses of the report from each side.

“He’ll learn it, however he’ll need specialists from each side to persuade him that the NTP is saying what we expect it says — that the perfect research present that fluoride lowers IQ …

The NTP has had two draft critiques, and in these draft critiques, they discovered — in keeping with Chris Neurath who analyzed them — 27 research which they categorised as top quality, that means low danger of bias … and of these 27 top quality research, 25 discovered a reducing of IQ and two didn’t. So, 25 out of 27.

Of these 25, 11 had been completed at lower than 0.7 ppm or equal to 0.7 ppm. That is the extent at which we fluoridate … and nearly all of the high-quality research … discovered a reducing of IQ at lower than 1.5 ppm. And 1.5 ppm is what the EPA considers to be related, so far as any examine pertaining to water fluoridation.

Keep in mind, you have to cope with issues like margin of security, and if IQ is lowered at 1.5 ppm, there isn’t any margin of security to guard kids consuming 0.7 ppm, as a result of some may drink twice as a lot water as different kids. They’d be getting the equal of 1.5 ppm when it comes to dose. Then, you’ve got bought the vary of vulnerability of these kids.

So, lower than 1.5 ppm fluoridation must finish if it lowered IQ. That is if you happen to lived in a world which was rational and during which science had an opportunity of truly functioning within the regulatory our bodies. However most of them are captured by {industry}. The CDC is captured by the drug {industry}, the EPA is captured by the chemical {industry}, the FDA, till just lately, [by] the mercury individuals [and the drug industry].”