Fluoride in Water Affects Children
A study suggests fluoride in water affects children, in particular the IQ of boys. A news story on CNN announced the findings of a study released on August 19, 2019 which shows a correlation between fluoride in the drinking water of pregnant women and the IQ of their children when measured at 3 to 4 years old.
“The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found that increased levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy were associated with declines in IQ in children.” – CNN
Other studies have suggested that fluoride is a neurotoxin but this is the first to study levels of fluoride commonly present in water supplies throughout the United States and Canada. That suggests that current levels of fluoride need to be evaluated further as a potential neurotoxin affecting our children.
Fluoride in drinking water affects boys more than girls
Interestingly the correlation was found to be present in boys but not in girls. Given that boys are more susceptible to neurological disorders this may prove problematic.
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It will be curious to see how USEPA responds to these findings and whether they and all of the cities that add fluoride to water will reconsider this practice.
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