Dr. Mercola Interviews the Specialists
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As yearly throughout our annual Fluoride Consciousness Week, Fluoride Motion Community (FAN) founder Dr. Paul Connett is right here to offer us with a progress replace. FAN has been instrumental in decreasing fluoride publicity in North America and in lots of international locations all through the world over the previous 20 years.
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Fluoride Lowers Kids’s IQ
From the very starting, certainly one of Connett’s driving issues was the chance that fluoride is perhaps reducing kids’s IQ.
“Two Chinese language research had been printed in 1995 and 1996, in English. I was very involved, and felt strongly that if there was any proof that fluoride lowered intelligence of youngsters, then there is not any manner you’d put advantages to tooth above that and proceed water fluoridation,” Connett says.
Ten years later, in 2006, the Nationwide Analysis Council regarded on the toxicology of fluoride.1 At the moment, there have been six IQ research and, based mostly on these six research together with many animal research, the NRC concluded that fluoride did in actual fact pose a risk to the mind. By 2008, there have been 18 such research.
In 2012, a distinguished crew, partly from Harvard College, did a evaluation2 of 27 IQ research; 25 from China and two from Iran. Strikingly, 26 of the research confirmed kids with increased fluoride publicity had decrease IQ than the youngsters with decrease fluoride publicity.
“The bombshell got here in 2017. As much as that time, we had about 60 research that had proven a reducing of IQ, most of them from China, but in addition some from India, some from Iran, some from Mexico,” Connett says.
US-Funded Research Confirms Many years’ Lengthy Suspicions
The bombshell research3,4 Connett refers to, often known as the “Bashash research” (named after the lead creator, Morteza Bashash, Ph.D.), was funded by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, the Nationwide Institute of Environmental Well being Sciences and the Environmental Safety Company.
It adopted pregnant girls and their infants for 12 years. They measured the fluoride of their urine, which reveals complete publicity, whatever the supply or sources, and so they discovered a robust relationship between the fluoride stage in moms’ urine and IQ scores of their kids on the ages of 4, and between 6 and 12.
It’s vital to comprehend that it’s not the focus of fluoride within the water (measured in mg per liter) that is critical for well being. What issues is the dose you get in milligrams per day, and the dosage (mg/day divided by the person’s physique weight), and these depend upon a wide range of fluctuating elements.
“The NIH is a guardian of the Public Well being Service, so they have been selling fluoride for years and years (since 1950). So, I consider they put some huge cash into this research pondering that it could show, as soon as and for all, that loopy individuals like me and others had been completely mistaken in regards to the notion that fluoride lowers IQ in kids.
However lo and behold, they gave us very, very sturdy proof that it is. And that probably the most prone age, so far as fluoride’s influence on the mind, is throughout fetal improvement.
It seems the placenta doesn’t defend the fetus from fluoride, and, as you understand, as much as about six months of age, the blood-brain barrier is just not totally fashioned within the child. So, the fetus could be very prone to this influence of fluoride.”
The primary response of the American Dental Affiliation was that the findings didn’t apply to america, because it was achieved in Mexico Metropolis. Nonetheless, this ignored the truth that human beings are human beings, by measuring fluoride within the urine that they had a measure of complete publicity, whatever the supply. It actually doesn’t matter if the fluoride comes from water, different drinks, meals or toothpaste.
Canadian Researchers Verify ‘Bombshell’ Outcomes
In 2019, the NIH research was replicated in Canada,5 and so they too discovered that increased fluoride ranges in maternal urine had been related to decrease IQ of their offspring. The one main distinction was that based mostly on maternal urine ranges solely boys seemed to be affected, not the women. However when the moms’ fluoride publicity was calculated from ingestion (i.e. from meals and drinks) there was a relationship between that and the youngsters’s IQ for each girls and boys,
“Now, this research, not like the primary one, the Bashash research, acquired a certain quantity of protection,” Connett says. “[It] was printed within the journal of the American Medical Affiliation, Pediatrics. That is one of many main pediatrics journals on this planet, and the editors of this journal went to excessive lengths.
They knew this was controversial. Hats off for them to take it on. They knew it was going to be consequential, so that they doubled up on the peer evaluation course of, they double checked the statistics, so that they had been assured once they launched it. They even ran an editorial saying the steps they’d taken.
That they had two of their editors, the editor of JAMA in complete and the editor of JAMA Pediatrics did a 20-minute podcast explaining how astounding the outcomes had been. They mentioned, ‘Oh, we had no concept that fluoride induced any issues to well being.’ I do not know what they’d been studying. However anyway … it was a bombshell for them to all of the sudden discover that fluoride might be damaging the mind of the fetus.
In addition they ran an editorial from David Bellinger, one of many world’s specialists on lead’s neurotoxicity, and he mentioned ‘The measurements listed here are akin to what’s occurring with lead.’ In different phrases, it’s very, very critical, and that acquired a lot of protection all over the world.
However the different facet was organized and so they rapidly acquired some ‘specialists’ — none of them really specialists on fluoride or toxicology or neurotoxicity — who mentioned all the suitable issues to dampen individuals’s concern about this research.”
Two Different Vital Research
“There are 4 research that individuals must find out about,” Connett says. To study extra about every, see Connett’s video commentaries on FluorideALERT.org FAN.television web page. Apart from the 2 already talked about, the 2 different ones are:
- The Riddell research, printed in 2019, discovered an almost 300% enhance in ADHD prevalence in adolescents in Canadian communities with fluoridated water provides, in comparison with these dwelling in non-fluoridated communities. “Science by no means stops,” Connett says. “You will have to entertain the notion that an unsightly truth can destroy a gorgeous concept, on this explicit case, we acquired plenty of ugly information, however the massive one is the truth that fluoride might injury kids’s brains.”
- The Until research, which in contrast the IQ of youngsters who had been bottle fed as infants in fluoridated communities (and thus would have gotten fluoridated water of their formulation) versus non-fluoridated communities. Right here, they discovered a big IQ distinction.
FAN Lawsuit Towards EPA on Fluoride Underway
November 22, 2016, a coalition together with FAN, Meals & Water Watch, Natural Shoppers Affiliation, American Academy of Environmental Medication, Worldwide Academy of Oral Medication and Toxicology, Mothers Towards Fluoridation and several other people, filed a petition6,7 calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemical substances to U.S. ingesting water below Part 21 of the Poisonous Substances Management Act (TSCA).
As defined by Connett, the TSCA permits residents and nongovernmental organizations to petition the EPA to take away poisonous substances discovered to pose a risk (an unreasonable danger) both to the overall inhabitants or a subset of that inhabitants.
The petition was made on the grounds that a big physique of analysis demonstrates fluoride is neurotoxic at doses inside the vary now seen in fluoridated communities, and included over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing these well being dangers.
The EPA denied the petition8 February 27, 2017, on the grounds that it had did not current “a scientifically defensible foundation” to conclude that anybody had in actual fact suffered neurotoxic hurt because of fluoride publicity. In response, FAN and its coalition companions filed a lawsuit within the U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of California, legally difficult the EPA’s denial of their petition.
This interview was taped June 2, 2020. FAN was scheduled to start arguments in entrance of a decide June 8. FAN will clarify the neurotoxicity of fluoride proven in these and different research, and then the EPA’s trade specialists, paid consultants who’ve additionally defended glyphosate and different toxins, will current their proof. (see FAN’s site FluorideAlert.org for a abstract of the trial)
“However we have now, for our lawsuit … some of the main specialists on neurotoxicity on this planet,” Connett says, “together with a pair that had been concerned within the research I have been speaking about.” That contains Bruce Lanphear, the EPA’s go-to individual for details about the neurotoxicity of lead. Lanphear labored with Until on the JAMA Pediatrics article and the bottle feeding research listed above. Howard Hu, lead creator of the Bashash research, is one other skilled FAN witness, as is Philippe Grandjean.
“I’m very optimistic. [The EPA] doesn’t have the science. We do. And never solely do we have now the science, however we have now a number of the world’s finest specialists testifying for us. So, except these artful attorneys for the EPA are in a position to muddy the waters, I believe we’ll don’t have any bother in demonstrating three issues: One, that the preponderance of proof that fluoride is neurotoxic is overwhelming.
Second, that it’s a danger on the ranges at which we add fluoride to the water. And thirdly, it is an unreasonable danger. As a result of even when your primary focus was decreasing tooth decay, there are different methods of delivering fluoride, as a substitute of this ridiculous notion of placing it within the ingesting water and forcing it on your complete inhabitants.
I believe we are able to display these three issues. And I am completely happy to inform you that my son, who began our webpage in 2000 and developed the most important well being database on this planet, greater than different fluoridating governments, by the best way, goes to be the lawyer preventing this case,” Connett says.
Now you can view the transcript of Michael Connett’s sensible abstract assertion
The Finish of Water Fluoridation Is Inevitable
If victorious, the EPA will probably attraction, as it is a traditional stall tactic. “There is no company within the United States that’s higher at dragging its toes on controversial points,” Connett says.
“They dragged their toes for over 18 years on the reassessment of dioxin, a difficulty I used to be very near, and so they nonetheless did not resolve the difficulty. They’re very topic to trade stress, and their manner of resolving points is simply delay, delay, delay.
However, I do consider that if a federal court docket, having heard each sides, declares that fluoride poses an pointless danger, an unreasonable danger to the creating mind of our youngsters, that that information will ricochet round the fluoridating world — Australia, New Zealand, Eire, Canada, Israel, Malaysia, and some different international locations the place they nonetheless fluoridate. It should have a big impact.
And I believe the residents will be capable of use this as ammunition to say to their well being departments, ‘Come on. Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this whenever you’ve acquired this scientific info … achieved by high notch scientists. Why on earth would you proceed this observe when you understand that if you need fluoride, you possibly can merely brush it in your tooth and spit it out. What is your rationale for persevering with this?
By the identical token, to the skilled our bodies, to the AMA, the ADA, the APHA and all these different organizations which have endorsed fluoridation for years and years and years, why would you proceed to assist this? Why would you disclose to the general public that you don’t have any scientific credibility?
That you do not learn the science, that you do not sustain with the science on a difficulty like this? When you are going to the general public and saying once more and repeatedly that fluoridation is secure and efficient, whenever you’ve acquired this proof proper there in entrance of you?
Yet one more factor … Probably crucial company for reviewing the toxicology of poisonous substances is the Nationwide Toxicology Program (NTP). Again in 2016, FAN requested the NTP to do a scientific evaluation of the neurotoxicity of fluoride. This was earlier than the court docket case and earlier than we went to court docket.
After three and a half years they got here again, having reviewed all the animal information and the human information, and of their draft they mentioned, ‘Primarily based upon the literature, the presumption is that fluoride is a neurotoxic substance. Primarily based upon research achieved on kids in a number of completely different international locations, the presumption is that it’s neurotoxic.’
Not that it is particular; however you would need to presume, based mostly upon all of the literature, that it is a neurotoxic substance. So, that’s an enormous vindication for our case. However, as a result of it is a draft and never a last model, we won’t really use it within the court docket case. Nonetheless, that is very helpful for us going ahead, along with regardless of the court docket guidelines.”
Ending Water Fluoridation Nonetheless Met With Robust Resistance
Whereas FAN has efficiently ended water fluoridation in lots of areas, it’s nonetheless very tough. One of many causes for it is because those that need it to proceed all the time level to opinions by authorities businesses “which, as bogus as they’re and unscientific as they’re, carry plenty of weight,” Connett says.
In Eire, they seek advice from the skilled committee. In New Zealand, they seek advice from the ministry of well being and in Australia to the Nationwide Well being and Medical Analysis Council. Within the United States, they seek advice from the Facilities of Illness Management and Prevention.
All of these businesses have promoted water fluoridation and are usually not good judges of whether or not there are issues or not. Hopefully, a court docket win in opposition to the EPA will facilitate and velocity up the method of getting fluoride out of ingesting water. A win would additionally set one other vital precedent:
“We have been capable of deliver this to court docket below the Poisonous Substances and Management Act, which has a clause [stating] that any group or particular person can petition the EPA to take away, to ban, any explicit use of a selected chemical in america if they’ll present it is an unreasonable danger to the inhabitants, or perhaps a subset of the inhabitants.
We … together with Meals & Water Watch are the primary teams to ever do that. So, it is establishing a vital precedent, which is de facto worrying the chemical trade. It’s a giant concern of ours, as a result of behind the scenes I am positive they’re making an attempt to muddy the waters in each manner they’ll. However it is an enormous precedent. I hope that our victory will even shoot adrenaline into the veins of all these different [health safety] teams …”
One other Fluoride-Associated Difficulty To Be Tackled
In our interview, Connett additionally discusses the fluoride air pollution launched throughout recycling of lithium ion batteries, comparable to these utilized in electrical vehicles. Lithium ion batteries comprise fluorinated polymers like polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and an electrolyte known as lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6).
When heated throughout the recycling course of, these fluorinated compounds break down to provide hydrogen fluoride, and plenty of fluorinated byproducts that are poisonous and tough to seize. Like PFOS, these chemical substances stick round for thus lengthy they’re often known as “without end chemical substances.”
Because it occurs, a lithium ion battery incinerator is being constructed close to Connett’s residence, throughout the street from a residential space and adjoining to just a little league baseball area. “It’s a completely insane, unethical siting,” Connett says, noting that there actually isn’t any secure place for such amenities. It’s the recycling course of itself that must be modified, which is what Connett is preventing for now.
“What this has achieved is fortuitous. It has introduced collectively almost all of the strands of our activism. I’ve had 35 years preventing incineration and dioxins [and] 24 years preventing fluoridation. Now we’re assembly hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated by-products in spades. On the very least the issue might be: What do you do with the sodium fluoride that is left over within the effluent, the waste water?
I hope somebody does not imply placing it within the ingesting water. As a result of additionally in that waste water you may have a PFAS, a polyfluorinated alkyl substance (utilized in a number of the batteries), and my spouse has spent many, a few years sustaining a database on these PFAS … She’s been involved with that for a very long time. So, we have been in a position to attract on three completely different strands of our activism to assist our area people.”
Keep away from Fluoride to Optimize Your Well being
Eliminating water fluoridation will go a good distance towards defending the well being of all individuals, however particularly kids. Sacrificing kids’s mind operate for a theoretical advantage of much less tooth decay is unconscionable.
Apart from ensuring you don’t drink fluoridated water, or use fluoridated water to combine toddler formulation, to cut back your publicity, keep away from ingesting extreme quantities of tea, which tends to be excessive in fluoride.
“Combine it up,” Connett says. “If you happen to should drink tea, then drink tea, drink espresso, drink natural tea. Combine it round. Not an excessive amount of tea. Additionally, keep away from animal bones. Do not eat the bones from sardines and pilchards. Do not eat the bones from rooster. Keep away from mechanically deboned meat.”
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Once more, for extra particulars on the 4 research Connett highlights on this interview, see his video commentaries on FAN.television web page. There it’s also possible to discover a webinar lecture by FAN’s senior scientist, Chris Neurath, during which he explains the neurotoxicity of fluoride. To assist unfold the phrase, you possibly can print out a FAN pamphlet to share with household, associates and area people bulletin boards.
In closing, when you’re involved in regards to the well being results of fluoride, please assist FAN together with your tax-deductible donation at the moment. Mercola.com will match your donation, greenback for greenback, up to $25,000 throughout Fluoride Consciousness Week.