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Naturally High Fluoride Levels in Private Wells May Be Linked With IQ Decline

Certain kinds of granite contain high levels of fluoride, increasing the concentration in private wells drawing it from the water. Newly available data, released in recent months, indicates dangerously high levels of fluoride in private wells. In some cases, the wells contain more than double the level that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the acceptable maximum exposure level and the end result on human health may be appearing on IQ scores in children.

Although homeowners in Dedham, Maine are encouraged to get their water regularly tested to ensure that worrisome levels of bacteria or naturally occurring minerals have not crept in, many residents do not follow that advice.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes water fluoridation as one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. However, a growing number of experts and scientists claim water fluoridation is a complete fraud with no scientific evidence supporting the link between the ingestion of fluoridated water and a decreases in tooth decay.

Advocates of fluoride say its use in municipal water systems poses no adverse health concerns, however results from investigations clearly state the opposite.

Proven To Lower IQ

Moreover, fluoride can lead to pitted teeth and discoloration. It also makes bones brittle and more prone to fractures. And recent studies have also linked high levels of fluoride exposure with IQ deficits. A 2012 review article examined more than two dozen relevant studies performed outside the U.S.--mostly in China but also a couple in Iran--and found that high fluoride exposures reduce children’s IQs by an average of about seven points.

The results found in human populations support previous research on animal models. The adverse effects of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment is a reality. The authors noted that future research should include detailed individual-level information on prenatal exposure and neurobehavioral performance.

"Fluoride, the most consumed drug in the USA, is deliberately added to 2/3 of public water supplies theoretically to reduce tooth decay, but with no scientifically-valid evidence proving safety or effectiveness," says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

Another study published in Neurologia showed "the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system." That was the conclusion by a review of studies by researchers Valdez-Jimenez, et al.

Toxic Levels

Citizens in the state of Maine may be sipping toxic levels of fluoride and not even know it. "The sort of levels we’re talking about that are high in China are the sort of levels we see in some private wells," says Andrew Smith, Maine state toxicologist.

In Dedham, for example, data from 37 wells indicates that 37.8 percent of that water is above the state’s maximum exposure guideline for fluoride. Dedham is not alone: in Surry, Prospect, Franklin, Sedgwick, Penobscot, York, Harrison and Stockton Springs, more than 10 percent of the wells appear to have fluoride levels higher than the state cutoff. The level of potential fluoride exposure encountered by residents may be even higher when factoring in fluoride exposures from dental rinses and toothpaste.

The new data on fluoride levels in Maine water is not from a random sampling of homes in Maine nor is it complete. The data comes from homeowners who voluntarily sent water samples into state labs for testing, which potentially skews the sample. But it does provide the first snapshot of what may prove to be a larger problem.

The state’s suggested limit of two milligrams per liter is half of the EPA limit but many public health advocates argue that limit is far too high. The agency is currently considering lowering its cutoff for fluoride exposure, although it does not expect to have completed its review of the issue until 2016. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed adding fluoride to water in concentrations no greater than 0.7 milligram per liter to avoid any unwanted health effects.

"We could potentially see an explosion of children in Maine with cognitive impairment in the next decade if this issue is not addressed," said toxicologist Dr. Marny Charleston.

Why Are Levels So High?

This goes back to Geology and naturally occurring levels which don't necessarily mean they are safe. Granite--especially certain kinds such as alkali and peraluminous granites--contains high levels of fluoride, boosting the chances of wells drawing it from that water. Certain other New England states such as New Hampshire (known as "The Granite State") and Rhode Island may also have private wells at risk because they, too, sport large amounts of the potentially problematic rock.

People living in areas with high fluoride concentrations can take steps to mitigate the problem--but it is an open question whether they will. Countertop filters like Brita pitchers are not effective but advanced technology such as reverse osmosis systems (which may start around $150 per unit) will capture much of the fluoride.

Unfortunately even people whose water is contaminated with far more harmful chemicals frequently take no action. Researchers recently surveyed residents of central Maine whose well water contains high levels of arsenic--an odorless, tasteless element that can cause maladies including cancer, blindness and numbness in hands and feet. They reported that 27 percent of those Mainers did nothing about it. When asked why not, people reported a lack of concern about arsenic and reluctance to pay for any mitigating action.

The potential health concerns around arsenic are so much better publicized than fluoride, suggesting that fewer people will protect themselves from excessive fluoride concentrations. Yet Mainers should. "The studies of high fluoride should be taken seriously," says Harvard University environmental health professor David Bellinger. "We have a long history of first identifying adverse effects at high levels and then, with further and better studies, discovering that there are adverse effects [milder] at levels that we thought were okay."

No Doubt Fluoride Causes Disease

Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as 1 ppm fluoride concentration can disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50%. When DNA can't repair damaged cells, we get old fast.

Fluoride prematurely ages the body, mainly by distortion of enzyme shape. Again, when enzymes get twisted out of shape, they can't do their jobs. This results in collagen breakdown, eczema, tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression. Practically any disease you can name may then be caused.

All systems of the body are dependent upon enzymes. When fluoride changes the enzymes, this can damage:

- immune system
- digestive system
- respiratory system
- blood circulation
- kidney function
- liver function
- brain function
- thyroid function

The distorted enzymes are proteins, but now they have become foreign protein, which we know is the exact cause of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, arthritis, asthma, and arteriosclerosis.

Fluoride And Osteoporosis

Dr. Yiamouyiannis (former science director of the National Health Federation) cited a 1990 study of 541,000 cases of osteoporosis that found a definite connection between hip fractures in women over 65 and fluoride levels. The study was written up in JAMA. Several other major studies are cited, massive amounts of research, again all reaching the same conclusion - the undeniable correlation of fluoridation with osteoporosis and hip fracture in the elderly.

Bone Is Living Tissue.

Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process. Fluoride has been known to disrupt this process since the 1930s. Dr. Alesen, who was the president of the California Medical Association, clearly explains what fluoride does to bone formation.

He cites dozens of international scientific studies proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that fluoride has caused thousands of cases of osteoporosis, skeletal thinning, fractures, "rubber bones," anemia, and rickets.

Fluoride also causes osteoporosis by creating a calcium deficiency situation. Fluoride precipitates calcium out of solution, causing low blood calcium, as well as the buildup of calcium stones and crystals in the joints and organs.

How Deadly is Fluoride Added To The Public Water Supply?

The recovery of hydrofluosilicic acid involves essentially the recirculation of scrubbing water until the acid concentration reaches a marketable value, which may vary from 20 to 30 percent, but usually is about 23 percent. Sodium fluoride is manufactured by adding soda ash to dilute hydrofluosilicic acid and filtering off the resultant precipitate.

Both sodium fluoride and hydrofluosilicic acid are the two primary compounds used for water fluoridation and neither compound has ever been studied by governments for toxicological testing and long-term effects on health.

Sodium fluoride is a registered poison. It has been a protected pollutant for a very long time. It is a very toxic chemical, acting as an enzyme poison, direct irritant and calcium inactivator

Fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program. Further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health have now confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in young males. Earlier studies had found a 5% increase in all types of cancers in fluoridated communities.

Infertility in women has been found to increase with water fluoridation. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride levels. They also reported that a review of all of the animal studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects fertility in most animal species.

The evidence that fluoridation is more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming and policy makers who avoid thoroughly reviewing recent data before introducing new fluoridation schemes do so at risk of future litigation.

So why is fluoride still in the water supply even though it's admitted to be toxic? Money, greed and mailicious intent are all possibilities, however few in the political arena will ever admit it.

There is no doubt that adding fluoride to drinking water is poison, and naturally occurring levels can also be found to be toxic, one has to wonder what this element is doing in our water supply at all.

More information on fluoride's impact on the brain is here.


Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.

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