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 supply us with a progress replace. FAN has been instrumental in lowering 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 Youngsters’s IQ
From the very starting, certainly one of Connett’s driving issues was the chance that fluoride is likely to be reducing kids’s IQ.
“Two Chinese language research have been revealed 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 no manner you’d put advantages to tooth above that and proceed water fluoridation,” Connett says.
Ten years later, in 2006, the Nationwide Analysis Council seemed 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 the truth is pose a risk to the mind. By 2008, there have been 18 such research.
In 2012, a distinguished workforce, 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 greater 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 called the “Bashash research” (named after the lead writer, 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 ladies and their infants for 12 years. They measured the fluoride of their urine, which reveals whole publicity, whatever the supply or sources, they usually 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 understand that it’s not the focus of fluoride within the water (measured in mg per liter) that is important 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 rely on a wide range of fluctuating elements.
“The NIH is a dad or mum of the Public Well being Service, so they have been selling fluoride for years and years (since 1950). So, I imagine they put some huge cash into this research pondering that it could show, as soon as and for all, that loopy folks like me and others have been completely mistaken concerning 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 isn’t totally shaped within the child. So, the fetus may be very prone to this influence of fluoride.”
The primary response of the American Dental Affiliation was that the findings didn’t apply to the US, because it was performed in Mexico Metropolis. Nonetheless, this ignored the truth that human beings are human beings, by measuring fluoride within the urine they’d a measure of whole 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 they usually too discovered that greater fluoride ranges in maternal urine have 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, in contrast to the primary one, the Bashash research, bought a certain quantity of protection,” Connett says. “[It] was revealed within the journal of the American Medical Affiliation, Pediatrics. That is one of many main pediatrics journals on the 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, in order that they doubled up on the peer evaluation course of, they double checked the statistics, in order that they have been assured after 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 whole and the editor of JAMA Pediatrics did a 20-minute podcast explaining how astounding the outcomes have been. They stated, ‘Oh, we had no concept that fluoride brought on any issues to well being.’ I do not know what they’d been studying. However anyway … it was a bombshell for them to immediately discover that fluoride might be damaging the mind of the fetus.
Additionally they ran an editorial from David Bellinger, one of many world’s specialists on lead’s neurotoxicity, and he stated ‘The measurements listed here are akin to what’s taking place with lead.’ In different phrases, it’s very, very critical, and that bought a lot of protection all over the world.
However the different aspect was organized they usually rapidly bought some ‘specialists’ — none of them truly specialists on fluoride or toxicology or neurotoxicity — who stated all the best issues to dampen folks’s concern about this research.”
Two Different Vital Research
“There are 4 research that folks have to learn about,” Connett says. To study extra about every, see Connett’s video commentaries on FluorideALERT.org FAN.television web page. Except for the 2 already talked about, the 2 different ones are:
- The Riddell research, revealed in 2019, discovered a virtually 300% improve 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 unpleasant reality can destroy a stupendous concept, on this specific case, we bought a variety of ugly info, however the massive one is the truth that fluoride may harm 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 In opposition to EPA on Fluoride Underway
November 22, 2016, a coalition together with FAN, Meals & Water Watch, Natural Customers Affiliation, American Academy of Environmental Drugs, Worldwide Academy of Oral Drugs and Toxicology, Mothers In opposition to Fluoridation and several other people, filed a petition6,7 calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemical compounds to U.S. consuming 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 threat) 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 the truth is 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 choose June 8. FAN will clarify the neurotoxicity of fluoride proven in these and different research, and then the EPA’s business specialists, paid consultants who’ve additionally defended glyphosate and different toxins, will current their proof. (see FAN’s web page FluorideAlert.org for a abstract of the trial)
“However we’ve got, for our lawsuit … some of the main specialists on neurotoxicity on the planet,” Connett says, “together with a pair that have been concerned within the research I have been speaking about.” That consists of Bruce Lanphear, the EPA’s go-to particular person 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 writer of the Bashash research, is one other knowledgeable FAN witness, as is Philippe Grandjean.
“I’m very optimistic. [The EPA] doesn’t have the science. We do. And never solely do we’ve got the science, however we’ve got among the world’s greatest specialists testifying for us. So, except these artful attorneys for the EPA are in a position to muddy the waters, I feel we’ll don’t have any hassle in demonstrating three issues: One, that the preponderance of proof that fluoride is neurotoxic is overwhelming.
Second, that it’s a threat on the ranges at which we add fluoride to the water. And thirdly, it is an unreasonable threat. As a result of even when your primary focus was lowering tooth decay, there are different methods of delivering fluoride, as an alternative of this ridiculous notion of placing it within the consuming water and forcing it on your entire inhabitants.
I feel we are able to exhibit these three issues. And I am comfortable to inform you that my son, who began our webpage in 2000 and developed the most important well being database on the planet, larger than different fluoridating governments, by the way in which, goes to be the lawyer combating this case,” Connett says.
Now you can view the transcript of Michael Connett’s good abstract assertion
The Finish of Water Fluoridation Is Inevitable
If victorious, the EPA will possible attraction, as it is a traditional stall tactic. “There isn’t any 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 problem I used to be very near, they usually nonetheless did not resolve the problem. They’re very topic to business strain, and their manner of resolving points is simply delay, delay, delay.
However, I do imagine that if a federal court docket, having heard each sides, declares that fluoride poses an pointless threat, an unreasonable threat 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’ll have a big impact.
And I feel the residents will be capable to use this as ammunition to say to their well being departments, ‘Come on. Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this once you’ve bought this scientific data … performed 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 divulge to the general public that you haven’t any scientific credibility?
That you do not learn the science, that you do not sustain with the science on a problem like this? When you are going to the general public and saying once more and time and again that fluoridation is secure and efficient, once you’ve bought this proof proper there in entrance of you?
Yet one more factor … Presumably 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 stated, ‘Primarily based upon the literature, the presumption is that fluoride is a neurotoxic substance. Primarily based upon research performed 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 ultimate model, we will not truly 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 at all times level to opinions by authorities businesses “which, as bogus as they’re and unscientific as they’re, carry a variety of weight,” Connett says.
In Eire, they seek advice from the knowledgeable 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 consuming water. A win would additionally set one other vital precedent:
“We have been capable of convey 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 specific use of a specific chemical in the US if they’ll present it is an unreasonable threat 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 an important precedent, which is actually worrying the chemical business. It’s a giant concern of ours, as a result of behind the scenes I am certain 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 Subject To Be Tackled
In our interview, Connett additionally discusses the fluoride air pollution launched throughout recycling of lithium ion batteries, reminiscent of these utilized in electrical automobiles. Lithium ion batteries include fluorinated polymers like polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and an electrolyte known as lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6).
When heated through the recycling course of, these fluorinated compounds break down to supply hydrogen fluoride, and lots of fluorinated byproducts that are poisonous and tough to seize. Like PFOS, these chemical compounds stick round for therefore lengthy they’re often called “endlessly chemical compounds.”
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 somewhat league baseball subject. “It’s a fully 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 combating for now.
“What this has performed is fortuitous. It has introduced collectively practically all of the strands of our activism. I’ve had 35 years combating incineration and dioxins [and] 24 years combating fluoridation. Now we’re assembly hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated by-products in spades. On the very least the issue shall 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 consuming water. As a result of additionally in that waste water you will have a PFAS, a polyfluorinated alkyl substance (utilized in among 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 local people.”
Keep away from Fluoride to Optimize Your Well being
Eliminating water fluoridation will go a great distance towards defending the well being of all folks, however particularly kids. Sacrificing kids’s mind perform for a theoretical good thing about much less tooth decay is unconscionable.
Except for ensuring you don’t drink fluoridated water, or use fluoridated water to combine toddler formulation, to scale back your publicity, keep away from consuming extreme quantities of tea, which tends to be excessive in fluoride.
“Combine it up,” Connett says. “In case you 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 you can even discover a webinar lecture by FAN’s senior scientist, Chris Neurath, wherein he explains the neurotoxicity of fluoride. To assist unfold the phrase, you possibly can print out a FAN pamphlet to share with household, pals and local people bulletin boards.
In closing, in case you’re involved concerning the well being results of fluoride, please assist FAN along with your tax-deductible donation right this moment. Mercola.com will match your donation, greenback for greenback, up to $25,000 throughout Fluoride Consciousness Week.