Hailed by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century, water fluoridation is rarely questioned. But with the EPA’s recent addition of fluoride to its list of developmental neurotoxins — substances that harm a child’s developing brain — and the National Research Council's 2006 labeling of fluoride as an endocrine disruptor — with its most worrisome target being our thyroid glands — water fluoridation deserves careful re-examination.
A large recent study shows that the majority of U.S. children receive a daily dose of fluoride that is above the amount believed to be safe, and as with lead, Glyphosate, and arsenic, we know now that even a very small dose of a toxin over time has the ability to do great harm to our health.
The Centers for Disease Control tells us that water fluoridation, at best, reduces the rate of cavities in a person by 25%. That is 3 instead of 4 cavities. Is one less cavity worth risking a child’s long-term brain health, or our thyroid health?
Questioning water fluoridation is often social taboo, with those opposed to it quickly labeled as anti-science conspiracy theorists. Then choose from below:
But in a time when one in eight women will develop thyroid disease, and one in six of our children suffer from developmental brain diseases such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities, can we afford to expose our entire population to yet one more neurotoxin or endocrine disruptor on a daily basis?
Our Daily Dose highlights the most recent science regarding the safety of ingesting fluoride, and establishes the case that we must rethink the very old practice of adding fluoride to our tap water.