Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Did You Know?

Fluoride has long been controversial, but it is getting a lot of attention now, and some of the information is pretty scary.

 A qualitative review of the studies found a consistent and strong association between the exposure to fluoride and low IQ. The meta-analyses of the case-control studies estimated that the odds ratio of IQ in endemic fluoride areas compared with nonfluoride areas or slight fluoride areas. The summarized weighted mean difference is -4.97 (95%confidence interval [CI] = -5.58 to -4.36; p < 0.01) using a fixed-effect model and -5.03 (95%CI = -6.51 to 3.55; p < 0.01) using a random-effect model, which means that children who live in a fluorosis area have five times higher odds of developing low IQ than those who live in a nonfluorosis area or a slight fluorosis area.
 (excerpt  from Fluoride and children's intelligence: a meta-analysis)

Time listed as one of 10 Common Household Toxins.

Fluoride and Intelligence:  the 36 Studies  -- suggests that the results of 36 separate studies in different countries can hardly be considered a fluke.

And then there is this (from Dr. Mercola, frequent visitor on Dr. Oz):

Parents Beware: Never Use Fluoridated Tap Water when Making Infant Formula

Most of the people who are educated about fluoride will avoid drinking municipal tap water that is fluoridated, and a reverse osmosis system is about the only way to rid your water of fluoride. However, there are many who simply don't have the resources or the know-how to protect themselves and their young children. In November of 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) sent out an email to alert its members of their recommendation to parents to not use fluoridated tap water to make infant formula. A few days later, the CDC followed suit.
But neither of them openly informed the public!
So millions of parents are still using tap water to make up formula, oblivious of the fact that the agencies that promote fluoridation in this country have issued a specific warning against using fluoridated water for this purpose. Not only that, but by fluoridating the municipal water supply, you doom many low income families to fail to protect their young children from this dangerous drug, even if they have this information.

I mean, am I the last to know about this?

Shouldn't everyone be informed that

mixing infant formula with tap water

could reduce the infant's IQ?

And if there is little evidence that

fluoridation reduced tooth decay,

why is our water still being fluoridated? 


  1. The first thing I thought of was the dramatic increase of autism/asperger in about the same time frame.

  2. I agree with Rian.........Ive never heard of this in the Uk and we have it in our water too.
    My daughters pregnant so will tell her about this too.

  3. It's one reason I've always been happy to have our own well. :-)

  4. Oh man this is scary. I have never heard abour this in the media.

  5. Oh man this is scary. I have never heard abour this in the media.

  6. Rian - I wonder if they are looking into that possibility? And perhaps negative social behaviors that seem to have increased in the same time frame...

    liniecat - Oh, be sure to tell your daughter! When I told mine, she was stunned and angry that neither she nor her friends were aware of this warning.

    Stephie - Yes, I thought about that. We were on well water when my kids were born, and now, I'm grateful.

    Violette - It is scary, and don't you wonder why in the world there aren't warnings on, at the very least, infant formulas?


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