The Most Prestigious Medical Journal In The World Classified Fluoride As A Neurotoxin
Since there is evidence against sodium fluoride coming out in the last years, the movement to eliminate the additive from water has been growing. One report from the most prestigious journal in the world, The Lancet, has classified fluoride as a neurotoxin.
They have put the additive in the same category as mercury, lead, and arsenic. The author S. Smyle published the news, and the Facebook page named Occupy Food spread it around the world. It was linked to the report published back in 2014.
The Industrial Chemicals
Through a systematic review, five similar industrial chemicals were identified as developmental neurotoxicants: toluene, lead, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls, and methylmercury.
Also, these six other neurotoxicants have been identified: fluoride, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, manganese, chlorpyrifos, tetrachloroethylene, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.
As reported by the authors, more are still not discovered (1).
According to the authors of the Lancet report, chemicals that are not tested should not be considered safe for the development of the brain, and the already existing chemicals and every other new chemical need to be tested (2).
Additionally, they note that in the world there are millions of children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, etc. That is why they suggest a formation of a new international clearinghouse.
Findings from the Harvard University from 2013 say that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have much lower IQ scores than children who live in areas where the water has low amounts of fluoride (3).
Fluoride Linked to Cancer
Also, fluoride was linked to many types of cancer. The National Toxicity Program says that there is evidence that fluoride is actually a mutagen which is a compound that can cause genetic damage. So, this may lead to cancer.
In laboratories are used much higher concentrations of fluoride than those found in our blood. However, there are specific environments in the human body such as oral cavity, bones, pineal gland, and bladder, where the cells may be exposed to high fluoride levels.
For instance, osteosarcoma is bone cancer which is rare, but it is lethal. One study conducted by scientists from Harvard in 2006 revealed that boys who were exposed to water containing fluoride during the age of six, seven, and eight had an increased risk of developing cancer – osteosarcoma.
The gender-specific relation between cancer and fluoride has been found in a study that included male rats too. It is important to mention that many studies have not found the link between cancer and fluoride.
However, the Harvard study is the only one that cautiously explored the risk of fluoride exposure according to age.
So, the factors may explain why seven studies conducted since the 90s have revealed that there is genetic damage in people who are exposed to high levels of fluoride exposure.
Sodium fluoride is different than calcium fluoride, and it is added to the water we consume, dental products, and it is used by dentists.
Throughout most of Continental Europe, fluoride is banned, but it still added to the water supplies across North America (4).