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A Silent Toxin In Our Water Supply

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On May 23, 2016
A Silent Toxin In Our Water Supply

A silent killer may be trickling out of our faucets and we wouldn’t even think twice about it. The water you and I are drinking and showering with may have a newly categorized neurotoxin, sodium fluoride.

The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as arsenic, lead, and mercury.

According to the article published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD, fluoride has been categorized as a developmental neurotoxin. Meaning, neurodevelopmental disabilities including ADHD, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments that are affecting millions of children worldwide can possibly be attributed to the chemicals we are exposed to.

How did fluoride make it into our water supply? Through a chemical process called fluoridation; a practice foreign in Europe, but common in North America. Fluoride was originally added to our water supply as a way to assist in the area of dental health. However, in light of recent studies, the movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from our water supply has been gaining force.

It is crucial to touch upon the difference between natural fluoride and the kind that is artificially added to our water supply. Natural fluoride, calcium fluoride, is considered “less toxic” and in some instances “relatively harmless” because of its high insolubility. In other words, the calcium makes the fluoride much less absorbable by the human body and therefore making calcium fluoride less toxic while having the desired effect on teeth.

Unfortunately, according to 369news.net, the industrial fluoride used in our water supplies has been linked to cancer. Moreover, 369news.net also reported the 2013 findings by a Harvard University group, which concluded that children in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in areas with low amounts of fluoride in their water supplies.

While fluoride is vital to our dental health, there are safer ways to meet this deficiency rather than the chronic exposure in our water. Try switching to more natural brands of toothpaste such as Earthpaste or Jason. Also, be more attentive to nutrition labels as Fluoride can also be found in certain foods such as in heavily processed brands of tea.

As I always say, everything in moderation.

 

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