|SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN AND FLUORIDE|
Scientific American Magazine - January 2008
What's the most consumed drug in America? If you said statin drugs, you'd almost be right. It's actually fluoride (added to water supplies). Originally a toxic by-product of the aluminum industry when it was first added to the water supply dentists were against it. Though there are plenty of studies that demonstrate fluorides negative health effects, the conventional approach has been to allow its presence. However, that may be changing.
Recently editors for Scientific American changed their view on the safety of fluoride. This came about after looking at studies that suggested that fluoride raises the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland.
After analyzing hundreds of fluoride studies, researchers found that fluoride:
* Alters hormone function, especially in the thyroid gland
* May increase the risk of bone fractures
* May lower IQ
* Causes dental fluorosis (discoloration and weakening) in young children
* Increased risk of bone cancer
Because scientific evidence suggests that water fluoridation is ineffective and dangerous to health, over 1,200 professional are now urging Congress to stop water fluoridation.
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