Is Fluoridated Water Affecting Our Kids' Brains?
Despite the popular belief that fluoridation of water reduces the incidence of cavities in kids, it has long been a very controversial topic for so long.
The History of Water Fluoridation:
In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first community in the world to add fluoride to tap water. This was base on observational work that natural occurring fluoride in the water systems may reduce cavities. Since 1945, this has been discussed as one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th Century. But is it really?
As of 2001, the CDC reviewed data on the effectiveness of fluoride and dental cavities. They found that food, dental sealants and topical fluoride are the 3 things that have enough evidence for cavity prevention. There is not enough evidence for oral fluoride supplements or fluoridated water.
In 2012, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang, did a meta-analysis of 27 studies and found a strong correlation between water fluoridation and abnormal neurological development. However, there were many confounders and the levels of fluoride in the studies was much higher then in the US.
In 2015, The Cochrane Collaboration, looked at 155 studies and found insufficient evidence to determine whether water fluoridation decreases cavities in children. Out of all the studies reviewed, none had adequate information to determine the effectiveness of fluoride on cavity prevention in adults.
Here is a look at the date on cavity trends around the world despite lack of water fluoridation
Thanks Dr. Temple but WHAT IS NEW?
In the latest publication by JAMA Pediatrics, reviewed by David C. Bellinger, PhD, MSc, from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, A link is shown between maternal fluoride exposure and decrease in children’s IQ.
👉 512 mother-child pairs from Canada were recruited during pregnancy and followed until the kids were around 3-4 years of age
👉 At 3 points during pregnancy, the moms had their urinary fluoride concentrations measured
👉 Children IQs were assessed at 3 & 4 yrs old
👉Women living in areas with water fluorination had higher levels of fluoride in their urine
👉For each 1mg/L of fluoride in urine there was associated drop of 4.5 IQ points in boys
👉For every 1mg of ingested fluoride there was an associated drop of 3.5 IQ points for both girls and boys
🤨Only 3% of Europe has fluoride in their city water
🤨We used to have the same controversy about lead
WHAT TO DO
👉Pregnant mamas don’t panic!!!!
👉Pregnant mamas please drink spring water, put it in glass bottles
👉Use spring water for mixing baby formulas
👉Pregnant mama’s don’t brush your teeth with fluorinated toothpaste
👉Fluoride is naturally occurring in some foods and the environment
👉Topical fluoride varnish on teeth is cavity protectant and the kids generally do not swallow significant quantities. Varnish goes on the teeth where it’s needed. Fluoride is protective when applied to where it is actually needed, not full body and then some ends up in the saliva.
👉Kids under the age of 3 do not need toothpaste
👉See your dentist at least twice a year to asses for cavities.
👉Dental sealants are protective, but then we get in to the plastic issue
👉Obviously, brush and floss the kids teeth
👉No fluoride supplements
👉Juice, soda, sport drinks, fruit pouches , candy, cookies, gummies, processed foods, fast food, night time bottles, chocolate milk, breakfast cereal, all contribute to cavities
😫In our society we have been using fluoride in our water to counteract the horrid dental affects of the American diet!!!
This is one of many studies to come. We still need more information. But why wait until too much damage has been done. To replicate this study, it will take 5 more years at least. Let’s make some changes now.
WATER FILTER REVIEW
BEWARE: Carbon filters are not effective. No Brita or faucet-mounted filters remove fluoride.
Types of filters that are effective:
Some water filter pitchers
There are many options out there. Here we compiled our favorites based on an extensive investigation.
Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher
Note: Clearly Filtered also offers a filter that attaches to any refrigerator water line.
Filters only last a few months
~$60 plus the cost of replacement filters
Berkey Gravity Water Filter System
Will filter any water other than salt water, even pond or lake water
Totally portable/Great for travel
Leaves good minerals intact
Cleanable, reusable filters
Must be refilled
Ranges from $250 (1.5 gallons)-$700 (6 gallons)
RCC7 Reverse Osmosis
Installs under sink
Removes over 1000 contaminants including fluoride
Water waste, 3 gallons per 1 gallon cleaned
Requires space and installation process
Removes all minerals, key minerals have to be added back in
APEC Essence ROES-50 Reverse Osmosis Filter
Removes all kinds of organic and inorganic contaminants
WQU Gold Certification (highest rating in water filtration)
Wastes water (3-4 gallons for every gallon of filtered water produced)
Filters out good minerals as well, minerals need to be added back in
Water pressure needed
Home Master TMJRF2-BK Jr F2 Reverse Osmosis
Unattractive, unit sits on countertop
Removes all minerals, minerals must be added back in
Filter only lasts about 3 months
Hope this sheds some light on this heated topic.