A new article published in The Scientific World Journal has doctors, researchers, and health agencies from around the world reconsidering the potential harm caused by fluoridated public water.
Water fluoridation is a controversial topic. On one side, the pro-fluoride lobby insists fluoride is essential in preventing widespread tooth decay. Fluoride proponents believe the mineral strengthens tooth enamel, making it more difficult for acid-producing plaque to cause cavities and dental caries.
On the other side, a growing body of evidence suggests that drinking fluoride can cause serious illness and bodily harm. Most noteworthy, a researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health stated, “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious[…]” For more on that research and a link to the full study, please click here.
Now, The Scientific World Journal has reviewed an article on the dangers of fluoride ingestion and potential toxicity by Dr. Steven Peckham and Dr. Niyi Awofeso. In the review, the journal calls for a reassessment of the safety of water fluoridation— and a potential prohibition of the practice altogether. According to the authors:
“…available evidence suggests that fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect…” (i)
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(i) “Water Fluoridation: A Critical Review.” Hindawi Publishing Corp. Accessed April 25th, 2014.