Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders

by: Ethan A. Huff
Natural News

A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children.

Building upon earlier research published in 2006 that dubbed fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant,” the new review included a meta-analysis of 27 additional studies on fluoride, most of which were from China, that linked the chemical to lowered IQ in children. After thorough analysis, it was determined that fluoride obstructs proper brain development and can lead to autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD and other health conditions, a “silent epidemic” that many mainstream health authorities continue to ignore.

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According to the two main researchers involved in the study, Philippe Grandjean from HSPH and Philip Landrigan from ISMMS, incidences of chemical-related neurodevelopmental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12. The reason for this is that an increasing number of mostly untested chemicals are being approved for use without the public being told where and in what quantities such chemicals are being used.

“[S]ince 2006, the number of chemicals known to damage the human brain more generally, but that are not regulated to protect children’s health, had increased from 202 to 214,” writes Julia Medew for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The pair said this could be the tip of the iceberg because the vast majority of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States have never been tested for their toxic effects on the developing foetus or child.”

Fluoride must be immediately removed from public water supplies for child safety

While pesticides dominated the duo’s list as the most pervasive and damaging chemicals whose presence the public is largely unaware of, fluoride, which is intentionally added to public water supplies as a supposed protectant against tooth decay, is also highly problematic. It is also largely ignored by public health authorities as a possible factor in childhood development problems, even though the science is clear about its dangers.

Like lead, certain industrial solvents and crop chemicals, fluoride is known to accumulate in the human bloodstream, where it eventually deposits into bones and other bodily tissues. In pregnant women, this also includes passing through the bloodstream into the placenta, where it then accumulates in the bones and brain tissue of developing babies. The effects of this are, of course, perpetually damaging, and something that regulatory authorities need to take more seriously.

“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” stated Grandjean in a press release, calling for improved regulatory standards for common chemicals. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”

To learn more about the dangers of fluoride and the science behind why it is harmful and anything but beneficial for teeth, be sure to visit the Fluoride Action Network’s website.

You can also check out the abstract of the new study, entitled “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity,” here:
http://www.thelancet.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.smh.com.au
http://www.medicaldaily.com
http://www.thelancet.com
http://fluoridealert.org
http://science.naturalnews.com

Re-Thinking Tap Water – Contamination, Chlorine, Pharmaceuticals and Fluoride Make Water Filtration a Must

Many of us have grown up drinking tap water without thinking twice about it. The availability of potable drinking water is a cornerstone of developed countries. Many developing, or third-world, countries often provide inadequate access to drinkable water, and the water from the tap is frequently contaminated with pathogens, suspended solids, toxins and/or disease-carrying organisms. Unfortunately, the use of chemical agents used in developed countries to make water potable has started to raise concern throughout communities about the safety of seemingly innocuous tap water.

The development of urban areas has made tap water provided by municipal water systems one of the most common ways of delivering water to people. Groundwater systems are also quite popular; for example in the US, groundwater is a source of drinking water for nearly 50% of the population. Some are lucky to still have access to untainted natural water sources, if living close to a natural spring, but this is just not available for the majority of the population. Hence, most of us rely on tap water as the primary source of drinking water.

Taking a Closer Look at Tap Water 

The water treatment processes and the water distribution systems in most communities often introduce chemicals and pollutants into your water, which may cause immediate visible side-effects, such as diarrhea, or expose your body to potential long-term distress.

Here are a few with interesting bits to consider:

Analysis of tap water supplies in major metropolitan areas conducted by the Associated Press has revealed that the water supply in 24 major U.S. cities – serving over 40 million people — are contaminated with trace amounts of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, psychotropic drugs, pain medications and even caffeine.
(source: http://www.naturalnews.com/022809_pharma_contamination_water_supply.html)

The Agency is concerned about the detection of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our water. EPA has been actively working with federal agencies and state and local partners to better understand the implications of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and personal care products detected in drinking water, wastewater, surface water and ground water. (source: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/ppcp/upload/2010_1_11_ppcp_hcioutreach.pdf)

Leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) are a grave threat to America’s groundwater. Gas stations, industries and other entities use USTs to hold toxic material such as gasoline and oil that contain dangerous substances, including benzene, toluene and heavy metals that can cause cancer and harm developing children. USTs can threaten communities as their walls corrode by silently leaking toxins into our drinking water supplies, homes and businesses. (source: http://www.csu.edu/cerc/documents/LUSTThreattoPublicHealth.pdf)

Chlorine is used to combat microbial contamination, but it can react with organic matter in the water and form dangerous, carcinogenic Trihalomethanes. According to Dr. Joseph M. Price, MD, in Moseby’s Medical Dictionary, “Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison”. (source: http://www.pure-earth.com/chlorine.html)

The substance labeled “Fluoride” that we use in dental practices, toothpaste and water fluoridation is the hazardous waste substances caught in the wet scrubbers of the phosphorus industries. This extremely toxic, hazardous chemical is illegal to dump and would cost companies a hefty price tag to properly dispose of, instead it is SOLD to cities and towns where it is then dumped into water supplies, legally. (source: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/01/26/do-you-still-believe-fluoride-is-good-for-our-teeth-read-this/)

See more about why water fluoridation is a scam and the recent victory for people in Portland, Oregon who voted against water fluoridation in their city at: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Safety/chemical/fluoridation_0603131125.html

Although 99% of the water coming out of your tap is used for showering, watering gardens, washing clothes, flushing the toilet, etc., it is the same water used for drinking and cooking for most households. Research revealing the adverse effects of chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine, in addition to contamination by other orgnic and inorganic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and metals, are making us look to alternatives for clean drinking water.

What Type of Water Do You Drink?

As more contaminants enter drinking water supplies, and as the scientific establishment discovers more negative effects that chemicals in our drinking water are having on our bodies, we must take it onto ourselves to seek alternatives to the tap. There are many options for the types of water that you can buy and consume; here is some insight from Dr. Mercola:

Bottled Water – Did you know that 40% of bottled water is actually TAP WATER? With or without added filtration – you’re paying through the nose for it. Worse, an independent test by the Environmental Working Group found arsenic, DPBs and 36 other harmful pollutants hiding in bottled water.

Plastic bottles are a less than optimal idea too. They can contain the potentially hazardous chemical BPA.

And the devastating environmental impact is staggering.

Distilled Water Use with caution… Long-term use can invite health problems, because its minerals are evaporated out. So to try to maintain mineral balance, it sucks minerals out of your body.

What’s worse, the contaminants in the water are more concentrated in the finished distilled water. You can just imagine what that does to your health…

Alkaline Water Although there is some controversy on this, I and most experts believe that this water should be used for short-term detoxification only (1-2 weeks max). Additionally the alkalinization process does NOT filter the water so you need to carefully evaluate the water filter for the specific alkaline water unit it’s using.

Vitamin Waters Don’t be fooled… Vitamin waters contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial colors, additives, preservatives, and caffeine. Even worse… they use distilled water to produce these products – which as you just read, is one of the worst types of water you can consume.

(source: http://waterfilters.mercola.com/drinking-water-filter.aspx)

Other options also include:

Fresh Spring Water There is a resource called www.findaspring.com, which allows you to locate natural springs close to where you live if you want to have a try at collecting your own spring water. Of course, this will not be an option for everyone, and there is some time and effort associated with collecting spring water.

Well Water If you don’t already have one, you could construct a water well on your property, given that there is an adequate ground water source and where overly dry climate conditions won’t result in water shortages. Unfortunately, most wells can be easily contaminated, and the water may need to be treated or softened.

Tap Water Supplied through the municipal water system, tap water is the most common option for drinking water for most people, especially those living in cities and large metropolitan areas. Access to tap water is easy and quick, yet, concerns about fluoridation are becoming more prevalent. Additionally, tap water is treated with chlorine, which is one of the main reasons many people want to filter tap water before they ingest it or use it on the body.

Water Filtration Options for Your Home

There are many options in terms of home water filtration, and, ideally, you want a system that uses a variety of methods to remove organic and inorganic contaminants, as well as sediment and metals. Home water filtration options consist of a few categories:

Pitcher/Carafe Filter

These types of filters are some of the least expensive, at least at the onset, because they are only about $10-$40 for the pitcher. Refill cartridges cost about $5-$15, and these need to be replaced about every 30-40 gallons. So although the initial cost is low, the on-going cost of about 12-20 cents per gallon can make these filters the most costly long term.

Pitcher-style filters are usually designed with the primary purpose of improving the taste and odor of your tap water by reducing chemicals such as chlorine. They are least effective in removing harmful contaminants when compared to other options. Importantly, these filters often don’t remove potentially carcinogenic organisms, such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Trihalomethanes (THM) chemicals.

Reverse Osmosis Filter 

RO filters are effective in removing contaminants in your water, including fluoride, lead, mercury, cysts, chlorine and more, yet they also remove natural minerals. As mentioned in the section on Distilled Water above, this may create a mineral imbalance in the body. So if you choose this type of system, you will need to add essential minerals back into your water after it’s filtered. Some RO water filtration systems automatically address this issue.

Granular Carbon and Carbon Block Filters

Water filtration using carbon is most common for counter-top and under-the-counter filters. The EPA considers carbon filters to be the best available technology for the removal of organic chemicals such as herbicides and industrial chemicals such as chlorine. These filters remove contaminants through adsorption, where the contaminants bond to the surface of the filter media.

The difference between the granular carbon filter and the carbon block filter is that the latter uses a carbon medium in a solid form, versus granular carbon filters that use loose carbon material. A downside of the granular carbon filters is that water can create pathways (or channels) in the loose material, and hence some water may escape filtering. Carbon block filters address the problem of channeling and use sub-micron filter cartridges, which further aides as a physical barrier for certain dangerous organisms.

Ion Exchange Filter 

These types of filters work by removing dissolved salts in the water by exchanging natural-forming ions in the water with their own ions. Ion exchange filters are usually combined with carbon adsorption or RO filtration, because on their own they do not effectively remove organics and microorganisms.

Distillation Filter 

A distillation filter, when combined with carbon adsorption, is one of the most effective methods for obtaining 99.9% contaminate-free water. The distillation process boils the water to create steam, which then cools and condenses to form mineral-free water. Similar to the RO filtration method, distillation removes all healthy minerals as well as harmful contaminants.

Are You Ready to Start Drinking Cleaner Water?

If you choose to purchase a water filter for you home, not only will you be choosing which technology to use, but you will also have options on where the water filter should reside. There are options for under-the-sink and counter-top or faucet top, which sometimes require more involved installation, versus water cooler style filters, which can be much easier to set-up and more portable but take up more space. Other options, especially great for traveling and camping, or for storing as part of your emergency kit, include small water filtration bottles, microfilters, and bottle-top filters. The effectiveness in removing chemicals and pollutants, as well as the life-time of filter cartridges, will vary depending on the brand of filter you purchase. Don’t be turned away from an expensive filter but consider their lifetime and effectiveness before making your decision.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an avid student of Yoga and life.

Article Sources:
http://waterfilters.mercola.com/drinking-water-filter.aspx
http://www.naturalnews.com/022809_pharma_contamination_water_supply.html
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/ppcp/upload/2010_1_11_ppcp_hcioutreach.pdf
http://www.csu.edu/cerc/documents/LUSTThreattoPublicHealth.pdf
http://www.pure-earth.com/chlorine.html
http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/01/26/do-you-still-believe-fluoride-is-good-for-our-teeth-read-this/

Source: Waking Times – See more at: http://www.riseearth.com/2013/06/re-thinking-tap-water-contamination.html#sthash.5K5J42As.dpuf

How to Decalcify Your PINEAL GLAND

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Calcium buildup in Pineal gland of a teenage male.

Calcification of the pineal gland is more often found in adults than it is in younger people. This is due to the fact that over time, calcium builds up in the gland and slowly breaks down the ability for the gland to rid the excess calcium. Although calcification rates vary by country, it might be that in countries where fluoride is added to the water supply, higher rates of pineal gland calcification exists. It has been discovered that fluoride tends to build up in the pineal gland which greatly contributes to the calcification.[2]

Considering Fluoride used in water fluoridation and toothpaste is not necessary for healthy teeth, and considering it is toxic waste from fertilizer and aluminum creation, it would be drastically healthier for you to avoid consuming it. You can learn more about fluoride by reading any one of the following articles.
Article 1 Article 2 Article 3

Below I have shared a video on how to decalcify the pineal gland, feel free to check it out. The video also shares information about why you would benefit from keeping your pineal gland clean and decalcified. The benefits stretch from overall health to spiritual. Share this info with others!

 

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Sources:
1. http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2006/12/30/fluoride_accumulates_in_pineal_gland.htm
2. http://radiology.rsna.org/content/142/3/659.full.pdf
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3018146