Fluoride expert Dr Paul Connett, professor Emeritus in Chemistry from St Lawrence University New York USA, says Yes.
For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substances impact on childrens neurodevelopment.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluorides impact on the developing brain is warranted.
Dr Connett questions the appropriateness of considering a miniscule amount of improvement in tooth surface above the importance of the brain.
When the fluoridation of water began, there was little evidence for its long term safety (as for GMOs) and since then little attempt has been made to monitor its health effects systematically. Because there are so many unanswered health questions, fluoridation of water must be considered an ongoing experimental procedure, and as such it is a violation of the Nuremberg Code, which forbids experimentation on humans without their informed consent.
In Europe, nearly all countries have never fluoridated their water or have ceased doing so. Yet the incidence of tooth decay has declined just as much as in those countries that practice fluoridation. This fascinating interview with Dr Paul Connett, will raise alarm bells about many aspects of the mass medication of the population by fluoride and he challenges us to do something about it.
Details of Dr Connetts New Zealand Tour can be found here - http://www.fannz.org.nz/paulconnett.php
Check out this previous GreenPlanetFM interview on Fluoride with Mary Byrne and Mark Atkin of Fluoride Action Network.
This GreenPlanetFM programme is sponsored by The Awareness Party.