Does Fluoride Cause ADHD?

Water fluoridation has come under increasing scrutiny as verifiable links between the mineral compounds and harmful side-effects are being discovered. Once touted as the miracle solution for teeth health, several researchers are now finding the opposite. “Consideration needs to be given to reducing fluoride exposure, and public dental health interventions should stop (those) reliant on ingested fluoride and switch to topical fluoride-based and non-fluoride-based interventions,” remarked researchers from the University of Kent, UK.


 
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Despite significant evidence of the harmful effects of fluoride use, many municipalities still use fluoride in their water supply. Fluoride has also been linked to other harmful effects, such as its newly discovered connection with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is characterized by a difficulty to focus, pay attention, mental over-activity, and difficulty controlling impulses. Increasing rates of ADHD are alarming statistics, as the condition can jeopardize a child’s ability to learn, socialize, achieve goals, and educational performance. 

 
“States in which a greater proportion of people received artificially-fluoridates water in 1992 tended to have a greater proportion of children and adolescents who received ADHD diagnoses [in later years], after controlling for socioeconomic status,” advised Ashley Malin of Environmental Health Journal.
 
In the early 1950s, water fluoridation programs were introduced as a way to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is known to harden tooth enamel, however, there is no clinical evidence that fluoride can prevent cavities. Fluoride is known to accumulate in the soft tissues of the body, as well as the pineal gland, the site responsible for regulating puberty and sleep cycles.
 
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Posted: Monday April 6, 2015