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Harvard Study shows Fluoride may lower IQ in children

The number one thing we hear from people who use the Aquagear pitcher is that they love being able to give their family clean water around the clock. Especially since a lot of new research is showing how important it is to protect children from harmful tap water contaminants like lead and fluoride.

According to a recent Harvard study, Fluoride added to public drinking water supplies for dental hygiene purposes may be adversely affecting cognitive development in children. For years health experts have been unable to agree as to whether or not Fluoride in drinking water can be toxic to the developing human brain. Harvard School of Public Health’s 2012 study and follow-up research published in 2014 suggests that fluoride’s impact on the human brain may be similar to lead and mercury.

Among the 8,000 children analyzed within the first study, the average loss in IQ was equivalent to 7 IQ points. According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), “children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas.”

Philippe Grandjean of the HSPH says “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, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

The effects of fluoride can also be seen in the aesthetic affects that dental fluorosis has on children’s teeth who are exposed to fluoride in drinking water. White streaks and pitting on teeth are common physical effects caused by fluorosis. According the US Centers for Disease Control, 41% of American adolescents now have some form of mild to moderate fluorosis (CDC 2010).

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