Sodium fluoride is no stranger to our nation’s water supplies or to our conventional toothpastes. In fact, many say that adding and using fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but the jury’s still out on whether that is true or not. One’s thing’s for sure, though. Fluoride is often touted as safe, but a recent study published in the Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences says that fluoride is anything but safe because it definitively causes neurodegenerative damage in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve.
The study was conducted by K. Pratap Reddy of Osmania University in India and establishes that fluoride chemicals “cross the blood-brain barrier and alter the structure and function of neural tissue.” The blood-brain barrier, by the way, is the body’s natural way of protecting the brain and central nervous system from damage caused by harmful toxins. It is intended to allow only nutrients and other healthy metabolic items to have access to the brain, and it’s supposed to filter out all other unhealthy materials.
Unfortunately, however, fluoride sneaks right through.
Here’s what happened in the study: repeated exposure to fluoride chemicals in test animals gleaned lower body weights, reduction in the organic somatic index of their brains and contamination of their hippocampus, neocortex, cerebellum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissues. This results in an onslaught of neurodegeneration that takes place in the brain and the central nervous system—often leading to severe, and sometimes irreversible or deadly, outcomes. Lowered IQ, reduced cognitive function, learning disabilities and hyperactivity are just some ways fluoride can damage the brain.
This is not the only study that had these findings. An earlier Chinese fluoride study had similar results. Likewise, in past years, Dr. Robert Isaacson, Brighamton University, New York, conducted two studies using low levels of aluminum fluoride and sodium fluoride. The levels were similar to the amounts people are exposed to on a daily basis from fluoridated toothpastes and drinking water. Results showed that both types of fluorides were neurotoxic.
Fluoridated toothpastes and drinking water aren’t alone in fluoride content, however. Fluorinated drugs like Fenfluramine (a fluorinated weight loss drug which has since been removed from the market), fluorinated corticosteroids and fluorinated psychoactive drugs like Rohypnol (fluorinated valium) and Prozac are threats, too. The one particular side effect common to almost all fluoridated drugs (mentioned in the Physician’s Desk Reference) is memory loss, so be on the lookout for all ways fluoride makes its way into the market.
Here’s something else to think about. Tara Blank, Ph.D., the Fluoride Action Network’s (FAN) Science and Health Officer, asks a pointed and burning question: “Who in their right mind would risk lowering their child’s intelligence in order to reduce a small amount of tooth decay, for which evidence is very weak?”
Good question. I know for me and my family, we’re not about to risk it. If you ask me, fluoride is an epic fail, and we can do without it.