On 29 July 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel passed new regulations requiring Israel to stop adding fluoride chemicals into public water supplies in one year. A 1974 regulation had mandated fluoridation throughout Israel. But in April 2013, after reviewing more recent science, Israel’s Minister of Health revised the regulation, removing the mandate. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the new regulations will not only bring an end to mandatory fluoridation in Israel in 2014 but will also put an end to any fluoridation – mandatory or voluntary.1
Did you read about this in your local newspaper? Was it on the evening TV news? What about the ‘top of the hour’ radio news stations? Very likely you didn’t see it online either, unless you deliberately went looking for it.
In the United States, forced water fluoridation proponents – many in government – have bullied nearly all the mainstream media into going along with the outdated, unsupportable opinion that ‘water fluoridation is good’. Even a brief mention of solid scientific research contradicting that opinion is frowned upon, and as a result much of the public is kept in the dark about water fluoridation’s proven dangers. The same holds true in the UK too. Around 5.8 million people in different parts of England alone are supplied with artificially fluorided water.
Fluoride exposure linked to lower IQs in children
In July 2012 researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, published a review of fluoride’s effects on the brains of children, concluding “… results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.”2 If you read this review, you realize that the term ‘possibility’ is a bit weak; children who had higher exposures to fluoride in the communities where they lived had significantly lower IQ levels than those exposed to much less fluoride. In fact, the Harvard review reported that 26 of 27 studies they examined showed a relationship between lower IQ and fluoride intake.
Fluoride can interfere with brain and body functions
In 2006, the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science released a 450-page report on their findings about fluoride and toxicity. It warned of possible damage to the brain and other health effects from exposure to fluoride, even at the low levels purportedly contained in the drinking water in the US. The committee that compiled the report stated, “On the basis of information largely derived from histological, chemical, and molecular studies, it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means.”3
And since 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Union of Scientists has opposed the use of fluoride due to its neurotoxic effects demonstrated in studies.4
Even the prestige of these groups – Harvard School of Public Health, National Research Council, Environmental Protection Agency Union of Scientists – and all the other evidence (see July 2013 Nutrition & Healing for many more details) – is not enough to persuade most public health authorities to reexamine their beliefs. It’s not even enough to persuade these so-called ‘authorities’ to quit describing those who oppose water fluoridation on the basis of solid science ‘rabid antifluoridationists’.
Evidence against water fluoridation grows
And the ever-growing mountain of scientific evidence demonstrating the hazards of fluoride isn’t yet enough to convince the mainstream media to quit being bullied into silence on this topic.
But apparently the evidence is strong enough for Israel’s Minister of Health and the Israeli Supreme Court to eliminate water fluoridation altogether, nationwide!
As noted in July 2013 Nutrition & Healing: ‘It’s long past time to retire the dangerous practice of water fluoridation. Its day has passed. With the widespread availability of xylitol and strontium, [proven to prevent tooth decay] fluoride in the water is as obsolete as black-and-white television sets.’
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 8, Issue 2 – February 2014
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