Harvard researchers link fluoridated water to ADHD, autism and other childhood mental health disorders

New research published in The Lancet by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that various chemicals that many children are exposed to are having a direct effect on the creation of disorders labelled under the name ADHD as well as other mental disorders. One of the chemicals said to be having an effect is fluoride, or variations of fluoride. Governments have been performing artificial fluoridation for a number of years regardless of the lack of effectiveness it has in preventing tooth decay.

According to a study published in The Lancet, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have pinpointed six new chemicals that they believe influence mental disorders in children.

The results are based upon a study published in 2006, which identified fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant.” The new study added manganese, DDT (pesticides) tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) to the list of neurologically damaging chemicals. According to the team, these chemicals are dangerous not just to mothers and unborn children, but they also influence mental health disorders like ADHD and autism in children.

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Environmental toxins influence aggressive behavior in children

The researchers set out to help people avoid environmental toxins and urge manufacturers to conduct regulatory checks for their products. “Organic foods are of course useful, and seafood should favor shrimp, salmon, and other species low in the food chain,” co-author and adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH Philippe Grandjean, told Medical Daily. “But many substances appear where the consumer has no way of knowing or detecting them. So this requires a systematic approach and initiatives on a national and international level.”

According to the researchers, toxic chemicals linked to mental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12. This is because many untested chemicals are being approved as fit for public consumption, despite an overwhelmingly massive amount of evidence that suggests otherwise.

An overabundance of mangenese, for instance, has been linked to a diminished intellect and poor motor skills. According to a 2003 study, solvents were discovered to have a significant link to aggressive behavior and hyperactivity in children. In addition, specific types of pesticides were linked to cognitive shortcomings.

The authors of the study do not go into detail about the chemical mechanics that underpin these cognitive disorders. Aggressive children are over-diagnosed with ADHD and often outgrow their “disorder” with age. In genuine cases of ADHD, however, there are external influences beyond a child’s social circle that contributes to the disorder.

“Social factors have been blamed for causing problems for kids, but research on lead exposure shows the opposite,” he explained. “Some of the behavioral abnormalities and school problems are more likely due to lead, including part of those that have been attributed to social factors.”

Fluoride inhibits fetal development

The fact is, fluoride is a known developmental neurotoxin and practices of water fluoridation have long been proven to be ineffective. If individuals choose to use fluoridated tooth paste or choose fluoride treatments at their dental office, that is acceptable but two things should happen:

People should be taught about the harmful effects of fluoride and the damage it can cause to your teeth and your body.

Water fluoridation should be stopped everywhere immediately as it is nothing more than a legal way for chemical companies to get rid of toxic waste while profiting.

Fluoride accumulates in the body over time, so even though the amounts being ingested might be small each time, it builds up over years and can cause serious health issues. Research has found that fluoride affects normal endocrine function, causes kidney disease, bone weakness, dental fluorosis, cancer, lowering of IQ, calcification of the pineal gland, arthritis, immune deficiencies, skeletal fluorosis and much more.

“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” stated Grandjean in a press release, calling for improved regulatory standards for common chemicals. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”