Ask the Flint Mayor
If your water department is still adding fluoride chemicals into the water supply ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, you are not only wasting money, because people are advised to avoid Flint’s tap water, but you are putting those that do drink the tap water at higher risk of lead poisoning.
According to Sawan, et al. (Toxicology 2/2010), fluoridation chemicals (hydrofluosilicic acid), boosts lead absorption in lab animals’ bones, teeth and blood. Earlier studies already show children’s blood-lead-levels are higher in fluoridated communities, reports Sawan’s research team.
“…exposure to increased amounts of lead and fluoride occurs at about the same age (1-3 years)… Therefore, this is a critical time when systemic exposure to fluoride should be minimized since fluoride may increase lead accumulation,” the researchers caution.
Low-level lead exposure is associated with lower IQ, ADHD and many health and behavior ailments.
Sawan’s team put fluosilicic acid, with and without lead, into lab animals’ drinking water. They found more lead in tooth enamel, surface bone, whole bone, and tooth dentine in rats co-exposed to fluoride and lead.
Possibly anticipating criticism that rats were fed higher fluoride-concentrated water than people drink, the authors write, “This concentration was chosen because it produces plasma fluoride levels that are comparable with those commonly found in humans…”
Increased prevalence and severity of fluoride-discolored teeth (fluorosis) proves U.S. children are already fluoride-overexposed, “which may cause their blood-lead levels to increase and produce more lead toxicity,” they write.
“These findings suggest that a biological effect, not recognized so far, may underlie the epidemiological association between increased blood-lead levels in children and water fluoridation,” concludes Sawan’s research team.
“[O]ur findings may have serious implications for populations exposed to increased amounts of both lead and fluoride, particularly young children,” the research team writes.
Fluoridation chemicals often contain lead (NSF International). See: http://www.nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/NSF_Fact_Sheet_on_Fluoridation.pdf
Masters and Coplan’s landmark studies show higher blood-lead-levels in children living in silico-fluoridated communities (Neurotoxicology 2000, 2007). Macek’s research shows children’s higher blood-lead-levels are associated with water fluoridation when lead is already in the environment (Environmental Health Perspectives, 2006).
Some fluoridation chemicals originate in China, Mexico and Japan, reports the CDC.