Of those water systems that are fluoridated, most (over 90 percent) use a chemical that has been linked to elevated levels of lead in the blood of children.
In research published in the International Journal of Environment Studies (September, 1999), Masters and Coplan studied lead screening data from 280,000 Massachusetts children. They found that average blood lead levels are significantly higher in children living in communities whose water is treated with silicofluorides. A survey of over 120,000 children in New York towns (population 15,000 to 75,000) corroborates this effect.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that excessive blood lead levels can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems and seizures.
Masters and Coplan report that lead is a highly significant risk factor in predicting higher rates of crime, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and substance abuse. In a study now in press, Masters' research team found higher rates of violent crime and substance abuse in silicofluoridated communities.
Is this a risk we want to take with our children?
EPA Scientists Say “No” to Fluoridation
The Masters and Coplan research plus the many other studies led the EPA water safety scientists to vote unanimously (all 1500) against water fluoridation. The Union of EPA Scientists unanimously stated:
“As the professionals who are charged with assessing the safety of drinking water, we conclude that the health and welfare of the public is not served by the addition of this substance to the public water supply. Our members' review of the body of evidence over the past eleven years, including animal and human epidemiology studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment , and bone pathology. Of particular concern are recent epidemiology studies linking fluoride exposure to lowered IQ in children .”
Kaplan and Morris report that there has been a dramatic increase in learning disabilities. One of every six children in America suffers from problems such as autism, aggression, dyslexia, or attention deficit disorder. Reported cases of autism in California , between 1987 and 1998, rose from 3,864 to 11,995; in New York , the number of children with learning disabilities rose from 132,000 in 1983 to 204,000 in 1996. This information comes from US News and World Report, June 19, 2000, “Kids at Risk.”
For more information on water fluoridation go to www.fluorideaction.net