About three years ago, Harvard and a number of other respectable institutions found that high exposure to fluoride levels in drinking water negatively impacts the IQ and wreaks havoc on bodily health (thirty-six other studies, to be exact). But until recently, institutions had yet to do anything about it.
Finally, however, the United States government has lowered fluoride levels in drinking water – the first time in 50 years.
When this news was released in 2012, authors published their conclusion online in the July 20th edition of the prominent journal Environmental Health Perspectives: a federal government medical journal stemming from the United States National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
In the research presented by the Harvard scientists, it is very clear just how toxic fluoride can be to the body. In a written statement, researchers stated: “The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”
It’s only taken three years for action to be implemented… But as The Guardian reports:
“The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years…. Since 1962, the government has been advising water systems to add fluoride to a level of 0.7 parts per million for warmer climates, where people drink more water, to 1.2 parts per million in cooler areas. The new standard is 0.7 everywhere.”
These lowered levels are likely still concerning, but at least it’s as step in the right direction.
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