On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report recommending water fluoridation levels be lowered.

The HHS released their final Public Health Service (PHS) for fluoride, calling for a change from the recommended 0.7 -1.2 milligrams per liter to a maximum of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. This is the first major change to fluoride levels since 1962.

The HHS says the change is in response to growing cases of dental fluorosis, which causes yellowing and pitting of the teeth. 2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Survey found that approximately 41% of 12-15 year olds suffer from dental fluorosis, a consequence of fluoride overexposure.  Although the department says the issues with water fluoridation are simply cosmetic, a number of recent studies have called in to question the effectiveness of the treatment.

A recently published study  found  an association between widespread exposure to fluoridated water and increased Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) prevalence among U.S. children.

The study comes from the Department of Psychology at Toronto’s York University and was published in the Environmental Health journal. The researchers studied data on ADHD among children age four to seventeen collected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as part of the National Survey of Children’s Health, as well as state water fluoridation data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected between 1992 and 2008 . It is the first study to analyze the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence.

The York University study came on the heels of another study published in the BMJ’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which confirmed Fluoride’s negative effect on the thyroid gland and a possible connection to depression, weight gain, and other negative health effects. Researchers with the University of Kent in England examined thyroid activity for those in areas with fluoridated water and those without. The team examined 95 percent of the English population in 2012 and 2013 and found high rates of underactive thyroid were 30% more likely in areas with high fluoride concentration. An underactive thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

The researchers reference a previous study that found exposure to water fluoridated at relatively low concentrations and a reduced IQ among children. Based on that study they believe “it is plausible that fluoride is also contributing to attention-related symptoms given its association with lower IQ.”

For more on the history of Fluoride, health issues, and conflicts of interests with the CDC, check this article.

  • Goody Goody Gumdrops

    They’re saying that they want to reduce the rat poison in your water and you think this is good news?

    Think about that for a while.

    • 1PissedAmerican

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.

    • Dave T

      Do you honestly believe this is even comparable to rat poison? It’s proven beyond a reasonable doubt that any significant health impacts are so negligible that they aren’t worth discussing. Look into research and stop reading conspiracy scare theories from your Grandma’s Email Forwards.

      • Kyle Davinski

        Until recently there have not been any unbiased studies readily accessible, and technically lots of things once labeled a “conspiracy theory” have been proven to be factual and true…. there is no reason why the government should have the ability to add anything to natural water with no questions asked anyway. Plenty of evidence available to support a movement to remove the unnatural additive… if it was ever a beneficial supplement, why is it that nature saw fit to omit it..? Our “science” is infantile when compared to the natural order of things…. the day humans knowledge outweigh nature’s design is a day no one here will ever liveto see

  • 1PissedAmerican

    Just a slower kill.

  • D Lll

    Evidently the public is getting stupid too fast. Common Core and smartphones added to the publics’ stupification more than expected. Hence the lowering of the fluoride levels

  • HHS asked for comments and over 19,000 people said artificial water
    fluoridation should be stopped completely and gave good reasons. HHS ignored
    them. Instead they quietly, without informing the public or those 19,000
    commenters, released this information first to special interest groups such as
    the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Children’s Dental Health Project
    so they were ready and quotable in news reports and then HHS released it
    publicly at meeting of the National Oral Health Coalition (whose goal is to
    increase fluoridation in the US) and where 3 prominent fluoridationists (at
    least one from the CDC) wore T-shirts that read, “F Yeah.” And where
    pro-fluoridation strategy was discussed including how to use social media to
    promote fluoridation. The ADA, alone, allotted $500,000 to this cause.

    HHS’s report and widely repeated news release left out very important
    information that Americans need to know and HHS admits is a problem.

    Buried in their report but not mentioned in the News Release, where more
    people could have been warned (but fluoridation harmed), is the admission that
    routinely mixing fluoridated water with infant formula puts babies at risk of
    developing dental fluorosis.

    Fluorosis is just the outward sign of fluoride toxicity.

    HHS didn’t tell you that a 2006 National Research Council report revealed
    for the first time that fluoride is an “endocrine disruptor” which means it has
    the potential to harm the human body in several ways, especially to the thyroid
    gland which is the master gland of the body.

    When fluoridation began, there was no idea that fluoride could get into the
    brain . Now we know from hundreds of animal studies, it does. 43 human studies
    show fluoridation can lower IQ. . A US study links fluoridation to ADHD.

    In fact, drug companies are adding fluoride to some medicines to enable it
    to penetrate the brain better.

    This fact alone should put fluoridation to rest forever. HHS admits
    fluoride gets into the brain but they infer that small amounts of fluoride in
    the brain is OK with them.

    The question remains why is the government protecting fluoridation at all

    It’s time for FluorideGate hearings

    • Whatever

      [citation needed]

  • Robo

    Doesn’t need to be in water at all. If it’s so great for teeth keep it in toothpaste.

  • John Adams

    Fluoride does NOTHING to help or protect the teeth…..absolutely NOTHING! And that is why Europe will not put this INDUSTRIAL WASTE product into their water supply.
    You read that right folks. Fluoride is an industrial waste that is being disposed of via your drinking water. Saves those greedy industrialists a lot of money, eh?
    As well, Fluoride was put in the water in the concentration camps in NAZI Germany specifically because of the impact on human functioning……….it was used to basically impact the prisoners so tnat they would be more docile. That is a FACT.

  • Fluoride ? The real reason its in the water? try to find the truth and you will see a lot of propaganda.