Quick Links: Junk Food & Fluoride & IQ – Oh, My!; Plus Vaccines, Arsenic & Diabetes Risk

School Dinners Debate: Junk Food May Harm Toddlers’ Ability to Learn (Guardian)

Children who are brought up on a diet of junk food at the age of three are more likely to make slow progress at school, educational researchers have discovered.

They found diet in the preschool years has more influence on a child’s ability to learn than the quality of school dinners….

Staff in schools that switched to a healthier menu reported improvements in children’s behaviour, but the research team found the quality of school dinners made no difference to performance in Sats tests. The team said: “Children who do poorly at school are more likely to have been affected by the food they ate many years earlier, rather than the chicken nuggets they had at lunchtime.”

Fluoride Lowers IQ, Studies Show (Best Syndication)

Studies done in several countries show that children’s IQ are likely to be lower in high natural water fluoride areas, said Howard. These studies are plausible because fluoride is known to affect the thyroid hormone which affects intelligence and fluoride is also a neurotoxicant, said Howard. Such studies have not been conducted in countries that artificially fluoridate the water such as the US, UK and Canada, but should be, he said.

Vaccines Found to Cause Diabetes in Children (Natural News)

“The recent data shows that common childhood vaccines are especially dangerous to children with a strong family history of diabetes,” Classen said. “Parents of a child with a strong family history of insulin-dependent diabetes … should know that the administration of a full series of vaccines may have a greater than 5 percent chance of causing their child to develop diabetes.”

Another study, published in the same issue of the Open Pediatric Medicine Journal, demonstrated a connection between the hepatitis B vaccine and Type 2 diabetes.

You can access both open access articles here. See the first two articles in volume 2.

 

Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk (Washington Post)

High levels of arsenic in urine may be linked with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers report.

The findings, published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, are the first to link low-level exposure to arsenic with type 2 diabetes prevalence in the United States.

Use the EWG’s US Tap Water Quality Database to find out what’s in your water.


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