Perhaps Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine Arvid Carlsson put it best: “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete.”
It’s also risky, with health effects ranging from fluorosis to any number of physical illnesses and problems. The Fluoride Action Network lists 50 reasons to oppose fluoridation, but now there might be another to add.
Over at Natural Health News, herbalYODA has called attention to new research showing that fluoride appears to elevate lead levels in the blood.
The study, which appeared in the February issue of Toxicology, was inspired by the observation that children in communities with fluoridated water showed higher blood lead levels (BPb). To see if the fluoride had something to do with it, researchers used lab rats, separating them into four groups. The control group was exposed to water, while one test group was exposed to fluoride, one to lead and the last to fluoride and lead. Compared to the lead-only group, the fluoride-lead group had blood lead levels “two- to threefold higher,” leaving the researchers to conclude,
These findings show that fluoride consistently increases BPb and calcified tissues Pb [lead] concentrations in animals exposed to low levels of lead and suggest that a biological effect not yet recognized may underlie the epidemiological association between increased BPb lead levels in children living in water-fluoridated communities.
You can read the whole abstract here.
The commentary at Natural Health News is also worth a read. We encourage you to check it out.