I once watched a video which was shot from the fifth floor of a beachfront hotel in the Philippines. The video was interesting because the group of people on the fifth floor filming the Tsunami quickly realized that this was no ordinary event in fact, as the Tsunami came closer to shore, they understood the gravity of the situation. However, many people failed to recognize the danger of the situation and failed, to seek higher ground in order to protect themselves to their great cost.
The maximum height of the waves reached 9 meters at Lebak, 4.3 meters at Alicia, 3 meters at Resa Bay, the eastern coast of Basilan, Jolo Islands, and Sacol Islands. At least 5,000 people died during the earthquake and tsunami, with thousands more remaining missing. Some reports say that as many as 8,000 people lost their lives in total, with ninety percent of residents losing their lives as a result of the tsunami. Courtesy Wikipedia.
I refer, to this disastrous loss of life in the Philippines because I feel the same way about the municipal water that Americans bathe, cook and drink. I believe that just like those people on the fifth floor of their beachfront hotel in the Philippines videoing the tidal wave who realized the danger of the approaching Tsunami at their location.
They could not advise the people on the ground to seek safety by rushing to higher ground immediately and as a result, 8000 people died.
In Europe fluoride is completely banned because in Europe the effects of this chemical on the learning capabilities of young children were well understood.
Below is a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of the effects of fluoride exposure on children conducted in a joint research program between the Peoples Republic of China and Harvard University which revealed the true extent the damages caused by fluoride.
In a way, I feel much like the people in the Philippines watching the mounting danger of that Tsunami and yet, unable to warn people of their dire situation in that every single day Americans and particularly young Americans are exposed to this chemical. I know about these dangers as does every country in Europe and yet, I cannot warn them of their predicament because fluoride is still widely used here in the US.
Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children
July 25, 2012 — For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment. In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
The study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.
The researchers conducted a systematic review of studies, almost all of which are from China where risks from fluoride are well-established. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in groundwater, and exposures to the chemical are increased in some parts of China. Virtually no human studies in this field have been conducted in the U.S., said lead author Anna Choi, a research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH.
Even though many of the studies on children in China differed in many ways or were incomplete, the authors consider the data compilation and joint analysis an important first step in evaluating the potential risk. “For the first time, we have been able to do a comprehensive meta-analysis that has the potential for helping us plan better studies. We want to make sure that cognitive development is considered as a possible target for fluoride toxicity,” Choi said.
Choi and senior author Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH, and their colleagues collated the epidemiological studies of children exposed to fluoride from drinking water. The China National Knowledge Infrastructure database also was included to locate studies published in Chinese journals. They then analyzed possible associations with IQ measures in more than 8,000 children of school age; all but one study suggested that high fluoride content in water may negatively affect cognitive development.
The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15.* Some studies suggested that even slightly increased fluoride exposure could be toxic to the brain. Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas.