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Fluoride — A Little Bit at the Wrong Time Is Devastating

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  • Higher exposure to fluoride while in utero is associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in childhood
  • Women with higher levels of fluoride in their urine during pregnancy were more likely to have children with lower intelligence
  • Each 0.5 milligram per liter increase in pregnant women’s fluoride levels was associated with a reduction of 3.15 and 2.5 points on the children’s cognitive and intelligence test scores, respectively

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., two-thirds of Americans' tap water contains fluoride, which is added under the guise of preventing cavities. Water fluoridation continues to occur in the majority of the U.S. even as research stacks up that fluoride is a neurotoxin that can harm brain function. A study of Mexican women and children is among the latest to raise concern, showing that higher exposure to fluoride while in utero is associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in childhood, both at the age of 4 and 6 to 12 years.


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