Fluoride Action Network

Video and Powerpoint: The Scientific Evidence for Fluoride’s Developmental Neurotoxicity.

March 1, 2020 (updated August 26, 2020) | Fluoride Action Network | By Chris Neurath

Update: Chris Neurath is the lead author of Fluoride Developmental Neurotoxicity: Dose-Response Analyses of Recent High Quality Studies, an e-poster in the 32nd Annual Conference of ISEE (International Society of Environmental Epidemiology), August 24-27, 2020.

FAN’s Research Director, Chris Neurath, closely details the evidence that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin. This information in this video is an excellent introduction to the main argument FAN will be using in the upcoming federal TSCA trial against EPA that starts June 8th, 2020 (more on the trial here: http://fluoridealert.org/issues/tsca-fluoride-trial/fact-sheet/). 

Chris Neurath describes the rapidly accumulating evidence that fluoride lowers the IQ of children and increases their risk of neurobehavioral problems like ADHD. Neurath says: “So many high quality studies have been published in recent years and even the last several months that it requires a ‘score card’ to keep track of them. I’ll be explaining these studies and putting them into perspective. Incredibly, the evidence points to water fluoridation in the USA now causing greater population-wide IQ loss in children than lead poisoning.”

The presentation is about 50 minutes and includes a question & answer session that took place after the presentation.

* Recorded live on Zoom Webinar on May 29, 2020 with an introduction re-recorded on June 1, 2020.

FAN has made available the slides used in this presentation:

This powerful Powerpoint will help you to educate others – available here.

An added tool is a version of the Powerpoint with speaking notes – available here.

The fluoridation of drinking water is a public health policy vigorously promoted by federal and state health officials with little discussion of the potential for risks to the pregnant woman and her offspring.

In response, we offer a powerpoint presentation which summarizes the extensive scientific evidence that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxicant. This powerpoint is also available with notes that will be helpful to the presenter.

Many studies have reported that fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ and there are now two strong studies (Bashash 2018 and Riddell 2019) finding an association between water fluoridation and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This powerpoint presentation gives an overview of the evidence and highlights eleven of the strongest studies, including several of the Mother-Offspring studies.

The 2019 draft National Toxicology Program Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects is also explained. This review, currently under peer review by the National Academy of Sciences, concluded “that fluoride is presumed to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.”

Many people are unaware of the voluminous and rapidly emerging scientific evidence that fluoride causes developmental neurotoxicity, including at exposure levels common in areas with artificially fluoridated water.  A paper in JAMA Pediatrics published in August 2019 (Green et al.) received much attention, but the dozens of other supporting studies finding the same effects prove that there is far more than “just one study”.

You will find a review of fluoride and developmental neurotoxicty here.