Fluoride Action Network

No Room in the Womb for Fluoride – Moms2B Campaign Launch

Fluoride Action Network | Bulletin | May 9, 2018

Today, the Fluoride Action Network launched its Moms2B Avoid Fluoride campaign to alert pregnant women that consuming fluoride, especially from fluoridated water, can potentially harm the developing brain of their unborn child.

In a rational world it should not have been necessary for FAN to launch this campaign.

This warning should have been issued by U.S. governmental health agencies at the federal, state and local levels, since it was their own agencies that funded these important ground-breaking mother-offspring IQ studies. However, they appear to be hamstrung by their long endorsement and belief in the “safety and efficacy” of the water fluoridation program, which the vast majority of other countries have rejected. However, the matter is so urgent in our view, if they won’t do it, FAN will.

In 2017 and 2018, two “mother-offspring” studies on the cognitive effect of fluoride on the human fetus were released. Exposure was determined by measuring fluoride in the urine of the pregnant women because it’s a good measure of total fluoride exposure. Both studies reported a significant decrease in the IQs of children. The studies, by a team of respected researchers, found an IQ loss between 5 and 6 points at 4 years of age and between 6 to 12 years of age (Bashash et al. 2017) and at 1 to 3 years of age (Thomas et al. 2018).

The singular importance of these two studies is that the fluoride levels in the urine of the pregnant women are similar to what is found in adults living in fluoridated communities in the U.S.

The studies were funded by three U.S. government agencies: National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

The fetus now ranks as the most vulnerable of our species to fluoride’s toxicity.

While there are another 50 published studies reporting an association of fluoride exposure with a lowering of IQ in children, and over 200 animal-fluoride studies reporting damage to the brain and reduced learning and memory ability, the surprise came with the release of these mother-offspring fluoride studies. Why? Because they have clearly demonstrated, for the first time, that pregnancy is the most critical period for exposure to fluoride. The fetus now ranks as the most vulnerable of our species to fluoride’s toxicity.

According to Paul Connett, PhD, Director of FAN,

“Whether fluoridation is as effective as promoters claim is now moot. The fluoridation experiment needs to be stopped now. Pregnant women need to be warned about this emerging risk from a needlessly imposed exposure.”

As we all know, the main source of fluoride exposure in the U.S. is from the approximately 70% of U.S. public water supplies where it is added to the water for dental treatment!

We hope that many of you will become involved in this campaign on different levels to help spread the message, so that expecting mothers can act to protect their children.

Working as an individual, or with a community group, familiarize yourselves with the Mother-Offspring studies and the Fluoride-Brain studies. Also, read the Precautionary Principle, which is what city and town council members can invoke to end fluoridation in your community.

Read all about the Moms2b Avoid Fluoride campaign here:

What Water Should I Drink?
Q & A
Join the Campaign to Help Spread the Word
Environmental Justice & Pregnant Women
The Mother-Offspring Studies
• The Fluoride-Brain Studies
The Precautionary Principle
IQ Loss: Economic Cost to Society
Media Coverage of the Bashash et al. study
Leaflets & Other Campaign Materials

Join the Moms2B campaign
to help spread the word to pregnant women

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