Fluoride Action Network

Fluoride’s Effects on the Brain: A Presentation by Dr. C. Vyvyan Howard

August 11, 2008 | Press Release from the Toronto-based Citizens for a Safe Environment and Fluoride Action Network

Dr. C. Vyvyan Howard, an infant and fetal pathologist, and president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE has 20,000 members worldwide) will give the first major public presentation on Fluoride’s Effects on the Brain at the United Steelworker’s Union Hall, 25 Cecil, Toronto, on Monday, August 11, at 7 pm.

While promoters of fluoridation of public drinking water continue to focus on only one tissue in the body (the teeth), a growing number of published studies report that fluoride can interfere with other tissues, particularly the developing brain of the fetus, infant, and toddler.

In 2006, the US National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC) released a landmark report on fluoride. According to the report:

“it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”  

The report also examined the studies showing an association between fluoride and reduced IQ in children and concluded:

“the consistency of the results appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”

Since the NRC report was released, 4 additional studies on fluoride and IQ have been published.

Last year the Fluoride Action Network paid for the translations of many important studies on fluoride’s effects on the brain that the NRC did not review because they were published in Chinese.  Twelve of these translated studies have just been published in the latest edition of the journal Fluoride.

Dr. Howard is the director of the Bioimaging Research Group at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. His presentation will be the first public review of the brain studies revealed by FAN’s translation efforts. Dr. Howard’s forte is being able to put complicated science into a language that laypersons can understand.  Some of the issues that Dr. Howard has been involved are: dioxin and incineration, pesticides (eg, Benlate), and nano particles.

Also presenting will be Dr. A.K. Susheela from India, the world’s foremost researcher on the impact of naturally occurring fluoride on human health, along with Dr. Jennifer Luke, who was the first to report that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland.  All three speakers have joined over 1700 professionals calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide.

An afternoon session (2-5 pm), at the same venue, will feature a forum to discuss the question, “In the light of new evidence of harm, should Toronto halt the fluoridation of its water supply?” Participants to be announced.

The event is hosted by Toronto-based Citizens for a Safe Environment (CSE) and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). FAN, along which with the International Society for Fluoride Research (ISFR), brought a notable group of scientists, doctors and dentists to an international conference held at the U of T Mississauga campus (August 7-10).

The two Fluoride Forums in Toronto are free and open to the public.

Free parking available behind the United Steelworker’s Union building.