Hi all…a story on fluoride in today’s National Post may lead to inquires for drinking water providers. It is entitled “A study linking fluoride exposure in pregnancy to lower IQ scores in boys is unnecessarily frightening people into avoiding fluoridated water, researchers say.” https://nationalpost.com/health/so-much-is-at-stake-academics-call-for-release-of-data-behind-controversial-canadian-fluoride-study


The story starts: “When the editor-in-chief of a highly reputable American medical journal decided to publish a potential bombshell study from Canada hinting that pregnant women who drink fluoridated water risk subtly damaging their child’s brain, he braced for the blowback. He imagined anti-fluoridationists would sink their teeth into it and wave it as more proof of the harms of “mass medication,” while proponents of fluoride would “trash it, because they just don’t want to believe the findings,” Dr. Dimitri Christakis, editor of JAMA Pediatrics said in an interview with the Post. Well, he certainly called it…”


The paper being referred to in this story is: “Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure during Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada.” Here’s the link, the key points are below. Let me know if you can’t access the abstract or article.





Key Points

“Question  Is maternal fluoride exposure during pregnancy associated with childhood IQ in a Canadian cohort receiving optimally fluoridated water?

Findings  In this prospective birth cohort study, fluoride exposure during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ scores in children aged 3 to 4 years.

Meaning  Fluoride exposure during pregnancy may be associated with adverse effects on child intellectual development, indicating the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy.”