The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. It's in the same category as mercury, lead and arsenic.
Fluoride is currently found in city water's across Canada including Abbotsford, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto. Canadian cities that used to have fluoride in the water but in recent years have banned it include: Calgary, Waterloo, Windsor, Lakeshore and Tecumseh.
In the United States in 2010, 66% of Americans received fluoride in their water.
It's interesting to observer that fluoride is generally not added to drinking water in Europe as it has been banned.
The summary by the Lancet notes that neurodevelopmental disabilities are caused by chemicals including fluoride. "ADHD, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, are greatly affecting children reaching a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity. Sodium fluoride in drinking water has also been linked to various cancers."
Their report coincides with 2013 findings by a Harvard University analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health which concluded that children in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores that those who live in areas with low amounts of fluoride in their water supplies.
If you’ve ever noticed the warnings on toothpaste labels you probably know just how serious fluoride poisoning can be, especially for children if they swallow too much at one time. Today there are many natural brands of fluoride-free toothpaste available at any health food store or holistic grocery store.
Buying a quality drinking water filter is an important step towards improving the health of your family. If you google "chemicals found in drinking water canada" you can see an alarming amount of articles and news reports showing that our water isn't as clear as it looks.
Source - March 2014 edition of The Lancet Neurology .