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There’s Lithium In The Water Supply

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Forget about the awful things that fluoride in the water supply supposedly does to us; the New York Times is reporting that there’s lithium in our water supply:

THE idea of putting a mind-altering drug in the drinking water is the stuff of sci-fi, terrorist plots and totalitarian governments. Considering the outcry that occurred when putting fluoride in the water was first proposed, one can only imagine the furor that would ensue if such a thing were ever suggested.

The debate, however, is moot. It’s a done deal. Mother Nature has already put a psychotropic drug in the drinking water, and that drug is lithium. Although this fact has been largely ignored for over half a century, it appears to have important medical implications.

Lithium is a naturally occurring element, not a molecule like most medications, and it is present in the United States, depending on the geographic area, at concentrations that can range widely, from undetectable to around .170 milligrams per liter.

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Legal Scholar: Is Fluoridation an Illegitimate Human Experiment?

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NEW YORKSept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “The cessation of all compulsory water fluoridation schemes should be the goal of all public health agencies, ethical lawmakers and informed citizens,” argues Rita Barnett-RoseChapman University Associate Law Professor, (online August 2014), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).

Evidence of fluoride’s harm is ignored, downplayed or not studied; benefits exaggerated and informed consent disregarded. “Claims that fluoridation is not mass medication are unpersuasive,” she writes.

After scientists disproved the 1945 theory assuming ingested fluoride was essential for healthy teeth, fluoridation promoters newly speculate, without evidence, that fluoridation benefits low-income children who have the most decay and least access to dental care – a problem that persists today despite 7 decades of fluoridation. In fact, dental socioeconomic disparities have increased.

The National Research Council acknowledges significant fluoride health research has yet to be done – especially fluoride’s effect on the young brain.… Read the rest

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Fluoride Conference begins Saturday September 6th outside DC

Saturday will be devoted to the science that indicates that there is no margin of safety to protect all our citizens from known health effects when they drink fluoridated water (even more so when we add in fluoride from other sources). Confirmed speakers include: Paul Connett, Michael Connett, Chris Neurath, Bill Hirzy, and Dr. Quanyong Xiang from China.
http://fluoridealert.org/content/conference-agenda/
Free shuttle from Regan Washington National airport to Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal, City, Virginia

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Dallas Considers Flushing Fluoride From Water Supply

Dallas DowntownIf Dallas acts on its City Council member’s recommendation to discontinue the addition of fluoride to its municipal water supply, it won’t just save a million dollars a year, it will hand a major victory to the anti-fluoride lobby. Dallas News reports on the predictable backlash:

On Wednesday Dallas City Council member Sheffie Kadane told his colleagues that it’s time to flush fluoride from the city’s water supply. On Friday the 106-year-old Dallas County Dental Society, with ties to the American Dental Association, sent a statement lambasting that proposal.

Anti-fluoride activist Chantel Arashvand, who spoke just before Sheffie Kadane came out against fluoride

The group says it “strongly supports maintaining the current levels of water fluoridation in the city as the most safe, effective, and financially sound way to prevent tooth decay in our community. Community water fluoridation (CWF) has been used in the United States for nearly 70 years, and it is one of the most extensively studied public health measures.

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Should Lithium Be Added To Drinking Water To Prevent Suicides?

lithiumMother Nature Network has the latest news on the previously discussed sort-of-logical-yet-profoundly-horrifying concept:

A study carried out in June of 2011 demonstrated that drinking water contaminated with lithium could actually lower suicide rates. So should lithium be added as a supplement to the water supply, as is done with fluoride?

In the study, 6,460 samples of drinking water were tested across 99 districts in Austria. Districts with higher levels of lithium tended to report lower suicide rates. In some areas lithium occurs naturally in the water supply, likely leached out of rocks and stones.

The results weren’t terribly shocking, as lithium has been used for decades to treat depression. This was the first time its effect was measured based on trace amounts within drinking water, however.

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Too Much Tea Leads Detroit Woman To Fluoride Overdose

For anyone who doubts that ingesting fluoride is bad for you, consider the case of a woman who drank 100 cups of tea per day. From CBS Detroit:
A 47-year-old Detroit woman is recovering after an extreme addiction to tea. Henry Ford Hospital Bone & Mineral Research Head Sudhaker Rao says the patient drank the equivalent of 100 cups of tea a day for 17 years. He says she lost all her teeth and doctors at first thought she had cancer, but as it turned out, she was suffering from a fluoride overdose. “Among the beverages that contain fluoride, tea actually contains the highest amount of fluoride, however, it is a small quantity in each bag so we don’t drink that many. So if you overflow your system … the kidney is unable to excrete this load of fluoride...
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Harvard Study Says Fluoride Lowers Children’s IQ

But it keeps their teeth shiny white and strong for photos. Via the Harvard School of Public Health:

In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.

The researchers conducted a systematic review of studies, almost all of which are from China where risks from fluoride are well-established. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in groundwater, and exposures to the chemical are increased in some parts of China. Virtually no human studies in this field have been conducted in the U.S., said lead author Anna Choi, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH.

They then analyzed possible associations with IQ measures in more than 8,000 children of school age; all but one study suggested that high fluoride content in water may negatively affect cognitive development.

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