The Fluoride and ADHD DebateThe recent study revitalizing the fluoride-ADHD link reports a significant correlation between fluoride exposure and ADHD symptoms/diagnosis, even across six different years.  The authors of the study noted that states who received the most fluoridated water had more ADHD diagnoses even after controlling for socioeconomic status. Considering the fact that fluoride interferes with hormone balance, it’s no wonder why we should be wary of this potential toxin. Fluorosilicic acid is the main form of fluoride added to drinking water and is a byproduct of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing. This form has been shown to leach lead from pipes which has been shown to elevate lead – a potent neurotoxin – in the body.  Lead has been directly linked to ADHD development. Fluoride may also impact thyroid health, which could also contribute to improper brain development.  What’s more, one study has shown that there is nine percent more cases of hypothyroidism in fluoridated areas than non-fluoridated areas in England. 
What You Can DoIt is crucial you are consuming purified or distilled water at all times in order to avoid fluoride ingestion. Hidden fluoride is another issues – do you think most food processors go to the trouble of using fluoride free water? No. It's best to reduce the consumption of these products. Consume more whole foods and make your meals using whole, fresh ingredients. Supplement with iodine to keep your thyroid in check and encourage detoxification.
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- S Peckham, D Lowery, S Spencer. Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water. J Epidemiol Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204971.
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