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New study finds that pregnant women should limit their exposure to fluoride to avoid injury...


A newly published study is the latest to find an association between pregnant mothers consuming fluoridated water and an increased risk for neuro-behavioural problems among their children.

The following is the article 'Another Study Finds Association Between Water Fluoridation & Brain Health' written by Derrick Bronze and originally published by The Last American Vagabond.

Exposing pregnant mothers to fluoridated water may increase the risk of neuro-behavioural problems in their children, according to a new study published in the JAMA Network Open medical journal. The study, 'Maternal Urinary Fluoride and Child Neurobehavior at Age 36 Months', has been making waves across the internet since it was published last Monday.

The researchers studied the maternal urinary fluoride ("MUF") levels of 229 Hispanic pregnant women living in Los Angeles, California. They looked for associations between third-trimester MUF and the children's neuro-behaviour at 3 years of age. They found that "prenatal fluoride exposure may increase risk of neurobehavioral problems among children."

"These findings suggest that there may be a need to establish recommendations for limiting exposure to fluoride from all sources during the prenatal period, a time when the developing brain is known to be especially vulnerable to injury from environmental insults," the study states (emphasis added).

According to the team, this is the first US-based cohort study to examine associations of prenatal fluoride exposure with child neuro-behaviour.

The researchers said the neuro-behaviour problems may impact children who are living in "optimally fluoridated" areas in the United States, i.e., children living in areas with 0.7 milligrams per litre of fluoride – the dose recommended by the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention ("CDC"). This fact is noted in the study when the researchers write, "The study sample resided in a predominately fluoridated region and had fluoride exposures that are typical of those living in fluoridated communities in North America."