The Australian Medical Association has released a report that links the use of fluoride in water to the risk of autism.
Key points:The study, published in the Lancet, found a link with autism in children who had used fluoridated water for more than two yearsThe AAP’s Dr Sarah McPherson says the findings will have implications for the futureDr McPherson says the study is a reminder that the use and maintenance of fluoride is not only necessary for healthy dental health, but that children can have a detrimental effect on their developing brains.
The AAP released a statement saying that the findings are a reminder of the importance of fluoride to children’s dental health.
“This new report by the Australian Medical Assocation (AMA) confirms that fluoridated drinking water can have serious health effects on developing brains, which could lead to autism.”
Further studies are needed to understand how fluoride affects children and how it may contribute to the onset of autism in later life,” the statement said.”
We will continue to look for answers to this important question, which will help inform future research efforts.
“Dr McNeill said the findings would have implications in the future for the fluoride industry.”
What we’re also seeing is that children who have been drinking fluoridated or fluoridated-treated water for longer, as opposed to kids who have just been drinking water that was fluoridated for just a couple of years, have had a higher rate of developing autism in the last year.””
We’re seeing a growing number of studies which have looked at the effects of fluoridated drinks on children.”
What we’re also seeing is that children who have been drinking fluoridated or fluoridated-treated water for longer, as opposed to kids who have just been drinking water that was fluoridated for just a couple of years, have had a higher rate of developing autism in the last year.
“Dr James McPhee, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, said it was a concern for children.
Dr McPhail said the study showed a link “between the fluoride in the water and autism”.”
Foucault’s theory that the brain is shaped by social interaction is one that is very relevant to the development of autism, particularly in young children, who often need social interaction,” she told ABC Radio.”
It’s also a concern because of the evidence showing the toxic effect of fluoride on the brain.
“The more children have been exposed to the chemicals in water, the more they are exposed to a chemical called fluoride, which can have harmful effects on the developing brain.”
Dr Mollie McLean, a researcher with the Australian Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, said the AAP’s findings had significant implications for parents and the fluoridation industry.”[This study] is a warning about the effects fluoride can have on developing brain function and, of course, for the fluoridated industry and the water industry, we’ve got to have all the data in front of us,” she explained.
“Because the industry is looking at water as the solution to a problem that we’re not aware of, and the only way we know what the solution is is by the chemicals they are using.”
That’s where it will be very interesting to see if we get more of a message from this study.
“The AAP statement said more research would be needed to determine the exact effects of fluoride.”
In order to determine whether a fluoride product has a harmful effect on children and their development, future research needs to examine the impact of fluoride and other chemicals on the development and behaviour of children,” the AAP statement read.”
Research is also needed to ascertain the extent to which fluoride has adverse effects on brain development and cognitive function.