The O’Brien Institute for Public Health
at Calgary University has just released their report
on fluoridation. This institute has, up to now, been staunchly in favour of fluoridation. However, yesterday, with
regards to fluoride’s effect on the brain, they say “The new emerging studies in this domain need to be tracked very
closely, and carefully evaluated as they appear. We expect that health agencies at local, national, and international
levels will confer and compare notes as they iteratively review, and re-review, this evidence”.
It certainly sounds like alarm bells have been ringing at the O’Brien Institute and a far cry from “the science is
Their report covers the major research that has been undertaken in this area which is showing fluoride exposure linked
to cognitive impairment. “Of great relevance to the evolving evidence in this domain, another MIREC [Maternal-Infant
Research on Environmental Studies] study focusing on cognition also examined the association between fluoride exposure
and childhood IQ”. This study was carried out in fluoridated Canada and links increased fluoride exposure during
pregnancy to lowered IQ in their offspring.
In other words, the O'Brien Institute is telling us that there is a Canadian study in the works that has essentially
reproduced the Bashash study
findings from 2017: the more fluoride a pregnant woman is exposed to the lower the IQ of her baby. This must be the
torpedo that sinks this battleship.
It is hard to imagine a parent that would willingly sacrifice some of their child’s IQ for the possibility of saving a
filling or two over a lifetime. Brain function affects every part of our lives. Obviously, our work opportunities and
income, but also our relationships and our ability to look after ourselves. The cost to society is also huge. A drop of
5 IQ points across the population, halves the number of geniuses and increases by 50% the number of mentally impaired.
Our health authorities have to accept that there is now science that tells us that fluoride is harming children’s brains
and they have to put that above any possible reduction in dental decay and above the embarrassment of admitting they
were wrong. They must act to protect the children.
Most of the world does not fluoridate their water supply, including Japan and 98% of Europe. Dental decay rates in these
countries is just as good, if not better, than the rates in New Zealand. Countries such as Scotland, are implementing
dental health programmes that primarily involve school tooth brushing schemes
that have seen a huge reduction in dental decay rates, and a halving of the number of general anaesthetics for severe
decay. Apart from the reduced suffering, this is saving millions of pounds every year. A school tooth brushing scheme in
Kaitaia has found the same astonishing results. There is no need to force harmful fluoridation chemicals on the entire
Currently, 22 councils out of 67
have any fluoridation amounting to around 50% of the population. There is a Bill in Parliament
awaiting Second Reading, that aims to shift decision making to the district health boards. This would effectively make
fluoridation mandatory as the DHBs are required to carry out MoH policy and the councils would be required to do what
the DHB dictates.
It is time to kick not only the Mandatory Fluoridation Bill down the road, but fluoridation itself. The science is clear
– fluoride is neurotoxic and should not be added to our water.