How fluoride can harm intelligence

If you're on the fence about fluoride, I have a study that'll pull you right off it -- because it confirms some of our worst fears about this dangerous chemical.

Researchers from Harvard University -- yes, Harvard -- looked at 27 studies on fluoride and children, and all but one of them confirmed that fluoridated water literally makes kids dumber.

In fact, 26 of the 27 studies they reviewed all reached the same conclusion -- showing that fluoride harms intelligence, lowers IQs, and has a distinct negative effect on overall cognition.

It's everything you don't want for your kids and grandkids.

The researchers also confirmed that fluoride can cross into the placenta during pregnancy and permanently damage baby's brain at the most critical points of development.

What's even more disturbing about this new study is that the Harvard team had to rely on research from China instead of studies from right here in the United States.

Why, you ask? Because we've never actually conducted a human study on the health effects of water fluoridation in this country.

That's right -- we launched full-steam ahead with water fluoridation decades ago and have continued the practice without ever actually trying to sit down and figure out what effect it has on the human body.

If that doesn't scare you, maybe reading the label on your toothpaste and mouthwash will. Ever see the warnings? They include phrases such as "DO NOT SWALLOW" and "CONTACT POISON CONTROL RIGHT AWAY."

This is something you're supposed to put in your mouth... and the label reads like something you'd see on a bottle of bleach.

Unfortunately, there's no such warning label on your faucet -- but maybe there should be one, because this stuff won't just hurt your kids and grandkids.

It can hurt you, too.

Fluoride has been shown to harm bone and increase the risk of fracture in seniors. In some cases, it can even lead to a debilitating condition called skeletal fluorosis. It can also cause hormonal problems and even damage the heart, not to mention brain damage in adults as well as children.

Drink only fluoride-free spring water, or use reverse osmosis to filter your water at home.