Harvard Says Fluoridated Water is Causing Cognitive Disorders.


A newly published study in Harvard’s The Lancet weighs in on the toxins causing autism and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) say that along with these numerous environmental toxins, fluoridated water is adding to the higher incident of both cognitive and behavioral disorders.

Harvard had already published a study in 2006 that pointed to fluoride as a ‘developmental neurotoxicant’, and this newer study looks to over 27 additional investigations into the matter via meta nalysis. In the previous study, it was already established that fluoride consumption lowered children’s IQ scores. The left-over from industry, passed off as ‘medicine,’ obstructs brain development, and can cause a full spectrum of serious health issues – from autism to dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, and more.

The study calls the effects from this chemical a ‘silent epidemic’ that mainstream media  and many scientific papers have ignored.

Two of the main researchers involved in the study, Philippe Grandjean from HSPH and Philip Landrigan from ISMMS, say that incidences of chemical-related neurodevelopmental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12.

The study admits that there are numerous chemicals to blame – many of which are untested or ceremoniously approved by the FDA, USDA, and CDC without truly knowing their long term ramifications on human health – but that fluoride is a definite culprit.

“[S]ince 2006, the number of chemicals known to damage the human brain more generally, but that are not regulated to protect children’s health, had increased from 202 to 214,” writes Julia Medew for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The pair said this could be the tip of the iceberg because the vast majority of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States have never been tested for their toxic effects on the developing fetus or child.”

The fact is that fluoride, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, radioactive isotopes, GMO foods, and weather warfare chemicals are creating a neurological-toxic mix that is unprecedented in human history.

Fluoride, like other toxins, accumulates in the blood stream and even makes it past the blood-brain barrier. Eventually, as the body tries to protect itself from these unwanted substances, the substances make it into the bones and the organs, causing cancer, cognitive abnormalities, and even birth defects in unborn children. Fluoride is known to pass into the placenta in pregnant women, yet regulatory agencies ignore its toxic legacy.

The chemicals lurking in our food supply, water supply, and in our air and soil are causing the neurological decline of both young and old.

 

‘Bottled mucus’ may help gut disease.


Bottled mucus may one day play a role in some gut diseases, according to US researchers.

A study of the slimy lining of the bowels, published in the journal Science, showed mucus had a role in calming the immune system.

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The team at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York, believe it may be useful in diseases in which inflammation runs rampant in the intestines.

The human body naturally produces around a litre of mucus every day.

Researchers at the hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine were investigating why the lining of the bowel does not react to the trillions of bacteria which call the human intestines home. Elsewhere in the body, the immune system would launch a brutal attack against such invaders.

The team investigated the interaction between the mucus produced by the intestines and the immune system.

They showed that a mucus was not only acting as barrier between bacteria and immune system, but a component of the mucus was also calming the immune response. Sugars, or glycans, stuck to the a mucus protein called MUC2 were having the effect.

Lead researcher Dr Andrea Cerutti told the BBC: “We were able to show its ability to dampen the immune reaction in a specific type of immune cell, a dendritic cell, which orchestrates the immune response.

“But these are just initial studies; we know very, very little about mucus.”

Mucus treatments?

One area the team think mucus could help in is some bowel problems.

Crohn‘s disease, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis are all poorly understood diseases, but do have inflammation, a part of the immune response, as a common feature.

Dr Cerutti said mucus was often disrupted in these patients and suggested that it may be possible to use mucus as a treatment.

One vision is to artificially synthesise mucus, although this is not currently possible, or a drug which can stimulate the same effect in the lining of the gut.

Whether such approaches to boost the mucus layer of the guts would help patients with bowel disorders is still unknown.

Mucus is not unique to the digestive system. It lines the lungs and streams out of the nose during a cold.

There is speculation that it could be producing similar immune-calming effects in the respiratory system and may be playing a role in allergies and asthma.

Dr Cerutti said even cancer may be affected by mucus: “Several aggressive tumours, such as colon, ovarian, and breast cancers produce mucus, including MUC2.

“Mucus produced by malignant cells may prevent protective immune responses against the malignant cells.”

Prof Jon Rhodes, from the department of gastroenterology at the University of Liverpool, said: “There’s a massive amount of work in this intriguing paper and it’s fascinating to read.

“To extrapolate this to just swallowing mucus would be hopelessly naive, but what might actually be interesting to speculate is that when the nature of the glycans are better understood it could lead to a very exciting and new type of therapeutic”

Source: BBC