US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now announced that all infant formulas are contaminated with fluoride, and that when mixed with the fluoridated water provided in most US cities, the combination is a toxic threat to babies and infants.

"Exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults, and may result in effects on bone leading to pain and tenderness," says the US Environmental Protection Agency on its fluoride information page.

Numerous studies have found, however, that fluoride exposure is linked to lowered IQ levels, mental retardation, thyroid dysfunction, bone problems, the calcification of the pineal gland and other organs, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal problems, kidney disease, respiratory dysfunction, sexual disorders, cancer, and tooth decay (Fluoride news, articles and information:).

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"Average IQ score was lower in children in the high-fluoride group than those in the reference group" (Wang G et al. 1996)

"Average IQ scores of children residing in exposed fluoride areas were lower than those in the reference area" (Yao et al. 1996)

"Children living in high-fluoride and -arsenic area had significantly lower IQ scores than those living in the reference fluoride (and no arsenic) area" (Zhao et al. 1996)

"Children had lower IQ scores in high-fluoride area than those who lived in the reference area." (Xu et al. 1994)

"The average IQ scores was lower in children from high-fluoride and -iodine area than those from the reference area, but the results were not significant" (Yang et al. 1994)

"Children living in fluorosis areas had lower IQ scores than children living in nonfluorosis areas" (Li XS et al. 1995)

"Mean IQ was lower in all age groups except ≤ 7 years in the area with high fluoride and aluminum (limited to high-fluoride population only)" (Sun et al. 1991)

"IQ scores of children in high-fluoride areas were significantly lower than those of children living in reference fluoride area" (An et al. 1992)

"Early, prolonged high fluoride intake causes a decrease in the child's mental work capacity" (Li Y et al. 1994)

"Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory" (Ren et al. 1989)

"The average IQ of children from high-fluoride area were lower than that of the reference area" (Chen et al. 1991)

"Average IQ in fluoride coal-burning area was lower than that in the reference area" (Guo et al. 1991)

"Children in the high-fluoride (low-iodine) area had lower IQ scores compared with the children from the reference fluoride (low-iodine) areas" (Lin et al. 1991)

"Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children's neurodevelopment"

"Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to permanent damage"*912.pdf
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