Harvard University have recently published a study that has found that kids that live in areas of America that have larger amounts of fluoridated water have dramatically lower IQ’s than those living in areas with low fluoride in water.
The researchers from the study (which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)) state in the report that:
“Findings from our meta-analyses of 27 studies published over 22 years suggest an inverse association between high fluoride exposure and children’s intelligence… The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults…”
“In conclusion, our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should formally evaluate dose-response relations based on individual-level measures of exposure over time, including more precise prenatal exposure assessment and more extensive standardized measures of neurobehavioral performance, in addition to improving assessment and control of potential confounders.”
Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine It’s also a by-product (mainly from phosphate fertiliser industry) It is supposed to be included in tap water to help improve dental hygiene and reduce cavities.
Fluoride has been linked to cause:
Dental Fluorosis: (White and brown spots appear on the enamel of the teeth)
Skeletal Fluorosis: (symptoms include pains in the bones and joints, muscle weakness and gastrointestinal disorders)
Osteoporosis: (decreasing bone strength and elasticity)
Two council leaders in Southampton and Hampshire are currently fighting a battle to prevent fluoride been added to the water supply.
Hampshire Leader, Roy Perry said:
“We think it is wrong to put medication in our supply. It is impossible to add fluoride and guarantee where it will go.”
The issue of water fluoridation continues and concerns in the UK are growing. If you are worried about water fluoridation and its effects in your area then we are pleased to announce that with a Water-to-Go bottle will filter it out for you!
Talks of fracking in the UK is prompting people to invest in water filters for their homes due to the potential risk of underground water contamination as a result of the process.
So what is fracking?
Fracking is a process of drilling down into the earth and injecting water, sand and chemicals into the rock in order to release the gas inside.
Why is it controversial?
Fracking in the US has caused huge environmental issues. The process uses massive amounts of water that has to be transported to the fracking site.
The second is the worry that potentially cancerous chemicals used may escape and contaminate the groundwater in the area where the fracking is taking place. This could have disastrous effect on the local water supply and has resulted in a huge rise in the number of people investing in Water-to-Go bottles.
There’s also concerns that fracking can cause minor earthquakes as well. Fracking in Blackpool in 2011 resulted in two small earthquakes!
Will I be affected by fracking?
It’s expected fracking will happen in up to six locations in Lancashire over the next few years, starting in 2014. Under new guidelines areas affected by fracking will receive £100,000 in community benefits and 1% of revenues. A Lancashire campaign group has stated that the benefit packages would go nowhere near to compensating those affected!
We were lucky enough to meet and hear from Dr. Paul Thomas last week at the rebirth of the Body Life UK Fitness Convention.
Dr. Paul Thomas, nicknamed ‘The Business Doctor’ by the BBC, was the main speaker at Bodylife, which played host to Owners and Directors from the top 50 gyms, health clubs and fitness centres from the UK!
Dr. Paul was kind enough to give us a few shout outs and remarked what a great idea Water-to-Go is and how he thought our bottles are brilliant!
We’re proud to working with this small charity that’s doing BIG things!
Child Aid Gambia was set up in 2011 by Katy Roberts and her father Chris. They work predominantly with desperately poor children living in Gambia, who without their help struggle to survive!
Child Aid Gambia are currently working on a water project which is collecting funds in order to build a pipeline and well for the Ndagan Settlement.
Katy Roberts sent us this message:
“We visited the children of Ndagan today, and as you know, they are in desperate need for clean water some of the children were ill with dysentery which is normal and today was an opportunity for us to begin finalising plans for the pipeline which will run directly to the settlement.”
“We gave some of the children filtered water from your Water-to-Go bottles. For them, it was the first time they had ever tasted clean water, and with the pipeline we are working on, we will be able to free them from waterborne diseases and contamination.”
The University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching an EU-funded research project to improve the safety of European drinking water.
Although most European countries are fortunate to have some of the safest drinking water in the world, outbreaks of disease do still occur each year.
Around 330,000 cases of water-related disease such as E.coli and the norovirus are reported yearly in Europe according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Between 2000 and 2007 there were 354 outbreaks of waterborne diseases across 14 countries. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pains, nausea, headache, and fever.
The £8.9 million five-year project will research ways of detecting viruses, bacteria and parasites in water before they can make people sick. The project will carry out field research in drinking water and food production systems across Europe, and looks to improve the water being provided.
Worried about water safety? Water-to-Go is proven to eliminate over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants such as E.coli, giardia, cryptosporidium and weil’s disease.