According to a study, the tap water full of fluoride apparently has neurological effects on both adults and developing children:

For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment. In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.

The study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.

This is very disturbing news indeed. Outside of civilian life, I recall the United States Navy is continuously doing this practice. Whenever Naval Aircraft Carriers go to foreign waters like the Philippines, the fluoride level of drinking water provided to the crew is increased as an extra precaution from the unknown water quality of other countries. Oooooh, scary! We must be a whole lot better at keeping our waters clean compared with other countries. This is proof of how much the United States thinks highly of itself as the #1 civilized country in the world. Yet, we are low on the list in education and life expectancy. This article proves how interconnected our problems are in the United States. We desparately need free healthcare and high education. All the civilized countries have cheaper healthcare than us. We are expensive due to our poor health. The food we manufacture is poisonous to our health, the water quality is not what it used to be decades ago, and our medical professionals are enslaved to a healthcare system that is only designed for profit rather than help humanity.

It is true that such chemicals are used to further clean the water from any sources of toxicity, but the rationality behind increasing the fluoride level for the rest of the crew is a disturbing thought given the study.

So, what is the solution to drinking the healthiest water? When one drinks water from a pure source from the ground like the well or spring, it has the natural minerals essential for good health. Filtered water may be effective at removing the fluoride from water, but it loses these healthy minerals from the water as well.

The search for sources of good water continues. To conclude, I would like to share Lewis Black’s performance on Broadway where he brilliantly illustrated the evolution of water for the past few decades: