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Researchers Discover Effective Way to De-Fluoridate Water
by Ali Papademetriou
More than 60% of United States citizens have access to fluoridated water through public water systems, which is the government’s way of “preventing tooth decay”. In October, tens of thousands of Portland Oregon citizens stood up to their city and unfortunately lost a legislative battle (5-0) to protect their water from fluoridation. They would not stand for that though, and collected even more signatures and demanded another vote, with which they were successful. Simultaneously, Kansas residents educated their fellow people and brought together 59 percent of a vote on Election Day against fluoridating Wichita’s water.
It comes as no surprise that those who are well informed about the effects of fluoride would want to keep it out of their water. The Environmental Protection Agency says that fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. Various studies have also revealed that fluoride consumption potentially causes neurological defects.
SpreadLibertyNews reported on Harvard’s fluoridation-neurotoxicity studies that were published in the Environmental Health Perspectives (a United States National Institution of Environmental Health Sciences’ Journal) in July. Results displayed “strong indications” that fluoride exposure causes improper cognitive and brain development, particularly in young people.
Harvard University researchers explained, “Our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” Anna Choi, one of the researchers also commented, “The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ levels than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”
De-fluoridating water is an option for those who are willing to opt out of being poisoned by their public water, but unfortunately, de-fluoridation can be tricky. Some methods are coagulation-precipitation, ion exchange, and membrane process. Those three, though, run the risk of polluting the water even more, or are simply too pricey.
Pakistani researchers have discovered an operational way of de-fluoridating water. Researchers from the National University of Sciences and Technology published their study in the Journal of Chemistry, which focused on a method of using modified immobilized activated alumina (MIAA) to remove fluoride from drinking water. According to researchers, MIAA process is much more cost effective than Reverse Osmosis Filtration.
MIAA was added to fluoridated water, which was then tested to see how much fluoride was removed. The modified version resulted in a 1.35 times higher removal rate than regular immobilized activated alumina.
Researchers discovered that at about 20 degreed Celsius, MIAA is able to eliminate over 95% of fluoride from water. Interestingly, MIAA is able to absorb roughly 30 mgs more than charcoal is able to absorb. On the contrary, it is still unsaid how simple it is to filter the MIAA out of water after it absorbs fluoride, but the discovery is still a huge step in discovering an effective de-fluoridation method.
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