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Exposure to fluoridated water
and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence
among children and adolescents in the United States:
an ecological association

March 3, 2016

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Epidemiological and animal-based studies have suggested that prenatal and postnatal fluoride
exposure has adverse effects on neurodevelopment. The aim of this study was to examine the
relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD) prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States.

Data on ADHD prevalence among 4-17 year olds collected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as part of
the National Survey of Children’s Health, and state water fluoridation prevalence from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected between 1992 and 2008 were

State prevalence of artificial water fluoridation in 1992 significantly positively predicted state
prevalence of ADHD in 2003, 2007 and 2011, even after controlling for socioeconomic
status. A multivariate regression analysis showed that after socioeconomic status was
controlled each 1% increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 was associated with
approximately 67,000 to 131,000 additional ADHD diagnoses from 2003 to 2011. Overall
state water fluoridation prevalence (not distinguishing between fluoridation types) was also
significantly positively correlated with state prevalence of ADHD for all but one year

Parents reported higher rates of medically-diagnosed ADHD in their children in states in
which a greater proportion of people receive fluoridated water from public water.

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As you may be aware, over 6 percent of children are currently being treated for ADHD. But did you know that about 5 percent of adults are also living with this condition?

These statistics served as a call to action to our team, so we put together a list of valuable resources and aids for people managing ADHD each and every day.

We’re sharing the resources we collected in hopes you’ll share them on your site for the benefit of others (if you’re updating this page:, this might be a good spot to add them):

School Success for ADHD/LD Kids: Accommodations, Homework, Focus

Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD

ADHD Students Learn Differently: Try these ADD Classroom Strategies

Attention Deficit Disorder Handbook

College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD

Beat ADHD Anxiety and Stress

ADHD and Addiction – What is the Risk?

7 Ways to Reduce Stress: Calming Techniques for Adults with ADHD

The Calming Effects of Swimming for People with ADHD

ADHD and Technology: Helping Our Children Reclaim Their Focus and Attention

How Dogs Can Help People with ADD & ADHD

Additionally, if you’re interested in a research-based article (about 500-700 words) on this topic, I would be happy to put something together.

Thank you so much for helping spread awareness on this topic!

I believe both you and your audience will find this information as worthwhile as I do. If I am mistaken, please let me know via e-mail, and I will remove you from our future outreach efforts.

Best regards,


Patricia Sarmiento | | Putting the Public Back into Public Health.

340 S. Lemon Ave. #570 | Walnut, CA 91789


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