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Arsenic in well water could lower IQ

Arsenic in Well Water Could Lower IQ

Could your tap water lower your IQ? Well, a recent study says it's possible if there's arsenic in it.

'The kids who were exposed to even a small amount of arsenic seemed to score lower on their IQ tests,' HLN reported.

The study focused on 272 kids exposed to arsenic in well water in Maine. It was conducted by scientists from Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire over the span of 5 years.

According to the Portland Press Herald, they found that even at low levels, exposure to arsenic correlated with lower results on an IQ tests. The difference was up to five or six points.

However, it's no reason to start buying copious amounts of bottled water and never touch a shower again.

One of the researchers who coordinated the testing, Professor Amy Schwartz from the University of New Hampshire, said, 'This is a great piece of public health research. People shouldn't panic, but be informed.'

'Arsenic occurs naturally in groundwater, researchers recommend people who rely on wells should invest in a filtration system.'

People seem to be responding to the issue in a humorous manner after the Portland Press Herald tweeted a link to the article. One user said 'That explains it.' Another responded with, 'Another reason to slam the Dew!' So use those Britta water filters to keep your noggin' sharp.

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dl0007 April 07 2014 at 7:22 AM

-Everytime many people open their mouth they lower their I.Q. H-2-O has nothing to do with it!

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fiona.williams1 April 07 2014 at 8:51 AM

Britta filters do not remove arsenic, lead or chemicals from drinking water. It removes the chlorine taste.

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doelseaton April 07 2014 at 10:14 AM

They should add large amounts of garlic to their diet. It helps the body get rid of arsenic.

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war3saw doelseaton April 07 2014 at 10:49 AM

No, it does not. Stop amking up things.

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Randy April 07 2014 at 9:28 AM

Lets just admit it - residing in the liberal led urban concrete jungles is dangerous to every resident's health, mental stability and well being. Whether it be from whatever it is the far left has deigned necessary to be in the taxpayer funded water companies or the dementia of encouraging drug gangs to set up shop with their "sanctuary city" insanity.

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vlvinch April 07 2014 at 9:40 AM

One word: Berkey.

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vlvinch April 07 2014 at 9:41 AM

Unfortunately, dear, Britas do not filter Arsenic.

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daveintn April 07 2014 at 9:52 AM

Reading AOL stories lowers your IQ.

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Jedi Master John April 07 2014 at 9:57 AM

This study was funded and brought to you by Britta, Omnifilter and the bottled water association.

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Barry April 07 2014 at 11:08 AM

So, the conspiracy theorists have it right? There IS something in the water.

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rcalley1 April 07 2014 at 9:58 AM

Well, what do you think? "A 25 pound sack of flour makes a damn big biscuit!"
You folks at HP will print any BS!

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