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Fluoridation: Causes Thyroid Damage

From "First for Women" magazine -- July 18, 2011

"Even though I was eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water, I felt awful," says Cindy Mayor (55). "In addition to the crushing fatigue, I experienced stomach trouble, blue moods, and panic attacks. I began to see myself as more of a burden than a wife and a mom."

She sought medical help, and it was determined her thyroid was under-performing. However, the medications prescribed by her physician not only failed to help, but made her feel worse. At the suggestion of a friend, Cindy began reading about fluoride. She learned her tap water hadn't been fluoridated until she and her family moved to the city--and that's when her fatigue and other problems kicked in.

She switched to unfluoridated water and almost immediately, her energy picked up and her other symptoms disappeared. She began to cut back on other sources of fluoride in her diet, like black and green tea, and foods grown in soil with high fluoride content or processed with fluoridated water.

"Today my thyroid levels are normal, my libido has come out of hiding, and I have energy for my kids and beautiful new granddaughter!"

100 million women suffer from fluoride overload

Today Americans ingest four times as much fluoride as we did in the 1940's, when the trace mineral was first added to water supplies to prevent cavities. Fluoride is also in soda, soups, and other foods, which may explain why, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 200 million Americans are exposed to high levels. And all this exposure is wreaking havoc on the thyroid, says Richard Shames, M.D. coauthor of "THYROID MIND POWER."

The first problem people notice is fatigue, but everything from how fast the brain works to how well the muscles work depends on thyroid function," explains Dr. Shames. And many doctors aren't aware of the fluoride/thyroid link, so they attribute irritability, weight gain, and depression to ageing or other problems like fibromyalgia.

To measure your fluroide levels, ask your doctor for a urinalysis.

If your water is fluoridated (you can find out at apps.nccd.cdc.gov/mwf), consider installing a reverse osmosis or ceramic purification system, which removes fluoride. (filters like Brita and Pur dont'). You can also drink bottled water, but make sure the fluoride content is .2 parts per million or less. Arrowhead and Crystal Geyser are fluoride-free.

According to the CDC, only 2mg of fluoride a day is needed to prevent tooth decay. Most of us get about three times that amount, so cutting back won't hurt your teeth. To reduce exposure, brush with a fluoride-free paste, like Dr. Sharp's Fluoride Free Toothpaste ($7 at amazon.com), and limit yourself to 2 daily cups of black or green tea, which harbor up to 2mg per cup, according to a new study. Or sip herbal varieties, which can have up to 50 times less fluoride.

FLUORIDE IS LURKING IN FRESH PRODUCE & WINE
Many crops in this country are dusted with cryolite, a pesticide that contains energy-sapping fluoride. In January, after being petitioned by health advocacy groups concerned about the harmful effects of too much fluoride, the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to phase out cryolite. But the ban could take years to go into effect. Until then, buying certain organic fruit and vegetables (especially tomatoes, strawberries, and potatoes, which have softer skins that can absorb more of the chemical) can help limit your exposure, says thyroid expert Richard Shames, M.D. And in California, many vineyards extensively use the pesticide on their grape crops, so when buying wine, consider sticking to varieties made in Europe, as cryolit is rarely used by winemmakers there.
 
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