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Old 08-02-2009, 10:22 AM   #1
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On Fluoride and Thyroid

I found this recently and found it interesting. I've used fluoride toothpaste my whole life.

By Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield MBBS LRCP MRCS
Medical Advisor to Thyroid UK

There is a daunting amount of research studies showing that the widely acclaimed benefits on fluoride dental health are more imagined than real. My main concern however, is the effect of sustained fluoride intake on general health. Again, there is a huge body of research literature on this subject, freely available and in the public domain.

But this body of work was not considered by the York Review when their remit was changed from “Studies of the effects of fluoride on health” to “Studies on the effects of fluoridated water on health." It is clearly evident that it was not considered by the BMA (Britsh Medical Association), British Dental Association (BDA), BFS (British Fluoridation Society) and FPHM, (Faculty for Public Health and Medicine) since they all insist, as in the briefing paper to Members of Parliament - that fluoridation is safe and non-injurious to health.

This is a public disgrace, I will now show by reviewing the damaging effects of fluoridation, with special reference to thyroid illness.

It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey were chronically ill, with premature ageing, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible. Not only was it clear that the fluoride was having a general effect on the health of the community, but in the early 1920s Goldemberg, working in Argentina showed that fluoride was displacing iodine; thus compounding the damage and rendering the community also hypothyroid from iodine deficiency.

Highly damaging to the thyroid gland
This was the basis of the research in the 1930s of May, Litzka, Gorlitzer von Mundy, who used fluoride preparations to treat over-active thyroid illness. Their patients either drank fluoridated water, swallowed fluoride pills or were bathed in fluoridated bath water; and their thyroid function was as a result, greatly depressed. The use in 1937 of fluorotyrosine for this purpose showed how effective this treatment was; but the effectiveness was difficult to predict and many patients suffered total thyroid loss. So it was given a new role and received a new name, Pardinon. It was marketed not for over-active thyroid disease but as a pesticide. (Note the manufacturer of fluorotyrosine was IG Farben who also made sarin, a gas used in World War II).

This bit of history illustrates the fact that fluorides are dangerous in general and in particular highly damaging to the thyroid gland, a matter to which I shall return shortly. While it is unlikely that it will be disputed that fluorides are toxic - let us be reminded that they are Schedule 2 Poisons under the Poisons Act 1972, the matter in dispute is the level of toxicity attributable to given amounts; in today’s context the degree of damage caused by given concentrations in the water supply. While admitting its toxicity, proponents rely on the fact that it is diluted and therefore, it is claimed, unlikely to have deleterious effects.

They could not be more mistaken
It seems to me that we must be aware of how fluoride does its damage. It is an enzyme poison. Enzymes are complex protein compounds that vastly speed up biological chemical reactions while themselves remaining unchanged. As we speak, there occurs in all of us a vast multitude of these reactions to maintain life and produce the energy to sustain it. The chains of amino acids that make up these complex proteins are linked by simple compounds called amides; and it is with these that fluorine molecules react, splitting and distorting them, thus damaging the enzymes and their activity. Let it be said at once, this effect can occur at extraordinary low concentrations; even lower than the one part per million which is the dilution proposed for fluoridation in our water supply.

The body can only eliminate half
Moreover, fluorides are cumulative and build up steadily with ingestion of fluoride from all sources, which include not just water but the air we breathe and the food we eat. The use of fluoride toothpaste in dental hygiene and the coating of teeth are further sources of substantial levels of fluoride intake. The body can only eliminate half of the total intake, which means that the older you are the more fluoride will have accumulated in your body. Inevitably this means the ageing population is particularly targeted. And even worse for the very young there is a major element of risk in baby formula made with fluoridated water. The extreme sensitivity of the very young to fluoride toxicity makes this unacceptable. Since there are so many sources of fluoride in our everyday living, it will prove impossible to maintain an average level of 1ppm as is suggested.

What is the result of these toxic effects?
First the immune system. The distortion of protein structure causes the immune proteins to fail to recognise body proteins, and so instigate an attack on them, which is Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune diseases constitute a body of disease processes troubling many thousands of people: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Asthma and Systemic Sclerosis are examples; but in my particular context today, thyroid antibodies will be produced which will cause Thyroiditis resulting in the common hypothyroid disease, Hashimoto’s Disease and the hyperthyroidism of Graves’ Disease.

Musculo Skeletal damage results further from the enzyme toxic effect; the collagen tissue of which muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones are made, is damaged. Rheumatoid illness, osteoporosis and deformation of bones inevitably follow. This toxic effect extends to the ameloblasts making tooth enamel, which is consequently weakened and then made brittle; and its visible appearance is, of course, dental fluorosis.

The enzyme poison effect extends to our genes; DNA cannot repair itself, and chromosomes are damaged. Work at the University of Missouri showed genital damage, targeting ovaries and testes. Also affected is inter uterine growth and development of the foetus, especially the nervous system. Increased incidence of Down’s Syndrome has been documented.
Fluorides are mutagenic. That is, they can cause the uncontrolled proliferation of cells we call cancer. This applies to cancer anywhere in the body; but bones are particularly picked out. The incidence of osteosarcoma in a study reporting in 1991 showed an unbelievable 50% increase. A report in 1955 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 400% increase in cancer of the thyroid in San Francisco during the period their water was fluoridated.

My particular concern is the effect of fluorides on the thyroid gland
Perhaps I may remind you about thyroid disease. The thyroid gland produces hormones which control our metabolism - the rate at which we burn our fuel. Deficiency is relatively common, much more than is generally accepted by many medical authorities: a figure of 1:4 or 1:3 by mid life is more likely. The illness is insidious in its onset and progression. People become tired, cold, overweight, depressed, constipated; they suffer arthritis, hair loss, infertility, atherosclerosis and chronic illness. Sadly, it is poorly diagnosed and poorly managed by very many doctors in this country.
What concerns me so deeply is that in concentrations as low as 1ppm, fluorides damage the thyroid system on 4 levels.

1. The enzyme manufacture of thyroid hormones within the thyroid gland itself. The process by which iodine is attached to the amino acid tyrosine and converted to the two significant thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3), is slowed.

2. The stimulation of certain G proteins from the toxic effect of fluoride (whose function is to govern uptake of substances into each of the cells of the body), has the effect of switching off the uptake into the cell of the active thyroid hormone.

3. The thyroid control mechanism is compromised. The thyroid stimulating hormone output from the pituitary gland is inhibited by fluoride, thus reducing thyroid output of thyroid hormones.

4. Fluoride competes for the receptor sites on the thyroid gland which respond to the thyroid stimulating hormone; so that less of this hormone reaches the thyroid gland and so less thyroid hormone is manufactured.
These damaging effects, all of which occur with small concentrations of fluoride, have obvious and easily identifiable effects on thyroid status. The running down of thyroid hormone means a slow slide into hypothyroidism. Already the incidence of hypothyroidism is increasing as a result of other environmental toxins and pollutions together with wide spread nutritional deficiencies.

141 million Europeans are at risk

One further factor should give us deep anxiety. Professor Hume of Dundee, in his paper given earlier this year to the Novartis Foundation, pointed out that iodine deficiency is growing worldwide. There are 141 million Europeans are at risk; only 5 European countries are iodine sufficient. UK now falls into the marginal and focal category. Professor Hume recently produced figures to show that 40% of pregnant women in the Tayside region of Scotland were deficient by at least half of the iodine required for a normal pregnancy. A relatively high level of missing, decayed, filled teeth was noted in this non-fluoridated area, suggesting that the iodine deficiency was causing early hypothyroidism which interferes with the health of teeth. Dare one speculate on the result of now fluoridating the water?...

Displaces iodine in the body

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Fluoridation of the nation’s water supply will do little for our dental health; but will have catastrophic effects on our general health. We cannot, must not, dare not, subject our nation to this appalling risk....

The full text of this article can be found in Namaste Magazine Vol.7 Issue 1

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Old 08-02-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: On Fluoride and Thyroid

Here in the uk our water companies are private businesses and are divided up by areas. mine is called Mid Kent Water Company. The health authorities are similarly divided up into areas and mine is called South East Kent Health Authority.
If statistics show that an area has a high level of dental decay then the health authorities will tell the water authorities to flouridate the tap water, they are under no obligation to inform us of this either. This means the general public are paying to have their health systematically destroyed by flouride

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Re: On Fluoride and Thyroid

I've read about the flouride issue on the net too and various doctors also mention it's effects. I grew up on rainwater as we didn't have water connected to our property, but in my case thyroid issues appear to run on my dad's side of the family anyway.

I read an interesting article, but didn't save it, how flouride was once upon a time used to lower/raise T4? or something along those lines, whatever the case may be, it was used as a form of 'medicine' for people with thyroid issues, but i forget which issue/scenario was involved.

So basically, this flouride might actually help some, but be bad for others as we don't all fall into quite the same pigeon hole when it comes to thyroid health. I've read so many posts over the last year on this particular board and we are such a bunch of individuals. This is why i can't understand doctors treating us as though we are the 'average'!!

Back to flouride....... i cringe when i see people letting their little kids loose with the toothpaste. The poor kids end up eating half of it. Imagine what it's doing to them at such a young age??? Sure they might have a set of healthy teeth, but what about the rest of their body.

I've got one of those kitchen bench jugs where you change the cartridge filter every 6 weeks or so. I'm not sure how many chemicals this removes from the water but it sure tastes better. I used to lug home bottles and bottles of fresh rainwater from my parents place, but that got to exhausting.

Does anybody else filter their water or know much about water filtering devices?

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This article says that fluoride was used back in the 30s for people with hyperthyroidism because it shut down the thyroid, only it wasn't predictable enough to use with any certainty.

I read that the only way to remove fluoride is by reverse osmosis or distilling water. RO setups aren't too expensive to buy nowadays. Regular water filters don't remove it.

I've also read that it's more of a lack of iodine that causes tooth decay than a lack or fluoride. I don't know if this is true or not though.

Given the high amounts of fluoridation of the public water supplies all over the world, it seems small wonder that thyroid disease has reached epidemic proportions.

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Yes, the article i vaguely remember likely did mention treating hyper with fluoride decades ago.

Hmmm, so perhaps my water filter jug is only removing chlorine and not fluoride as it does taste and smell much better. I am paying off my own place, but don't intend to stay living here beyond the next few years. The next place i buy will be the one i'll most likely stay in and most likely to spend money on a decent water filtering system.

I think a lot of tooth decay is diet related, too much sugar, genetics and poor oral hygiene. My parents have never in their life used fluroide or chemically treated waters. They have just turned 70 and have all their teeth. I also only have one filling. I am low in iodine though and have to take pure iodine daily. I know children from school who lived in town and drank chemically treated town water and they had loads of fillings.

I know we need chemicals to treat bacteria etc in our town water supplies, but the good being done on one side is likely harming us on the other side. Now some countries are making desalination plants and even processing sewerage water and making these types of waters safe to drink. Imagine how many chemicals will be going into that????? And they wonder why so many people are buying bottled water to drink at home rather than use tap water. The council then complains that all these plastic bottles are going into land fill and chemicals are leaching into our water supplies from the plastics and therefore doing harm to our hormones eg: estrogen excess which can cause breast cancer.

You just can't win and it's a never ending circle i think. As time moves on and industry does more and more things which are harmful to our health it will be up to each of us as an individual to do what is right for our health as best we can.

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