New research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England, this British study says. Professor Stephen Peckham, lead author from the Centre for Health Services said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas”.
“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking. There was nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.
“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems. I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water. There are far safer ways to improve dental health”.
As a “Fluoride Free” dental office, I too believe that there are far safer ways to improve dental health and have written about this in past blogs. If you are interested in reading any of these posts, simply enter the word ‘fluoride’ in the search bar on my website and a list of posts will appear.
Science has taught us that naturally occurring fluoride does indeed inhibit tooth decay but what has concerned me over the last few years, as a health care provider is; what is the cost of adding an uncontrollable dose of a drug to the water supply? Is it too much of a good thing? How do we know how much each of us is getting?
As a primary health care provider, I am obligated to take a comprehensive medical and dental history of all new clients which is then updated at every appointment. From the information that I have compiled over the last few years in my own practice it has become apparent to me that there are indeed an unusually high number of Thyroid problems in the general public!
I do not know what is causing these Thyroid problems, and I do not believe that the answer is as simple as blaming fluoride…..However, I have learned this:
Fluoride and iodine are both halogens. Fluoride, the negative ion of the element fluorine, easily displaces iodine in the body because it is much lighter and therefore more reactive.
Lack of iodine shuts down production of thyroxine, the thyroid prohormone that controls metabolism, and, in one way or another, impacts every aspect of health.
I urge everyone to educate themselves about this highly controversial issue! Demand that our public health officials acknowledge this and other valid studies pointing to the possible dangers of fluoridation and ask that they agree to enter into a meaningful discussion about its use in the future!
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Until next time,