British Study Links Underactive Thyroid to High Fluoride Levels

dangers of fluoride in waterNew 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!

I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, or leave a comment on the website. You can leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the website.

Until next time,


Can Teeth Be Healed?

Dr. Weston Price

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In my personal and professional pursuit of wellness, I have lately had cause to ponder the question; can teeth be healed? I have never doubted the possibility of the arrest and even the reversal of many diseases common to the human body as I have experienced this miracle in my own life. Given time, knowledge and the commitment to provide what the body truly needs for health and well-being, much is possible!

But what about teeth and specifically tooth decay? It would appear that in dentistry, when a tooth decays, the most common disease in the world presents itself – we are most often given a traditional surgical approach – a filling, to fix the problem.

However, having recently read the work of Dr. Weston Price in “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration ” I am inclined to believe, as Dr. Price did, that tooth decay is an oral manifestation of an underlying systemic or whole-body imbalance and therefore fixing the cavity with a filling is only addressing symptoms.

And guess what? Dr. Price actually had a protocol for fixing teeth that did not involve filling them! I have asked myself repeatedly why have I and so many of my colleagues in dentistry never even heard of this ingenious and most curious dentist and the work that he did?

There are people within the nutritional and medical/dental professional community who believe that this man, who just happened to have been born in Canada, should have won the Nobel Prize for his research work. Instead, his work has remained in relative obscurity for the last 60 some odd years.

Dr. Price traveled the entire world looking for healthy people and what made them healthy and this is what he found:

  • When he found dental decay there was typically other disease present. In his day, it was often Tuberculosis.
  • When he found isolated, indigenous peoples eating their native diet, cut off from what he called the “Diet of Commerce” there was virtually no disease, including dental caries.
  • As soon as sugar, white flour, canned and processed foods were introduced into these isolated communities, there was a corresponding rise in disease.
  • He also observed a lack of social deviation and problems with fertility and childbirth in these isolated communities.
  • Laboratory tests performed on native foods revealed an astounding 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins, and at least 4 times the amount of calcium, other minerals, and water soluble vitamins than Western diets at that time.

There is a great deal of confusion these days about what an optimal diet is and I do not profess to know the answer! However, it was of great interest to me to note, that while the diets of these isolated tribes were vastly different depending on geography, not one of them was vegetarian! All ate some form of animal protein and the most coveted foods came from the sea!

Surprised? I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, or leave a comment right here on the website. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,


Can Mouth Breathing be Helped by Chiropractic?

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Can mouth breathing be helped by Chiropractic care? A recent opportunity to work for a wonderful dentist and friend, Dr. Eva Tobin, who practices in the small town of Thornton, Ontario, enabled me to work with a client who was a chronic mouth-breather; a condition that while increasingly common, is not optimum for overall health and well-being.

I had a discussion with this client as to:

  • What the reason might be for his inability to breathe through his nose,
  • What some of the resulting side-effects were in his mouth and possibly the rest of his body!

The client was unaware that mouth breathing was not normal so I suggested that he mention it to his physician the next time he saw him and see if they could find the cause. In the meantime, I recommended that he try and practice awareness of his mouth-breathing habit and see if he could figure it out, and, if not congested, to try and breathe through his nose!

Much to my surprise, I had an email from the receptionist in that office last week informing me that:

“During his visit with you, you asked him if he was a mouth breather and whether he’s looked into the possibility of having a deviated septum. He asked his chiropractor about a deviated septum and the chiropractor took a look and apologized for not noticing it before. So with your insights the chiropractor adjusted him and he’s breathing properly, not mouth breathing into the face of his new wife! She’s glad because he’s not snoring anymore either. So thank you Kathleen!!

xxxxxxx is forever grateful…after a lifetime of this, you helped him so much”.

Since this is a “FIRST” for me, I think that I may have to revisit my opinion about Chiropractic after receiving this news!

There does not appear to be very much information on the internet about this and I have requested to be able to contact the actual chiropractor to discuss what he did and why it worked.

In the meantime, I would like to know if anyone has had a similar experience with mouth-breathing that has been resolved through chiropractic adjustment.

You can connect with me via telephone or email, or leave a comment right here on the site. I look forward to your feedback!

Until next time,



I Joined the Blue Dot Movement for a Healthy Environment

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I joined the Blue Dot Movement for a healthy environment! I wrote in a previous blog that I was still not sure that launching a legal battle was the direction to move with the water fluoridation issue. I have learned that patience is paramount when waiting for direction on key issues and this one is no exception. Thankfully, there is a solution that I have found, that addresses my personal, professional and planetary concerns about water fluoridation and the health of our environment that I feel I can support.

I have joined thousands of Canadians in a grassroots movement for change! I am beginning in my own community to ask for the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. I am helping to grow a national movement aimed at having every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment recognized at all levels of government.

What is this movement?

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I believe every Canadian deserves the right to a healthy environment.

I am standing with Canadians across our country, who are asking all levels of government to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food.

History shows that the greatest changes start with simple acts of local leadership.

That is why I am calling upon my community to recognize its citizens’ right to a healthy environment. This right includes:

  • Breathing clean air, drinking clean water, consuming safe food
  • Accessing nature
  • Knowing about pollutants released into the local environment
  • And participating in government decisions that will affect the environment

Who started this movement?

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There is no one, and I mean NO ONE, that I trust more, to bring my concerns about water fluoridation to the forefront, under the umbrella of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Yes, this too is legal action, but so much more!

“You and I need to reach out to others and act on our shared belief that we have to sustain the Earth that sustains us. Then PEOPLE POWER will change our Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reflect our values. Our first step is to work toward a Municipal Declaration of Environment Right in your community”.

So, who’s in? Click here to get started.

I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me by email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the site. Please leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature.

Until next time,



Fluoride Lawsuit Launched in Peel Region

dangers of water fluoridationLast month’s blog weighed in on the necessity of a lawsuit to end fluoridation in Peel Region and I thank you for the comments that I received. It is evident, based on those comments, and the many people that I speak to, that a clear-cut division does indeed exist! No matter what side of the fence you currently sit on…get ready, because the legal challenge has begun!

Please see the following press release:

Peel Resident Launches Court Challenge Against Artificial Water Fluoridation

BRAMPTON, ON, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW/ – Mississauga resident, Liesa Cianchino, launched a lawsuit today against Peel Region and the Province of Ontario, challenging the lawfulness of adding fluoride to municipal drinking water.

Ms. Cianchino, who is the Chairperson of Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation, states that the risk of harm posed by water fluoridation greatly exceeds its speculative benefits, and that water fluoridation is both unconstitutional and a violation of the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act.

Although fluoridated drinking water was once thought to be a key contributor in reducing tooth decay, modern science shows that fluoride works topically on the tooth and that nothing is gained by ingesting fluoride through drinking water. Moreover, ingestion of fluoride over time can lead to significant adverse health effects, including dental fluorosis, a heightened risk of bone fractures, and even bone cancer.

The Claim also alleges that the Region’s use of fluorosilicic acid to fluoridate drinking water is negligent because fluorosilicic acid often contains dangerous contaminants, including arsenic, a known carcinogen.

“We can’t continue to allow outdated science to contaminate our drinking water,” said Ms. Cianchino in a statement today. “Our health and our environment are at risk. We deserve safe drinking water.”

Nader R. Hasan, a lawyer representing Ms. Cianchino, added: “If the Region of Peel wants to medicate its residents using the drinking water, it better be sure that the benefits outweigh the harms. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms demands no less.”

The action will be heard in Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Brampton.

SOURCE Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan

I will be following the unfolding events of this lawsuit very closely and will be sure to provide updates to all through my blog.

I welcome your feedback.  Please leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,


Is Launching a Lawsuit The Way To End Water Fluoridation?

water fluoridation lawsuitOn Thursday, September 11th, I had the opportunity to sit in on a Peel Regional Council Meeting and listen to lawyer Nader Hassan, on behalf of Liesa Cianchino and Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation, advise Council, “that we will be launching a lawsuit in Superior Court, asking the Court to declare that Peel’s water fluoridation program is unconstitutional”. I couldn’t help but wonder if launching a lawsuit is the best way to end water fluoridation.

I have read the Summary and Opinion presented to Peel Council on June 23, 2014 by Hasan on the Legal Arguments Against Water Fluoridation and while I agree with everything I have read, I am worried! Continue reading

The Mouth-Body Doctor: Alison Adams

alison-adamsWhile revamping my website earlier this year I came across an informational video on Dr. Alison Adam’s website; that clearly and cleverly conveyed the same concerns that I now have regarding dental products and procedures.

Realizing that this informational video was exactly what I would like to have on my homepage, I contacted Alison to see if I might gain permission for its use. Being the pioneer that she is, spreading the word to the public about the dangers in dentistry is paramount and she graciously granted my request. You will find this video in the sidebar to the right of this post if you are reading this post on the website. For those of you receiving this post via email, please click here for a link to the video. Continue reading

Is Water Fluoridation Legal?

21143342_sListed as “one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century”, the future of water fluoridation may well be decided in the courts! The question is, is water fluoridation even legal?

On June 26, 2014, lawyer Nader Hasan, representing the group Concerned Residents of Peel, presented a legal opinion to the Peel Region council informing them that they could be legally responsible for harming residents whose health is put at risk by water fluoridation. Continue reading

Pottenger’s Cats – A Study in Nutrition

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I have recently completed reading Pottenger’s Cats-A study in Nutrition. It is a short, very easy-to-read book that begs the question:

“If it is true with human beings, as it is with cats, that nutritionally-caused degeneration is passed down to our children, a sobering challenge stands before us!”

In my own search for optimum nutrition for both myself and my patients, I do not think that we can ignore this fundamental research.

The work that Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD observed in cats on deficient diets parallels the degeneration that Weston A. Price, DDS found in people who abandoned traditional foods.

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Whole-Body Oral Health

Kathleen BernardiI am presently away on a holiday with my husband Paul….the second time in our 33 three years of marriage that we have been away for a week alone! With the benefit of time and distance, I have been afforded a perspective that has been made clearer with respect to whole-body oral health as a result of taking this break from the everyday of work and routine. For this I am truly grateful.

It is from this place of clarity that I would like to reflect on who I am as an allopathic healthcare provider and where I might be headed at this age and stage of my wonderful life and career. Continue reading