Revisiting the Fluoride Debate

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I wrote this post because it addresses a possible cause of extreme fatigue, memory loss, and depression — conditions shared by many readers of Beyond Adversity posts.

According to an article written by Amy Goodrich, “fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil and water in varying amounts. It is believed to combat tooth decay and cavities by making enamel more resistant to bacteria. However, previous studies have shown that exposure to high levels of fluoride inhibits the production of iodine, which is crucial for a healthy thyroid.” Goodrich continues by stating fluoridated drinking water has been shown to “increase the risk of hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid. An under active thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones, which may result in extreme fatigue, aching muscles, obesity, memory loss and depression.” The article, which appeared in Natural News also suggests “A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that certain areas of England with fluoridated community water had increased rates of hypothyroidism. It was one of the largest studies to examine the adverse effects of elevated fluoride exposure.

My Opinion
I am not a biologist, chemist, epidemiologist, or medical researcher. I am not disputing the argument fluidization increases the risk of hypothyroidism. It may or may not. However, I am disputing the premise that people who live in a community in which fluoride is added to the water have hypothyroidism as a result of the added fluoride.

There could be many reasons why people in that community have hypothyroidism. For example, they may have rightly or wrongly concluded:

  • Lack of fluoride causes hypothyroidism.
  • Lack of fluoride causes tooth decay.
  • Lack of fluoride causes a decrease in bone density.
  • Property taxes are lower in areas that have fluoridated water.
  • People in areas with fluoridated water are more pleasant, happy, healthy, and prosperous.
  • More jobs may be available in and around communities with fluoridated water.

There could be additional reasons why people live in communities with fluoridated water. Although there may be a connection between fluoridated water and hypothyroidism, the connection is not obvious based on information in the survey.

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2 Comments

  1. The problem with fluoride is that the type added to drinking water is not the kind found in nature. I read that the fluoride added to water is a waste product and different and toxic.

    1. Rory,

      The a large-enough dose, almost everything is bad for us. The real question of course is who determines what is an acceptable dose, and whether or not that decision is based on factors that are not transparent. Regardless of its source, fluoride could be bad for us in the quantities deemed safe. This could be the result of lobbying, financial gain, or a fact. You and I may never know the truth.

      Thank you for sharing your comment.

      Scott

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