Fluoride and your Thyroid—a dangerous connection
The following article is written by Mr. Bill Buckel of Utah, who has discovered and compiled sobering information about Fluoride on our health…
Before writing of my own difficulties with Fluoride, which caused my supplementation of Armour Thyroid to be attacked and diminished, it is important that we understand just what the chemicals “Fluorine”, the compound “hydrofloric acid”, and the element “Fluoride” really are. Therefore, a quote from Dr. Joseph Mercola is in order:
“Fluorine is an element. It is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition. This has nothing to do with “fluoride or fluoridation.” Yet the fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid, which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing.
Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, (think “FREON”) and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, — and toothpaste. It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid.
Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. You’ll remember from the Enzymes chapter that in human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we’re alive. (Howell) Without enzymes, we’d die instantaneously. Enzymes trigger specific reactions in the body. One way they do this is by having the exact shape necessary, like a key in a lock.
Fluoride Changes The Shape Of The Enzymes So That They No Longer Fit. Since enzymes are proteins, once they’ve been changed, they’re now foreign-looking. The body now treats them as invaders, even though they’re part of that body. This is known as an autoimmune situation – the body attacks itself. Another way to look at it: enzymes are long-chain proteins held in certain shapes. Hydrogen bonds are the Velcro strips that hold the enzyme in a certain shape. Fluoride comes along and hydrolyzes the enzyme: cuts the Velcro strips away. The shape collapses. No more enzyme; now just a foreign protein.”
Only after researching and finding fluoride information like the above did this subject become one near-and-dear to not only to myself, but to my wife and children as well.
In 2003, I began experiencing a nagging morning brain fog—a confused, “what-am-I-to-do-next?” kind of thing, when I first addressed the mirror for shaving in the morning. Soon, at the suggestion of my wife, a regimen of one grain Armour natural desiccated Thyroid was begun (one grain = 60 mg.). And within a very short time, I had no more low body temperatures, no uncontrolled shivers and another big plus–no more symptoms of asthma! No longer needed are those various inhalers that had become the norm for more than ten years! Additionally, I now had a fuller eyebrow, which had never been more than half there. (With subsequent increases, my dose is now 3 gr.)
At the end of that first year, on October 1, 2003 while using thyroid and feeling GREAT like I hadn’t felt for years, our County began adding “Hydrofluosilicic Acid”, the cheapest (and most dangerous form of) Fluoride available to our water district. Within the next few weeks, both my wife and I discovered a reversal of the good health we had discovered after starting the use of thyroid supplementation. When we visited the Water District Plant and complained of the horrible effects of that fluoridation, the manager said: “Hold it, you are preaching to the choir! We must add it, since it has been mandated by the county, and I need my job.” The manager was actually (privately) very agreeable to our position, admitting knowledge of toxicity and the effects of fluoride on human health.
Inside of those three weeks, both my wife and myself felt that our thyroid supplement was no longer doing anything for us. With much Internet searching and watching the difference in how our health was going downhill, we became aware of many articles written by doctors worldwide that were warning of the very problems and dangers we were currently experiencing. We subsequently bought and installed a 5-stage reverse-osmosis filtration system, which takes out the fluoride by filtering to about .0001 to .0003 microns, and in a very short time we were back to our good health and our thyroid levels were once more at a good level. (But, a diligent awareness tells us that we should increase our daily-dose when those niggling hints of hypothyroidism present themselves.) Since that time we avoid the use of any toothpaste! Rather – we use baking soda and filtered water and avoid “most juices and soft drinks.” We even tote our filtered water along to stores, movies and restaurants.
Our research had led us to such articles as this excerpt from the following:
“The Effects of Fluoride On The Thyroid Gland” – By Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield, Medical Advisor to Thyroid UK 9-9-4
It has been known since the latter 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.
They all insist, as in the briefing paper to Members of Parliament – that fluoridation is safe and non-injurious to health.
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. 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).
It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them docile and inhibit questioning of authority, both in Nazi prison camps in World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia”. This bit of history illustrates the fact that fluorides are dangerous in general and in particular highly damaging to the thyroid gland. 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.”
It is difficult NOT to include Dr. Peatfield’s entire article. His website is http://www.drpeatfield.com for your further, highly recommended research possibilities.
In my humble opinion, not only has our health been compromised by the ingestion of Fluoridated water, but the earlier and ongoing policy of adding fluorides into so many processed foods and beverages, such as soft drinks, beer and tea, bottled water and reconstituted juices has added significant levels of damaging fluoride “products” to our daily diet and to the detriment of our thyroid health. It matters not that any certain County might NOT add fluoride to their water supply, because those products used in any county will, by necessity, be from a central distributing system and will contain whatever that county has in their water. You get it, no matter what!
Recently, we took our granddaughter to the dentist to have a filling installed. She has had the “benefits” of fluoridation and still gets cavities, while I, on the other hand, having never ingested fluoridated water before 2003, had absolutely perfect teeth until I had spent two years in the Army, (1952 to 1954) getting those additives in our food (fluorides?) that were designed to keep us from being “horny,” or to make us “docile and obedient.”
By doing a simple search on: www.zerowasteamerica.org/Fluoride.htm you will find that big money interests–insurance companies, steel companies, aluminum manufacturing entities, as well as the “Manhattan Project” that created the atomic bomb—have all been making tremendous amounts of fluoride pollution “fallout” over the years. Keeping the truth from the public made billions of dollars in profits at the expense of thousands of hapless workers who died outright from fluoride poisoning or from the effects of fluoride on the thyroid gland. That same fluoride was later promoted as being “a boon to the dental health of our children.” Instead, it has become a bane, not only to those children, but to the collective health of all of our thyroid glands as well!
“Americans, even in unfluoridated communities, are suffering serious harmful health effects from overexposure to fluoride due to its widespread and uncontrolled use. Fluoride can be found in any food or beverage made with fluoridated municipal water. Less than 2% of Western Europe’s population drinks fluoridated water compared to over 60% of the United States population.” from “America Overdosed on Fluoride” by Lynn Landes & Maria Bechis. www.zerowasteamerica.org/Fluoride.htm
The uncounted for, and unrecorded releases of fluorine and the resultant “fluoride-compounds” from industrial sites such as: mining, sand and gravel pit operations, as well as entities like super-phosphate fertilizer plants have certainly added to the miseries of us all. Those “releases” could have, and still can be prevented, or at least controlled, if it were not for the profitability of the “products” in question. “It’s all about the money for our huge, and now, nearly tax-exempt corporations!”
In summary: Fluoride has become the “lifeblood of the modern industrial economy.” So you can see why “industry” is so reluctant to admit to its part in the cover-up of the long and ongoing dangerous roles that fluoride plays. Because of fluoride’s rather hidden, broad industrial applications, the general public is only just now becoming aware of its airborne emissions, and its toxic by-products. Our awareness of fluoride comes primarily from its uses in drinking water and toothpaste, as well as preadolescent fluoride treatments as a hedge against future dental cavities. While I personally doubt most of those claims, this insidious poison has been subjecting our collective thyroid glands to a near total annihilation!
I feel that we must keep up with our own health evaluation by making sure we get enough, but moderate amounts, of iodized sea salt in our diets needed for thyroid production. (Though “most” doctors will caution you against it, fearing hypertension and heart-problems.) Also, and this is most important — testing, not with the “TSH” test that is normally foisted upon us, but by asking – - nay – - demanding the Free T3 and the Free T4 thyroid evaluations, and treating the deficiencies with Armour “natural, desiccated” thyroid! IT WORKS!!
***THINK THE FLUORIDE IN YOUR WATER IS SAFE FOR YOU??? Look what it did to these horses!
***Check out this website page on the history of Fluoride as a poison.
***Fluoride Action Network website with good information on how fluoride affects the thyroid.
And last: Scientific Facts on the Biological Effects of Fluorides
1. Fluoride exposure disrupts the synthesis of collagen and leads to the breakdown of collagen in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidney and trachea. A.K. Susheela and Mohan Jha, ” Effects of Fluoride on Cortical and Cancellous Bone Composition,” IRCS Medical Sciences: Library Compendium, Vol. 9, No.11, pp. 1021-1022 (1981); Y. D. Sharma, ” Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Collagen Cross-Link Precursors,” Toxicological Letters, Vol. 10, pp. 97-100 (1982); A. K. Susheela and D. Mukerjee, ” Fluoride poisoning and the Effect of Collagen Biosynthesis of Osseous and Nonosseous Tissue,” Toxicological European Research, Vol. 3, No.2, pp. 99-104 (1981); Y.D. Sharma, ” Variations in the Metabolism and Maturation of Collagen after Fluoride Ingestion,” Biochemica et Biophysica Acta, Vol. 715, pp. 137-141 (1982); Marian Drozdz et al., ” Studies on the Influence of Fluoride Compounds upon Connective Tissue Metabolism in Growing Rats” and “Effect of Sodium Fluoride With and Without Simultaneous Exposure to Hydrogen Fluoride on Collagen Metabolism,” Journal of Toxicological Medicine, Vol. 4, pp. 151-157 (1984).
2. Fluoride stimulates granule formation and oxygen consumption in white blood cells, but inhibits these processes when the white blood cell is challenged by a foreign agent in the blood. Robert A. Clark, “Neutrophil Iodintion Reaction Induced by Fluoride: Implications for Degranulation and Metabolic Activation,” Blood, Vol. 57, pp. 913-921 (1981).
3. Fluoride depletes the energy reserves and the ability of white blood cells to properly destroy foreign agents by the process of phagocytosis. As little as 0.2 ppm fluoride stimulates superoxide production in resting white blood cells, virtually abolishing phagocytosis. Even micro-molar amounts of fluoride, below 1 ppm, may seriously depress the ability of white blood cells to destroy pathogenic agents. John Curnette, et al, ” Fluoride-mediated Activation of the Respiratory Burst in Human Neutrophils,” Journal of Clinical Investigation, Vol. 63, pp. 637-647 (1979); W. L. Gabler and P. A. Leong, ., ” Fluoride Inhibition of Polymorphonumclear Leukocytes,” Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 48, No. 9, pp. 1933-1939 (1979); W. L. Gabler, et al., ” Effect of Fluoride on the Kinetics of Superoxide Generation by Fluoride,” Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 64, p. 281 (1985); A. S. Kozlyuk, et al., ” Immune Status of Children in Chemically Contaminated Environments,” Zdravookhranenie, Issue 3, pp. 6-9 (1987)
4. Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body’s own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals. Alfred Taylor and Nell C. Taylor, ” Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Tumor Growth,” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vol. 119, p. 252 (1965); Shiela Gibson, ” Effects of Fluoride on Immune System Function,” Complementary Medical Research, Vol. 6, pp. 111-113 (1992); Peter Wilkinson, ” Inhibition of the Immune System With Low Levels of Fluorides,” Testimony before the Scottish High Court in Edinburgh in the Case of McColl vs. Strathclyde Regional Council, pp. 17723-18150, 19328-19492, and Exhibit 636, (1982); D. W. Allman and M. Benac, ” Effect of Inorganic Fluoride Salts on Urine and Cyclic AMP Concentration in Vivo,” Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 55 (Supplement B), p. 523 (1976); S. Jaouni and D. W. Allman, ” Effect of Sodium Fluoride and Aluminum on Adenylate Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Activity,” Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 64, p. 201 (1985)
5. Fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood. S. K. Jain and A. K. Susheela, ” Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Antibody Formation in Rabbits,” Environmental Research, Vol. 44, pp. 117-125 (1987)
6. Fluoride depresses thyroid activity. Viktor Gorlitzer Von Mundy, ” Influence of Fluorine and Iodine on the Metabolism, Particularly on the Thyroid Gland,” Muenchener Medicische Wochenschrift, Vol. 105, pp. 182-186 (1963); A. Benagiano,