Fluoride, chlorine, perchlorate, bromine, and iodine are closely related and all belong to a family of chemicals called halides.
Apart from iodine which is beneficial for your overall wellbeing, these other compounds are detrimental to your health, even in minute quantities.
The Link Between Fluoride And Your Thyroid Health
The biggest problem? The toxic halides which include fluoride, chlorine, perchlorate, and bromine block iodine activity. And as you may be aware iodine is an essential nutrient for proper thyroid function. When the thyroid is no longer able to function properly it triggers a broad range of low thyroid symptoms.
Fluoride is promoted for oral health. But the main problem with fluoride is that it blocks iodine intake which slows thyroid function. This is best illustrated by the fact that fluoride was used in the past as a thyroid suppressing medication in patients with HYPERthyroid disorders.
Here’s two fluoride facts to be aware of:
- Fluoride disrupts thyroid activity even at doses as low as 2 mg/day. It’s no surprise then that symptoms of fluoride toxicity are strikingly similar to the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
- Today fluoride is added to most urban water supplies. In fact, people living in fluoridated communities could be potentially ingesting doses of fluoride from 1.6 to 6.6 mg/day. It’s not just tap water that is of concern, many foods and beverages are produced using water sources contaminated with fluoride.
Bottom line: it’s vital to filter drinking water to radically reduce your exposure. Also take necessary steps to avoid foods and beverages prepared with tap water that contains fluoride.
Fluoride in Australian Urban Water Supplies
Did you know Australia has the highest fluoridation rates? This is of particular concern considering the widespread prevalence of hypothyroidism. Interestingly, most European countries choose NOT to pollute their water supply with fluoride.
Even back in 2001 the US Environmental Protection Agency putting fluoride in the water supply posed ‘unreasonable risks’.
Dental products are also a source of fluoride. There are some studies to show fluoride can help prevent tooth decay if used externally. However excessive exposure to all forms of fluoride should be avoided. Ingesting fluoride makes as much sense as eating sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Look for toothpaste that is fluoride-free. Health food stores and supermarkets carry brands that do not contain fluoride.
For more information on effects of fluoride on your overall health please visit the Fluoride Action Network website.