Some experts attribute the hypothyroidism epidemic to the “healthy” chemicals that have been added to the products we use. It is estimated that approximately 40% of women suffer from hypothyroidism. Furthermore, as hypothyroidism is linked to having a “slow metabolism”, it is likely that this is also the cause of the increasing amount of people who are overweight or obese, which currently consists of about 65% of the population.
In the United States, during the 1940s, a new chemical was introduced into the water we drink: fluoride. The purpose of this chemical was to help prevent toothdecay. However, this substance, although considered harmless enough to add to water and toothpaste, was also used in the past as a powerful, prescribed medication to help reduce the excessive function of the thyroid gland, as with those who suffer from hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid). In short, fluoride reduces the function of the thyroid, and for those with a normal or already slow thyroid will undoubtedly experience problems along the line.
As the thyroid gland itself is in control of the metabolism, anything that reduces its function will also slow the metabolism and thus lead to weight gain or difficulty losing weight, among other health problems. Those who already suffer from hypothyroidism typically have a very hard time losing weight, due to the lack of production of hormones by their thyroid. Aside from weight issues, hypothyroidism also causes depression, hair loss, insomnia, constant tiredness, constipation, weakness, water retention, high cholesterol and even a decreased or non-existent libido.
The American Dental Association recommends the use of fluoride as a preventative to tooth decay, thus, most toothpaste these days contain fluoride. Unfortunately, the studies used to claim the benefits of fluoride were done with pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride, which is not the same type nor quality of the fluoride that is added to water and toothpaste today.
On July 2, 1997 the NTEU labor union (National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 280) brought together more than 1,500 scientists, engineers, lawyers and professional employees of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) andmade an official announcement against fluoride due to evidence that connected the use of fluoride to the incidence of cancer and other diseases,including those related to the thyroid gland. In the end, nothing was done about it.
As a note, only 2% of Europe uses fluoride in their water supplies, and it is very uncommon to find toothpaste with fluoride in Africa. Looking at the world at large, only 5% of the world’s population drinks fluoridated water, most of which reside within the US. It goes without saying that there’s undoubtedly an economic interest behind all of this, as money speaks volumes, especially within the US.
One of the documented cases of adding fluoride to drinking water was in Nazi Germany prison camps in order to bring the prisoners into a “quiet submission”. Need I say more?
If you suffer from hypothyroidism or consider that your metabolism is too slow, I suggest avoiding fluoride toothpastes. Within the US, there are plenty of health food and online stores where you can purchase fluoride-free toothpaste. When it comes to water, try to find bottled water or a filter that guarantees the removal of fluoride.
Lastly, and on a personal note, this last week I went to the dentist, which admittedly is not my favorite place. After a thorough dental cleaning, I was taken into another room so that the dentist could inspect my gums. I noticed that my dentist’s assistant was holding a small bottle of blue liquid. When she approached me, she said, “I’m going to put fluoride to seal the tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay”. I looked at her in horror and said, “I do not want fluoride, but thank you”, but she insisted. I then asked her if she had to wear gloves in order to use the fluoride and which case she answered, “Yes”. Naturally, I asked her why this was. Her response? “Fluoride is toxic”.
Needless to say, that was why I didn’t want it used on me. Coincidentally, she was overweight and asked me to send her information about fluoride in regards to the metabolism, preferably without the dentist knowing. All in all, an interesting experience.
Obesity and Metabolism Specialist