Is Fluoride in Water Harming My Thyroid?

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Is Fluoride in Water Harming My Thyroid?
For years we’ve been told that fluoride is beneficial for our health, particularly in the prevention of tooth decay. Is this really the truth? Do any benefits of fluoridated water really exist and, if so, do they outweigh the harm it may be doing to the thyroid tissue? A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reported on the correlation between fluoridated water and the risks of developing hypothyroidism. The study gathered data from almost every major general medical practice in England and concluded that locations with fluoridated water supplies were more than 30% more likely to have high levels of hypothyroidism.

The major problem with fluoride is that it interferes with the actions of iodine, a necessary element for the formation of thyroid hormone. Iodine exerts its influence by binding to receptors on the thyroid gland. However, fluoride and iodine have similar structures and can both fit into the receptor sites. Unfortunately, fluoride is bigger and heavier, and if present, will bully iodine and win out in the battle for the receptor site. This leads to thyroid inflammation as well as disruption in the signal for thyroid hormone production. As if this negative influence on the thyroid wasn’t enough, other studies have also associated fluoride with reduced IQs in children as well as an increased incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The scary reality is that this thyroid hampering, developmental neurotoxin is added to over two thirds of American tap water all for the controversial reason of preventing tooth decay! While the CDC and FDA are both floundering in their responses to the fluoride studies, there are certain water filters that will help minimize your exposure. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. Unfortunately, “activated carbon” filters, such as Brita and Pur, do not remove fluoride. Additionally, certain nutritional supplements, such as selenium and water soluble iodine, can help to naturally support and protect the thyroid against fluoride toxicity.

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