Fluoride Health Alert #2

Thyroid, Green Tea and Fluoride

Many people have been told that green tea is a healthful elixir. We encourage you to take a second look at teas in general. Dr. Mercola, D.O.,in his newsletter explains how fluoride levels in green and black teas depress the thyroid and, depending on the amount ingested, create symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, confusion and more.

It is the fluoride ion itself, even when it occurs naturally, which can be so disruptive to the human body, including the human embryo, as you will see (1). As a bonus, you can scroll down a little more than one quarter of the length in his website to check out neurolgical findings for both children and adults.

Second, the authors of the newly released book THYROID POWER inform us that they believe we are witnessing an auto-immune, low-thyroid epidemic. Synthroid, just one of the various thryroid medicines, is now either first or second most-prescribed drug in the US. They further state that a major environmental trigger of low thyroid is likely to be the fluoride added to municipal water supplies. (Approximately 60 percent of our nation's water supplies are now artificially fluoridated)
A review of the book follows.

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(1) Dr. Mercola: "Get That Fluoride Out of Your Tea!"

(2) THYROID POWER: 10 Steps to Total Health.

Pre-publication review of Thyroid Power by Richard Shames MD & Karilee Shames RN, PhD has resulted in advance praise from physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. According to John Lee, MD, author of the very popular book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, the new HarperCollins book, THYROID POWER: Ten Steps to Total Health (HarperResource; June 2001; $25) is "the best book ever written on the subject of thyroid". Seth Baum, MD, Medical Director of the John Henry Center for Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida, says "the book is a must-read for physicians and lay public alike". ISBN: 0-688-17236-9

Dr. Richard Shames, a Harvard and University of Pennsylvania graduate who served at the NIH, believes that we are witnessing an auto immune low-thyroid epidemic. Doctors on the Thyroid Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC have revealed that 20 million Americans are currently being treated for thyroid problems. Synthroid, just one of the various thyroid medicines, is now either first or second most-prescribed drug in the US. The university of Colorado Health Sciences Center estimates that there are over 13 million more Americans who have undiagnosed thyroid problems that are causing many of their uncomfortable symptoms (fatigue, depression, excess weight, infertility, miscarriage, severe menopause, dry skin, constipation, hair loss).

Karilee Shames, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, points out that a major environmental trigger of low thyroid is likely to be the fluoride added to municipal water supplies. Scientists believe that fluoride can depress thyroid functions with levels as low as 2.5 mg/ day. Fluoride based drugs are currently given to patients to relieve hyperthyroid conditions. A 1991 government report estimates that adults in fluoridated areas ingest an average of 3.9 mg daily.

Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames suggest that in a misguided attempt to help curb cavities in young children, we may be unwittingly poisoning our collective endocrine systems. In fact, the Shames are quick to point out, there really is no research on the long-term health effects of fluoride on the human body, even though it has been used for over fifty years. This is very strange, indeed, considering that fluoride has been mandated for ingestion by every U.S. citizen.

Though fluoride has been added to water supplies for over 50 years, new studies in the US and New Zealand are questioning fluoride's benefits. In addition to questioning fluoride's benefits, other research reveals potential hazards that have been minimized or ignored.

In 1997, the union which represents 1500 scientists, engineers, and lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a cautionary statement regarding fluoride: "Our members' review of the body of evidence over the last eleven years, including animal and human epidemiological studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, and bone pathology."

According to the Shames', with mounting evidence of a fluoride-thyroid connection, these cautions now need to be taken more seriously. Thyroid Power cites dozens of studies to back up this point. The book also tells us that despite a perplexing push for even more fluoridated communities in this country, most other countries prohibit the use of this product. Only 2% of Europe, and less than 5% of the world, fluoridates its water. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, India, and Japan have either rejected or banned its use in recent years.

As stated in their book, "fluoridated municipal water is a bad idea whose time has passed". Read Thyroid Power to find out more about their strong stand against a practice considered by many to be completely safe and effective, in fact, as American as apple pie.