Are you drinking tap water? Did you know that you could be putting yourself at risk of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Hypothyroidism has symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, aches and pains, thinning hair and cold sensitivity. For some it can also be the case of depression and memory issues.
A new study out of England is finding that fluoridated water increases the rate of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism by as much as 30% (S Peckham, D Lowery, S Spencer. "Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water." Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, February 2015 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2014-204971)
This particular study was limited to those already diagnosed so the numbers could quite conceivably be higher. This is exceptionally bad news when you take into account that Americans and Canadians are more than twice the level found in England. OUCH
So why is fluoride added to our water? The truth is that it is toxic industrial waste, a byproduct of uranium enrichment, aluminum smelting and phosphate fertilizers. Although it has been pushed heavily for tooth and gum health that research is somewhat flawed. It has actually been proven to have the exact opposite effect in children.
According to researchers out of Harvard University’s school of Public Health, children in highly fluoride areas have significantly lower IQ scores compared to those in areas with less or no fluoride in the drinking water.
Food for thought for those of you suffering with thyroid issues… Studies from Dr. Dean Dark, former head of the Cytochemistry Section at the National Cancer Institute, estimated that fluoridation caused 10,000 excess cancer deaths. His conclusions showed an increase of tutors, cancers in oral squamous cells and thyroid cells, also rare forms of bone and liver cancer. ªLita Lee, Ph.D. 03/07/2005 Fluoride – A Modern Toxic Waste)
It has also been found to weaken bones, increase ADHD and possibly contribute too risk of higher cardiovascular disease.
Time to look into a filter and stop drinking tap water. I would try to avoid bottled water as well as that is a whole other brand of toxins.