Talk about thyroid health and you talk about two elements – fluoride and iodine. Both are on the same period of the periodic table of elements and this is why one, fluorine – which is not needed for any bodily function, can interfere with the other, iodine – without which we cannot live.
Lucy Herron talked about flouride on day 3 of the thyroid summit. She is a kiwi – and was warned before moving to Australia that we do things a bit funny in Tasmania, the little southern island state that keeps getting left off the map. Tasmania was going to add iodine to the water apparently but we lobbied to get flouride instead, …. and won!
Australian water has flouride added at levels in all States and Territories, other than the Northern Territory ( who set optimal at 0.6 mg/l) :
“Optimally Fluoridated” = The level is more than 0.7 mg/l.
“Suboptimal Fluoridated” = The level is between 0.3 and 0.7 mg/l. Please seek advice from your dental advisor.
“Not Fluoridated” = The level is less than 0.3 mg/l.
Note: mg/l is the same as ppm ( parts per milllion ) which you may see on water analysis. source – fluoride map of australia
Altered thyroid function is associated with fluoride intakes as low as 0.05-0.1 mg fluoride per kilogram body weight per day (mg/kg/day), or 0.03 mg/kg/day with iodine deficiency. Increased prevalence of goiter (>20 percent) is associated with fluoride intakes of 0.07-0.13 mg/kg/day, or 0.01 mg/kg/day with iodine deficiency.4
Drinking water, reconstituted baby formula or fruit juices, other foods made with water from a municipal supply like soups, rice and pasta, those which concentrate water like jams – you add all of this up and work out how much poison you are ingesting! Kids of course are at risk as they eat and drink more per kg of body weight than an adult but have less tolerance for fluoride.
Firewater is a free online film about the issues of water flouridation in Australia http://www.firewaterfilm.com
But what about cavities?
Cavities are due to calcium deficiency, vitamin C and D defficiency, a mineral deficient acidic diet, or malabsorbtion as in coeliac disease – not lack of flouride.
In her careful experiments, Dr May Mellanby demonstrated that the same nutritional conditions that support development of strong, well mineralized teeth, also support the arrest of dental decay, development of reparative dentin and tooth remineralization. That is, optimal supplementation of vitamin D, together with adequate calcium and phosphorus and a calcifying diet with restricted intake of sugar and cereal grains. Dr Weston Price found even better results when vitamin K2 was also supplemented. ~http://thedentalessentials.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/can-cavities-really-be-healed/%20
There are non-toxic proven alternatives to topical flouride to prevent and reverse tooth decay. Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (CPP-ACP) as Recaldent from Melbourne university http://www.breezecare.com.au/ausshop/recaldent-tooth-mousse.html( the recaldent chewing gum is really nice, the mousse not so much but effective.) How about theobromine from chocolate in the toothpaste? http://www.theodent.com/products_kids.html (hoping to try this soon) or the orthomolecular tooth hardener nano calcium hydroxyapatite in Apagard, a japanese toothpaste which has been available for 30 years www.apagard.com/en/ ( tested this too and its nice!)
Access to pure water – only for the rich?
removing flouride ( and chlorine) is incredibly hard. A few filters will do it as cost of around 20c a litre www.fill2purefilters.com.au. and on my wishlist the Bear Gryll’s tough British Berkfield http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/berkey/ My children had the luxury of growing up in a semi rural area with rainwater tanks. Now they are renting they can’t have the option of showering in flouride free water.
NZ residents of Hastings have come up with another solution – tapping directly into the city’s bore supplies to stockpile untreated waterhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11262618 Just don’t use that water to make tea – Tea, particularly with lower quality older leaves, contain high levels of fluoride.
Had enough? Join the International Fluoride Free Teleconference
(Australia/Sydney): Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 07:00 – 09.00 am
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