A New York organization whose members are raising alarms about the damage from fluoride in America’s water supplies says a government study available online suggests the additive can be blamed for a multitude of problems stemming from thyroid imbalances, including cardiac disease, depression, constipation, fuzzy thinking and fluid retention.
The New York State Coalition opposed to Fluoridation Inc., said, “There is clear evidence that small amounts of fluoride, at or near levels added to U.S. water supplies, present potential risks to the thyroid gland.”
It cited a study by the National Research Council that reviewed fluoride-thyroid research and literature.
“Many Americans are exposed to fluoride in the ranges associated with thyroid effects, especially for people with iodine deficiency,” Kathleen Thiessen, Ph.D. and co-author of the government-sponsored NRC report, wrote.
“The recent decline in iodine intake in the U.S could contribute to increased toxicity of fluoride for some individuals,” she said.
“A low level of thyroid hormone can increase the risk of cardiac disease, high cholesterol, depression and, in pregnant woman, decreased intelligence of offspring,” she continued.
The statement said other common thyroid symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, fuzzy thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, depression, body pain and slow reflexes.
The New York group said fluoride, in the form of silicofluorides, is added to public water supplies across about two-thirds of the U.S. The program dates back decades and was “ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, [but] was never safety-tested,” the group said.
Robert Carton, Ph.D., an environmental scientist whose more than 30 years of work for the U.S. government included managing risk assessments on high priority toxic chemicals, told the New York organization, “Fluoride has detrimental effects on the thyroid gland of healthy males at 3.5 mg a day. With iodine deficiency, the effect level drops to 0.7 milligrams/day for an average male.”
The report also cites studies documenting fluoride concentrations in thyroids exceeding levels found in other soft tissues except kidneys, an association between endemic goiter and fluoride exposure or enamel fluorosis in human populations and how fluoride adversely affects thyroid and parathyroid hormones, which affect bone health.
The National Research Council functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. It is one branch of a private, nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
The collective mission of the organizations is “to improve government decision-making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.”
WND recently reported a group of private citizens in San Diego County is working on a large-scale lawsuit in federal court against public water districts to challenge the constitutionality of using industrial-grade additives to fluoridate drinking water.
Jeff Green, national director of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water in San Diego, told WND, “We are raising funds for a lawsuit that has been prepared for plaintiffs who are asserting their constitutional rights under the Ninth and 14th Amendments to be free of what they term ‘bodily intrusions’ by a water wholesaler adding an unapproved drug into their water.”
WND also recently reported there is growing and fierce opposition to plans to fluoridate public drinking water after shocking new studies that seriously question a practice routine among U.S. municipalities for nearly the last 50 years.
“Most people think that fluoride is what you have in your toothpaste or water, but they are unaware of the fact that Prozac is a fluoride product,” Green said. “Almost all psychotropic drugs are fluoride products.”
The study itself notes various studies have linked secondary hyperparathyroidism to fluorosis and that other studies have found “there are some data to suggest that fluoride does adversely affect some endocrine glands.”
The study also includes other chapters on studies that found lower IQ scores for subjects of Chinese studies who had exposure to fluoride.
“The IQ scores in both males and females declined with increasing fluoride exposure,” the online study reported. “Of special importance, 21.6 percent of the children in the high-fluoride village scored 70 or below on the IQ scale. For the children in the low-fluoride village, only 3.4 percent had such low scores.”