Thank you for the article, “Fluoride: 1 more deadly government experiment,” by Lee Hieb, MD.

I could not agree more with her more. However, there are other medical health concerns in addition to cancer rates. In the past, fluoride has been used in the treatment of overactive thyroid. The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins and how sensitive the body is to other hormones. Fluoride slows these functions down, resulting in normal or below normal thyroid function. If we are encouraged to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day, I shudder to think what all of that fluoride is doing to a normal thyroid. Is it any wonder that such a large portion of our population has an underactive thyroid and obesity abounds?

As someone who has been struggling with low thyroid levels and the multitude of effects it can have on the body, and knowing fluoride in tap water ultimately undermines my thyroid medication, I must constantly be aware of sources of added fluoride, such as that glass of water with ice cubes, a cup of tea or coffee, anything cooked with additional water and the toothpaste I use. I am fortunate to live in a home where my water source comes from a well without added fluoride. I have to pay extra for toothpaste without fluoride, when I can find it, and I resent having to pay for bottled spring water in a restaurant to avoid fluoridated water.

Europe has banned fluoride from being added to drinking water for good reason: It is not good for our health. The addition of fluoride to our drinking water makes for an unhealthy nation that is “keeping us sick” and is lining the pockets of pharmaceutical companies in the process. We end up paying twice for this: through our poor health and for the health care we have to pay for to give us the impression we are going to get better.

I encourage research into all of the ways too much fluoride affects us.

Federal regulations can serve their purpose. This one, however, is not for the greater good of its citizens.

Laura Roscoe

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