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Hypothyroidism and Flouride

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute
Virtual clinic serving the US and globally
support@kasiakines.com

Did you know there is a link between Hypothyroidism and Fluoride? Hypothyroidism happens when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. In order to have proper functioning thyroid you need iodine – it’s a halogen and can be thrown off by fluoride, which is a toxin and also a halogen.  In 1951, municipal water fluoridation became the official policy in the USA, while Europeans on the whole don’t fluoridate. According to data collected by WHO, 97% of Western European countries do not fluoridate.  Based on science, most countries discontinued or never began to fluoridate water.

America has a higher exposure (75% of our drinking water). The fluoride in the water is political and economical.  Hexafluorosilicic acid is a waste product of industry: it comes from the smoke stacks of the phosphate captured by wet scrubbers. This slurry is not clean – it contains traces of arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium thallium, radio-nucleotides. Since 1951 it’s been in water to prevent dental disease but that has not been substantiated (in research).

When you look at research according to thyroid problems we have new studies and new claims. The National Research Council has determined that fluoride is as an endocrine disruptor and it seems to target the thyroid gland.

Research on Hypothyroidism and Fluoride…

There was a study in 2015 in the British Medical Journal: one Manchester community with fluoridated water and one without.  Women in the community with fluoride reported twice as much hypothyroidism. And remember that we have an epidemic of hypothyroidism in the US, including increase in Hashimoto’s. The number one prescription in America is for thyroid medication – over 23 million women take it every day.

Iodine is volatile, but fluoride doesn’t not evaporate from water. The most basic filtration systems available on the market such as Brita do not filter fluoride out. Reverse osmosis (purification system) will but also gets rid of minerals.  I’ve been using Nutrametrix filter, which it takes 45% (up to 60%) of fluoride. Distillation will work but is not a long term solution. Drip mechanical filters that stand alone may work, such as PF2 Berkey (added note: depending where I read, the claims range from 60 to 85 to 95% of fluoride removal). You can’t filter fluoride out of the shower; at this time I have not seen a shower head filter claiming to do so, so you would need a whole house system.  Where I live, we have fluoride added to the water, and I may add Berkey PF2 to my current filter. Any products that you buy, soups, coffee, water in a restaurant, you will have fluoride.

Take care of yourself and I will talk with you soon!

(Note: there is also a podcast on the effects of fluoride on the developing brain)

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute
Virtual clinic serving the US and globally
support@kasiakines.com

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