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Originally posted by RustyShakleford92
I've read up on this Fluoride conspiracy and maybe it does have some adverse effects on dumbing you down, maybe it doesn't.... Different scientists say different things, so you basically have to pick a side.... BUT
Has anyone lived outside the country for a long period of time and had to live on the water in that country? America has a great well system and most of the water here is drinkable unlike most places on earth. Hell, in Russia (Moscow) people don't brush their teeth with any water because it's so nasty and it will make you sick and most of the time won't come out clear from the faucet.
In most other countries, you wouldn't believe the dental problems the people have. Many people have yellow teeth, many cavities, and other problems.
So I do believe the true reason is not so sinister as of why we have fluoride in our water.
"The U.S. Center of Disease Control found a 9% higher prevalence of dental Fluorosis in American children than was found in a similar survey 20 years ago."
"Although skeletal fluorosis has been studied intensely in other countries for more than 40 years, virtually no research has been done in the U.S. to determine how many people are afflicted with the earlier stages of the disease, particularly the preclinical stages. Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed. Even if a doctor is aware of the disease, the early stages are difficult to diagnose. Given this, it may be beneficial for general physicians and neuromuscular specialists to familiarize themselves with this uncommon disease and monitor fluoride levels in patients diagnosed with arthritis over time."
Excess fluoride consumption has been studied as a factor in the following:
- A weakening of bones...
- Adverse effects on the kidney...
- Little research has been done on possible liver damage, although some studies suggest negative effects...
- Chromosomal damage and interference with DNA repair...
- Four epidemiological studies have noted a correlation between increased fluoride and low IQ...
- Caused Aluminum retention which, in tern causes increased Alzheimer's as well as other medical conditions...
-Also: Fluoride's suppressive effect on the Thyroid is more severe when iodine is deficient, and fluoride is associated with lower levels of iodine. Thyroid effects in humans were associated with fluoride levels 0.05–0.13 mg/kg/day when iodine intake was adequate and 0.01–0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine intake was inadequate.
If our government wanted us sick and dead or dumb, there are much more efficient ways to do this, like taking away iodide instead of making it mandatory.
RELATION BETWEEN IODINE AND SELENIUM Iodine is regulated in many ways in the thyroid. However, the most important pathway is the conversion of iodide into iodine through an oxidation reaction. This requires an enzyme called TPO or thyroperoxidase. It also requires hydrogen peroxide. If too much hydrogen peroxide is left in the thyroid, however, it leads to Hashimoto’s disease, a common thyroid problem. The mineral that helps control hydrogen peroxide is selenium. It is needed to make glutathione peroxidase, whose function, among many others, is to detoxify hydrogen peroxide after it has done its job in the thyroid gland. Selenium is also required later in the metabolism of the thyroid hormone in the conversion of of the relatively inactive T4 to the active thyroid hormone T3. The enzyme primarily responsible for this conversion is iodothyronine deiodinase. This enzyme also requires selenium to function properly. Any deficiency of selenium in the body will impair T3 production and thus cause hypothyroidism symptoms, even if the body is producing plenty of T4. This is sometimes called a conversion problem, as opposed to an iodine deficiency problem. Thus selenium is critical for two phases of thyroid hormone production. It is thus considered a close relative to iodine in the correction of thyroid difficulties. For more information about selenium, see the article on this website entitled Selenium, A New Mineral For Health and Healing.
IODINE DEFICIENCY WIDESPREAD More and more research indicates that the entire American population today is deficient in iodine. This may be somewhat of an exaggeration because those who eat a lot of seafood get plenty of iodine. However, the rest of the population does not. In addition, the entire population is exposed to iodine antagonists in an enormous way. Let us discuss this important aspect of iodine metabolism.
further in the article:
IODINE AND TOXIC METALS
Iodine supplementation has a wonderful effect on toxic metals in the body. This is for several reasons:
1. Iodine opposes or antagonizes the halogens. This has been discussed above. Taking iodine often leads to the elimination from the body of bromines, chlorine, fluorides and other metals as well.
2. Iodine is needed for thyroid activity. As thyroid activity recovers, the body is far more able to eliminate all the toxic metals. This is the main mechanism behind iodine’s ability to reduce the toxic metal burden in the body.
Originally posted by Ghost374
Question for everyone scared of flouride: Why is it that the government mandated that salt must contain percentages of NaI, after it was found that people lacking Iodide became dumb? If the government was out to get us, why don't they ban Iodide, which a lack of Iodide has been proven to cause retardation and dumbing down? That's right, because there are known beneficial effects of flouride, and the negative effects only occur at doses MUCH higher than those found in our water supply. Tap water is safe to drink, folks. The Iodide issue pretty much proves it, am I right? People trying to convince you that flouride is evil always seem to leave out iodide and how the government prevented people from becoming very dumb.edit on 7-1-2011 by Ghost374 because: iodide