Look at all sides before deciding on fluoride

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2007

I thought the whole water fluoridation issue had been figured out, so I'm slightly confused why this is becoming an issue again.

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I'll be the first to admit I haven't done much research, and, as most would be quick to point out, information on the Internet isn't always true. So, I'm just going to speak from my own personal experience.

I've had Hashimoto's thyroiditis since the birth of my daughter in 2000. It started out as post-partum thyroiditis (a rather common occurrence) and developed into what it is today. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which, in essence, my body attacks the thyroid gland. It's usually easy to control with a synthetic thyroid hormone and truly isn't a "big" deal.

I give that basic background to set the backdrop for my concerns with fluoridated water. I have noticed a major decrease in my hypo-thyroid symptoms when I started drinking primarily bottled water. I've sought to correct the effects hypo-thyroidism has had on my life with both natural solutions as well as with doctor-prescribed medicine; the biggest difference I noticed was when I made an effort to stop drinking fluoridated water.

I realize that developing children benefit from additional fluoride. I understand that it's important for their dental health. The last thing I'd suggest is to make them suffer. As a parent, I strive to protect my child from all harm. I am fortunate to have dental and health insurance that enables me to attend to those needs.

I know that's not the case for everybody, and I truly wish there were more solutions out there to care for those needs. Those things are worth paying attention to, but I'm still concerned about the other harms done by fluoride in the water, be that harm to me, another sufferer of thyroid disease, or the yet unknown effects of ingesting it on a regular basis.

I'm sure there are many others that agree with what I'm saying or perhaps trace and correlate their thyroid disease to the tap water they've been drinking. And I'm sure there are many others that would say there is no correlation between fluoride and thyroid health. Either way, please look at all the sides before deciding to add fluoride back to our drinking water.

Jodie Harris


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