- The United States is in the wake of yet another horrific
school shooting - another shooting carried out by another boy reportedly
taking a fluorinated pharmaceutical, Prozac. Another fluorinated drug,
Luvox, was reportedly taken by one of the shooters in the Columbine tragedy.
Similarly, there have been reports from US troops that bizarre, psychotic,
aggressive behavior has been observed in individuals after taking Lariam,
which is a fluorinated antimalarial. According to a January 2004 article
in the Archives of Internal Medicine, cholesterol-lowering statins have
now also been linked to aggressive, violent behavior. Lescol, Lipitor,
Baycol and Crestor are all fluorinated. Baycol was removed from the market,
following at least 31 known deaths from adverse symptoms. (1, 2, 3, 4,
- Quite the opposite from America's ongoing lack of awareness
pertaining to fluorides, fluoride toxicity has been well-known, studied
and well-documented in other countries for almost a century.
- Andreas Schuld, who is the founder of Parents of Fluoride
Poisoned Children headquartered in Canada, is considered by many at this
time to be among the world's leading experts on fluorides. He states, "IG
Farben chemists discovered that fluorides were potent anti-thyroid substances
back in the 1930s." (6)
- Following this discovery in Germany, thousands of patients
in one clinic alone had their thyroid activity decreased through the administration
of minute doses of fluoride compounds. One proven, effective method of
administering this anti-thyroid medical treatment was by having the patients
bathe in water dosed with minute amounts of fluoride compounds. (6)
- While weight gain and obesity are perhaps among the more
well-known and visible signs of thyroid dysfunction, there are other signs
of thyroid crisis that are not as visible, and may not become apparent
until the affected person reaches a "breaking point."
- The "silent" signs of thyroid crisis can include
profound behavioral changes, neurological problems, sleep and memory disturbances,
dementia, psychoses, depression, lethargy or loss of initiative, increased
cholesterol levels, and according to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada,
"general intellectual deterioration." (7)
- In addition, violent and uncharacteristic episodes of
rage are reported with enough frequency that those suffering from one thyroid
disorder, "Graves' disease," refer to this disturbing symptom
as "Graves' rage."
- Sometimes accompanying the depression are feelings of
emotional detachment and emotional numbness, both of which have been repeatedly
described by, or attributed to the boys involved in the school shootings.
- The number of citizens now suffering from thyroid problems
in the US is unknown because many are thought to be undiagnosed at this
time. In addition, most people do not realize that the above emotional
and psychological symptoms might actually be signaling a thyroid malfunction.
- According to information found on the website of the
National Institutes of Health, two-thirds of US adults are now struggling
with their weight. On the website of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), is a report stating that approximately two-thirds of
the people in the US are being fluorinated via their drinking water. Also
indicative of a national thyroid epidemic is the fact that Synthroid, a
drug used to treat thyroid malfunction, is one of the most-prescribed drugs
in the US. (8, 9, 10)
- While many try to avoid drinking fluoridated water by
purchasing bottled water, two-thirds of the population have no choice but
to bathe in "water dosed with minute amounts of fluoride compounds"
- the same method of delivery once used in Germany to decrease thyroid
- The full effects of fluoride's dark side are not yet
known in the United States, nor is it known yet if fluoride affects people
differently according to their race and, therefore, skin color. Schuld
states that research indicates tooth mottling or "dental fluorosis"
is actually a sign of thyroid disorder, and that in at least one test conducted
by the Bureau of Dental Health in New York, it was noted that the risk
for fluorosis was greater in African-American children than in whites.
- Perhaps the ongoing occurrences of rage and other unexplained,
bizarre behaviors in the US, as well as the numerous epidemics now plaguing
us, are, in fact, all related to the fact that two-thirds of our population
is being dosed on a daily basis with a known thyroid toxin, at an unknown
dose. Poison the thyroid, and the entire body as well as the mind will
- The continued dosing of US waters as well as pharmaceutical
products with fluoride compounds without full inquiry into fluoride's effects
on mental capacity - especially in children - amounts to reckless endangerment.
- Mary Sparrowdancer is an investigate science/medicine
writer and is the author of The Love Song of the Universe, published by
Hampton Roads. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida. www.sparrowdancer.com
- 1. CBS/AP - "Friend: School Shooter on Prozac"
March, 2005. (4/2/2005)
- 2. Denver Post - "Drug Taken by Columbine Killer
Linked to Increased Mania" September, 2004. (4/2/2005) http://www.denverpost.com/Stories
- 3. Consumer Reports - "Lariam's Legacy" March
- 4. Archives of Internal Medicine - "A Randomized
Control Trial Assessing the Impact of Statins on Cognition, Behavior, and
Biochemistry" January 2004. (4/2/2005)
- 5. Molecular Formulas, on RxList. http://www.rxlist.com/
- 6. Schuld, Andreas. Personal Correspondence. Parents
of Fluoride Poisoned Children. 4/2/2005.
- 7. Thyroid Foundation of Canada. http://www.thyroid.ca/
- 8. National Institutes of Health - "Nearly two-thirds
adults overweight.") 1999-2000. (4/2/2005)
- 9. CDC, Press Release, "Community water fluoridation
now reaches nearly two-thirds of US population." February 2002. (4.2.2005)
- 10. RxList Top 200 Prescriptions for 2003. "Synthroid,"
- 11. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Bureau
of Dental Health Report, "higher prevalence of dental fluorosis among