- 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.
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 (http://www.bruha.com/pfpc/), 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."
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.
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
In addition, violent and uncharacteristic episodes of rage are reported
with enough frequency that those suffering from one thyroid disorder, "Grave's
disease," refer to this disturbing symptom as "Grave's 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.
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 functioning.
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 the author of The Love Song of the Universe. She
lives in Tallahassee, Florida. www.sparrowdancer.com