About 70% of Americans drink fluoridated water. They’re all at a higher risk of hypothyroidism and worse.
When the government added fluoride to our drinking water it was hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. It was sold to the public as the end to dental cavities.
Today municipalities in the United States add fluoride to the water supplies of 67% of Americans or nearly 211 million people.[i]
But new research shows drinking fluoridated water greatly increases your risk of developing an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism or low thyroid function causes fatigue, weight gain, constipation, aches, dry skin, thinning hair, and intolerance to cold. It can also cause slowed heart rate, depression, and impaired memory.
The new study from England finds that fluoride added to drinking water is associated with a 30% higher rate of diagnosed hypothyroidism.[ii]
Actual rates of under-active thyroid may be much higher since this study was limited to people who were diagnosed. Many more may suffer with an impaired thyroid and not receive necessary treatment.
In the study researchers looked at the 2012 levels of fluoride in the drinking water supply in England. About 10% of the English population or six million people live in areas with naturally or artificially fluoridated water containing 1 milligram of fluoride per liter of drinking water.
They found that in areas with fluoride levels above 0.3 mg of fluoride per liter of water, rates of hypothyroidism were 30% higher.
That’s really bad news for Americans. In the U.S. the recommended level of fluoride in the water is 0.7 mg/L, or more than twice the level found to be a problem in England.
The researchers also compared two communities, one with fluoridated water and one without. They found that the fluoridated area was twice as likely to report higher rates of hypothyroidism.
Why is fluoride in your water?
The dirty little truth about fluoride is that it’s a toxic industrial waste. It’s a byproduct of uranium enrichment, aluminum smelting, and phosphate fertilizers..................