Epidemic of ADHD caused by Fluoride in water?
ADHD is a complex condition with many facets and we know that there are multiple causes but various studies are now linking thyroid conditions (caused by fluoride in water) to the epidemic of ADHD in children that is being seen throughout the United States.
The problem is that although fluoride has been found to help strengthen the teeth in Colorado native people the fluoride was natural and in very low concentration and stained their teeth, but it did them no harm otherwise. Whereas the fluoride that is being added to drinking water is a man-made toxic side product from aluminium production and other industries.
The Dangers of Fluoride & Water Fluoridation
Study comparing fluoridation of water to ADHD incidence
The authors of a research study, psychologists Christine Till and Ashley Malin at Toronto’s York University, studied figures by state in 1992 and for the following 5 years and related them to the incidences of diagnoses of ADHD.
They first made adjustments for poverty, wealth and other factors. They found that Delaware and Iowa were heavily fluoridated and also had high levels of ADHD diagnosed, of around 14% between the ages of four and seventeen.
They predicted that “for every one percent increase in the portion of the U.S. population drinking fluoridated water in 1992 was associated with 67,000 additional cases of ADHD 11 years later, and an additional 131,000 cases by 2011, after controlling for socioeconomic status.”
The reason that fluoride is affecting children and indeed adults too is because fluoride interferes with how the thyroid functions. The thyroid needs iodine to be able to function properly in its primary role of metabolism and protein synthesis.
There are several more problematic issues with added fluoride, in that it has been found that fluoride has been shown to:
- lower IQ,
- delay neurobehavioral development in children as in ADHD and other issues
- have neurotoxic effects
- cause hypothyroidism
- cause a goiter if someone is iodine deficient
- decrease fertility in high concentrations
- cause fluorosis of teeth and bones (showing as discoloration)
Fluoride, the “Halide family” and Thyroid Function
Iodine belongs to the halide family, along with fluoride, bromide and chlorine. Therein lies a big problem.
The thyroid has many iodine receptors in which to capture iodine which, together with thyroxine, activates the metabolism and energy processes and protein synthesis.
Unfortunately the iodine receptors are unable to tell the difference between the various members of the “halide family” so if there is more fluoride, bromide or chlorine around than there is of iodine, these other halides will be accepted on the receptors and this will block the spaces available for iodine.
The problem with that is that the thyroid can only use iodine, the others from that family are useless to it. The thyroid needs iodine and the result is that metabolism and protein synthesis suffers. There may not be an actual deficiency of iodine at all if iodine receptors are already taken up by fluoride, bromide or chlorine. But it can appear so from the thyroid symptoms shown – lack of energy, tiredness, unable to concentrate and so on.
Effects of fluoride on Pregnancy
Studies carried out back in the 1990s by researcher Phyllis Mullenix at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Research Institute showed that rats that were exposed to fluoride in the womb were much more likely to become hyperactive later in life.
If this happens while a woman is pregnant this obviously could affect the foetus if the same happens in humans as in rats as demonstrated in this study.
There have also been about 40 studies showing that children born in areas home to water with elevated levels of this chemical (higher than the concentrations used in U.S. water fluoridation) have lower-than-normal IQs.
Grandjean and colleagues reviewed 27 such studies that were available in 2012, concluding that all but one of them showed a significant link; children in high fluoride areas had IQs that were, on average, seven points below those of children from areas with low concentrations of the substance.
According to a study carried out by University of Toronto and York University researchers higher levels of urinary fluoride during pregnancy are associated with more ADHD-like symptoms in school-age children.
“Our findings are consistent with a growing body of evidence suggesting that the growing fetal nervous system may be negatively affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure,” said Dr. Morteza Bashash, the study’s lead author and researcher at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
“Our findings show that children with elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride were more likely to show symptoms of ADHD as reported by parents. Prenatal fluoride exposure was more strongly associated with inattentive behaviours and cognitive problems, but not with hyperactivity,” said Dr Bashash.
The Importance of preparing for pregnancy
This study demonstrates how important it is to prepare for conception and pregnancy by looking at the quality of our water, food and our environment and eliminate the offending items where possible. The other thing we are doing at the same time is improving our own health outcome which has to be a plus point!.
We need to do everything in our power to improve the health of our baby before it is born because it will improve the baby’s chances of having a much healthier childhood continuing into adult life and be less likely to have ADHD or other developmental issues.
“Previous research has suggested that there may be several mechanisms by which fluoride could interfere in brain development and play a role in ADHD“, says Dr. Caroline Martinez, a pediatrician and researcher at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
What else is fluoride in?
It’s not just tap water we have to be careful of but also toothpaste, mouth wash, milk and table-salt may be fluoridated in many countries. There is increasing resistance by the general public to the enforced addition to food, hygiene items and particularly water, which some liken to mass medication. Fear is growing among many functional medicine health practitioners about the damage that may be done to the developing brains of our children, although government officials claim that fluoride is safe despite research figures showing the contrary.
The importance of a good quality water filter
People who drink larger amounts of water are more likely to be worse affected by the added fluoride and chlorine than those who drink less if drinking water that has not been filtered with a really good quality filter. We are continually being reminded by health organisations to keep well hydrated by drinking more water, so we feel as though we are doing the right thing, but unfortunately this may not be so.
So far we have been discussing fluoride but it is known that chlorine and bromide are also problematic. These are both used for either disinfecting drinking water or for the water in swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa-baths……
So should we now be thinking about a different way to make sure our water is hygienic in which wash, bathe and swim or to drink?
Ultra-violet light has been shown to be effective, but maybe not so cost-effective. Must our health suffer because of money?
What can we do on an individual basis to make sure the water which we use in our houses on a daily basis is safe to use?
The first place to check if you live in U.S. is the website
You can check the chemical situation in the water where you live by entering your zipcode or state.
A really good water filter is indispensable and can be managed without breaking the bank. There are water filters available for all the water used in the house but there are also fairly inexpensive water-jug filters, counter-top filters and filters for taps and showers.
Shower filters are really important because water, which contains chlorine (and possibly fluoride too), is pouring over us for quite a few minutes and our skins absorb really well; so we shall be absorbing a quantity of chlorine/ fluoride each time we shower. Why would we apply hormone creams like progesterone to our skins otherwise if our skins were not really absorbant?
Chlorine or bromide are commonly used to disinfect the water in swimming-pools, jacuzzis and spa-baths so after a swim or bathing we need to jump in the shower, fitted with a good quality shower filter to rinse any remaining chlorine or bromide from the skin.
Where else is the troublesome halide family hiding?
Bromide can be found in bakery goods where it is used as a dough conditioner so be on the look out when shopping, check those labels. Home-made is best but check the flours you use.
Bromides are also in pesticides, plastics, fire retardants and medications. BVOs (brominated vegetable oils) are used in soft drinks, particularly citrus ones.
As you can see halides are just about everywhere so we just have to do our utmost to minimise our exposure and make sure we are well topped up with iodine from fish and sea vegetables. Soil depletion of iodine does not help our cause.
The primary task we have to avoid a major halide hazard (and will minimise a good deal of chlorine and fluoride exposure) is sourcing good quality water filters and getting them fitted. Water is such an important part of our lives both for consumption and for hygiene and needs to be prioritised.
Check labels for fluoride and bromide plus avoid chlorine where possible.
We can also avoid fruit and vegetables that have been treated with pesticides by growing our own or buy organically grown produce.
If that is not possible then check on the Environment Working Group’s website to find their list of the fruit and vegetables that are most important to buy organic because they are more likely to have toxic residue from pesticides and are absolutely to be avoided if at all possible, “The Dirty Dozen”, and the ones which are least of a problem, “The Clean Fifteen” which one can safely buy.
Food and water are our essentials to be alive so let’s try to eat and drink as clean as possible to live a healthy life.
For information on drinking water in U.S., a National tap water database – https://www.ewg.org/
Enter your name and address at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ to receive the “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen” food lists.
3 Ways to Stay Calm during the Corona Panic
Taking Care of Yourselves
Staying Calm And Centred In Times Of Corona Panic:
Amazing at Home Activities:
Get Started Today As COVID-19 slowly makes its way into major cities and small suburbs across the nation, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic. We have been told by authorities to stay in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with world outside.
Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.
You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you'll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.
We're going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centred in times of COVID-19 panic!
1. Meditation & Mindfulness
So, you're anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Corona virus!
If you've never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health.
Here's what meditation can do for you.
- A greater positive outlook on life
- Increased feelings of calmness
- Greater self-awareness
- Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
- Improved focus
The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.
If you're able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualisation techniques. When you're looking to stay more active while you're self-isolated, you can give Yoga or Pilates a go!
Find out about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It is a very useful tool and there are lots of videos about it on Youtube.
2. Finding a Creative Outlet and keeping busy
You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn't mean you have to end up going crazy. In fact, that would probably only serve to increase the feelings of panic of those around you during such trying times!
This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you're focused on building or creating something new, you're reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you.
That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax. A creative outlet can be almost anything.
Here are a few things you might want to try out (if you have the supplies at hand) or the abilities.
- Painting, colouring, or drawing. There are lots of videos to give you ideas on Youtube
- Singing and/or playing musical instruments
- Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
- Building something with things lying around the house
- Writing Puzzles
- Sorting out your family photos and printing out a selection to put in an album
- Get the children dressing up in old clothes of yours
Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires an intense amount of focus and makes you happy. You won't even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favourite cartoon character if it's enjoyable!
3. Giving Back & Helping Others
It's completely natural to be fearful of the unknown but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear once and for all. When you're giving back to the community or helping those in need, you'll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.
With so many people sick or self-isolated, so many people aren't allowed or able to leave home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can't meet on their own.
As long as you're keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries. It'll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it!
So, call your neighbours, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know that you are available and how to get in contact.
Red or green card system
Think of suggesting to vulnerable people that you know to post either a green card in their window if they are OK and are not needing help or a red one if they do need assistance. This helps to set our minds at ease that all is well or alerts us to being needed.
You can't do much yourself when it comes to curing or stopping the spread of COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your panic and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.
By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, and even giving back to those who need it, you'll be able to stay calm and centred, even now!
Take care and count your blessings!
Copyright: Anne Murray, True Wellness4U 2020
Strategies for Embracing the Stresses of Covid-19
and the more Normal Lifetime Stresses
4 Strategies for Embracing Stresses
If you’re facing some life challenges during this difficult, and for everyone, unique period with Covid-19, it can be hard to remember that it’s normal to have obstacles crop up from time to time.
Yes, I know this is not a normal obstacle!
But just about everyone is having setbacks, disappointments and tough times just now. But going through this rough patch doesn’t have to spoil your life. The key to thriving in the face of adversity is how you respond to the obstacles in your path.
Here are four strategies to help you ride through and come out on top.
Decide to embrace the obstacle
If you’re having a tough time, it can be easy to feel helpless and even that you’re a victim. But it’s up to you to rise to the challenge and decide that you won’t be overwhelmed. Choosing to take control and embrace your challenge is the first step in overcoming it. Look your obstacle square in the face and resolve to meet it.
Be okay with discomfort
The proof that you’re embracing your obstacle is acknowledging that it doesn’t feel good. It can feel uncomfortable, heavy, even painful. There are lots of life experiences that hurt at the time but end up being for your best and highest good. From the normal lifetime difficulties like marathon training, going to the dentist, public speaking to facing life with Covid-19, (including possibly facing debtors) you feel, or will feel, so much better once you’ve faced the worst.
Remember it won’t last forever. Don’t shrink from the bad feelings. You can ride them out!
Make sure you have a support team
You don’t have to face your obstacles alone. It can make all the difference to have people around you who are supportive, who’ll stick by you and cheer you on when you want to give up.
If you have a cheer squad, you’ll find that extra level of energy to help get you through. And you’ll be there for your friends and colleagues when they’re facing their challenges. Once you’re part of a team that has each other’s backs, none of you will have to face life’s ups and downs alone.
You’ll fight together and celebrate success together!
Be grateful for your obstacles
Feeling gratitude for the challenges in life might sound counter-intuitive. But think about it. Accepting the challenge, resolving to meet it head-on, and overcoming it makes you a better, stronger person.
Think of how good it feels to deal with a problem and solve it. To face fear and overcome it.
It sounds strange but there are invariably benefits that come from adverse events. “As one door closes, another door opens”, as that well-known motto goes.
Without obstacles in your life, you would not grow and learn to become a better person. Obstacles are a natural, normal part of living an authentic life.
Life will return to normal, (whatever your normal is).
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