Effects of Flouride on the Thyroid Gland


Effects of Fluoride on the Thyroid Gland

by Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield MBBS LRCP MRCS Medical Adviser to Thyroid UK September 9th, 2004

There is a daunting amount of research studies showing that the widely acclaimed benefits on fluoride dental health are more imagined than real.

My main concern however, is the effect of sustained fluoride intake on general health. Again, there is a huge body of research literature on this subject, freely available and in the public domain.

But this body of work was not considered by the York Review when their remit was changed from “Studies of the effects of fluoride on health” to “Studies on the effects of fluoridated water on health.” It is clearly evident that it was not considered by the BMA (Britsh Medical Association), British Dental Association (BDA), BFS (British Fluoridation Society) and FPHM, (Faculty for Public Health and Medicine) since they all insist, as in the briefing paper to Members of Parliament – that fluoridation is safe and non-injurious to health.

This is a public disgrace, I will now show by reviewing the damaging effects of fluoridation, with special reference to thyroid illness.

It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey were chronically ill, with premature ageing, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible. Not only was it clear that the fluoride was having a general effect on the health of the community, but in the early 1920s Goldemberg, working in Argentina showed that fluoride was displacing iodine; thus compounding the damage and rendering the community also hypothyroid from iodine deficiency.

Highly Damaging to the Thyroid Gland

This was the basis of the research in the 1930s of May, Litzka, Gorlitzer von Mundy, who used fluoride preparations to treat over-active thyroid illness. Their patients either drank fluoridated water, swallowed fluoride pills or were bathed in fluoridated bath water; and their thyroid function was as a result, greatly depressed. The use in 1937 of fluorotyrosine for this purpose showed how effective this treatment was; but the effectiveness was difficult to predict and many patients suffered total thyroid loss. So it was given a new role and received a new name, Pardinon. It was marketed not for over-active thyroid disease but as a pesticide. (Note the manufacturer of fluorotyrosine was IG Farben who also made sarin, a gas used in World War II).

This bit of history illustrates the fact that fluorides are dangerous in general and in particular highly damaging to the thyroid gland, a matter to which I shall return shortly. While it is unlikely that it will be disputed that fluorides are toxic – let us be reminded that they are Schedule 2 Poisons under the Poisons Act 1972, the matter in dispute is the level of toxicity attributable to given amounts; in today’s context the degree of damage caused by given concentrations in the water supply. While admitting its toxicity, proponents rely on the fact that it is diluted and therefore, it is claimed, unlikely to have deleterious effects.

They could not be more mistaken.

It seems to me that we must be aware of how fluoride does its damage. It is an enzyme poison. Enzymes are complex protein compounds that vastly speed up biological chemical reactions while themselves remaining unchanged. As we speak, there occurs in all of us a vast multitude of these reactions to maintain life and produce the energy to sustain it. The chains of amino acids that make up these complex proteins are linked by simple compounds called amides; and it is with these that fluorine molecules react, splitting and distorting them, thus damaging the enzymes and their activity. Let it be said at once, this effect can occur at extraordinary low concentrations; even lower than the one part per million which is the dilution proposed for fluoridation in our water supply.

The body can only eliminate half.

Moreover, fluorides are cumulative and build up steadily with ingestion of fluoride from all sources, which include not just water but the air we breathe and the food we eat. The use of fluoride toothpaste in dental hygiene and the coating of teeth are further sources of substantial levels of fluoride intake. The body can only eliminate half of the total intake, which means that the older you are the more fluoride will have accumulated in your body. Inevitably this means the ageing population is particularly targeted. And even worse for the very young there is a major element of risk in baby formula made with fluoridated water. The extreme sensitivity of the very young to fluoride toxicity makes this unacceptable. Since there are so many sources of fluoride in our everyday living, it will prove impossible to maintain an average level of 1ppm as is suggested.

What is the result of these toxic effects?

First the immune system. The distortion of protein structure causes the immune proteins to fail to recognise body proteins, and so instigate an attack on them, which is Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune diseases constitute a body of disease processes troubling many thousands of people: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Asthma and Systemic Sclerosis are examples; but in my particular context today, thyroid antibodies will be produced which will cause Thyroiditis resulting in the common hypothyroid disease, Hashimoto’s Disease and the hyperthyroidism of Graves’ Disease.

Musculo Skeletal damage results further from the enzyme toxic effect; the collagen tissue of which muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones are made, is damaged. Rheumatoid illness, osteoporosis and deformation of bones inevitably follow. This toxic effect extends to the ameloblasts making tooth enamel, which is consequently weakened and then made brittle; and its visible appearance is, of course, dental fluorosis.

The enzyme poison effect extends to our genes; DNA cannot repair itself, and chromosomes are damaged. Work at the University of Missouri showed genital damage, targeting ovaries and testes. Also affected is inter uterine growth and development of the fetus, especially the nervous system. Increased incidence of Down’s Syndrome has been documented.

Fluorides are mutagenic. That is, they can cause the uncontrolled proliferation of cells we call cancer. This applies to cancer anywhere in the body; but bones are particularly picked out. The incidence of osteosarcoma in a study reporting in 1991 showed an unbelievable 50% increase. A report in 1955 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 400% increase in cancer of the thyroid in San Francisco during the period their water was fluoridated.

My particular concern is the effect of fluorides on the thyroid gland

Perhaps I may remind you about thyroid disease. The thyroid gland produces hormones which control our metabolism – the rate at which we burn our fuel. Deficiency is relatively common, much more than is generally accepted by many medical authorities: a figure of 1:4 or 1:3 by mid life is more likely. The illness is insidious in its onset and progression. People become tired, cold, overweight, depressed, constipated; they suffer arthritis, hair loss, infertility, atherosclerosis and chronic illness. Sadly, it is poorly diagnosed and poorly managed by very many doctors in this country. What concerns me so deeply is that in concentrations as low as 1ppm, fluorides damage the thyroid system on 4 levels.

  1. The enzyme manufacture of thyroid hormones within the thyroid gland itself. The process by which iodine is attached to the amino acid tyrosine and converted to the two significant thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3), is slowed.
  2. The stimulation of certain G proteins from the toxic effect of fluoride (whose function is to govern uptake of substances into each of the cells of the body), has the effect of switching off the uptake into the cell of the active thyroid hormone.
  3. The thyroid control mechanism is compromised. The thyroid stimulating hormone output from the pituitary gland is inhibited by fluoride, thus reducing thyroid output of thyroid hormones.
  4. Fluoride competes for the receptor sites on the thyroid gland which respond to the thyroid stimulating hormone; so that less of this hormone reaches the thyroid gland and so less thyroid hormone is manufactured.

These damaging effects, all of which occur with small concentrations of fluoride, have obvious and easily identifiable effects on thyroid status. The running down of thyroid hormone means a slow slide into hypothyroidism. Already the incidence of hypothyroidism is increasing as a result of other environmental toxins and pollutions together with wide spread nutritional deficiencies.

141 million Europeans are at risk

One further factor should give us deep anxiety. Professor Hume of Dundee, in his paper given earlier this year to the Novartis Foundation, pointed out that iodine deficiency is growing worldwide. There are 141 million Europeans are at risk; only 5 European countries are iodine sufficient. UK now falls into the marginal and focal category. Professor Hume recently produced figures to show that 40% of pregnant women in the Tayside region of Scotland were deficient by at least half of the iodine required for a normal pregnancy. A relatively high level of missing, decayed, filled teeth was noted in this non-fluoridated area, suggesting that the iodine deficiency was causing early hypothyroidism which interferes with the health of teeth. Dare one speculate on the result of now fluoridating the water?

Displaces iodine in the body

These figures would be worrying enough, since they mean that iodine deficiency, which results in hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone cannot be manufactured without iodine) is likely to affect huge numbers of people. What makes it infinitely worse, is that fluorine, being a halogen (chemically related to iodine), but very much more active, displaces iodine. So that the uptake of iodine is compromised by the ejection, as it were, of the iodine by fluorine. To condemn the entire population, already having marginal levels of iodine, to inevitable progressive failure of their thyroid system by fluoridating the water, borders on criminal lunacy.

I would like to place a scenario in front of those colleagues who favour fluoridation. A new pill is marketed. Some trials not all together satisfactory, nevertheless, show a striking improvement in dental caries. Unfortunately, it has been found to be thyrotoxic, mutagenic, immunosuppressive, cause arthritis and infertility in comparatively small doses over a relatively short period of time.


Do you think it should be marketed?

Fluoridation of the nation’s water supply will do little for our dental health; but will have catastrophic effects on our general health. We cannot, must not, dare not, subject our nation to this appalling risk.

Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield obtained his Medical degrees in 1960 at Guy’s Hospital London. He left the NHS in 1980 to specialise in thyroid illnesses drawing inspiration from the work of infamous Dr Broda Barnes, at the Foundation that bears his name, Connecticut, USA. He has been a medical practitioner for over forty years specialising in metabolic disorders during which time he became a leading authority in the UK for thyroid and adrenal management. For over twenty years he also ran a successful private clinic and became a nation-wide leading authority on thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, but clashed with establishment medicine in the management of thyroid illness. He is the author of The Great Thyroid Scandal (see opposite page), he currently lectures at nutritional colleges in London as well as conducting his own teaching seminars. Barry will shortly be opening a diagnostic clinic in the UK for thyroid and adrenal disorders where he will provide advice on diagnosis and treatment with special interests in nutritional aspects.

For further information contact:

Dr B Durrant-Peatfield 36A High St, Mersham Redhill Surrey, RH1 3EA 44 (0)1737 215462 www.drpeatfield.com References: L Goldemberg – La Semana Med 28:628 (1921) – cited in Wilson RH, DeEds F -”The Synergistic Action Of Thyroid On Fluoride Toxicity” Endocrinology 26:851 (1940).

G Litzka – “Die experimentellen Grundlagen der Behandlung des Morbus Basedow und der Hyperthyreose mittels Fluortyrosin” Med Wochenschr 63:1037-1040 (1937) (discusses the basis of the use of fluorides in anti-thyroid medication, documents activity on liver, inhibition of glycolysis, etc.).

W May – “Behandlung der Hypothyreosen einschlieblich des schweren genuinen Morbus Basedow mit Fluor” Klin Wochenschr 16: 562 – 564 (1937).

Sarin: (GB: isopropyl methylphosono-fluoridate) is a colorless, odorless volatile liquid, soluble in water, first synthesized at IG Farben in 1938. It kills mainly through inhalation.

Sarin: (GB: CH3-P(=O)(-F)(-OCH(CH3)2) Source: FOA Briefing Book on Chemical Weapons Gerhard Schrader, a chemist at IG Farben, was given the task of developing a pesticide. Two years later a phosphorus compound with extremely high toxicity was produced for the first time.

IG Farben: “…the board of American IG Farben had three directors from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the most influential of the various Federal Reserve Banks. American IG Farben. also had interlocks with Standard Oil of New Jersey, Ford Motor Company, Bank of Manhattan (later to become the Chase Manhattan Bank), and AEG. (German General Electric) Source: Moody’s Manual of Investments; 1930, page 2149.”

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Reflexology to reduce sick days in the work place


Sick Days, Reduced Use of Sick Days

Study Conducted:



Denmark Eastern District of The Municipality of Svendborg


Terp, H., “Municipal Reflexology in Svendborg, A Study of the Effect of Reflexology Treatment in the Eastern District of The Municipality of Svendborg, Denmark.” Danish Reflexologists Association Research Committee Report, 1995.


A study was done from 8/1/93 to 2/28/94 to promote employee wellness and reduce employee absenteeism.  40 clients were given foot reflexology. Results: absenteeism was reduced to 5.27 days from rate of 9.6 days. 97.5% reported relieve from  their primary issue; 62% reported improvement, 35% reported partial improvement, and 77.5% reported positive secondary effects.


Foot reflexology was found to increase employee wellness and reduce job absenteeism.

Reflexology Research  provided courtesy of the                 American Academy of  Reflexology, Bill Flocco, Director.
Foot Hand Ear Reflexology   Classes, Reflexology Certification,
Continuing   Education  ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP, many Cities, and States.


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Reflexology and Insomnia



Study Conducted:



China The Women and Infantile Health Centre of                 Inner Mongolia


Gao, W., Wang, Z., and Liu, H.(1996). “Preliminary Exploration of Treatment for Insomnia.” 1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report, Beijing : China Reflexology Association, pages 7-8.


70 patients with insomnia were given foot reflexology. Group A was given 10 sessions twice a day and Group B was given 10 sessions once a day. Group A showed 88.57% improvement after five days and 100% after ten days. Group B showed 22.86% improvement after 5 days and 91.43% after 10 days..


Foot reflexology was found to be effective for the relief of insomnia. .
Reflexology Research  provided courtesy of the                 American Academy of  Reflexology, Bill Flocco, Director.
Foot Hand Ear Reflexology   Classes, Reflexology Certification,
Continuing   Education  ARCB, NCBTMB, ABMP, many Cities, and States.

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The Principles of Reiki

The Ethical Principle of Reiki are  lovely and simple yet so very important in todays crazy world.

So I thought I would share them with you….

  •  Just for today do not worry.
  • Just for today do not anger.
  • Honour your parents, teachers and elders.
  • Earn your living honestly.
  • Show gratitude to everything.

Written by Dr. Mikao Usui

Sent with love…..

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Reflexology – What is it??

In New Zealand the governing body for reflexologists is Reflexology New Zealand – www.reflexology.org.nz .  This is a great site to visit for information and links about reflexology.

RNZ (Reflexology New Zealand} define reflexology as:

“Reflexology is a form of treatment that involves applying pressure as well as the use of effleurage techniques (or massage) in a certain manner to all areas of the feet. In the feet there are reflex areas, which relate to all organs and systems within the body and these reflex areas are found on the soles, tops and sides of the feet. The feet as a whole correspond to the whole body. By working the feet it is possible to find out which areas of the body are out of balance and treatment can be given to rebalance the body by stimulating its own healing mechanism. The hands and ears can also be used in reflexology and again similar reflex areas exist corresponding to the whole body.”


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Iodine Test – Do you have enough???

Want to know if you have enough iodine???

It is very easy to find out….
Buy some iodine from the chemist.
Paint some on your feet (anywhere is fine but the feet work very well).
Wait for 24 hours if it has all been absorbed you are deficient in iodine, if it is still there you have enough!!
Simple eh!

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Seaweed for thyroid health

SEAWEED for thyroid health – protect yourself from radiation.
Since the disaster in Japan it is now even more important to think about radiation poisoning and protection from the nuclear fallout.
Your thyroid gland needs iodine to remain healthy (hence the addition of iodine to salt to prevent goiters).
The thyroid has iodine receptors which should be kept full of natural iodine for optimum health, if there are free receptors they will attract radioactive iodine which will stick to the receptors and may cause thyroid cancer (the number 1 killer from radioactive nuclear fallout).
It is ESSENTIAL that you have enough iodine in your diet.
Iodine is also needed by the body for breast and ovary health.

Most of us are severely iodine deficient unless we live in Japan and have a diet rich in seaweed. There is very little breast cancer in Japan due to the high levels of seaweed consumed, it is only when Japanese women emmigrate that their breast cancer rates increase.
I suggest that you must now source your seaweed from closer to home as you do not want to risk the possibility of ingesting radioactive products. It is time to make your own miso soup/kelp pepper from locally sourced product.

I am lucky enough to live by the sea so make my own kelp pepper which I add to most all of our cooking and the children don’t even know it is in their food!
Head down to the beach at the turn of the tide, or anytime if you can reach fresh seaweed easily. The type of seaweed you are looking for is giant kelp (this is the kind that has the tassles with round bits attached – the ones you used to pop when you were children – with flat sheets of seaweed, google giant kelp for an image), I think you can use all sorts but this is extremetly nutritious and the variety found in New Zealand waters is particularly rich in minerals.
The fresher the better, rinse well in fresh water and dry.
I have tried drying in the oven, on the washing line, laying flat and in the dehydrator. The seaweed dries very quickly and I have found that the dehydrator is the quickest and easiest. You can harvest loads as it dries up to nothing.
When dry put it in the blender part of the food processor and process for ages. It will eventually become like pepper and be ready for use. It is very concentrated and so you do not need much. Just sprinkle onto food or into cooking. There are quite a few recipes from renowned chefs available on the internet.
This will ensure THYROID health.

If you have not done this, when we are finally told of the radioactive contamination there is something you can do to save yourself – drink diluted (1/4 teaspoon) Baking Soda as it has the ability to attract the radioactive iodine molecules (that are not already attached to the thyroid) and take them straight to the kidneys for elimination from the body.
Stocking up on seaweed and bicarbonate of soda could be the the best thing to do – be proactive.

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Aromatherapy & Essential Oils.


DID YOU KNOW???  The ‘group’ of people who were least affected by the Bubonic Plague in London where those that worked in the silk glove and scarf factory….. and you know why…….

The silk was imported by ship from India where it was impregnated with Essential Oils to prevent to rotting on the long trip.  As the factory workers handled the impregnated silk they inhaled the ant bacterial and anti fungal properties of the oils  which protected them and cleansed the air they breathed.

How wonderful and truly inspiring oils are. As the blogs progress I will be discussing different oils and their uses. I would love your feedback and stories/experiences you have had with different oils

More snippets to come…..


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