Fluoride Action Network

Thyroid Doctor-Nurse Team Exposes Fluoride Risk

Source: Harper Collins | May 1st, 2001

Pre-publication review of Thyroid Power by Richard Shames MD & Karilee Shames RN, PhD has resulted in advance praise from physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.Ê According to John Lee, MD, author of the very popular book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, the new HarperCollins book, THYROID POWER: Ten Steps to Total Health (HarperResource; June 2001; $25)Ê is “the best book ever written on the subject of thyroid”.Ê Seth Baum, MD, Medical Director of the John Henry Center for Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida, says “the book is a must-read for physicians and lay public alike”.

Dr. Richard Shames, a Harvard and University of Pennsylvania graduate who served at the NIH, believes that we are witnessing an autoimmune low-thyroid epidemic.Ê Doctors on the Thyroid Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC have revealed that 20 million Americans are currently being treated for thyroid problems. Synthroid, just one of the various thyroid medicines, is now either first or second most-prescribed drug in the US. The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center estimates that there are over 13 million more Americans who have undiagnosed thyroid problems that are causing many of their uncomfortable symptoms (fatigue, depression, excess weight, infertility, miscarriage, severe menopause, dry skin, constipation, hair loss).

Karilee Shames, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, points out that a major environmental trigger of low thyroid is likely to be the fluoride added to municipal water supplies. Scientists believe that fluoride can depress thyroid functions with levels as low as 2. 5 mg/ day, even though (according to a 1991 government report estimates that) adults in fluoridated areas ingest an average of 3.9 mg daily. Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames suggest that in a misguided attempt to help curb cavities in young children, we may be unwittingly poisoning our collective endocrine systems. In fact, the Shames are quick to point out, there really is no solid research on the long-term effects of fluoride on the human body, even though it has been used for over fifty years. Equally disturbing is the current substitution of an industrial silicofluroide waste product in place of the original pharmaceutical grade of sodium fluoride, without proper research.

Though fluoride has been added to water supplies for over 50 years, new studies in the US and New Zealand are questioning fluoride’s benefits. In addition to questioning fluoride’s benefits, other research reveals potential hazards that have been minimized or ignored.

In 1997, 1500 scientists, engineers, and lawyers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined in the release of a cautionary statement regarding fluoride: “Our members’ review of the body of evidence over the last eleven years, including animal and human epidemiological studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, and bone pathology.” Ê

According to the Shames’, with mounting evidence of a fluoride-thyroid connection, these cautions now need to be taken more seriously. Thyroid Power cites dozens of studies to back up this point. The book also tells us that despite a perplexing push for even more fluoridated communities in this country, most other countries prohibit the use of this product. Only 2% of Europe, and less than 5% of the world, fluoridates its water. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, India, and Japan have either rejected or banned its use in recent years. As stated in their book, “fluoridated municipal water is a bad idea whose time has passed”. Read Thyroid Power to find out more about their strong stand against a practice considered by many to be completely safe and effective, in fact, as American as apple pie.