It’s been just over two weeks now since I saw my new doctor. The one I talked about in my very first post. I knew the minute I stepped foot into the lobby that it was going to be a perfect fit for me. On the TV in the corner, there were short videos streaming. The three that I saw/heard as I was filling out paperwork involved the difference between store bought eggs and real, pasture-raised, roaming chicken eggs, how to pick out non-toxic baby products, and one of the doctor visiting a farmer’s market in Hawaii. The doctor himself was in all of the videos discussing each topic. Like I said, I immediately knew he would be a good fit for my healthcare needs.
He went ahead and switched my thyroid medication from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid (generic), and proceeded to tell me that he hopes to get me off of it altogether. What?!? That’s not at all what my previous doctor told me. She said, and I quote, “You’ll be on Synthroid for the rest of your life!” So things were already off to a great start, as I really prefer the idea of not being on medication my whole life.
Aside from taking the medication, I asked what else I should be doing to support my thyroid function naturally. His response was that it was mostly going to be lifestyle things, primarily diet. He said I need to do my best not to eat any wheat, dairy, or sugar, and to avoid all grains as much as possible, i.e. the Paleo Diet. I’m not going to lie, this is tough for me. In those two weeks since I went to see him, I’ve done great with the no wheat (I had already been gluten-free for coming up on a year), no dairy, and no sugar. Surprisingly, the dairy has been harder to give up than the sugar. But perhaps hardest of all has been the grains. When I went gluten-free, I started using oat flour for most of my baking needs and I eat rice and quinoa very regularly.
For now I’ve decided that I can’t handle giving it all up at once. Mostly because I still need ideas on what to eat that meets his criteria but also doesn’t upset my stomach. However, I haven’t had the time or energy lately to do too much research into good, Paleo recipes. So for now, I’m mostly focusing on eliminating dairy and sugar (about 90%) and just limiting my intake of grains, rather than eliminating it.
The next thing he told me was probably the most surprising simply because it hadn’t been on my radar at all, though it probably should have been. He asked if I drink tap water. Well, yes, I do. He then proceeded to tell me that I need to purchase a Berkey water filter, or one similar that will remove fluoride from my water. Interesting.
I’ve yet to order the filter (they’re expensive!), but I have been doing my homework on the issue, and at this point have decided I definitely need one. Just have to save up a little bit first. Anyway, back to fluoride. In our drinking water.
The purpose of this is supposed to be to help protect our teeth from decay. But from what I’ve read, it doesn’t work. And why would it? The water is only on our teeth long enough for us to swallow it. Then it’s ingested, where it can cause all sorts of issues. The most alarming side effect for me personally is of that on the thyroid gland. In fact, fluoride was used in the past to treat hyperthyroidism because of it’s ability to slow down thyroid function! Instances of hypothyroidism in America are on the rise, and I have to wonder if all of the environmental toxins (i.e. “endocrine disruptors”), in addition to fluoride in our drinking water are helping to contribute to that. Aside from thyroid issues, it can also cause gastrointestinal problems, including nausea and pain. Hmm, that sounds familiar. I’m not saying that all of my stomach issues are related to drinking fluoride, but at this point, I can’t rule it out, and will do just about anything to fix it.
So the conclusion that I’ve come to after researching this issue a bit further is that I should avoid fluoride in my drinking and cooking water as much as possible. I’m not convinced that drinking it is helping anyone with tooth decay, and I also feel that that’s not a good reason for me personally to drink it. I see a dentist regularly and may still use fluoridated toothpaste just to be on the safe side. So I don’t feel that the benefits of ingesting fluoride outweigh the possible risks for me.
You can read more about fluoride in drinking water here: http://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/
and an article from the WHO here: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/fluoride_drinking_water_full.pdf?ua=1
I find it interesting that most developed nations do not fluoridate their water, including 97% of Western Europe. Here’s why: http://fluoridealert.org/content/europe-statements/
Did you know there was fluoride in our drinking water? Do you use a fluoride filter?