Considering the fluoride-iodine antagonism...

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Considering the fluoride-iodine antagonism, how can there be both fluoride and iodine in salt?

Dentists - seemingly entirely ignorant of the fluoride-iodine antagonism and apparently lacking all awareness that one influences the other! - have long promoted fluoridated salt programs comparing the “benefits” to the iodized salt programs, and promoted fluoride in salt as if it was as essential as iodine - which of course it is not - the opposite is the case. Not only is fluoride not essential at all - fluorides are iodine’s worst enemy.

“Now salt can be a carrier of two substances of great benefit to mankind”, it is said. Here is a typical statement by Dr. Hernandez, the co-ordinator of the fluoridated salt program in Mexico:

“The salt fluoridation and iodization is a unique chance of combining two chemical elements (iodine and fluorine) and thus prevent two important diseases: the endemic goiter and the dental caries, respectively.” (Hernandez, 1993)

How anyone could ever equal caries to iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in importance is already incomprehensible - how one can further be entirely ignorant of the antagonistic relationship of the “two chemical elements” borders on the incredible.

Marthaler, in his 2000 report on salt fluoridation, actually produces tables comparing the roles of iodine and fluoride in human health as if they were of equal importance!

In the 1940s, German endocrinologists and pharmacists thought that the relationship of fluoride to iodine in the blood was somewhere around the 7 to 1 ratio, based on extensive investigations on the use of fluorides as effective anti-thyroid medication in the treatment of iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (Jod Basedow).

Keeping the above in mind it is not surprising that in Switzerland the iodine content of table salt has been increasing progressively over the last four decades, concurrent with increasing fluoride intake. The latest raise in iodine content was from 15 ppm to 20 - 30 ppm in 1998 (ICCIDD). Fluoride content in salt which originally started out at 90 ppm in 1955, is now at 250 ppm.

Considering how much evidence is available, documenting the effects of fluoride on thyroid hormones, it is simply bewildering how public health officials the world over have been blindsighted by dentists and have allowed the inclusion of fluoride in iodized salt programs.


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