Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog, Health & Wellness

Messing with our Brains: Fluoride

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Most of us grow up listening to our parents. Most of our parents listen to the doctors and dentists they trust in. The dentists listen to the medical boards and the wealth of information that the studies present.

The studies are run, most of us not knowing if they are tainted or not, by well-meaning people but people who, nonetheless, have a certain view of things.

That is why I am so grateful for the brave individuals who present, often the other side or the other view of products, ingredients, medications, diseases, and a host of other issues that at least give a glimpse or mild information that expands our mind to at least think that all we are handed, may not be 100% accurate.

So is the case with Fluoride. A study in 2001(1), showed that Fluoride calcified the pineal gland. Calcification or hardening of a part of our brain.

The pineal gland is a very small gland that is tucked away in the brain. This gland, has had a somewhat illusive life. It was considered, the seat of the soul or the 3rd eye by ancient philosophers and was the last endocrine gland to actually discover its function. Although researchers are still trying to reveal the full function of the pineal gland, it is believed to be that the main function is production of Melatonin. An important hormone that regulates many important body functions.

The study was rather interesting. Briefly, the synopsis was that:

“There was a positive correlation between pineal F[luoride] and pineal Ca[lcium] (r = 0.73, p<0.02) but no correlation between pineal F and bone F. By old age, the pineal gland has readily accumulated F and its F/Ca ratio is higher than bone.”

In other words, by old age, the Fluoride/Calcium accumulated more in the pineal compared to the Fluoride/Calcium in the bone. This Fluoride Calcification resembles gravel in the gland and is responsible for a number of diseases a few listed below:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Bipolar
  3. Hormone imbalances
  4. Sleep disturbances
  5. Schizophrenia
  6. Stroke

Prozac, is actually 30%, by weight Fluoride. Yes. GreenMedInfo, states that Prozac could actually be poisoning the brain and flattening out the effect of people using this drug. Not to mention the long term potential complications. GreenMedInfo has connected over 60 diseases related to the consumption of this toxin.

While we are on the topic, another commonly prescribed drug that contains Fluoride, is Cipro. Cipro is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics and not only does it contain Fluoride, it is known to cause tendon rupture, damage to ligaments as well as musculoskeletal issues to name a few. Cipro is supposed to be saved for serious infections, however it is easily reached for with sinus infections and common Urinary Tract Infections.

In a 2001 study by Dr. Jay Cohen, the following reaction rates were documented. (2)

  • Nervous system symptoms occurred in 91 percent of patients (pain, tingling and numbness, dizziness, malaise, weakness, headaches, anxiety and panic, loss of memory, psychosis)
  • Musculoskeletal symptoms in 73 percent of patients (tendon ruptures, tendonitis, weakness, joint swelling)
  • Sensory symptoms in 42 percent of patients (tinnitus, altered visual, olfactory, and auditory function)
  • Cardiovascular symptoms in 36 percent of patients (tachycardia, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations)
  • Skin reactions in 29 percent of patients (rashes, hair loss, sweating, and intolerance to heat or cold)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms in 18 percent of patients (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain)

In a letter to his Congressman, he wrote:

“These severe reactions are occurring in patients who are usually healthy, active, and young. Most often, the antibiotics are prescribed for mild infections such as sinusitis, urinary or prostate infections. Most reactions occur very quickly, sometimes with just a few doses of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Reactions are acute, severe, frightening, and often disabling.

Since the publication of my article with its 45 cases two and a half years ago, I have received e-mails from more than 100 people seeking help for their reactions. In most cases, their doctors have dismissed their complaints or outright denied that the reactions could occur with fluoroquinolones. Yet extensive medical workups do not find any other cause. Worse, there are no known effective treatments. Thus, these people suffer pain and disability for weeks, months, and years.”

Either through municipal water, toothpaste, Teflon, Plastic wrap, to name a few, protection and prevention are the best way to avoid this toxic chemical.

With seeing many ill patients for the past 20 years, I have to say, that it is never just one thing bringing down the body. There is, unfortunately, usually a cacophony of toxins as wells as invaders that impact ones health. This is one small glimpse into a possible clue! We are great at getting to the source of your health issues!

To your health,

Jennifer Baer, ARNP

  1. Caries Res. 2001 Mar-Apr;35(2):125-8. PMID: 11275672.
  2. Ann PharmacotherDecember 1, 2001 vol. 35 no. 12 1540-1547

About Dr. Minkoff, Medical Director

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr. Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr. Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr. Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy, and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr. Minkoff is one of the most in-demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best-selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teaches to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.