Your thyroid is a small but vital part of your health. The thyroid controls your energy, weight/metabolism, and core temperature. A little known fact is that your thyroid controls your mood. If you’re chronically depressed, anxious or have poor coping skills, have your thyroid examined.

One of the things that hurts your thyroid is fluoride. Fluoride is found in medications and also in water. Fluoride and iodine both need the same receptor, or the same spot on the cell, and they don’t like to share. Without iodine, your body can’t produce the thyroid hormone — thus the problem. No thyroid hormone in the body means the systems controlled by the thyroid no longer get what they need to work.

Some of the medications that cause problems for your thyroid are: Cholesterol meds like Lipitor, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, the antidepressants Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro, antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), steroids similar to dexamethasone, fluticasone, etc., the medication called Luvox for major depression and OCD, and midazolam, which was implicated in the death of Michael Jackson, and is used for anxiety and to prep for surgery.

There are too many symptoms of fluoride overload to cover here, but some of them include problems with the thyroid, heart, hormones, nervous system, sexual organs, and the GI tract.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you’re thyroid sick (thyroid resistance). A major problem with thyroid sickness is that most doctors don’t test for it. The normal test is the TSH, which checks for a hormone released by your pituitary gland, and has little to do with your thyroid hormone. The free T3 and complete T3 will give you a much better picture. Your thyroid hormone levels can be perfectly normal, and you can still be thyroid sick. It’s not so much about the hormone in the blood, as it’s about the receptors getting the hormone into the cell. The difference between hypothyroid, and thyroid sick, is that with hypothyroid your thyroid gland doesn’t work. When you’re thyroid sick, your gland works fine, but your receptors aren’t getting enough of the thyroid hormone.