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Fluoride added to local water supplies in England may cause depression and weight gain, a new study suggests. Scientists warn local authorities should cease adding the mineral to drinking water in the interest of public health.
The research, conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Kent, indicates that particularly high numbers of underactive thyroid glands occur in areas with high levels of fluoridation.
Having analyzed 98 percent of GP practices in England, researchers found underactive thyroids are 30 percent more likely in areas where higher levels of water fluoridation occur.
They concluded as many as 15,000 Britons suffer unnecessarily from thyroid problems as a result – a health complication commonly linked to depression, fatigue and weight gain.
'Reconsider water fluoridation policy'
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in water in varying strengths, depending on the location. It is also present in certain foods and drinks such as fish and tea. It helps to combat tooth decay by increasing enamel’s resistance to bacteria.
However, the mineral also affects the body’s ability to produce iodine, which is needed for a healthy thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate and a host of other bodily functions...Read More