Last week I posted about us restarting the fluoride clearing once again. As many may remember this was something that I started without really planning it. I had spoken to Sima about this being a possibility in the future but never set a date for it. Last week something led me to start it and as always sooner or later I am reminded that everything happens for a reason.
Let me explain: Alex has had difficulty sleeping, we had a full moon last week so I figured its the clearing and the moon combined causing this sleep issue. The full moon is long gone and Alex is still waking up at night. By this I mean staying up as well, for hours and hours. He wakes up at about 3-4am and doesn’t go back to sleep until 6-7am only to get up soon after. How and why does he do this? Well I think I have the answer to that now. As every mother warrior knows google became our best friend when we started suspecting something was going on with our kids. The more we looked the more we found, same case here. I went on google his morning (6am) and decided i wouldn’t stop my research until I found the answer to my question. Thankfully it didn’t take long, I found something that makes so much sense and it explains and answers many questions I’ve had for years.
First of I’ve learned of this very small but mighty important gland in our body, the pineal gland. What is this and what functions does this gland perform in our bodies you ask? The answer shocked me and again answered the million dollar questions, “why is Alex awake at night? Why with this clearing in particular?” The answer is: the pineal gland is responsible for MELATONIN production, yes MELATONIN. Which is a very much needed hormone if you want to achieve something called SLEEP! Here are a few pieces of writings I found in my research:
• PINEAL GLAND
In the 1990s, a British scientist, Jennifer Luke, discovered that fluoride accumulates to strikingly high levels in the pineal gland. (Luke 2001). The pineal gland is located between the two hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin maintains the body’s circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), regulates the onset of puberty in females, and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.
While it is not yet known if fluoride accumulation affects pineal gland function, preliminary animal experiments found that fluoride reduced melatonin levels and shortened the time to puberty. (Luke, 1997). Based on this and other evidence, the National Research Council has stated that “fluoride is likely to cause decreased melatonin production and to have other effects on normal pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans” (NRC, 2006, p. 256).
The Pineal Gland Has Highest Levels of Fluoride in Body
As a calcifying tissue that is exposed to a high volume of blood flow, the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans. In fact, the calcified parts of the pineal gland (hydroxyapatite crystals) contain the highest fluoride concentrations in the human body (up to 21,000 ppm F), higher than either bone or teeth. (Luke 1997; 2001). Although the soft tissue of the pineal does not accumulate fluoride to the same extent as the calcified part, it does contain higher levels of fluoride than found than in other types of soft tissue in the body — with concentrations (~300 ppm F) that are known in other contexts to inhibit enzymes. While the impacts of these fluoride concentrations in the pineal are not yet fully understood, studies have found that calcified deposits in the pineal are associated with decreased numbers of functioning pinealocytes and reduced melatonin production (Kunz et al., 1999) as well as impairments in the sleep-wake cycle. (Mahlberg 2009).
One of the side effects is also related to oxidative stress. Reading this brought me back to May of 2009 when I first stated our journey out of autism. I remember sitting in our DAN doctors office waiting to hear what Alex’s test results showed. One of those tests revealed Alex had HUGE levels of oxidative stress, what is that I asked my self? Why/how did my beautiful baby boy get here? The answer to this question was answered this morning. Here’s another piece of information I read which again involves the pineal gland.
• A possible connection with fluoride’s impact on Pineal Gland?
While not discussed by Chinoy (1), nor the other research teams investigating this issue (5-12), it is conceivable that some of the increased oxidative stress observed in fluoride-treated animals is related to fluoride’s impact on the pineal gland.
As was brought to light by a 1997 PhD dissertation from Jennifer Luke (from the University of Surrey in England) the pineal gland is a major magnet for fluoride accumulation within the body (13, 14). The heightened vulnerability of the pineal gland lies in the fact that it contains small crystals of a substance known as hydroxyapatite (the same substance found in bone and well known to accumulate fluoride). This is significant because the pineal gland, which is not protected by the blood brain barrier, has a very high perfusion rate of blood – hence the hydroxyapatite crystals within the pineal gland are continually exposed to fluoride circulating in the bloodstream.
Based on these factors, Luke hypothesized in the mid-1990s that the pineal gland would in fact be a target for fluoride accumulation. To test this hypothesis she analyzed the fluoride content of pineal glands taken from 11 human cadavers in England. Sure enough, when she conducted the analysis, she found very high – an average of 9000 parts per million (ppm) and up to 21,000 ppm! – levels of fluoride in the crystals of the gland (13, 14). Luke’s work was a breakthrough because prior to her analysis this fact had never before been known, if even considered.
But that’s only half the story. The other half involves the animal research that Luke conducted after finding the high levels in humans. Naturally, Luke was interested to find out what this high level of accumulation within the pineal gland may be doing to the functioning of this tiny, yet important, gland. In research Luke later conducted on mongolian gerbils (13), she found that fluoride exposure reduced the levels of melatonin in the gerbils (as measured by the metabolites of melatonin in the gerbils’ urine).
Melatonin, a hormone that regulates many activities within the body, including potentially the onset of puberty (15), is regulated in part by the pineal gland. Hence, Luke’s animal findings suggested that the fluoride accumulation within the gland, may in fact be interfering with the gland’s function – in particular its regulation of melatonin.
So, how does this potentially relate to the issue of oxidative stress in the brain?
Of melatonin’s many functions, one of it’s most important may be it’s role as a powerful anti-oxidant for the brain and other tissues – to help ward off and reduce oxidative stress (16-19). Thus, anything which can reduce the melatonin level in the body, would – by logical deduction – be expected to reduce the body’s defense against oxidative stress in the brain.
The potential significance of this can be glimpsed in the following statement from a recent review (18) concerning melatonin’s anti-oxidant’s properties:
“Since melatonin, the hormone secreted from the pineal gland has a remarkable anti-oxidant property and whose rate of production declines with increase in age, has prompted many to suggest that this hormone plays a crucial role in the genesis of neurodegenerative diseases.”
Call me crazy all you want but I am positive that fluoride given to Alex (via drinking water as recommended by his pediatrician) was/is the reason why his oxidative stress was o elevated in 2009 and why the sleep issues started. I’m no scientist or a researcher on the effects of fluoride toxicity but I’m also not blind and can put two and two together. What I am is a determined mother looking for answers as to why this is happening to my son. Why with this particular clearing more than with any other? I know my intuition led me to all this and I firmly believe my intuition is right. I feel that this fluoride clearing had answered lots of questions and we’re only a week in. While I feel horrible knowing I allowed a pediatrician to poison my son. I trusted the medical establishments as I was raised to do so. Modern medicine was here to help and protect us, doctors were angels who dedicated their lives to save us from illnesses, boy was I wrong. I now know better and know my children are safer and healthier staying as far away from allopathic medicine and the criminals who practice it. Little by little Alex and his journey teach me more and more about the cruel reality we live in. But it also teaches me that there’s a way out, that theres hope. I know that slowly but surely we will get you back completely Alex, I promise you I won’t stop until you tell me to. Momma won’t stop until you’re free!
Fluoride and oxidative stress.
This article goes into more depth of how fluoride effects the pineal gland specially when given at an early age. Alex was a few months old when his doctors suggested I add fluoridated water to dilute his juice. He was breastfed thank god which prevented him from ingesting more of this water in formula.
the effects of fluoride on the physiology of the pineal gland