Don’t Drink the Tap Water!
Here at Mama’s Farmacy we talk a lot about questioning the status quo and how the practice of seeking information led us to CBD and to start Mama’s Farmacy. It’s an ideal we hold dear and strive to practice. Today I’m sharing the medical “journey” I’m on because I’m calling on myself to practice what I preach.
The story starts with a phone call “visit” to my primary care physician for an annual physical and blood work. The blood work was fine except my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Normal is a range of 0.45 - 4.5, mine was a multiple higher than the max. So of course I started to google what this meant ahead of my follow-up phone consultation so I could ask some questions.
On the follow-up call, the doctor told me I have hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone leading to fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, etc.). He prescribed Levothyroxine (thyroid hormone replacement) which is generally a life-long drug once you start it. I asked him how he knew it was hypothyroidism and not Hashimoto’s. He said it doesn’t matter because the outcome is the same: take the Levothyroxine pills. But it matters to me. Hashimoto’s is an immune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is a thyroid issue - very different. I asked him if we should test the other thyroid hormones and he said we would test them in 2 months, after I had been on the medicine. None of this made sense to me. I didn’t want to treat my body with pills to mask the issue and never be able to get to the bottom of it.
What really bothered me is that the doctor had not actually seen me. He was not able to touch my thyroid glands. He asked no questions about my stress, water consumption, eating habits, exercise, sleep, etc. And so we get to one of my favorite quotes:
“If your doctor doesn’t ask you about your water intake, your diet, exercise, sleep, stress or life, you have a drug dealer, not a doctor”.
I decided not to take the pills. I made an appointment with a Naturopath. The questionnaire I received to fill out before my visit was 10 pages long. I liked this holistic approach to treat me as a whole. Before actually visiting Naturopath, I started making dietary changes I know are wise no matter who you are. Once I started seeing her, I made MAJOR dietary changes eliminating dairy, grains of all kinds, nightshade vegetables, many fruits and of course alcohol, caffeine and sugar. The first week felt like a detox week. The second week was also tough because the exciting experiment had worn off and I was tired of all of the effort it requires to eat well. And yes, it takes way more time and money to eat quality food and that has always been true. Speed and convenience amount to non-food. By the third week I felt fantastic and wasn’t missing my old ways (for the most part). I also realized that I didn’t know things were out of whack because it snuck up on me slowly. I attributed how I was feeling (headaches, allergies, weight gain in a rapid time) to the year 2020, but none of those physical symptoms are normal. As a society, we have just become accustomed to being less well.
The other major change was to my water. I was instructed to drink only spring water. I had been drinking filtered water from my fridge for over 10 years, but I learned that the filter doesn’t remove fluoride, which is harmful:
There are many harmful long-term side effects from Fluoride. “It depresses the thyroid, a problem affecting 20M Americans. Insufficient thyroid hormones cause all bodily functions to slow down… the symptoms of hypothyroidism are subtle and gradual and may be mistaken for depression”. (Source: Back to the Basics of Human Health by Mary Frost, p. 28)
Wow. But wait, there is more!
Today 90% of the United States water fluoridation programs use fluosilicic acid, a classified hazardous waste derived from pollution scrubbing devices of the super phosphate fertilizer industry, 70-75% of which comes from the Cargill fertilizer corporation. The only other place fluosilicic acid can be disposed of is a hazardous waste facility. At this facility, it would cost $1.40+/gallon to neutralize this waste. (Source: Back to the Basics of Human Health by Mary Frost, p. 28)
So instead, industries sell their toxic waste to our municipal water districts. That’s right, we buy this toxic waste as taxpayers and drink it. WTF. It’s mind-blowing that we are literally eating and drinking ourselves to death, not knowing what’s making us sick. (In case you’re wondering, yes, fluoride does help teeth, but we don’t need it in our water. We get plenty of fluoride in other foods and beverages.)
With what I know now, I believe nothing is wrong with my thyroid when not poisoned by water and crippled by non-food. I made up my mind that I will be well and that I am willing to do what it takes. And unlike medication, which comes with side effects, using food, plants, herbs and good water to heal has the positive benefit of helping every cell in my body.
All of this “going against the grain” takes time, money and the emotional wherewithal to do it. It would be so much easier for me to just go with the flow and keep taking the “blue pill”. But I’m not going to. I believe there would be more questioning going on if people had time. We cling to brands/people/routines because it saves time. In the same way, we put our trust in institutions (such as Western medicine), but should we?
“If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool” -Hippocrates
I urge everyone to be their own doctor and take personal responsibility for their health. Here’s the thing: no one knows you better than you. No one is going to advocate for you and your family like you will. And finally, please, don’t drink the tap water!