My regular readers will know I’ve got a minor beef about fluoride, so when I saw this article, I had to drag it home to my blog.
A 47 year old woman who had been drinking pitchers of tea daily for 17 years made with 100 to 150 bags of tea daily suffered pain in her legs, arms and lower back. When she went to doctors they took x-rays and found excessive bone growth which they first thought might have to do with cancer. Instead another doctor familiar with the disease called “fluorosis” thought that the problem was her fluoride levels. Sure enough her levels were elevated so that they were 4 times higher than average. The recommendation was to stop drinking the tea and allow her bones to heal themselves.
Here is some of the article:
A 47-year-old Michigan woman developed a bone disease rarely seen in the U.S. after she drank a pitcher of tea made from at least 100 tea bags daily, for 17 years, researchers report.
The Detroit woman visited the doctor after experiencing pain in her lower back, arms, legs and hips for five years.
X-rays revealed areas of very dense bone on the spinal vertebrae and calcifications of ligaments in her arm, said study researcher Dr. Sudhaker D. Rao, a physician at Henry Ford Hospital who specializes in endocrinology and bone and mineral metabolism.
The researchers suspected the woman had skeletal fluorosis, a bone disease caused by consuming too much fluoride (a mineral found in tea as well as drinking water).
The patient’s blood levels of fluoride were four times higher than what would be considered normal, the researchers said.
Skeletal fluorosis is endemic in regions of the world with naturally high levels of fluoride in drinking water, including some parts of India and China, but is rare in Europe and North America. (Low levels of fluoride are added to drinking water in the United States to prevent cavities, but aren’t high enough to cause fluorosis.)