Climbing Out Of the Abyss Part 3

August 6, 2014

How Foods Affect Moods


In parts 1 and 2, I discussed how by changing our thoughts, we can change the way we feel, and by imagining positive mind movies we can create an easier way to see ourselves coping with depression.

In this, part 3, I’d like to share what I’ve learnt about how foods can affect our moods and health.

When I was depressed, I only ate because it was a necessity to stay alive. I had no interest in cooking. I consumed mostly processed, high sugar, or fast microwavable foods. I often got bursts of energy and then a slump, which would take me ages to recover from.

Foods contain amino acids that go directly to the brain. These form chemicals that can produce positive or negative moods and affect energy levels. Dopamine is a positive brain chemical. It elevates our moods. It activates the metabolism, which helps to establish a healthy weight. It helps the brain generate the energy it needs, it stimulates the heart, regulates the flow of information through our brains, and it controls movement. Dopamine production is boosted by the consumption of foods, especially those containing the amino acid tyrosine.

Some of the foods that will make you feel good for longer are fresh organic fruits and veg, flaxseeds, free range chicken, turkey, eggs and fish (watch out for mercury) Reduce or eliminate sugary, processed or fatty foods, these stimulate acetylcholine, a negative chemical, which will make you feel bad.

Gluten or wheat in our diets cuts off the blood flow to the frontal cortex in our brain, and affects how we digest our food, which contributes to depression, concentration and digestive issues. It is also linked to the condition schizophrenia. Studies showed full or partial reversal of symptoms when some people cut out gluten and wheat, or were supplemented with a dietary supplement glycine, under test conditions! Processed gluten-free foods are not healthier for you, they have substitutes such as rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. These foods have high glycemic indexes, so when people eat them, their blood sugar spikes.

Our bodies are made of 70 -80% water, and if we’re not drinking enough, we’ll feel low moods and experience pains and fatigue. Tap water contains a lot of heavy metals, chlorine, arsenic and fluoride. The fluoride is a halogen, it competes for and displaces the body’s iodine which is essential for a healthy thyroid. Clinical studies in the 70’s, based on giving fluoride as a medication, either by tablet, or a daily dose, 1 part per million, equivalent to one glass of water a day, found it could destroy the thyroid gland. Fluoride is a neuro toxin and it suppresses the natural release of serotonin and melatonin. It contributes to issues of depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s, sleep problems, arthritic type symptoms, osteoporosis, thyroid issues, low IQ, fibromyalgia and more!

Drinking bottled water which has no fluoride in it, or getting a reverse osmosis fluoride filter system installed, is a worthwhile health investment. You can buy fluoride free waters from Tesco: Ashbeck, Perthshire and Highland Spring, Lidl sell: Carrig Glenn, and other shops sell Willow Water, Tipperary Water, Volvic, Evian and Vittale.

Teas, including green and black, can have approx. 3 parts per million fluoride, per cup. One should not exceed 4ppm per day. Try herbal teas or green juicing. We also absorb fluoride from toothpaste and rinses too.

In part 4: Disassociating from painful memories.

Paula is an Author /Hypnotherapist/ Reiki Healer / Artist, in Blessington Co. Wicklow, 086 0848398 All my articles to date can be viewed on my blog,

How Fluoridated Water can Affect the Thyroid Gland

May 4, 2012

Back in April 2012, I was doing research for a Wellness Programme I was developing for my clients and had come across the importance of water, and how dehydration can cause palpitations etc. I decided to drink eight glasses of water a day. I am Hypothyroid and have reduced my dose of Eltroxin to just 25 mcg alternate days,  having started off at 200 mcg daily ten years ago.  I was in good health at the time of drinking the water and was on 50 mcg of Eltroxin daily.

One week and 56 glasses of water later, I wasn’t well. I developed a dry itchy rash on my face, my skin was dry, and I had massive palpitations and fatigue. What had gone wrong? I had expected to be feeling on top of the world. It was at this point in my research I discovered Fluoride and how it adversely affects the Thyroid and its functioning.

Fluoride isn’t the innocent water additive that we’ve been lead to believe was necessary to purify our water and protect our teeth from tooth decay. No, Fluoride is Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid, a by product of the Aluminium and Phosphates Industry, its actually industrial waste. It’s not permitted to dispose of it lawfully in oceans or rivers as it is listed as a grade 2 poison, yet somehow it has become acceptable to dispose of it in small seemingly harmless doses into our public water supplies. Fluoride is the main ingredient in Prozac and Rat Poison, and we can see how effective that is !

There are many chemicals being added to our water, including Arsenic, Lead, Silicon, Cadmium, Aluminium Sulphate etc when  mixed they cause toxicity in our body. Do an internet search on the effects of arsenic in small doses on the body, for example and see what you find. Harmless? I think not!

Fluoride is an enzyme poison. It displaces iodine as it is a halogen (chemically related) the uptake of iodine in the body is compromised, the iodine gets ejected by the fluoride. It is highly damaging to the Thyroid Gland. Fluorides are accumulative and build up steadily with ingestion from all sources, from the water you drink, from the shower or bath water your skin absorbs, from the air, from the pesticides on fruit and vegetables, from the foods, drinks or beverages like bottled waters that have used fluoridated water in the preparation, and from toothpaste and rinses. It’s absorbed by saliva.

Fluoride undermines the immune system and creates a distortion of protein structure. This causes the proteins to fail to recognise body proteins, and so instigate an attack on them, they perceive them as a threat. This creates an Autoimmune Disease and causes thyroid antibodies to be produced which cause Thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s Disease, and Graves Disease etc.

In the past Fluoride was given as a medication for Hyperthyroidism, in the form of pills, fluoride baths and as a glass of water. They discontinued this as it was proven to destroy the Thyroid Gland. The distressing thing for any of us suffering from this illness is that, what they were prescribing back then, the 1 part per million per glass of water, is the equivalent of what is in each glass of water we consume today. I had my water tested recently and it has 1 part per million of fluoride in it. No wonder I wasn’t feeling well!

I don’t know what we can do about this except to raise awareness and convince our Governments of the error of their ways and hope that they will provide us with clean, safe, drinking water for the sake of our health and those of generations to come.

To keep myself and my family healthy, we have chosen to use non Irish bottled still water. The Irish bottled water has Fluoride added. I buy ‘Perthshire’ Scottish Water from Tesco which is inexpensive.  We have chosen to use Fluoride and SLS free toothpaste. I buy from Holland & Barrett or my local Health store. The Fluoridated toothpastes have been found to contain 1,000 to 1,500 parts per million of Fluoride in them. Considering that 1 part per million was proven to destroy the thyroid gland, I don’t think I’ve made a whacky decision to change my product. The rinses also have a lot of Fluoride in them, approximately 1,000 parts per million, so again I changed to Fluoride free. I only use tap water for washing delph, bathing etc. I use the bottled water for cooking and drinking etc. I am now feeling much better, have reduced my medication further and intend to continue reducing as far as I can. My blood tests are normal as I’m doing this very slowly, and I’ve now added Sea kelp to my diet, which is rich in iodine. I became vegetarian and eat mostly fish, veg and fruits etc.

Check out my article on Fluoride which gives more information about this toxin.

For more information check out these links

You can Sign the online petition here

Fluoride Free Water Group

Or for more information contact

Freedom From Fluoride Group on face book!/groups/335951713136539/

No Fluoride in NI Water on face book

Declan Waugh’s report on Human Toxicity regarding Fluoride

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

How Fluoride can cause Hypothyroidism

The Fluoride Deception



Wake up to what the ‘F’ is in our water – Fluoride is a dirty word

April 21, 2012

Written by Paula O’Sullivan  (RC Hyp, Dip Hyp, MIHA)


Would any of us in our right minds willingly subject ourselves, or our friends or family to daily doses of arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum or silicon?

I’m reckoning that there are a lot of ‘NO WAYS’ out there in response to my question.

So I have to ask you ‘Then why are you allowing yourselves to be subjected to it?’ Analysis from the Eastern Health Authority in Ireland found all of the above and more in our water. Oh yes and wait a moment… let me introduce you to Fluoride. This is not a scare tactic; I merely want to raise awareness of something that we have become so carelessly complacent about.

Fluoride is not the natural, necessary, innocent water additive that we’ve been led to believe is good for our teeth. It’s actually a by- product of the hazardous waste industry (Aluminum and Phosphates) yes it’s industrial waste. It is not legally permitted to dispose of it into our oceans or rivers by International law, as the agent in it is Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid (H2SiF6) it is actually listed as a poison. This is also the main ingredient of rat poison and Prozac. And yes even the synthetically manufactured products that some authorities purchase for addition to our water supplies still contain arsenic. Somehow though it has become widely acceptable to dispose of it into our drinking water mmmmm???

Now some of you are probably thinking ‘So what’ This issue has been debated for a long number of years now and we’re tired of it.  Well if so, let me ask you another question. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Because in all the years that our water has been fluoridated, there have been no proper health studies on the effects of prolonged exposure to this poison to actually prove it’s safe.

There have however been numerous studies which findings linked Fluoridation with increased causes of Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Hypothyroidism, Kidney Disease, Arthritis, Bone Fractures, Neurological illnesses, IQ and learning issues in children, Dental and Skeletal Fluorosis, Depression etc. It has been proven to be an enzyme poison.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, Aluminum sulfate is also added to the water, and this creates a chemical reaction which allows the aluminum to cross the blood brain barrier and creates neurotoxicity in the brain.  Studies into the effects of prolonged exposure to arsenic even in small doses have also shown increased links with these illnesses. Our bodies perceive these chemicals as a threat, and the body reacts accordingly. Our cells can only either be in Growth or in Protection. When in protection they close off to all stimuli and basically our immune system stops functioning properly, hence this is where illness gets a hold. Search out Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Perception video on you tube which explains all about this.

The reason why exposure to Fluoride over a period of time leaves us susceptible to these illnesses and more, is that it has been discovered that Fluoride accumulates in our bodies and creates functional disturbances in blood plasma, but its highest accumulations are to be found in the pineal gland. This tiny gland which is found in the brain area directly behind the eyes is essential for producing the hormone Melatonin which not only affects the onset of puberty but it also protects our body from cell damage from free radicals. So Fluoride is actually undermining our body’s natural ability to keep us disease free. And yes in my research I discovered many things that can tip this natural balance, from diet, lifestyle, negative thought patterns and perceptions, stress, other chemicals in our food, and in personal products, unresolved emotional conflicts etc, but hey why add to it unnecessarily with our drinking water. Our bodies have over 70,000 cells which are made up of up to 80% water, and in order to function properly we need to drink an approximate of eight glasses of water every day, this number rises with exercise etc.

Now as I mentioned previously there have been no studies on the effects of taking this basic amount, let alone has it been taken into account what happens if people drink more of it, or how we are affected when we use it in our cooking, or the fact that it gets absorbed into our body when we shower or bathe, or swim in a pool, not to mention that the foodstuffs we eat may have used water containing Fluoride in the preparation or manufacturing. Pesticides also contain Fluoride and they are sprayed on fruit and vegetables. The beer we drink, some of the Irish bottled waters contain Fluoride too, plus mouth rinses and toothpastes. These products contain enough fluoride to kill a child under nine years of age. (approx. 1000 – 1500 parts per million of fluoride, compare this to 1 part per million which is in every glass of water, and which has been proven to cause illness) And even though we don’t deliberately swallow the toothpaste or rinses, it actually seeps into the body through our Salvia. Under the tongue is a quick entry into the body for medication, for example, ask anyone who has had to take drops or had to put an aspirin there, the effects are quick.

I have also found some research regarding the effects of Aluminum on Alzheimer’s disease which I need to bring your awareness to as Aluminum Sulphate is also in our water. Aluminum toothpaste tubes actually leach aluminum into the toothpaste and while some tubes are now plastic, you need to be aware of this. Also Aluminum cookware leaches aluminium into foods and water. This is quoted from a report called ‘Fluoride in Drinking Water Increases Toxicity of Aluminum’ ‘Fluoridation will result in aluminum fluoride complexes which will enhance neurotoxicity or that fluoride itself will enhance uptake and synergise the toxicity of the aluminum’

It has also been discovered that using Fluoridated water in aluminum pots etc when boiling water actually and alarmingly leaches approx 200 parts per million of aluminum into the water in just 10 minutes. Prolonged boiling created 600 parts per million. No leaching was found when non fluoridated water was used. A point to note also, is that some kettles have aluminum elements in them.

Fluoridation in the water has also been linked with depression as it affects those parts of our brains. Declan Waugh has written a report titled ‘Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation’, in which he discusses the links with depression.  He presented his findings to Bandon Town Council on May 8th 2012, and there was a unanimous vote to review Fluoridation. Declan’s report also successfully raised enough awareness in some American states recently, enough for them to stop Fluoridating the water until some proper safety studies have been carried out. You can read Declan’s report yourself at the end of this article.

There is a warning on the toothpaste boxes not to swallow Fluoride, and that even a pea sized amount should be considered an emergency, luckily most children vomit automatically when they do swallow it. However the equivalent of that pea sized amount of Fluoride can be found approximately in every glass of water we digest. Although it could be more, how do we know exactly?

It’s time to wake up to the fact that not is all as it seems. Since the 1960’s here in Ireland we have been programmed to believe that Fluoride in our water was a good thing to have. We were told it was good for our teeth and that it would prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that there is no need to ingest Fluoride, as it works topically not systemically. Dr. William Hirzy, Vice President of the EPA Union says in relation to Fluoride ‘If you want to prevent sunburn you don’t drink suntan lotion, you put it on your skin, and so if you want to have the benefits of Fluoride and oral health, what you do is put it on the surface of the tooth and not drink it’

And this is perfectly logical is it not? There is no need to expose our delicate organs and tissues to this poison, we can simply use toothpaste or rinses, and they are readily available nowadays. Studies in countries with Fluoridation vs. those with none have shown very little difference in tooth decay, with both showing evidence of general trends of improvement. However in Fluoridated areas, there was a higher incidence of Dental Fluorosis plus those illnesses I mentioned. So that’s hardly a good reason to subject us to this daily concoction of chemicals now is it? We are grown ups. Can we not be trusted to be responsible for our own teeth? How can we allow this to continue to happen without our consent? It’s time to wake up folks!

I myself was oblivious to what Fluoride actually meant, as I constantly sought out products that contained it, feeling reassured, thinking I was doing the best for myself and my young family over the years. It was only quite recently in 2012 as I was researching the causes of illness for a Wellness Programme I was developing, that I realized the importance of water for our body’s optimum health. Dehydration can cause joint pains, heart palpitations etc. So I myself being in fairly good health but with an underlying thyroid condition (I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2002) decided to have eight glasses daily, now I had a Brita filter but this doesn’t remove Fluoride. Within a week I had developed a rash on my face, and my skin had become very dry and itchy, I had severe palpitations, fatigue and I wasn’t feeling the best. It was as I was wondering what had caused this that I came across the Fluoride information which I’m sharing with you now.

In my research I discovered that Fluoride can worsen existing conditions, as it was used in the 1970’s to regulate Hyperthyroidism.  They discontinued using it as a medication ( ie one glass of water, a fluoride tablet or they would prescribe a bath, equal to a weeks supply!) as it was proved to actually destroy the Thyroid gland! The quantities of Fluoride that were dispensed are approximately equal to what we drink in every glass of water, 1 part per million) No wonder I wasn’t feeling well! After a week of drinking non fluoridated bottled water, I was back to feeling ok again.  The following are waters that I know are safe from fluoride : Volvic, Evian, Vittale, Willow Water, Tipperary Water, Carrig Glen from Lidl, Perthshire Still, Highland Spring and Askbeck from Tesco – these are the ones I used mostly. I began cooking with them etc. I gradually replaced my toothpastes and rinse for non- fluoridated ones, Sarakan being my favourite from my local health food shop. I gave up drinking tea, as it has very high natural fluoride content, it has been linked to symptoms of arthritis, and fused vertebrae and bone spurs. I drink herbal teas instead.

I eventually got a fluoride removal reverse osmosis system installed from EWT, based in Ireland. I’m in very good health now. I was originally on 200 mcg of Eltroxin for my Thyroid, back in 2002, which decreased over the years. I’m now on 25mcg every three days. I have no symptoms and I’m working on eliminating the medication eventually. I get regular blood tests to verify.

Despite the fact that 98% of European countries have rejected Fluoridation as being unsafe for health, Ireland continues to fluoridate its water. We have the highest levels in Europe. Irelands Fluoridation is 71% Great Brittan’s is 10% and Northern Ireland is 0% Most of European counterparts like Germany, France etc don’t fluoridate. But we think we know better do we? How long more are we going to allow it?

And if this isn’t enough to make you question this policy, I have it from Declan Waugh that the annual expenditure is in excess of 15 million euro, 4 million on the chemicals alone to put this unnecessary poison into our water.

Please contact your local TDs, join a local pressure group, sign a petition, do something for the sake of yourself, your family, your friends, your grandchildren, but please, please, stop being complacent. Let’s get our voices heard. We deserve to have ‘poison free’ drinking water. It’s bad enough that they want to charge for it, but are you going to pay for poison? I know I’m not.

Change doesn’t start with the other person; it starts with each one of us. While we are waiting in the hope of having clean water I recommend that you start reducing your Fluoride intake, not all toothpastes are required to list all their ingredients, but if you see a warning notice to seek help if swallowed then you will know it has Fluoride in it. Ask your local pharmacy and health stores for Fluoride free products. Drink non fluoridated bottled water or get a system installed. Don’t use aluminum cookware with Fluoridated water. Having a bath gives your body a weeks supply of fluoride in one go, have less or shower instead! Reduce or eliminate tea, green teas etc. Try herbal instead.


You can Sign the online petition here

Fluoride Free Water Group

Or for more information contact

Freedom From Fluoride Group on face book!/groups/335951713136539/

No Fluoride in NI Water on face book

Declan Waugh’s report on Human Toxicity regarding Fluoride

And here are some video links you may like to watch on you tube, don’t just take my word for it, please have a look at the information available for yourself. Make up your own mind and don’t allow your government to think for you, they may not always be making decisions in the best interest of us ordinary people.

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

The Fluoride Deception

Fluoride and the Pineal Gland


How Fluoride can cause Hypothyroidism

To read my other articles online go to

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