Climbing Out of the Abyss – Part 18

November 6, 2015



By Paula O’ Sullivan

Most of us interact in only two ways in our relationships, either through a state of dependence or independence. We have not learnt that everything we seek is inside of us already. We are not aware of our inner power. We seek happiness outside of ourselves, in relationships, or in the accumulation of material possessions etc. Dependence on others or things to completely satisfy our needs can leave us very vulnerable, as our expectations invariably won’t get met a lot of the time. Independence means we don’t really seek out the help of others, we become kind of disconnected from each other, as we strive to meet our own needs only. But there is another way of being, it’s called interdependence.

Let’s compare the three ways of being in relationships.

Interdependence is a way of being and acting that takes into account your needs and at the same time cares about others’ needs, instead of trying to just please or ignore others’ needs.

Dependence is being guided by what others think or what they ask you to do, it’s about trying to please others without regard for what you want. Sometimes it can also be about what you will get from an interaction, as opposed to what you can give. This can build up great walls of anger and resentment.

Independence is, in a way, ignoring others and our coexistence, it’s about wanting to deal with everything on your own, and in your own way and not acknowledge a need for support.

With Interdependence, we strive for balance in all our interactions. We aim for ‘win /win’, i.e. both parties have their say, both parties get their needs met without compromise, or it’s a ‘no deal’. If we make a sacrifice, then the other party will also make one to balance the arrangement. With dependence and independence, most of us don’t really listen, we base what we hear from others on our own autobiographical experiences. With interdependence we seek first to really understand the wants and needs of others, before we try to be understood ourselves. We begin the dance of creative cooperation between each other.  We begin to value our differences and respect each other’s uniqueness. We aim not to blame when things don’t work out, but seek instead to examine, the causes and effects of all behaviours involved, with each party accepting full responsibility for the part they have played.

Being interdependent with others becomes a balanced energy exchange, with neither party draining the other. Each stays true to their selves, and become involved without the demand that either should sacrifice their values or integrity. It paves the way for open communication and honesty. It creates a safe environment where both parties can become aware of their needs. We realize that we can’t change anyone, we can only change our behaviour, so we treat others as we’d like to be treated, and we won’t tolerate for long, not being treated with respect.  We begin to view ourselves as already whole, balanced and complete, there is nothing to gain from anyone. Our interactions become a mutual giving, to enhance, not to fill a void. We create and maintain healthy boundaries, knowing how to give help, but also knowing when to protect our own energy and health by saying no.

Part 19 – Addicted

Paula is an Author / Hypnotherapist / Reiki Healer / Artist / Photographer, in Blessington Co. Wicklow. / / Phone 086 0848398 All her articles to date are on her blog

Tips & Techniques for Quitting Smoking

October 19, 2015

By Paula O’Sullivan (RC Hyp, Dip Hyp)

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So you’ve decided to quit smoking? Maybe this is your first real attempt to quit, or maybe you’ve tried everything you can think of and haven’t succeeded so far.

Well I’d like to share a few things that might help you to succeed once and for all. Remember we only fail when we stop trying. Although ‘Yoda’ from ‘Star Wars’ tells us, to ‘do or do not, there is no try’. In a way trying actually gives us an excuse to fail. ‘Look I’ve tried everything and it hasn’t worked, I’m never going to quit etc’… well it doesn’t have to be that way.

Begin with being very honest with yourself, yes yourself! Forget about what everyone else in your life wants or thinks about you smoking. Do YOU really want to quit, for your OWN personal reasons? On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being very committed, where are you? If you are under a 6, you just haven’t put enough focus on this issue, let’s see if I can help you change that. If you want to that is!

Get a sheet of paper, it’s time to make a plan.

First, in order to change anything in your life, you need to know what the habit of smoking actually gives you. Every behaviour has some form of payback, otherwise you wouldn’t do it. We are primarily motivated in two ways, by the promise of pleasure or the fear of pain. Your promise of pleasure mostly wins out, although the fear of the pain of something can also be a strong motivator which could stop you from even trying to quit.

Ok so you have a piece of paper? Draw a line dividing the page in half. On the left side, write the title: Reasons why I smoke. And on the right hand side of the page, write the title: Benefits from quitting. Now list all those things, reasons may be relaxation, dealing with stress, etc. Benefits may include better health, more money, etc

Be very honest with yourself. Money will not be a benefit, if you are already financially well off, unless you decide on something to spend that extra money on.

Your list will look something like this:

Reasons why I smoke


  1. Relaxation
  2. Dealing with stress
  3. Clears my mind and helps me think clearly
  4. Social inclusion etc.

Benefits from quitting


  1. Better health, I will feel fitter
  2. More money
  3. Clothes smell cleaner
  4. Feel empowered and a sense of achievement
  5. Food tastes nicer
  6. More energy
  7. Better relationships etc.

Now you have an idea of what smoking is giving you, and what would be the benefits of quitting.

Let’s see if we can balance some of the reasons, with some techniques. Ok if you have reasons like, 1,2 & 3 above, think about this. What are you actually doing when you smoke?

You are breathing in very slowly and deeply, and you are breathing out very slowly and deeply.

When we are ‘stressed out’ or need to relax, it is because we have triggered the ‘Stress Response’ in our body. If you think of it like this: Your body and mind is like a very busy building site with lots of workers rushing around doing many jobs. When you are stressed, a signal travels up to the brain area and puts these workers on high alert.

Oxygen gets pumped immediately from your brain down into your heart and lungs, so that you can’t think clearly, it puts you into survival mode. Cortisol and adrenalin gets pumped in excess. This all allows you to have the strength to fight or flee from whatever is distressing you. Ha! But most of us can’t fight or run away. So we grab an oul smoke to help us, but what are we really doing? We are breathing! Why? Because the only way to reverse the stress response is to breathe deeply!

Now that you know that, here is a breathing technique, which, if you really want to quit, will give you everything that, reasons for smoking 1,2 & 3 gave you, except the chemicals !

Breathing Technique:

Find a quiet place initially, where you won’t be disturbed, lock yourself in the loo if you have too!

Close your eyes, uncross your arms and legs. Now breathe in very slowly and deeply. To help you with this, imagine that the breath is travelling up from your fingertips, all the way up your arms, to your head and chest on the in breath, and out and down through your body, down through your legs, feet and toes on the out breath. Do this slowly at least 5 times.

Now doing this sends the signal to all those hard workers in your body to go take a tea break! They can relax and do what they normally do!

You will now feel calmer and more relaxed and your mind will be clearer. But wait, we’re not done yet. We still have to deal with your thoughts. It is your thoughts and beliefs about things that are keeping you stuck in the habit of smoking. A belief is a thought you keep thinking over and over.

Every time you think a thought it strengthens a neural pathway in the brain, this becomes a belief, which then forms a habit, and will then affect how you behave. This will in time become your unquestioning automatic response to things in life.

How do we change this? Use the breathing technique on a regular daily basis, for example every morning and evening and during the day, when stuck in traffic, a queue, or when being challenged by life, then you’ll have enough oxygen to be able to reason this out more effectively.

Then remember this: There are TWO ways of thinking about things.

The Worst Way: Focuses on all that is going wrong or may go wrong, you play movies in your mind about not being able to cope with quitting, you feel all the dreadful feelings of failure etc. You can’t see yourself doing it. In the battle between imagination and reality, imagination will always win, so as long as your focus is on the pain or the fear, then that is all you will see and experience.

The Best Way: Focuses on all that could go right, you play movies in your mind about all the ways quitting smoking can benefit you. You see yourself using the breathing technique, you see yourself choosing a different way to think. You imagine how wonderful it is to be finally free of this habit. You see and feel the excitement, the empowerment of achieving something in your life. You use your imagination to focus on the pleasure of being free of smoking. In your mind you play out your daily routines and plan what will be different now that you are a non- smoker.

Now you have two things to try, a breathing technique and the choice of how to think about this, but there is one more thing that will help you. The mind movies that you play in your mind and the feelings they conjure up, will either keep you stuck or will help to liberate you.

Remember a RUT is only a Record of Unhelpful Thoughts. Stay out of a RUT, by choosing the best way of thinking. Talk back to any thoughts that tell you to give in.

Use a journey statement to help you, one like:

‘As I become and stay a non-smoker, my life improves in many ways,’ or write your own one that resonates with you.

As you change your thoughts, you will change how you feel. Don’t believe me? Close your eyes, think of something sad, go on bring it all up. Open your eyes, feel really good do you? No? Ok close your eyes again, think of something that made you happy, go on bring it all up, that lovely feeling in your chest, or tummy. Open your eyes, feel really good do you?

Now here’s a little visualization exercise for you. Find a quiet time when you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly, so that you can think clearly.

Mind Movie

Use your imagination to imagine that you are walking into your own private movie theater.

You are perfectly safe in here and you choose a seat. You look up at the screen and see a scene from your life on pause. Think about how you DO want to be in this scene. Not how you ‘don’t want to be’ (that’s the worst way of thinking!) Now think about how you want to be as a non-smoker. What will you be wearing, what will you look like, what will you feel like? See, hear, feel, and imagine your life as a non-smoker. How wonderful does it feel to have achieved this? Imagine yourself doing all you can to make sure that you remain a non-smoker. What kind of things are you telling yourself? What kind of scenes are you imagining for yourself?

Press play and let the movie unfold as you would want it to be, take your time with this. Now press pause, re think what you could improve on, then rewind it back very fast and press play, imagining any changes you want to make, take your time. Press pause, review if there is anything you can improve on, then play again and so on, do this at least three times or more, regularly. It is no different to what we already do, except that we usually play disaster movies instead.

If you can see yourself doing it, then you are already halfway there. The next thing you do when you have a clear idea of what you want your experience to be like, is to put into action all the techniques that feel right for you.

Now finally plan out your first week as a non-smoker. Get rid of the spare cigarettes, roll ups, cigars etc. Yes even the little glass box on the wall, with the break in case of emergency! If you decide to do this right there won’t be a need for it!

Break the habit easily by slightly changing your routine. If you have a smoke with a cuppa in a certain cup every morning, change the cup for the first week, so that you break the habit association with the thing you smoke. Ever hear a song, or smell a scent that brings back a memory? Well it might be the same with letting go of smoking. Be prepared. If you smoke before you shower, change the routine and shower first, then do something else where the smoke would be, read, or go for a walk, or use the breathing techniques etc. Plan out your day and be prepared.

  1. Use your breathing technique.
  2. Challenge your thoughts and change your focus to what you Do want.
  3. Play your Mind Movie in your imagination.

If you want it badly enough, you’ll make it happen, if not, you’ll just make an excuse. The choice is yours!

Paula O’ Sullivan is an Author / Hypnotherapist / Reiki Healer / Artist & Photographer, based in Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her website is

Good Vibrations Anyone?

March 31, 2013


I recently began studying Metaphysics, which is absolutely fascinating and mind blowing, its such a buzz, much better than watching the TV. Since I switched off the television almost four years ago, I really learned how to think for myself. Before that I was just repeating what I was being told, by people who were just repeating what they had been told. Now I write about what I have learned through my experiences, I’m no longer an echo. I’m sharing here some of what I’ve learnt, and yes the more I learn and experience, the more I realize that there is still a lot to learn and experience. Where is the truth ? Somewhere in all of this, but you need to research and try it out for yourself, to know if it feels true for you. The answers to the Universe will not be found on the Nine O’ Clock news  that’;s for sure !

I’m researching energy fields and consciousness at the moment, and I’ve come across suggestions that we may be affecting the weather with our dominant thoughts (and yes I know all about chemtrails and what our governments are doing physically to affect the weather too) but not only that, we are affecting the Earth and possibly helping to create natural disasters too. Some people blame God, but hey what if God is within all of us already, then are we not just blaming ourselves? Maybe it’s time to start taking some responsibility for the kind of dominant thoughts and emotions we are emitting. On a smaller scale, we are also affecting each other. 

There is this general prevailing feeling of consciousness, of fear and doom and gloom and disaster. A general feeling of hopelessness. When you become aware of your energy, you will feel this, and you will have to raise your vibration higher, so that you don’t entrain to this lower frequency. Entrainment happens in nature. Women in close contact with each other like nuns or very close friends, find that their menstrual cycles entrain and happen at the same time, that’s just one example, another is if you have two or more pendulum clocks and move the pendulums in different directions, in a matter of moments they will entrain and move in the same direction. If a healer has a higher vibration then the client in their lower vibration state will find their energy field vibration will entrain to the higher frequency that the healer emits, therefore encouraging the bodies natural healing abilities to kick in. However if the healer were to stay in an environment of a lower vibrational frequency too often and not maintain their high vibration, then they would end up entraining with the lower frequencies of those they remain in contact with. Have you ever just felt good and then met with someone, and after you parted were left feeling awful and drained? Well your energy field entrained with that persons lower energy. And that is how it affected you. How much more so could a group consciousness of lower vibrations affect you if you are continuing to allow it to?

If you can recognize the part you’re playing, if you can raise your vibration, you will become more healthy, and happier. Your higher vibration will help people. Some people meet me, and feel better afterwards, they say they just feel calmer, its because their energy entrained with mine. I keep my frequency as high as possible. if you seek out people with higher frequency vibrations to hang out with, you will feel better. How do you know who they are ? They are generally positive people, they don’t tend to be negative, ie they don’t engage in moaning, gossiping or complaining, they are not generally angry or vengeful, or doubters as that lowers your frequency, and they are healthy. Healthy people have a higher frequency, ill health can only exist in lower frequency. If you are ill and think you are positive, there is still something inside of your thoughts or emotions that are keeping you in a lower frequency. In those thoughts or emotions lie the answers. It is our thoughts which direct our actions, and your actions may be contributing to your ill health. I know this from my own experience of illness and pain in the past.

I was holding in anger and resentment for about most of my life regarding one thing or another. I didn’t express it. I thought I was a positive person, but I became ill, I had a lot of pain, life didn’t seem fair, I was a victim, yet again. When I discovered about our thoughts and emotions and about finding a harmonious balance, and I began to address those issues in my life, I recovered completely. My thoughts and emotions created the illness, and my new thoughts uncreated it. Because along with those new thoughts, came a new awareness of my actions which were contributing to my ill health. So I keep my thoughts higher now, no more pettiness, no more unnecessary anger (Its about finding a balance) I only allow thoughts of gratitude and harmony, of love and acceptance, of oneness to be my dominant thoughts. And no you can’t stop those other kind of thoughts from coming into your awareness, they come from the energy fields around you, but you can choose which ones you want to entertain. 

An example of this, was a friend of mine who doesn’t consider himself to be Racist, and wouldn’t normally have thoughts like that. He was in a supermarket queue behind a woman of a different race than him. Suddenly his mind was bombarded with thoughts of a racist nature, which he couldn’t understand, until I explained to him all about our energy fields. That lady was carrying all that in her field, and he picked up on it. Think of yourself as a radio emitting signals, he had tuned into her channel for a moment. I’ve often experienced this as I pass people, its not that you can read their thoughts exactly, it may just suddenly be a feeling of despair that you get as they pass, or like my friend you may be in a queue and feel their fear or anxieties, or like him, all these mad thoughts can bombard you for a moment. And yes this can happen when you are not around people, because the energy fields are not contained by walls and doors, and no I’m not referring to hearing voices in your head as in a mental illness, this is different, but hey, who is to really know if that is not what is happening to some of those people too. I always raise my vibration to help them to feel calmer and to ensure that I keep my vibration higher so that my energy isn’t brought lower, and you can do this too, once you become aware of what signal you are emitting and how you are affecting all around you, your world, and yes possibly the weather too 🙂 If you need any help with this, just ask .

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

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