By Dr. Mercola The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has hailed water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century. Beginning in 1945, it was claimed that adding fluoride to drinking water was a safe and effective way to improve people’s dental health. Over the decades, many bought into this hook, line and sinker, despite all the evidence to the contrary. The featured film, “Our Daily Dose,” reviews some of this evidence. As noted in the film’s synopsis: “Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert lays out the dangers of water fluoridation informatively and creatively, highlighting the most current research and interviewing top-tier doctors, activists, and attorneys close to the issue.
By Dr. Mercola The first record of steroid use can be traced to 1930, when an extract of animal adrenocortical tissue was used to counteract human adrenal failure.1 After more than 10 years of testing and research, the first patient with rheumatoid arthritis was treated with steroids. Based on the impressive results, it wasn’t long before the drug was prescribed to other patients with arthritis. In 1950, the first oral and intra-articular (joint) formulations were used. By the 1960s, doctors were aware of many side effects and the importance of properly withdrawing the medication. Scientists continue to discover the effects of adding an outside source of steroids to your complex hormonal mix. Three of the most common side effects, even from short term use, are osteoporosis or reduced bone density, cataracts and an increased risk of diabetes. Now, research demonstrates side effects from short-term prescriptions are greater than previously understood or anticipated by the researchers. S