The pineal gland is known for producing melatonin, a hormone from serotonin which is triggered by the absence of light. It regulates sleep patterns and is associated with the rhythm of the seasons. The pineal gland is a small, pea-sized endocrine gland in the middle of our brain and is sometimes referred to as the “third eye” because of its sensitivity to light. Its cellular features resemble the human retina and it is between the two hemispheres of the brain. It is not protected by the blood-brain-barrier which may help explain why it is uniquely sensitive to calcification via exposure to fluoride.
Calcification of the pineal gland resembles gravel composed of calcium carbonate (calcite) and/or calcium hydroxylapatite (like what is found in bone). The following diseases are associated with calcification of the pineal gland:
- Alzheimer Disease
- Bipolar Disease
- Circadian Dysregulation
- Hormone Imbalances: Low Melatonin
- Low Back Pain
- Parkinson Disease
- Sleep Disorders
Research published in 2001 documented fluoride deposits in this gland which was tied to increased calcium concentrations. Eleven autopsies demonstrated positive correlation between fluoride (F) and calcium (Ca) deposits in the pineal gland:
“There was a positive correlation between pineal F[luoride] and pineal Ca[lcium] (r = 0.73, p<0.02) but no correlation between pineal F and bone F. By old age, the pineal gland has readily accumulated F and its F/Ca ratio is higher than bone.”
Research over the years has implicated fluoride in contributing to the calcification of soft tissue (called “ectopic calcification”). For example:
“The main conclusion of our study is that CKD (chronic kidney disease) is aggravated even by low concentrations of fluoride, which in turn accelerates medial vascular calcification (MVC), thereby confirming and extending previous reports on fluorosis in CKD patients exposed to WHO (World Health Organization)-recommended fluoride concentrations in drinking water (Greenberg et al., 1974; Lyaruu et al., 2008).”
Fluoride is definitely an endocrine disruptor and reducing levels of fluoride within the body can be extremely important for overall health. For more information on endocrine disruptors, see my book, There’s An Elephant in the Room. Next week, I will focus on issues surrounding the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water and its use by dentists–stay tuned!
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