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Is your stud dog having breeding or fertility problems? Low libido or conception rate? Sperm count is low but your veterinarian is stumped?


Today there’s “fake news” and everyone’s an expert on social media but print publications are held to a higher standard of credibility. In 2007 Dr. Williams’ reported the average human testosterone level dropping at a rate of one percent per year. He postulated that the astounding decrease in testosterone hormone and sperm count was linked to estrogen-like compounds in our water supply, namely fluoridated water. I wondered if that also affected purebred dogs.


Dr. David Williams is considered “the doctor’s doctor” in human medicine and I saved that article even though we had been on well water for over 30 years and our dogs had no fertility or hormone problems. That’s significant because today many of my dog friends are confiding in me, asking for help as their breeding program shrinks.


So I started rummaging through old paper files instead of google… Found the fluoride article. Learned that for decades, most people have been consuming on average, over 5 mg of fluoride daily instead of the 1 mg of 50 years ago. According to Dr. Williams, fluoridated drinking water is only supposed to be from 0.7 to a maximum of 1.2 mg per liter. So we are consuming FIVE TIMES THAT MUCH fluoride! Think about it. If you’re on municipal water, you are drinking a chemical that was used for building the atomic bomb! Okay, so that was then… but today fluorocarbons are used in the production of plastics, pesticides, and even pharmaceuticals.


Sure, fluoride is “natural” because it’s in the soil and water but the amount we would consume from well-water and unprocessed food is only 0.02 to 2.00 parts per million. Instead we are getting an average of 5 parts per million from fluoridated tap-water, soft drinks and food that’s processed using fluoridated water. Obviously that includes pet food.


You may be beyond child-bearing age or consider your family complete but if you are reading this, you probably plan to breed your super-dog or beautiful bitch. Now that you think about it, there have been whispers about several top studs “missing” bitches. Well, keep reading because excess fluoride does more than cause sterility.


Here is Dr. Williams’ list:


• Fluoride is more toxic than lead and like lead, even minute doses accumulate in the body.

• It is neurotoxic. It damages brain development in children and lowers IQ in adults.

• Fluoride is carcinogenic (causes cancer) and considered an "endocrine disrupter".[1]

• It causes iodine deficiency, resulting in impaired thyroid function. (Sound familiar?)

• Hip fractures in the elderly are much higher in communities with fluoridated water..


There are indeed other factors that can cause low libido in stud dogs but the point here is that testosterone levels are affected by “city water” and dog foods processed with fluoridated water. And that’s not the worst of it. Dr. Williams predicted, “We'll also see future generations with increased neurological problems, lower IQ, higher cancer rates, and impaired thyroid problems that will lead to even more obesity.”




Alzheimer's disease has increased at an alarming rate. Could that be related to more people moving to the city or suburbs, thus on a municipal water supply instead of non-fluoridated well water? I decided to do some digging. Sure enough, CDC statistics reveal “74.4% of the U.S. population on public water systems, or a total of 211,393,167 people, had access to fluoridated water.” While swallowing that relevant fact, note that Dr. Williams says: “Drinking fluoridated water allows more aluminum to be absorbed and cross the blood-brain barrier to be deposited in the brain. The combination of fluoride and aluminum has been shown to cause the same changes in brain tissue as is found in Alzheimer's patients.”


Ok, so what can you do to reduce fluoride damage to your family and your pets?


First thought is to buy bottled water but wait, a lot of “spring water” isn’t. Living in the Smokey Mountains of NC, I watch tourists grab jugs of “mountain water” collected and bottled from the same stream the paper mill and chemical producers empty into.


Vitamin C, vitamin E, and calcium (combined) have been shown to reduce the adverse effects of fluoride. Calcium acts as a chelating (cleansing) agent and interestingly, Dr. Williams advises that vitamins C and E have a direct and protective effects upon testicular tissues.


He also recommends “turmeric”, i.e. curry powder (or a curcumin supplement) on a regular basis, stating “It has been shown to have a protective effect against the brain plaque formation associated with Alzheimer's disease.” As someone who appreciates the wisdom of Ancient and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I refer you to more information on turmeric, an herb widely used in India. [2]


Acupuncture has also been used in the treatment of male sterility or low sperm count. [3] Like other medical professionals, some veterinary chiropractors and acupuncturists are exceptionally talented and some are not so ask around before you go.


We’ve been led to believe that most human reproductive problems are female but with the advancement of sperm checks, we know better. Significantly, the female reproductive system and egg production is internal, therefore not nearly as delicate as is the male reproductive system and semen storage (testes) which is external.


Once again, dogs may be the canary that saves us. Protect your stud dog’s reproductive health, your own, and especially your brain. Alzheimer’s is not inevitable. Mayo Clinic states “…Alzheimer's disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.” You can’t control everything but you can eliminate fluoride, thus protecting your breeding program and yourself.


Reference Links:

[1] (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 06;Oct 24 and Dec 5 (Epub)”




Compelling information on Fluoride Damage see... Fluoride In Pet Food and if you notice forgetfulness, irritability, and perhaps “Rage Syndrome”, it can no longer be hidden. For more information, see Berserk Behavior EST 1998 ©   1612



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