All This is a post I have on my yahoo group - Fluoride Poisoning . Ron Eheman firstname.lastname@example.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I've lived with this problem associated with Fluoride for nearly 20 years, however only within about the past 3 years has it been equated to a Fluoride problem. I've been through a lot: IBS, uncontrollable muscle spasms, chronic fatigue, skin eruptions, and hypersomnia. All of these problems having idiopathic diagnosis. Until about 3 years ago, after spending a great deal of money on a sleep study only to be diagnosed with hypersomnia...idiopathic hypersomnia (a great propensity for sleep existing of unknown origin.) While on Ritalin for the hypersomnia, I began my log book to determine when the Ritalin would work, and when it wouldn't. The patterns in the log were pretty hard not to notice. While there were no patterns for when I took the Ritalin and when or how much I'd sleep, there was a pattern for the times and amounts of sleep I slept vs. the foods I ate. Through research and process of elimination of the various things I would ingest, Fluoride became the leading culprit for my ails. So, with this information at hand, the study began. I removed as much Fluoride from my diet as possible, while attempting to continue the same diet of everything else. This meant no fluorinated water, or foods cooked in, packed in, or containing fluorinated water. In about a week or so, the results were black and white. The fatigue was gone, the long sleep spells were gone. I was cured...or so I thought. At my doctor's request, I reintroduced fluoride back into myself to see if the symptoms returned. While not his idea, and probably not one of my smartest ideas either, I took a small amount of fluorinated toothpaste, and ate it. Within an hour, I was in pain with cramps, presumably from the toothpaste. Shortly after that, I was ready to sleep. I can't recall how long I slept for, but for the next few days, I was back to my old self...sleeping more than I was awake. That was the last time I tried a stupid thing like that! So am I cured? No! I am much more sensitive to the Fluoride today than I was 3 years ago. More sensitive than ever before. The slightest bit can set off a severe bout with fatigue which may only last a short time or could last many hours. I have to avoid drinking the fluorinated water, avoid eating anything cooked in it or made with any substantial amount of it, even bathing in it for any length of time brings me down. Similarily to a diebetic, I must constantly watch what I eat and drink. I cheat occasionally, and usually pay the price for doing so with excess fatigue or sleepiness. But for the most part, I have control of it, and it is great to be alive again. I used to sleep 80 - 100 hours per week (12 - 14 hours per day,) now I sleep less than half that time, and am alert and ready to go when I'm awake! And while it may seem strange, sometimes when I am ready to go to bed, but am not tired, I'll cheat on my diet, just to make it easier to fall asleep.