I am not alone. I found this; While it is not the only cause, it is worth considering. Ron Posted by Jason 126.96.36.199) on November 06, 2002 at 04:05:17: I believe that I have accidentally stumbled upon the cause of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, and a number of other so-called "mysterious ailments" in my personal search to find an answer to my own health problems. It appears to me that the cause is in fact related to fluoride toxicity. Specifically in most cases fluoride toxicity related to the group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Most people are not aware that there are in fact major health problems associated with fluoride. Most of us think that because fluoride is found in both toothpaste and drinking water that it is a relatively safe substance. This unfortunately is far from the truth. Of course in the drinking water fluoride is obviously incredibly diluted, and in toothpaste we normally absorb only trace amounts at most every time we brush. This is far different then when we actually take medications that contain fluoride. By ignoring fluoride's side effects as the FDA has done, because it has long viewed fluoride as a necessary evil within our bacteria rich water supplies, it would appear that the FDA has unintentionally given pharmaceutical companies, and in particular those companies who produce the most popular antibiotics in the world, the license to use one of the most dangerous and harmful substances that the medical community has available to it. Environmental groups state that fluoride is actually more toxic to the human body than lead, and in fact nearly as toxic as arsenic. While personally I tend to ignore such groups most of the time, probably like most Americans do, the known side effects to fluoride appear match up very closely to an awful lot of diseases which have either sprung up, or become increasingly popular since these antibiotics began to become widely distributed in the mid to late 80's. Fluoride apparently disrupts the synthesis of collagen and leads to the breakdown of collagen in the muscles, tendons, cartilage, bones, kidneys, lungs, and skin. It also can cause permanent severe neurological, immune system, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal problems, as well as depressing thyroid activity. In the majority of people the breakdown of collagen appears to cause the first symptoms. Joint pain, muscle stiffness, and tendon aches are generally among the very first symptoms that are noticed. However in the majority of cases, such symptoms are usually so mild that they are frequently not even noticed at the time the medication is actually taken. This is of course exactly why this problem has gone undiagnosed for so long. Exceptions to this rule generally involve people who are under extreme amounts of stress at the time they take such medications. In these cases, already tense muscles are make even more tense as the breakdown of collagen begins. This is almost certainly why both Gulf War Veterans, and those people who the CDC monitored for possible anthrax exposure in 2001, tended to experience noticeable side effects much more immediately than is typical. Of course neurological problems such as seizures, or gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or cramping can also be seen immediately in some cases, either due to increased exposure or simply increased genetic susceptibility. In any case, it appears that symptoms for some reason seem to actually worsen over time. Those people who experience mild reactions can over the course of many months or years begin to have more severe related problems, while those people who may not have even noticed any symptoms at all may slowly begin to develop some of those lesser symptoms. The reason for this maybe due to the fact that the fluoride may actually remain in the body in some capacity, possibly become trapped when it crosses the blood-brain barrier which most toxins have difficulty penetrating. It appears obvious that the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol, the weight-reducing drugs Fen-Phen, Redux, and Pondimin, and nearly a dozen of the members of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic group which are no longer on the market, or in some cases never even made it to the market, because they were all even more noticeably toxic as a result of the fluoridation of those drugs combined with their various other chemical elements. That of course still leaves many of the much less noticeably toxic drugs, including some of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the world, still on the market. Anyway, I firmly believe that fluoride has directly contributed to chronic health problems in tens of millions of Americans. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, but please do note that I am a doctor and that I have no scientific evidence to back up such claims. I am simply someone who has had to educate myself because my doctors were at a loss to explain the source of my symptoms.