The Dumbing Down of America By Chance or By Design?

Charlotte Iserbyt, former senior policy advisor for the department of education under the Reagan administration and author of Dumbing Down of America, blew the whistle regarding the manuals that were disseminated to all the school administrators to guide teachers on how to dumb down the students. If this wasn’t bad enough, one just has to look at additional factors that have contributed to the same goal.

What common denominator ties together chlorine, bromine, and fluoride? All three are from the halogen family in the periodic table of elements. All three function to suppress normal thyroid function. Chlorine is used in our water purification process; bromine is used in the baking industry as a bleaching agent; and fluoride is used in toothpaste and in many of our municipal water supplies. When the thyroid gland gets suppressed, it directly affects your ability to comprehend what you are reading, your ability to retain what you have read, and your ability to think clearly. In addition to the above three halogens, iodine is another halogen within the same group that is essential for optimal brain and thyroid function. In the 1960s, iodine was taken out of the salt, bread, and milk products and replaced with bromine. Of interest is the fact that when pregnant women are supplement with iodine (12.5 mg per day), their offspring become super smart and absorb information like a sponge. Correcting an iodine imbalance and treating hypothyroidism pre-conceptually, during pregnancy, and during the breast feeding period is acknowledged by mainstream authorities.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:

Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ for Child

Children born to mothers with untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy score lower on IQ tests than children of healthy mothers, according to a study conducted by Dr. James Haddow and partially funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and reported in the August 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

Early studies found that children born to mothers with hypothyroidism during pregnancy had lower IQ and impaired psychomotor (mental and motor) development. If properly controlled, often by increasing the amount of thyroid hormone, women with hypothyroidism can have healthy, unaffected babies.

For patients with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis (CLT), also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, there is some evidence to suggest an increased risk of pregnancy loss. CLT is a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland leading to damage and decreased thyroid function. Some studies have shown a higher rate of stillbirth and miscarriage in pregnant women who have chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

Mean of verbal IQ, performance IQ, and full scale IQ score was significantly higher in the control group than Chronic Hypothyroidism patients (both permanent and transient).


The average IQ score in both Permanent Chronic Hypothyroidism and Transient Chronic Hypothyroidism patients were lower that the control group who had normal thyroid function. Early and high dose of treatment in children with Chronic Hypothyroidism is recommended to normalize their IQ.

Chronic Hypothyroidism is considered the common cause of treatable mental retardation with prevalence of 1/3,000-4,000 live birth. Proper management of the disease is crucial for achieve favorable results in this field, which contains early diagnosis, prompt treatment, and regular follow-up during the 1st year of life.

There are many other factors that can contribute to a lower IQ an poor health in offspring that parents should research and take appropriate action. The following issues are a sampling of what prospective mothers should investigate:

  • Root canal teeth: toxins liberated have the effect of suppressing the thyroid.
  • Exposure to wi-fi: radiation from cell phones and wi-fi has already been shown to cause diminished reaction time, decreased brain motor function, social and emotional problems, and inability to focus on complex and long-term tasks in children.
  • Consumption of high mercury laden fish (king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, grouper, ahi tuna, and bigeye tuna all contain high levels of mercury. Women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant within a year should avoid eating these fish. So should children younger than six.
  • Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy had a higher risk of causing ADHD and autism in children.
  • Fluoridated toothpaste: fluoride will suppress thyroid function.
  • Other chemicals in toothpaste: triclosan (has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption), sodium lauryl sulphate [SLS)] contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct, aluminum [a know neurotoxin], titanium dioxide (toxic heavy metal), propylene glycol [antifreeze], DEA (diethanolamine rated by the Environm,enmtal Working Group as a number 10 toxic substance), and artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which breakdown into formaldehyde, formic acid, and methanol, which can cause blindness.
  • Do not use glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup) on your lawn as a herbicide. It is a carcinogen that can cause cancer.
  • Avoid genetically modified foods: soy (contain compounds called phytoestrogens that affect the way your baby’s brain is organized, development of reproductive organs, and even your child’s immune system), corn, beets, and wheat.
  • Caffeine: A new study shows that one dose of caffeine — just two cups of coffee — ingested during pregnancy may be enough to affect fetal heart development and reduce heart function over the entire lifespan of the child. No amount of caffeine during pregnancy is safe.
  • Avoid high ultra-processed food, which is a major source of many of our modern diseases.
  • Avoid Cheerios: has the highest concentration of glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup- herbicide) of any of the dried cereals. Known to cause cancer, allergies and much more.
  • Foods and beverages to avoid or minimize during pregnancy:
  • Undercooked or Raw Fish. Raw fish, especially shellfish, can cause several infections.
  • Undercooked, Raw and Processed Meat.
  • Raw Eggs.
  • Organ Meat.
  • Caffeine.
  • Raw Sprouts.
  • Unwashed Produce.
  • Alcohol.


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Dr. Gerald H. Smith

About The Author

Dr. Gerald H. Smith is certified by the World Organization for Natural Medicine to practice natural medicine globally. He is also a certified dental practitioner. His broad base of post-graduate training in dentistry and natural medicine enabled him to integrate many health care specialties.