The renowned medical doctor, nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and television personality, Dr. Mark Hyman, has added his important voice to the fluoridation debate. He has joined other key national figures—including Erin Brockovich, Lois Gibbs, and Alveda King–who have recently called for an investigation into fluoride’s risks to diabetics, kidney patients, thyroid function, and the brain. As Hyman notes:
“There are numerous mechanisms by which uncontrolled dosing of fluorides through water fluoridation can potentially harm thyroid function, the body and the brain. A malfunctioning thyroid often leads to weight gain. And diabetics and patients with kidney disease are often thirsty, causing them to consume increased amounts of fluorides if they have access to only fluoridated water. Communities of color and the underserved are disproportionately harmed by fluorides because most rely on municipal water sources, many of which continue to add fluoride, despite research showing the potential harms and negating the potential benefits. I support federal investigative hearings looking into why our cities and towns are allowed to continue to add fluoride to public water sources and why the whole story about fluorides is only just now coming out.” (Dr. Mark Hyman via email on April 1, 2016)
Daniel G. Stockin, MPH, a public health professional known internationally for his work to end water fluoridation, made Dr. Hyman’s statement public in a news release earlier this week:
Dr. Hyman joins over 4,500 medical and scientific professionals who understand the dangers posed by fluoridation and are calling for hearings to investigate the practice and ultimately for its end. If you’re a professional and would like to join Dr. Hyman in calling for hearings and an end to fluoridation, please sign FAN’s Professionals Statement to End Fluoridation.