Over the past year, consumer and environmental advocate Erin Brockovich has repeatedly made her opposition to fluoridation known publicly, including having one of her water consultants advise the city of Flint, Michigan to end fluoridation as part of an overall plan to remedy their water issues.
Brockovich has also been a semi-regular guest on the Dr. Oz show, discussing issues related to household and environmental toxins, including recent appearances to discuss the Flint water crisis. On Monday, February 1st, Brockovich was an in-studio guest on the the show. During her appearance, she spent an entire 13-minute segment discussing her opposition to water fluoridation and exposure to fluoride from other sources, including foods, beverages, and toothpaste.
While we don’t agree with everything that was said on the program (including Dr. Oz’s comment that the only adverse effect from fluoride exposure is dental fluorosis), we are happy Dr. Oz informed his viewers about ways to reduce fluoride intake, which included a nice demonstration of the very small amounts of fluoride toothpaste that should be used by children (if fluoride toothpaste is used at all).
Over the years FAN has repeatedly contacted Dr. Oz and his producers requesting an appearance by one of our fluoride experts, including co-author of “The Case Against Fluoride,” Paul Connett, PhD. However, our requests have been met with silence. Brockovich’s appearance, while not perfect, still raised the issue of fluoridation with Dr. Oz’s average daily audience of around 3.5 million viewers, primarily in the United States and Canada. So, we would like to thank her for taking this valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the problems with fluoride.
In fact, because of the vast exposure Dr. Oz and Brockovich gave to fluoridation, the proponents saw it as a clear threat and reacted immediately. Not only did they demand to have a representative of the American Dental Association provide the typical pro-fluoridation statement during the on-air segment, but they also initiated a letter writing campaign criticizing Dr. Oz in an effort to stifle any further discussion of the issue on his show. They also demanded that he post pro-fluoridation statements on the episode webpage, which surprisingly doesn’t include a clip from the fluoride segment.
Government Officials Notified About Fluoridation Failure
Recently, Erin Brockovich joined a number of medical and scientific experts in signing a letter to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, notifying them that they have failed the public in the performance of their duties regarding the ongoing poisoning of public water supplies with fluoride. Fluoride, a neurotoxin, is dumped into our drinking water in hazardous industrial waste batches that include hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, sodium fluoride and a host of contaminants that include aluminum, arsenic, barium, and lead. Other signers included Daniel A. Eyink, M.D.; the American Academy of Environmental Medicine; Jean Nordin-Evans, DDS; David P. Mathews, JD; and Stephanie Seneff, PhD.
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