ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A medical practitioner believes that the chlorine and fluoride used to purify water can cause cancer and other illnesses and cautions against continuing to be exposed to these harmful chemicals.
Dr. Howard A. Berg of Island Chiropractic and Wellness Centre on Tortola made the statements last evening June 4, 2014 during the radio talk show ‘Straight Talk’, hosted by Mr Donald E. De Castro and aired on ZBVI 780 AM.
“Unfortunately in this day and age we live in a very toxic environment,” said Burke. “We have toxic cleaners that we use in our house…we have toxic sprays that we use in our hair. We have toxic chemicals that we put in our house. There are chemicals that come out of cars and trucks on the highway,” he said.
“There is stuff that is dumped in our water…over-the-counter drugs, recreational drugs, doctor prescribed drugs, cigarette smoke, alcohol, the water…if you look at all these things, we use them on a daily basis and we wonder why we get sick, we wonder why we have these cancers,” he said.
He said that fluoride is a heavy metal and toxic to the body. “We grew up with fluoride in the water and we are learning now that it probably wasn’t the best thing. A lot of the States (in the US) and a lot of the cities are getting away from the fluoridated water,” Dr. Berg said.
“We are learning that fluoride is a cancer causer. We are learning that it causes soft teeth, we’re learning that it causes delayed growth in brain cells in children,” he said.
He said that nations fighting wars use cluster bombs with chlorine to kill people, “and we use it in our swimming pools.”
Dr. Berg noted that even in small doses those chemicals are still deadly.
When this news site today June 5, 2014 sought to find out what chemicals are used in the water purification process in the Territory, Director of Water and Sewerage Department Perline Scatliffe-Leonard directed this news site to the Chief Environmental Officer in the Environmental Health Division, Carnel Smith, who was up to post time unavailable for comment.