Cancer Action NY Presents on Fluoride Exposure and Endocrine Disruption Before Watertown City Council
During the public forum portion of the December 3, 2012 meeting of the Watertown City Council, Donald L. Hassig, Director of Cancer Action NY spoke on the subjects of fluoride exposure and endocrine disruption with focus on alterations in thyroid function associated with fluoride exposure. The information presented was reported in the 2006 National Research Council document titled, “Fluoride in Drinking Water/A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards”. Subclinical hypothyroidism has been associated with fluoride exposures over a broad range of doses. Altered thyroid function was observed at lower levels of fluoride exposure for iodine deficient populations.
Subclinical hypothyroidism has been associated with increased risk of developing clinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mr. Hassig encouraged City of Watertown government to adopt a new public health protection paradigm of toxic chemical exposure minimization. At a time in human history when chemical exposure is of unparalleled magnitude and only incomplete information exists on the damages to health caused by exposure to mixtures of chemicals, the best strategy for protecting public health is minimization of exposure to all chemicals that have been found to cause toxic effects. In the case of cardiovascular disease, it is known that exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) increases risk. As stated above, fluoride exposure is believed to impose increased risk of cardiovascular disease via altered thyroid function involving hypothyroidism. Cardiovascular disease is being caused by the total effects of exposure to POPs, fluoride and whatever other chemical substances are associated with this disease. Minimization of POPs exposure and fluoride exposure will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Minimization of these exposures will help prevent cardiovascular disease. This will prevent many early deaths.
Minimization of fluoride exposure would require termination of water fluoridation. The City of Watertown should immediately stop fluoridating its water.