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"fluoride toxins can cause hypothyroidism, a disorder affecting the thyroid 
gland controlling weight" ...Dr B Durrant-Peatfield leading UK Thyroid 

Dear All 

Yesterday's Daily Express (UK national) picked-up on Birmingham's Sunday 
Mercury article and published the artcle below. 

Tap Water in Obesity Scare, pg 6 
Tap water can make people fat and could be fueling obesity levels, a medical 
expert claimed yesterday. 
Fluoride has been added in areas of England for 40 years to keep 
teeth healthy. But Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield said fluoride toxins can cause 
hypothyroidism, a disorder affecting the thyroid gland controlling weight. 
He thinks children suffer if their mothers drank fluoridated water 
while pregnant and it could be to blame for obesity in the "fat zone" - the West 

Tap water can make you FAT, say experts - Jul 11 2004 
By Caroline Wheeler, Sunday Mercury 

Medical experts claim that West Midlands tap water can make people FAT and 
could be fuelling rising obesity levels. 

For the past 40 years, fluoride has been pumped into the region's tap water 
to help keep teeth healthy. 

But now a top doctor claims that the toxin can cause worrying health 
side-effects including hypothyroidism, a medical dis-order affecting the thyroid gland 
which controls weight gain. 

And he believes that children may be particularly susceptible to obesity if 
their mums drank fluoridated water while pregnant. 

Last year, the West Midlands topped the UK 'fat list' with a shocking 22.5 
per cent of its population classed clinically obese. 

Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield said: "There is no doubt that fluoride is enzyme 
disruptive and one thing it affects is thyroid hormones. 

"As a result of this disruption, people can finish up with partial 
under-activity of the thyroid gland. 

"Thyroid problems are becoming more common, particularly in Birmingham, and 
one of the reasons is because of fluoride in the water." 

Dr Durrant-Peatfield explained that thyroid hormones rely on iodine, which is 
in the same group of four elements as fluorine. He said fluorine can displace 
iodine in the body, which can lead to problems with the thyroid gland. 

"Children can be particularly affected if their mother was short of iodine 
during pregnancy," he said. 

Dr Durrant-Peatfield's sensational claims have been backed by other medical 
experts, including Dr Diane Phillips, who only began suffering with thyroid 
problems after moving to the West Midlands. 

So far only the West Midlands and areas in Tyne and Wear have fluoridated 
water, but a new government bill could see it rolled out to other areas of the 

Sue King, of the Fluoride Exposure Network, said: "No checks on general 
health have been carried out in the fluoridated areas of the West Midlands, yet 
fluoride must have an effect on soft tissues. 

"That is why it's so important to make sure that fluoride is removed from the 
water supplies because we are already getting it from so many sources, 
including toothpaste, fertilisers and air pollution." 

Paul Castle, of Birmingham's Health Services, said: "There is no evidence of 
any link between water fluoridation and thyroid problems. 

"Four years ago, independent research at the University of York concluded 
that further research on fluoride and thyroid should be regarded as low 


Jane Jones Campaign Director National Pure Water Association">

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