Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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We Need Full Disclosure on Water Safety

By Dr. Oz and Roizen
Monday, 05 Oct 2015 12:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Swedish proverb that goes "The afternoon knows what the morning never expected" was popularized by the great American poet Robert Frost. What he was expressing is that we often find out later what really went on earlier.

In the interest of protecting the public health, the American Medical Association (AMA) is adopting a policy supporting full disclosure of the chemicals released into the environment by the drilling/fracking industry.

Believe it or not, when chemicals under immense pressure are injected into the ground during hydraulic fracturing, no one is currently held accountable for the amount and/or type of chemicals being used.

In fact, in another "believe it or not" moment in May 2014, the North Carolina Senate voted to make it a crime to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. It is public knowledge that some of the chemicals the industry uses include: hydrochloric acid, magnesium oxide, isopropanol, methanol, formic acid, petroleum, boric acid, and zirconium.

The AMA wants the opposite — for government agencies to record and monitor these chemicals with a focus on the effect of human exposure to them. That way, doctors will know what they are dealing with when it comes time to treat patients who may have health problems related to the distribution of those chemicals.

Let the AMA (and your political representatives) know that you support their initiative. And if you live near a fracking site, get a good water filter now. We recommend a charcoal filter on all water you use, whether it's for drinking or making coffee or soup.

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