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Dear Readers,

Last month I was contacted by a fellow at the Emerging Leaders in Science and Society organization and was cordially invited to discuss the state of the public drinking water in the United States. 

Justin Lana (LinkedIn) further elaborated over a series of emails that he had stumbled upon my anti-fluoride exploits and would value my input for a water quality related project that he is working on at ELISS.  You can read much more about this in our correspondence below. 

What piqued my interest in participation and eventually lead to an hour long discussion is that Justin described the goalpost for the ELISS project being some sort of presentation to members of our water regulatory apparatus in Washington.    While I had no hope that this meeting would be any kind of silver bullet for the fluoride issue I felt Justin was open minded and could potentially influence others in this area. After some scheduling, I eventually agreed to meet Justin for lunch at a nearby Indian restaurant to candidly discuss the “current state” issues from my perspective.

For my own protection and journalistic discipline I will sometimes utilize recording devices when traveling or publicly discussing issues of national import, however do not always publish what is captured.  In this case, I felt compelled to admit after the fact that I had recorded almost our entire conversation without his knowledge and also requested publication rights.  I felt the content of the discussion was valuable enough to deserve it’s own article and what you see here is the result.

While initially hesitant, Justin revisited our discussion and bravely gave me the green light so long as I made some important disclaimers.  So that I can never be accused of skewing anyone else’s words, I am also sharing a truncated series of our email exchanges which give the most comprehensive background concerning this situation.  I hope you enjoy!

Mr. Sturmer,

I’m writing to see if you would be willing to meet with me regarding a project that I am currently apart of Drinking Water in the United States: how do we ensure a safe, sustainable, and affordable future in our communities.

I’m working on this project as part of the Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) fellowship program. In short, ELISS is a service leadership program for graduate students hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Duke is one of five partner campuses across the USA participating for 2016. More about ELISS can be found at http://www.elissfellows.org or in the attached program flyer.

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Our group will be presenting an overview of Triangle specific drinking water issues to individuals involved in federal water policy in Washington D.C. in June.

Next October we will be holding a local forum to discuss the same issue and we will return to DC in December 2016 to present to national stakeholders.

Our team is divided into various roles: health, environment, economic and society.

Given your view points on fluoride and water, and active role you’ve taken in this fight and against the City of Durham, I believe that your knowledge and the voices you represent would be incredibly valuable to our project.

I would be happy to buy you coffee at a location of your choosing or to come by your office for a meeting.

If you would be willing to meet, please let me know your general availability and a convenient location to meet.

Generally I’m free Mondays (1:00 – 5), Wednesdays (12:30 – 4) and Friday (all day).

I look forward to hearing back from you. Please don’t hesitate to write or call if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Justin Lana

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Hi Justin,

Next monday afternoon would probably work.

I read the pamphlet and browsed the website…Before we meet however could you help me understand what you’re looking to accomplish with the meeting? My website is a good resource of information concerning my viewpoints on the issue so I’m just wondering the purpose…

Either way, let me know some time slots that work for you…noon is best for me but if that isn’t doable I can try to make it work.

Thanks,

Corey

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Hi Corey,

Monday at noon works great for me. Just let me know where, and I’ll make sure I’m there on time.

I appreciate you taking the time to read over our site and our pamphlet. To answer you question: My goal for the meeting is to speak with a concerned citizen who has had experience taking up issues with the city and garnering support for your idea. I will be sure to go over all the fluoride information provided on the website before we meet. And while I’m sure I’ll have questions pertaining to the fluoride issue, I really want to learn more about your efforts involved in fighting this issues (roadblocks, avenues of support, etc.)…to learn more about what it takes to make change and where you see your efforts leading.

I hope that makes sense. If not, please let me know.
Looking forward to the meeting!

Justin

Justin T. Lana, MSc-Global Health
PhD Student, Environment
Duke University – Nicholas School of the Environment

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Hi Justin,

Ok, that sounds fine. You might be surprised at the information I have to share so hopefully you come prepared for that!

Why don’t we meet at ————————— which you can look up on Google maps, it’s not far from my office.

Thanks for having open ears,

Corey

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11:30 sounds great.

I will see you then!
Really looking forward to it.
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Hi Justin,
Thank you for the lunch on Monday. I really enjoyed our discussion & hope you got a lot out of it.
I wanted to follow up on a couple items that I mentioned & thought you might find useful in your efforts.

1) I mentioned a WTVD news report that features me and my efforts, very fair presentment of the issue:

2) Public Health Board Meeting ended with me thrown out by a deputy sheriff –

3) Below is an email thread with one of your Duke peers which never amounted to much…but reminded me of the “forum” you mentioned as one of the possibilities with your ELISS work.
Last but not least I wanted to make you aware that I made an audio recording of our discussion on Monday.  This is something I habitually do as a journalistic practice when I give interviews or meet with people from the media for my own legal and personal protection.   I did not inform you of this at the time because I feel that the content and character of discourse changes drastically when an individual is aware that they are being recorded, and I did not want to contaminate our interaction.
I am letting you know this now because I listened to the audio recording on my way to work this morning & felt that it would be a highly valuable contribution to the fluoridation discussion if it were made available online.  Out of courtesy I wanted to know what are your thoughts about me publishing the recording accompanied by an article about our discussion?
Please let me know.
Thanks,
Corey
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Hi Corey,

Thanks for the email. I’m glad that you found the time to meet with me. As I mentioned on Monday, I knew your perspective would be much different than what I’ve encountered so far.
I will check out these links shortly (I’m finishing up with finals this week). I’ve read through your “conversation” with Jennifer Alspach, it’s unfortunate that nothing worked out. I’m not sure who she is or what group she was with, but it sure would have been interesting to see an actual debate take place over the issue of fluoridation.
Corey, I appreciate your informing me that our conversation was recorded; however, I don’t feel comfortable with it shared publicly at this time.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you have a great time in S. Africa and the UAE. I will keep you posted on what I learn moving forward, our local forum, etc.
Thank you
Justin
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Hi Justin,

I forgot to add the video of me attending the water plant. The superintendent actually gave me a tour of the whole plant but the only piece I was interested in for my purposes was the fluoridation facility.  As mentioned he says casually that it is highly corrosive.

Corey visit Fluoridation Station:

Fluoride Spill in Illinois eats through concrete:

While I’m disappointed that you aren’t comfortable with the publication of our discussion I understand and will respect that.  I want to provide you an opportunity to revisit our discussion in case this gives you reason to change your mind. I know you’re busy but I think this is highly valuable and would be good for the public to consume. You can find the recording at the link below.

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I look forward to hearing about future updates on your work.

Take good care,

Corey

Hi Justin,

How are things going with your project @ ELISS? Did you get a chance to see any of my follow up items?  I was thinking about you when I was out of the country, because I noticed all the bottled water where I was had a detailed label spelling out the parts per million for several different minerals/metals and it reminded me of our discussion.

I have been playing catch up all week since I got back from South Africa & UAE. I hope you’ve been doing well.

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Hi Corey,

Thank you for reaching out. I have also been out of the country (Panama) and have just started to get caught up with my work and ELISS related projects.

It was so great to get away; but coming back into ten days of disconnect from email/work is a little daunting (and I hope excuses my slow response).

ELISS is going well. We have about three weeks before our mid-year meeting in DC. I am not sure if I explained this earlier, but we’ve essentially been “scoping” drinking water issues since January. At our meeting in DC, we’ll meet with other campuses and decide what topic/issue(s)/etc. that we should focus on. I’m looking forward to hearing what the other campuses have to say about their communities as well as getting a little more direction on where we are headed.

As far as our previous discussion, I’ve gotten through the links and spent the last hour listening to our discussion. I have no problem with you posting it online, and you can keep my name attached to it if you like, but I do ask that you provide a little context in the description of where you post it. Namely 1) I’m not a water scholar or expert 2) that this was meant to be a discussion and not a formal interview 3) i was unaware of the recording during our discussion but have since agreed to its posting.

Corey, I look forward to keeping you in the loop. Keep in mind that I’ll be in the Peruvian Amazon for about ten weeks this summer, so if you don’t hear anything it doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten about you; its just that I’m out of the loop myself or without email.

Thank you,

Justin

Justin T. Lana, MSc-Global Health
PhD Student, Environment
Duke University – Nicholas School of the Environment

September 14, 2014

Part I:

During the 5th Annual Citizen’s Conference on Fluoride  I was fortunate enough to get an exclusive 45 minute discussion with world renowned risk assessor & decades long anti-fluoride activist Dr. William (Bill) Hirzy Ph.D. Hirzy is well known in the anti-fluoride circles thanks to his keystone contributions as a whistleblower from within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters.

Hirzy’s most famous contributions to the anti-fluoride movement came when he was acting as senior vice president of the EPA union of scientists and professionals.

According to Hirzy this union was initially organized to protect EPA staff members from unethical pressure by EPA management. In other words – let them do their jobs as risk assessors, etc. properly! They later became aware of the risks of public water fluoridation & began working within the EPA to try & do something about it.

Dr. William Hirzy Former Risk Assessor at the Environmental Protection Agency

Sad to say that such a union would even be necessary in a government agency who makes such bogus & impossible claims that they protect human health & the environment, but unethical pressure from high ranking bureaucrats is no big surprise to us is it? The union, with Hirzy as spokesman, earlier this century appealed to a Senate subcommittee on the reality of fluoride’s developmental neurotoxicity & its many other latent adverse health effects, which are negatively affecting the entire daydreaming American public as a result of the government’s 60 year old public water fluoridation policy. Dr. Hirzy’s role as risk assessor, is ostensibly to warn the government of possible financial or criminal risk by evaluating certain policies – yet his advices heretofore have fallen on deaf ears! See Hirzy’s powerful statement below, from the Year 2000:

It is the EPA union’s collective testimony combined with the 2006 National Research Council’s 400+ page report on Fluoridated drinking water which makes the government’s continued inaction on this issue now irrevocably criminally negligent.

As you hear Dr. Hirzy explain his role as risk assessor, we can easily extrapolate that this union behaved almost like an immune system antibody, deployed within an otherwise healthy system to identify & defend against foreign invaders (unethical pressure aka corruption). That would be the traditional roles of each group anyway, if we believe that the EPA was formed to legitimately protect the environment. But what we see over time is an increasingly politicized federal agency, easily manipulated by rank, paygrades & external organizations, constructed hierarchically with a lack of traditional checks and balances . This has obviously motivated the white hats, who actually wish to perform a legitimate civic duty, to organize to better resist the embedded junta bureaucrats.

In America this Union concept can be considered the “check” on power. What we discover through Bill’s testimony however is that the system itself was corrupt & consequently the tables turned! It was the union who was treated like a virus infecting the EPA with truth & Dr. Hirzy walks us through many of the dirty tricks, administrative shifts & railroading attempts to prevent the truth from getting out. Although a valiant effort, the organization was proven not strong enough as we listen to Dr. Hirzy tacitly admit that it only took veto action by an ever changing & growing administrative landscape within the EPA to thwart the Union, which brings us to where we are today – the same place we were 50 years ago after fluoride was successfully implemented in the first place!

This interview however strays far from the minutia of fluoride politics & instead takes on a more personal character as Bill walks us through his own life experiences waking up to the fluoride deception while embedded within big corporate & governmental giants like Monsanto and the EPA. Unbeknownst to me, Dr. Hirzy had previously been arrested for protesting the construction of nuclear power plants in the midwest. This led not only to his ousting from Monsanto & his eventual hiring at the EPA, but the now famous theoretical physicist Michio Kaku had interestingly come to his defense at this time in the 80’s.

Perhaps even more noteworthy is the clear bias Bill describes within the bureaucracy of the EPA, contrasting it with his experiences at Monsanto which would on occasion express the same pattern of promoting & rewarding those who maintain the status quo while shunning those who challenge it. Bill seems to have had a lifetime of struggles due to his predisposition to tell the truth.

It is especially interesting that Bill’s specialty is in risk assessment which is to determine the amount of financial risk a corporate or governmental entity is exposing themselves to by selling or promoting a particular product/policy. This has obvious implications for Monsanto who’s chemical & genetic productions have the potential for vast profits, accompanied by serious financial risk should a product have an unintended detrimental health effect. Big institutions pay Big money for Bill’s intelligence because the cost of his salary pales in comparison to the potential lawsuits they might otherwise be exposed to.

But the nature of Bill’s work from the perspective of the EPA is even more damning of the EPA as an institution, than compared to a profit driven company like Monsanto, given their charter to actually PROTECT human helath & the environment, accompanied by the fiat regulatory power it is able to wield.

One should definitely question the true motives of said agency when someone like Bill, who is trying to save the EPA’s ass as much as he is trying to alert the public, gets completely ignored.

Hence the EPA have, for more than 10 years now, become criminally negligent by refusing to change the maximum allowable contamination level of water supplies with respect to fluoride, which consequently allows the various agencies under the EPA (Health & Human Services, Water Companies, City Councils, Health Boards, etc) to continue adding toxic waste to the public drinking water without criminal or federal legal repercussions.

Actually this was the essence of the 5th annual citizen’s conference on fluoride which culminated in an official petition to the EPA to answer an amalgamation of groundbreaking fluoride science which was presented to them by Dr. Hirzy & an army of other scientists, medical professionals & concerned citizens.

To understand the gravity of Bill Hirzy’s testimony on the dangers of fluoridation and the dark political manifestations which maintain the policy, one first has to fully grasp the true melange of federal, state & local bureaucracies who stand in the way of common sense, civil rights & the science. Given my own personal experience trying to enlighten local politicians on the

The multi-headed hydra that is big government

dangers we face, and thus end fluoridation, I will attempt to break it down as best as I understand it so that you may comprehend what a monumental task it is just to overcome the bureaucracy & generational indoctrination.

By the end, you may agree that the only way to kill this hydra is to make sure we get all the heads.

  1. First – the buck stops with your local city council. Like it or not ultimately the politicians who hold positions there have seized power & are the ones administering fluoride to the population by way of majority vote. Thus – they have the power to end it. But if you challenge them, they will defer to the water management department or some similar agency who is tasked with repeating propaganda hatched by Edward Bernays & the former Federal Security Agency; now known as the Department of Health and Human Services
  2. The water company will claim that they are only following orders from the state department of health and human services, who in the 20th century were the unapologetic propagandists promoting the mass fluoridation policy in the first place & still claim that it is one of the top 10 public health achievements of the last 100 years. They will deny they are violating any laws because they are not over 4 parts per million, EPA’s maximum contaminate level for that substance set originally in the ironically named “Safe Drinking Water Act
  3. If you challenge them on the basis that this constitutes forced medication of the drinking water, they claim it is not a drug, it is a mineral/nutrient & they are only “adjusting” the levels to one that is “optimal” for preventing tooth decay. This is based on the junk science produced in the 1930’s which was funded by the aluminum industry to promote fluoridation.
  4. Depending on your geography, the actual levels of fluoride in the groundwater might be quite low, which provides the impetus for city councils to perform a public service by “bringing up” the concentration level of fluoride to one that the public health department claims is “Optimal” for preventing tooth decay. Luckily, there is a long line of fertilizer & aluminum companies who have excess fluoride they need to dispose of. This is how they get away with adding fluoride while simultaneously not taking accountability for the fact that it is adding for medicinal / preventative purposes
  5. When you challenge the public health board that this is illegal & a crime given all science showing such, they will say they are regulated by the EPA’s 4.0ppm Maximum Allowable Contaminant Level & since they are only fluoridating at .7-1.1ppm, no crime committed!
  6. Rinse, Repeat.

Part II:

When asked what is driving these deliberate obfuscations of the truth by the various corporate & governmental structures, Bill responded, “I don’t go there.”

For More Real News for Real People visit: http://www.bullcitybulletin.com

Source: Altoona Mirror

TYRONE – Tyrone Borough residents will no longer have fluoride in their water, beginning later this spring.

Council voted 6-2 in a meeting last week to direct the Water Department to begin removing hydrofluorosilicic acid and its associated chemicals.

Concerns about fluoride have been raised recently, including from Water Department Superintendent Ardean Latchford, who said he’d been approached by several borough officials and concerned residents regarding fluoride.

Councilman Mark Kosoglow said he’d watched a documentary revealing fluoride to be a poison and wanted to see it removed from the water supply.

Mayor William Fink also said he’d spoken to some area professionals, including a funeral home director, and learned about the dangers of fluoride.

Council Vice President Christy Ray and councilwoman Courtney Rhoades voted against the motion, saying they wanted time to speak to a dentist before passing it.

“I hope your teeth fall out,” joked Ray to council members.

Interim Borough Manager Phyllis Garhart must post a 30-day notice informing borough residents, and then the fluoride removal can begin, Latchford said.

Tyrone Council is not the first local governing body to reject fluoride; the Altoona City Authority voted in 2007 to do the same, citing concerns about potentially negative health effects and a philosophical opposition to “mass medicating” the population.

Altoona Family Dentistry’s Dr. Katherine Dangler said despite what people may read on the Internet, fluoridated water is a good thing and she’s seen no scientific studies to prove otherwise.

Dangler said she also practiced in Bellefonte and State College, where the water is fluoridated, and said children in Altoona have more cavities because there is no fluoride to harden and strengthen tooth enamel.

While some opponents claim children will still be able to get fluoride from toothpaste or mouthwash, Dangler said, it isn’t going to be enough if it’s not in the water.

If fluoride is as dangerous as its critics believe, dentists and doctors wouldn’t back it, she said.

Latchford said Fink provided him with studies on fluoride, which noted that infants and young children are at risk for fluorosis, a medical condition resulting from overexposure to fluoride at a young age. The American Dental Association said fluorosis has mostly cosmetic effects usually resulting in white stains or streaks on the teeth.

The studies also showed that in children 8 and younger, whose teeth still are developing, high fluoride intake can pit tooth enamel.

Mothers may be mixing tap water with baby formula, Latchford said, unaware that they’re doing something wrong.

“If we take it out” they won’t have to worry, he said.

But Dangler said anything can be dangerous in excess, which is why it’s a dentist’s job to monitor patients and see what products are being used in the home. Not having more fluoride is more costly and has more negative consequences, she said.

Latchford said while he has no vested interest in the outcome, the fewer chemicals he has to add to the borough’s drinking supply, the better it will taste.

And while Latchford said saving money is not the reason for removing fluoride and its associated chemicals, it will result in $5,000 annual savings to the borough or roughly 91 cents per person.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.

Introduction

To understand in a comprehensive manner what transpired in the video above one has to first fully understand the background and context of my effort as an individual to end the practice of fluoridating our public water supplies in Durham, North Carolina.

If you have been following this blog you may already be aware of my journeys as a turd through the bowels of Durham’s city government so if you want to skip to the culminating event, Click Here.

In order to put the culminating event in the proper context what follows is a chronologically succinct account of my efforts which all lead up to the rather climactic events from this past Thursday evening.

My Awakening

In December 2011 I was getting dental work done on my back molars when I was inspired to ask the question,

“Is there Fluoride in the drinking water?” 

The dentist replied,

“Yes of course!”

I had always heard fluoride was in the drinking water but never quite understood how drinking it would do any good for just my teeth but not affect other parts of my body – so I asked

“Why is it in the drinking water again?”

The simple yet oft repeated response came without surprise,

“It’s good for your dental enamel.”

The problem with this statement is that it is never accompanied by anything more than anecdotal evidence and in my case, the anecdotal evidence was not so supportive of drinking fluoride.  You see, I was diagnosed early on with having a defect known as “Dental Fluorosis” which is the literal degradation and deterioration of dental enamel.

This condition is partly responsible for my needing such dramatic dental work done in the first place but more than anything is indicative of fluoride overexposure from the inside out.  This means every other organ in my body is also overexposed which bothers me greatly.

Naturally, such a contradiction of circumstances caused me to question the official rhetoric on this topic and lead me to do a great deal of research which is where the real story begins…

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Click for Larger View – These are my teeth which are consistent with the scientific literature on patients suffering from dental Fluorosis.

My Dental Xrays which Show Fluorosis and rampant dental decay

My Dental Xrays which Show Fluorosis and dental decay

My First Appearance

What I uncovered in my research was so startling I began to wonder who I should tell.  At first I was simply alarmed at the idea that something in our drinking water would be so dangerous, but at the time was not mentally prepared for the bureaucracy and cognitive dissonance I would later experience when trying to bring this information to everyone’s attention.

In an almost automated emotional reaction to the research I uncovered about public water fluoridation, I appeared for the first time before the Durham City Council on December 20th, 2011.  With little forethought I showed up to bluntly present the damning evidence that Fluoride has been shown to reduce IQ, cause skeletal fragility and bone density issues, as well as cause the condition I suffer from – Fluorosis.

The response to my petition came promptly from Mayor Bill Bell which will not surprise anyone who has any experience with corporate government,

Obviously, the suggestion [to remove fluoride] would be a dramatic change from the way we presently operate, I’m sure the manager and his staff will take it under advisement and come back with a recommendation.”

The “manager and his staff” eventually did take it under advisement and came back with the following recommendation:

Durham's responseIn response to my statement on December 25, 2011 the following article was published by Ray Gronberg and the local Herald Sun newspaper which broadly dismissed my miniscule effort to raise awareness.  The publication of this article only thickened the plot however because in it certain governmental authorities were prompted to respond to my allegations.  Their response which inherently must be deceptive became motivation for me to continue exposing their lies.  Kevin Buchholtz, a NC Dept. of Health and Human Services stooge who later plays a role in this saga replied to my petition by saying,

From the State’s perspective trying to respond to every allegation regarding fluoride is challenging and counterproductive.”

My Next Move

Having been totally dissatisfied with the City’s response to my petition, I decided to make things a lot more challenging from the ‘state’s perspective’ and created this website in January 2012.  Since then DurhamAgainstFluoride.com has served as a media platform to document my effort and spread the word locally and abroad.

The initial publication about my December appearance at city council combined with the creation of this website was enough to grab the attention of some other fluoride activists who reached out and began coaching me on how to be more effective with my efforts.  One such activist was Jeff Green, National Director for Citizens for Safe Drinking water who taught me how to tangle with the government on their terms.  The result of my discussions with him manifested in My Next Move, which was a formal request for documentation made on March 22, 2012.

According to the strategy the best way to expose the lack of scientific evidence which supports community water fluoridation is to ask for it!  Jeff emphasized that since the evidence is on our side, asking for toxicological studies and other documentation will put The Powers That Be on defense, shifting the burden of proof to the city who then must convince us that fluoridation is such a critical public health benefit.  The reasoning was that if no documentation existed, the inability to produce it would cause even the most ignorant in government to begin asking questions internally.

So in January-February 2012 I began making phone calls to the water management department in order to procure the documents I knew did not exist.  What transpired was a series of dead ends which eventually produced the following, stunning information:

  1. The City of Durham purchases Hydrofluorosilicic acid from Pencco, a chemicals supplier who re-sells wholesale toxic waste from
  2. MOSAIC, a division of POTASH corporation who sells the leftover wasteproducts from fertilizer/phosphate production to the City of Durham who
  3. Systematically bleeds the cocktail of pollutants @ .7 parts per/million into our drinking water as a way of disposing the waste

Even more stunning still was the only formal document ever tendered by the water authority which testifies to the safety of Hydrofluorosilicic Acid.  This chemical, which has a HAZMAT rating of 8 Corrosive, is admitted in the city’s OWN literature to cause fluorosis and bone density issues as well as having 0 toxicological studies:

Dissatisfied with this as evidence of fluoride’s crucial public health benefit, I appeared on March 22, 2012 to make the city council aware of this absence of information and to formally request they produce the necessary toxicological documentation to the citizens.  What happened next immediately told me that I was up against forces with far more motivation to continue this policy than I had ever originally anticipated.

In a premeditated nature The Powers That Be deployed NC Department of Health and Human Services goon Kevin Bucholtz who is the West Region Supervisor for the Oral Health Division.  He appeared subsequent my formal request for information to rebut a position I did not even argue.  I gotta hand it to Kevin – he really impressed me with such a whirlwind of hypocritical dribble.  The most amazing thing is that he came with prepared statements and yet, for 4+ minutes, Kevin rambles on about how the NC Department of Health does not agree with the conclusion drawn by millions of citizens around the world that drinking fluoride is of no public benefit.  In the next breath Kevin bluntly admits that hydrofluorosilicic acid can leech lead from the plumbing system and is directly responsible for his own daughter suffering from Fluorosis. 

Just so we’re clear:

  1. I attend city council to ask for toxicology studies on fluoride
  2. The state sends their best rep – Kevin – who says in one breath Fluoride is a poison
  3. And in the next, it’s good for you and he’s proud of it

How do you argue with that?

This has to be heard to be believed:

Note: This same appearance was later cited on the Durham Water Management Website in Direct Response to my request for information:

As seen on DurhamNC.gov:

DurhamSite

Connecting the Dots

After witnessing first hand the inaction of Durham’s City government I began to firmly understand how crippled the humble minds of our “authorities” really were on this subject and all faith in their willingness to reasonably address this issue was lost.

Since The Powers That Be had acted in such a preemptive and precise manner, I was able to discern intuitively that I should simply try in whatever way possible to raise awareness on this issue and to ignore for a little while the illusion that my appearances at city council affected any great change.  So I began exploring other avenues and became more committed to educating by any means necessary.

I began to realize at this point that this is a war of consciousness, spanning time and dimensions so I relied increasingly on pure inspiration and intuition to fuel this effort.  I felt increasingly that the effort was past-time fun which lead me to take great joy in the further development of this website, printing flyers, meditating, lucid dreaming and speaking about Fluoride whenever appropriate in conversation.  These tiny efforts approached as just a part of regular every day life over time are what I credit with sowing the seeds of later success.

On July 12, 2012 I published this report which cites a 1991 study done in Durham where scientists and the water authority collaborated to study the effects of ending water fluoridation.  One of the central pillars holding up the Pro-Fluoridationist argument is the fear tactic that if we stop fluoridating, we will see an explosion in dental cavities.  The conclusion of the Durham study makes it an incredibly significant one in that it supports the debunking of this very claim.

Later in this report you will hear a precise example of this from our civil servants who state that children will miss more school if we turn fluoride off, due to the rise in dentist visits from the ensuing tooth decay!

It’s this same crazed fear-tactic which has kept fluoridation ongoing for so long and therefore makes the discovery of this study and it’s implications so worth mentioning in isolation.

The most ironic thing is that I was a likely participant of this study, since it was conducted in Durham during my elementary years with children from the public school I attended.  Although any evidence is surely lost in time, it is a distinct possibility which I had to consider and therefore motivated me to send my report to hundreds of government/media/academic professionals in the area.

The study itself measured the incisors of over 1800 gradeschool children in Durham and over the course of an 11 month period, the study concluded no rise in Cavities but a decrease in the level of Fluorosis among participants.  For convenience I have posted the video from that report below:

Durham guinea pig reports; Duke University study links city water fluoridation with dental damage

During my research I discovered that the Durham City Council takes their policy directives on public health issues from a separate committee – the Durham County Public Health Board.  This meant I had attended the “wrong” body of our government originally which at the time seemed to explain my lack of success.  Of course, the government will never point you in the right direction so it only took some months and a lot of personal time to uncover this.  This phenomenon where council after committee after working group relegate authority to each other is the leitmotif of our government which is constructed like the layers of an onion for the express purpose that you will hopefully go away.

Nevertheless I was informed that the Public Health Board is instrumental in changing Durham’s fluoridation policy since the city council would vote largely based on the recommendations from this board, who is composed of citizen “experts” from different disciplines. From this point on I made it my goal to educate the Durham Public Health Board, and hopefully get through to enough people to at least bring it to a citizen vote.

During this same time I contacted and began working closely with Steve Daniels & ABC news affiliate WTVD Channel 11, who followed me for a few months while they were producing an investigative report on community water fluoridation.

After some conversations with WTVD it was decided that my next formal step was to appear before the Durham Public Health Board and present the same information I had previously brought to the City Council’s attention.

On September 13th I made my first official appeal to the Durham County Health board after my initial report:

Thanks to my appearance on September 13 and the presence of local media, the Public Health Board began a formal inquiry into the subject and agreed to look further into the evidence.  Despite my reservations that this was just another hoop to jump through, I was quick to accept this as a partial victory since at least the subject was being discussed.  When you accept this is a battle for awareness discussion no matter how contrived can only be measured as success.

Jump Point

Then, on November 15, 2012 Durham Against Fluoride had it’s first major breakthrough thanks to the completion of WTVD’s 7.5 minute investigative report:

The reaction was overwhelming for me as well as the WTVD crew.  I watched Steve Daniel’s facebook receive thousands of likes, hundreds of comments and I was told personally by the Senior Producer that they had never in her time at WTVD experienced such a passionate response to a story they aired.  Anchorman Steve Daniels likewise sent me the following e-mail which pointed to a total success:

Corey –

I have been overwhelmed by the response to the story.

You get all the credit for getting the ball rolling on our end.  I appreciate your persistence in pushing us toward revisiting the issue.

We are working on another angle for February.

Let’s stay in touch about your efforts.

-Steve

In response to this negative media attention, the Water Management Department immediately created a job posting for a “Senior Public Affairs Specialist” who would be paid more than $65,000/year to actively combat my efforts to expose these basic truths about public water fluoridation.

Is Durham Water Management Division Preparing Pro-Fluoride Propaganda?

With the help of WTVD’s report I was immediately put in touch with fluoride activists from around the world.  More importantly I was able to network with local activists who also have a passion for this issue.  Thus began my cooperation and more formal collaboration with individuals from Wake County & Chapel Hill, resulting in the following reports and the creation of RaleighAgainstFluoride.com:

Building on the momentum almost one month after the publication of WTVD’s report, I appeared again at the Durham Public Health Board to encourage them to stand on the side of social justice in unison against community water fluoridation.  This was moments before they adjourned to have a closed-door meeting where they finalized the board’s next steps to address the citizen concerns on public water fluoridation.

Durham County Health Board: “We are reviewing the evidence”

The Hearing


On March 14, 2013 Approximately 16 months after my initial appearance at the Durham City Council I found myself before the Durham County Public Health Board a third time in what can only be described as the culminating event.  It is my sincere belief that this will serve as a secondary jump point for this effort towards a new, expanded level of awareness for the general public.

Due to the preceding 16 months of work exposing the fluoride deception in my area I was able to force the county health board to formally acknowledge and review this subject which they begrudgingly did in a contrived & organized fashion to simply perpetuate the status quo.

Keeping with the leitmotif of all corporate governments, the Durham county health board relegated their own logical/rational thinking capabilities to another committee of people in the form of an “expert panel.”

To my total lack of surprise, I found that the panel was cherry picked by the City to achieve a self-described “balanced” perspective on this issue.  In other words, the 5-person panel were with only one exception uniformly government-paid employees offering only their personal opinion and not any scientific facts whatsoever.  Later In this report you may even hear Department of Health Dental Chief Rebecca King actually cite one of her credentials as having been “a supporter of fluoridation.” Can that be put on a resume?

Before the proceedings began I was given 3 minutes to speak and unfortunately was not able to capture video of this.  I was unprepared to speak since the health board would not return my phone calls to find out who would be participating on the “expert panel,” so I simply responded in a reactionary way when my time came.

The following is a basic recall of what I stated to the board & the panel who was present:

Hi everyone, my name is Corey Sturmer. For those of you who don’t know me I have been speaking about public water fluoridation here in Durham for a little more than a year now.  During that year I have learned a lot about how government works and I hope to continue that today, as I understand we are having a hearing on this important subject known as community water fluoridation.
So to help make this a successful hearing I would like to urge you the board to ask the expert panel the most appropriate questions possible.  So I will just go down the list –

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Vicki Westbrook
vicki.westbrook@durhamnc.gov

Vicki Westbrook – She is the assistant director of the water management department.  You should ask her WHERE the water department purchases the fluoride that is added to our water.  If she is honest she will have to tell you that Williams Water Treatment Plant buys hydrofluorosilic acid from a fertilizer manufacturer named MOSAIC.  Hydrofluorosilicic acid is the byproduct of phosphate manufacturing and the city helps them dispose of it by bleeding it into our water.

So this is an important thing to ask Vicki and I am sure she will tell you this.

Timothy Wright
tim_wright@dentistry.unc.edu

Then we have Mr. Tim Wright & Rebecca King who are licensed Dentists.  When you are asking them questions be sure to ask if it is in their professional opinion because as a licensed dentist he is not permitted to answer questions about INGESTING fluoride – otherwise he would need to be an internal medicine doctor.  Anything else is just his personal opinion and remember, it is not JUST about the teeth since we are drinking the chemical and therefore exposing all of our cells to the effects of it.

I also see on the agenda several public health officials, and I know that the tendency of all city governments is to follow guidance from the public health department.  I think it’s important to remember that as much as they may mean well, it is not up to the public health department to decide what goes in our water – that is a decision for ALL of us – You, me and the rest of the citizens.  Do not be intimidated by the public health department either because there are dozens and dozens of examples where cities have ignored their state health department to cease fluoridation.

So if one thing could come out of this meeting it should be that we put this to a vote – and let the CITIZENS decide what goes into the public drinking water.  It is all of our decision, as health board members, public health officials or citizens living in durham – so we should let the citizens debate the facts and give them the chance to make an informed decision.  Thank you.

Setting the Stage for The Big Lie

In order to effectively brainwash the public health board, The Powers That Be carefully selected 5 individuals (4 present) who collectively paint a broad and deceptive enough brush stroke over the subject of water fluoridation so as to tranquilize any inquisitive mind that may see through their ragged arguments.

As if my 3 minute public comment did not ever happen, the chair of the Public Health Board James Miller can be heard below stating that “Anyone who interrupts will be forced to leave” with The Sheriff Deputy waiting patiently in the corner, clearly requested prior to the meeting in case the known antagonist (myself) were to make any public demonstrations of their deception.

This was an obvious way for the city to keep the panel’s opinion sterile, only to be taken in isolation of all external factors – like factual information from me.

As if insulated from the glaring truths of this issue, the self-concocted pro fluoride cheer-squad began their dreadful & irrelevant rambling on the efficacy of public water fluoridation.  Using tired old scripts from the Center for Disease Control, Public Health Department, and American Dental Association which have long been debunked on this site and others, these so-called “experts” offered nothing more than anecdotal evidence and circumlocution of the real core issues to do with the illegal medication of our public water supply.

Vicki Westbrook

vicki.westbrook@durhamnc.gov

First up was Vicki Westbrook who was mentioned previously in my speech and is one of the first persons I confronted on this journey.  She offered a mostly inert presentation essentially reiterating the very basic facts of what the Water Management Department does.

The Water Management Department is simply complicit with whatever the City Council says, who further take their mandates from other bureaucratic institutions like the Department of Public Health and the City’s own health board.  As such, Vicki’s position is more administrative than anything so I would not ever expect her to rock the boat.   I did find it interesting however when she states that the City of Durham began fluoridating due to a “Postcard vote in 1957,” which should give everyone pause.

Amy Keyworth

Next was Amy Keyworth who seems like a bright person but was obviously recruited for dubious reasons beyond her narrow perspective.  Amy is a hydrogeologist for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which means she is an expert on the groundwater of North Carolina.  As you can see in the video she presents some comprehensive data on natural fluoride concentration levels in North Carolina’s ground water, but does not draw any conclusions herself.   Her data taken as a solitary perspective is presented to the board without any elucidation as to how this relates to the issue I am raising – namely – the medication of our public drinking water with hydrofluorosilicic acid!  This should demonstrate either the corruption of the board or complete ignorance of those who picked the panel since groundwater has absolutely nothing to do with the mandated distribution of purchased chemicals.

The reason her presentation was totally irrelevant is exposed later in the hearing right before I am escorted out of the building by the sheriff.  The key point which my higher self forced me to explain is that it is NOT naturally occurring fluoride that is added to our water supply and therefore groundwater has nothing to do with this issue.

Amazingly this is not even HIDDEN on the Water Management Website yet it was obscured in the very hearing which I worked more than 1 year to produce!

As seen on DurhamNC.gov

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Rebecca King

(919) 707-5480
Rebecca.King@dhhs.nc.gov

Rebecca King is a Dental Advisor for the NC Department of Health and Human Services (Oral Health Division).  If you remember from earlier in this saga it was her colleague Kevin Buchholtz from the same division who originally attempted to rebut me during my March 22, 2012 appearance.  I wonder if Kevin was not available for this hearing or he was somewhat intimidated by the e-mail I sent him before my first appearance at the Durham Public Health meeting.  The following e-mail went unanswered and I never saw Kevin again, not even once:

To: Kevin.Buchholtz@dhhs.nc.gov

Date: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Subject: We Are Coming For You.

Kevin,

Your duplicitous endorsement of Fluoride is going to get you in trouble someday.

I hope to see you again soon,

https://durhamagainstfluoride.com/2012/09/13/special-event-thursday-september-13-at-durham-county-health-building/

Sincerely,

Corey

To Rebecca’s credit she may have one-uped Kevin with her defense of fluoridation so will be hearing from me likewise very soon.  I must admit this was a tall order when it was Kevin Buchholtz who, in his own argument, made a tacit admission that FSA leeches lead from pipe systems and gave his own daughter fluorosis.

Rebecca King’s defense of fluoridation will no doubt be one for the books:

“We drink fluoridated water and the trace levels of fluoride return to the mouth in the saliva where it provides topical protection  as teeth are continuously bathed by fluoride-rich saliva.”

Tim Wright

919-537-3955
wrightt@DENTISTRY.UNC.EDU

In a wide-ranging 7.5 minute stream of complete bullshit, local pediatric dentist Tim Wright makes short work debunking hundreds of scientific studies without providing a solitary shred of evidence other than his own highly fluoridated opinion.   His three main factors, “Safety, Effectiveness, & Cost” blatantly ignore the self evident ethical and legal problems with mass medication of the population which I point out in this article pursuant existing Federal Drug Administration Laws.  As I expected Tim Wright did not offer his professional opinion, only his personal one, since he is licensed as a dentist and not qualified to answer questions about how drinking Hydrofluorosilicic Acid affects the human body.

I expected very little from Timothy the moment I recognized him on the panel.

First – I always take offense when someone as FAT as Tim Wright lectures me about why I should be forced to drink fluoride when he is clearly so reckless with his own body.

Secondly – It immediately occurred to me that he was the one lone doofus defending fluoride in my WTVD report! 

According to my sources most people turned down the opportunity to appear on TV in support of Fluoride but Tim Wright volunteered himself.  This leads me to believe he is either monetarily invested in the perpetuation of fluoridation or he has constructed such an identity with fluoride through his misguided academic work that he is willing to defend it in a public forum rather than admit the bitter truth.

Before the meeting began I heard Tim Wright whisper to a colleague, “Are you ready to do battle?” as if he is on some kind of team.   Timothy – if you really want to do battle and seem to be so wrapped up in pushing fluoride then you should debate me in a public forum on Water Fluoridation.   I don’t even need the pretense of being a dentist in order to deconstruct your silly arguments.

Using sweeping generalizations and vague dictums Tim Wright in a most blanket manner discredits ALLscientific criticisms of fluoride ingestion but later admits that “we know fluoride is hazardous in high levels.”

Well Tim, if this fact is known even by the expert panel chosen to defend fluoridation then it is no surprise that the science of DOSAGE is completely lost on your humble mind.

When considering Fluoridation as a preventative medicine via ingestion the key factor which is incredibly lost on these dense people is not whether Fluoride is equitably delivered to the water…The most important factor is the equitable distribution to our human bodies!!

In decades of academic study has it never occurred to this imbecile that we all will naturally drink more or less water than one another?

These most basic facts are either totally lost on Timothy Wright or he is so blinded by his academic brainwashing that he refuses to see how outdated and discredited his perspective has become.  Sooner or later the bitter reality will catch up to Dr. Wright and I hope at that point he will offer a public apology to me and everyone else he taught in his ventures as a professor. 

I can tell you that I am already waiting for it.

Laura Gerald

The North Carolina State Director of Public Health was apparently too busy on the 14th to attend and defend fluoridation so I will dedicate very little space debating her vapid and empty written statements.  One only has to listen to Rebecca King read the redundant words of Laura Gerald to know instantly which agency’s script is being repeated ad nauseam.  Laura’s statements share stunning similarity to Rebecca and Kevin Buchholtz’ testimony so can only be taken as more personal opinions from the peanut gallery.  When are these people going to wake up and realize that they are just another person born on the planet like you and me?

I will say that there was a hilarious though pathetic effort made by Director of the Health Board Gayle Harris to use Laura’s African ethnicity as a way to legitimize or somehow overpower past statements made by me in September 2012.

My statements which were referenced previously in this report alluded to civil rights activists Bernice & Alveda King MLK Jr’s Relatives) who condemned community water fluoridation in numerous public statements. If you actually listen to what I say the statements were clearly meant as encouragement to the board to stand on the side of civil rights and social justice, not necessarily because those people were black.  By this metric it’s ironically Gayle Harris who is using the race card, whilst reflecting that inner truth on to me by insinuating I made some kind of “assertion” about black people.

Listen below as Health Board Chair Gayle Harris states with pride that Laura is “African American” which somehow must grant her magical powers that make fluoridation a healthy proposition:

The Culminating Event

I did not last very long in the question and answer period.  I began to notice some legitimate questions being asked but no legitimate answers being offered in return.  I could easily see the deception playing out before me which framed this substance FSA as an inert & natural substance.

The first such question was posed by James Miller, who asked Amy Keyworth if groundwater fluoride was the same substance that is added to Durham’s drinking water.

Her response was that Fluoride is an ion – so therefore it uniformly exists wherever it is found naturally.  This might be true in her area of expertise but her lack of contextual information on the policy of water fluoridation is exposed instantly when she and the other experts  nods her head “yes” to the question.

The bitter truth which the council hates me repeating is that our city forces each citizen to pay for a Class 8 Corrosive Substance, the waste product filtered off the smoke stacks of phosphate manufacturing, bled at a consistent rate of 1 ppm directly into your drinking water for over 60 years.  When one calculates the actual damage done by this practice, it can only be considered a crime against humanity.

The Aftermath

Since I was forced to leave the building and not return, I only had my girlfriend as a mole in the now private health board meeting to capture the event. Unfortunately at the time I was using her phone to record the sheriff escorting me out, so we do not have video or recordings of what ensued after I left.  I have decided to dedicate a separate post to recount and detail what happened afterwards according to my girlfriend Charlee’s witness testimony.  Stay tuned!

This Russia Today report on the 60-year long Fluoridation fraud is the most comprehensive, to-the-point exposé I have ever seen. Kudos to RT and the reporter here for tackling this controversial issue from a historical and factual point of view – the question remains however when governmental “authorities” reform their fossil thought process and become accountable for their misguided policy decisions. Unfortunately for the apathetic the bitter answer is that this will never change unless the people rise up and demand that their right to medical freedom be respected.

February 28, 2013 @ Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s Board Meeting

March 5, 2013 @ Raleigh City Council

On February 28 & March 5, I appeared in Chapel Hill & Raleigh respectively, along with several other patriots to educate the governing bodies of the new science and legal precedent that proves adding fluoride to the drinking water  is illegal & unhealthy if not killing us softly.  During my 3-5 minute speeches I referenced a recent lawsuit filed in the  District of Maryland where defendant and big-Agra conglomerate Nestlé were sued for damages stemming from the sale and marketing of Fluoride-Added Water products.  The 22-Page legal complaint is hosted at the bottom of this post, if you’re into that kinda thing.

Contrary to what you might call “conventional wisdom,” the damages cited were specifically listed as “dental fluorosis,” a known side effect of overexposure to ingested fluorides which causes white spotting and deterioration of the dental enamel.  But wait, I thought Fluoride was supposed to HELP your teeth, not hurt them?  Well therein lies the rub ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a SCAM!  The result of the lawsuit forced Nestle to begin re-branding and re-formulating their water products to REMOVE fluoride.  Even in isolation of all the other evidence – the simple fact that a lawsuit forced a mega-company like Nestle to rebrand their product makes a naturally strong statement against the use of fluoride to prevent cavities:

From This:

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To This:PureWater

This basic truth behind fluorosis and it’s causal relationship to ingested fluorides has been the leitmotif of this site since its inception.  This is especially relevant to me since I consider myself a sufferer of Fluorosis.  The self evident reality of white spots on my teeth and mottled molars was the inciting moment which originally motivated me to speak out about fluoridation in the first place and to be frank I didn’t originally believe I would find much.

After some due diligence when I began researching this issue in Durham, I was SHOCKED to learn our water treatment plant does not even DENY the fact that ingesting fluoride causes Fluorosis. How can they say in one breath that fluoride is good for our teeth but in the other breath say the opposite?

This basic truth was demonstrated in a very visceral way when I received the following material safety data sheet from Don Greeley, the Director of Durham’s Water Treatment Plant which is posted & highlighted below:

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As for the OWASA board members and their response to my speech?  Stay tuned @ DurhamAgainstFluoride.com where I will be posting more videos/articles about citizen patriots near YOU who are taking action against this crazy policy of dumping toxic waste into our water supply and calling it “medicine.”

Michelle Nemphos Complaint Against Nestlé

Nemphos Complaint Case 1:12-cv-02718-RDB by sturmhouse

At the February 5, 2013 Raleigh City Council meeting a growing number of citizens expressed their deep concern about the decades-long practice of adding hydrofluorosilicic acid to the public drinking water.  Among the evidence brought to the city council’s attention were new revelations about the city’s obligation to abide by current state and federal drug laws which they are currently violating by systematically introducing a medically intended product directly into the public drinking water.

Make your Voice Heard on My Raleigh Ideas – “Stop Medicating the Public Water Supply”

According to [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)] the Food and Drug Administration defines a drug as:

“articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease”

and

“articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals”

Since the City of Raleigh’s official position on public water fluoridation is that it is introduced to the water supply to prevent dental cavities (source), they are admitting openly to adding a medically intended drug directly into the water supply –without medical licensewithout prescription – and therefore are in violation of their own state medical laws by practicing medicine without a license.  The water department is not our doctor.

The truth of the matter is that fluoride is not an internal medicine but instead the industrial waste product resulting from the manufacture of phosphate fertilizer.  This was articulated and demonstrated during the December 4th Raleigh City Council meeting with an attached certificate of analysis from the Key chemical company who provides said fluoride to the city’s treatment plants.  See: BOMBSHELL – Raleigh City Council Sits Idle When Asked “Why are you Poisoning the People?”

The point is that there is no defense of adding fluoride to the water supply.  None.  Even if you agree that it is beneficial to drink citizens should be outraged at City’s bold policy of playing doctor through the public drinking water.

…And they are.

Watch below as Charlee Eades delivers her condemnation to the city council, reprimanding them for sitting in silence when concerned citizens bring legitimately pressing issues to their attention and also for poisoning her 3 year old Nephew every hour:

Owner of anti-fluoride Youtube Channel ToxicNCWater Marcus Hill, issues a cease and desist to the Raleigh City Council to stop poisoning the citizens via the public water supply and to defend the constitution of the United States:

In an effort to encourage the city to break the chain of command, Katie Haberman delivers an impassioned speech listing dozens of other municipalities who took the conscious approach to water treatment and eliminated fluoridation from their treatment schedule.

Make your Voice Heard on My Raleigh Ideas – “Stop Medicating the Public Water Supply”

If you live in the Triangle Area and want to put an end to this crazy practice CLICK HERE to get involved!