Atlanta Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation

To make further progress in halting fluoridation of public water supplies will require a grassroots effort. This is not just a major health danger but also a civil and human rights issue of being force-drugged without informed consent without FDA-approval, all the while being told it is safe and effective. So I was thrilled to see this News Release come across my desktop. Perhaps this will stoke the fires now burning throughout more states.–Mr. Augie

Former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and

Prominent Pastor Gerald Durley Call for Repeal of Fluoridation Law in GA

Citing concern that fluoridated water disproportionately harms poor citizens and black families, influential Atlanta civil rights leaders Andrew Young and Gerald Durley are calling on top Georgia legislators to repeal Georgia’s mandatory water fluoridation law.

Young and Durley recently sent letters to legislators Chi! p Rogers, Robert Brown, Larry O’Neal, and Stacey Abrams, the majority and minority leaders in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives.

Ambassador Young and Dr. Durley are both inductees in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta. In their letters they expressed concerns about issues of fairness, safety, and disclosure related to fluoride chemicals in drinking water.

Increasing numbers of cities are examining the risks of adding fluorides to water to help prevent cavities after a 2006 National Research Council report documented volumes of research never conducted on the whole-body safety of fluorides and fluoridation.

Information in the report appeared in stark contrast to decades of assurances from fluoridation promoters that fluoridation has been extensively researched. The NRC report also described fluoride risks for babies, kidney patients, diabetics, and seniors, and set the stage for a little-publicized change of stance by the Centers for Disease Control on baby formula.

CDC now says that parents can use low-fluoride water when mixing milk formula to reduce the risk of permanent teeth staining caused by fluorides.!

The Gerber company is selling an unfluoridated bottled water so parents and caregivers can avoid using fluoridated water in formula. Bottled water may not be a feasible solution for many families, however.

In a personal letter sent to the Georgia legislators, Ambassador Young wrote, “I am most deeply concerned for poor families who have babies: if they cannot afford unfluoridated water for their babies’ milk formula, do their babies not count? Of course they do. This is an issue of fairness, civil rights, and compassion. We must find better ways to prevent cavities, such as helping those most at risk for cavities obtain access to the services of a dentist.”

He also stated, “My father was a dentist. I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation.”

Dr. Durley’s letter addressed disproportionate fluoride harm to black citizens’ teeth, and noted that with disproportionate amounts of kidney disease and diabetes in the black co! mmunity, blacks are more impacted by fluorides.

He stated, “We also need to know why the full story about harm from fluorides is only just now coming out. I support the holding of Fluoridegate hearings at the state and national level so we can learn why we haven’t been openly told that fluorides build up in the body over time (and) why our government agencies haven’t told the black community openly that fluorides disproportionately harm black Americans…“

Others are also concerned about harm to minority citizens and sensitive populations.

In an April 6th letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, the President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology noted, “The recent Health & Human Services attempt to somewhat lower the amount of fluorides in drinking water still does not address the fact that poor and minority families will be ingesting more fluorides than others, and it does not address dose – merely concentration in water.”

IAOMT President Matt Young also stated, “We do not wish to shoulder the responsibility of people thinking that dentists could possibly know how much fluoride each person has ingested systemically…”

A recent article in an American Association for Justice newsletter for trial lawyers described potential upcoming fluoride legal actions based on personal injury, consumer fraud, and civil rights harm.

In February a group of Republican and Democrat Tennessee legislators sent a letter to the State’s Health Commissioner describing worries about the impacts of fluoridation on babies and other groups.

Daniel G. Stockin of The Lillie Center Inc., a Georgia-based firm working to end the practice of fluoridation, salutes the leaders now speaking out on the issue.

“Ambassador Young and Dr. Durley see the potential implications of fluorides building up over time in our bones and joints, that seniors should know about this. They see the common sense arguments against fluoridation, such as the fact that poor families should not be forced for financial reasons to use fluoridated water in their babies’ formula.”

Now that the liability and health risks are better understood, Stockin foresees even more community leaders speaking out against fluoridation.


Reference Links / Sources:

* Letter to CDC Director from IAOMT President Matt Young:

* Letter from Dr. Gerald Durley:

* Letter from Ambassador Young:

* Fluoridation Litigation Article in American Association for Justice newsletter:

* Info on Gerber® unfluoridated water for mixing milk formula – note: click on “Product Features”:! ter.aspx

* Photos of dental fluorosis: – note: see both pages of photos

* National Research Council info on kidney patients and others as fluoride-susceptible groups – see p. 350 ff at:

* Fluoride health effects database and professionals petition to end fluoridation:

* Disproportionate harm to minorities -see Table 23:

11 responses to “Atlanta Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt to Water Fluoridation

  1. Good! I’m glad to see powerful people stepping up to the plate on this one.

  2. Great article, Augie. If you read the pro-fluoride literature, and studies about fluoride (which are few), the arguments is ALWAYS, that it is in the water to PROTECT the low income children from getting cavities. Yet, in cities where the water has been fluoridated for 50 years, the cavities are the highest among the minority groups- and- there are few Medicaid dentists to help those children. The states do not reimburse dentists sufficiently for them to be interested. I say that the schools should take up the slack- and not to give fluoride treatment and tablets- but to address the cavities themselves and real prevention measures- such as giving them real food lunches- not tater tots and hot dogs.


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    The F crime is mass forced medication with FSA/fluoride,arsenic,lead even now
    that CDC concedes that babies should not be fed infant formula made with
    fluoridated water.

    I’ll get to the “race card” twist, but first…


    >> “The spectacle of FAN Exec. Director Paul Connett, PhD enthusiastically
    >> announcing that people are voting the poison out of the water amounts to
    >> promotion of the fraudulent
    >> notion that people may vote to put the poison IN the water which is
    >> exactly what happens when, from the perspective of the anti-fluoridation
    >> crowd, such votes ‘fail.'”
    >> Excerpted from Dr. Gastaldo’s Open Letter to Mike Anton at the LA Times:
    >> The
    >> F crime: ‘Nobody drags anyone to a faucet’

    (‘Nobody drags anyone to a faucet’ is a reference to the QUILES decision in
    which the Florida Supreme Court rubberstamped a lower court’s fraud that
    fluoridation is not medication because Florida cities intend the poison for
    FAUCETS – not blood streams. I only learned of the Florida faucet fraud when
    FAN’s Paul Connett would not answer my question as to whether he suspects child
    abuse and why he was not urging people to report the crime. Connett suspects
    the crime is causing LIMB AMPUTATIONS in some boys – yet he will not report.
    It’s most bizarre. See below.)

    Excerpted from The F crime: Now a ‘race card’ twist to the FAN voting fraud: Babies – esp. Black babies

    • In defense of Dr. Connet, I would not encourage people to report F-ing up the water as a crime. It would not be effective. Getting people to doubt the benefits of Fluoride and the ethics of medicating people without informed consent, without controlling the dose and without proper medical evaluation and followup is something people can easily accept. The unethical practice is easy to be understood and the fact there are many side-effects, some permanent.

  5. Carolyn S. Weddington

    It’s about time for black leaders to defend their children and demand an end to fluoridation. A summer 2010 study by the Indiana University School of Dentistry,, showed that more black children in the study developed dental fluorosis than white children, despite, according to the report, “Less African American children reported having used fluoride supplements in the past. White children began brushing their teeth at an earlier age.” Studies have shown that minority groups, especially, are lactose intolerant; therefore, they have greater difficulty obtaining sufficient calcium in their diets. According to, Unicef’s position is that “A diet poor in calcium…increases the body’s retention of fluoride.” The anti-fluoridation movement needs more black leaders to get involved in organizing mass civil rights protests demanding informed consent and an end to mandatory water fluoridation.

    • I could not agree more. Black leaders are in touch with their community and can create a firestorm of grassroots movement to create more noise on this subject. Thanks for you comment and the link, Carolyn.

  6. Great Move !! Appreciate the efforts !

    I wish Leaders in Minnesota will step forward and STOP water FLUORIDATION.
    I hope the day comes soon !!!

  7. I used to work for an aluminum smelter. While researching fluoride, I discovered that Alcoa was behind the move to add fluoride to drinking water. Evidently, it is a by-product of aluminum mining. It is also a carcinogen. By adding it to the water of millions, they could avert lawsuits as to it’s hazardous nature by simply stating, “Look how many people injest it every day and not everyone is getting cancer.” I’m not sure how accurate this information is, it’s been about 10 years since I studied it.

    • Part of the con was to make fluoride appear as a natural and safe compound–but I would think that was a side benefit also. But one that DOD, aluminum and fertilizer industries were concerned about make F look OK for the environment.

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