Stephen A. Dean Collection

Since the 1960s, the chiropractor Stephen Dean has been one of the leading activists in Massachusetts opposing fluoridation of the water supply. Based in Springfield, he has been an effective organizer in antifluoridation campaigns in communities around the state, arguing against fluoridation both as a medical hazard and a violation of individual choice. In 2005, he led the successful effort to strike down a state mandate to fluoridate all civic water supplies.

This small collection contains a handful of articles and clippings collected by the activist Stephen A. Dean regarding fluoride and the fluoridation of water supplies, and a note offering his expert perspective to journalists writing about the controversy.

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Background on Stephen Dean

Since the 1960s, the chiropractor Stephen Dean has been one of the leading activists in Massachusetts opposing fluoridation of the water supply. Based in Springfield, he has been an effective organizer in antifluoridation campaigns in communities around the state, arguing against fluoridation both as a medical hazard and a violation of individual choice.

As President of Massachusetts Communities for Pure Water and of the Save Our Water Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Fluoride Action Network, Dean was well connected to the national antifluoridation movement. Freedom of choice, he argued, stood high in his philosophy. "We believe fluoridation violates health freedom, the freedom to choose what chemicals go into our body," he was quoted as saying during debate over fluoridation of the water supply in Woburn in 2002. "I believe in the freedom of people to choose against fluoridation."[1] Later he added: "I don't base my resistance to fluoride on science. I base it on common sense. Even if it has no ill effects -- which it does -- I would not force anybody to take a chemical through the water supply for the rest of their life."[2]

In 2005, Dean led the successful effort to strike down a state mandate to fluoridate all civic water supplies.

Contents of Collection

This small collection contains a handful of articles and clippings collected by the activist Stephen A. Dean regarding fluoride and the fluoridation of water supplies, and a note offering his expert perspective to journalists writing about the controversy.

Collection inventory
Dean, Stephen A.: The war over the water -- the fluoride resistance
undated
Folder 1
Fluoridation: the other side of the story [www.saveourwater.org]
2016
DVD
Folder 2
Hirzy, William: Antifluoridation petition
2013
Folder 3
Newsclippings
1983, 2005
Folder 4
Photographs
undated
Folder 5
Sarno, Dominic
2015
Folder 6
The facts about fluoride
ca.2015
Folder 7
Water fluoridation chemistry: articles
2016
Folder 8
Water fluoridation: Massachusetts
2015-2016
Folder 9
Water fluoridation: non-Massachusetts
2016
Folder 10

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Gift of Stephen A. Dean, Feb. 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, June 2017.

References

  1. 1. Woburn Advocate, 2002 July 31 [accessed June 22, 2017]
  2. 2. Smith, Stephen, "Fluoridation is still a hard sell in Massachusetts," Boston Globe Sept. 29, 2010 . [accessed June 22, 2017]

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Stephen A. Dean Collection (MS 979). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Antifluoridation movements--Massachusetts
  • Springfield (Mass.)--History

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  • Photographs