DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Corey Sturmer didn’t know much about fluoride in his drinking water until a year ago, when his dentist told him he has fluorisis, a condition that causes white spotting, yellowing and browning of the teeth, and erosion of the enamel.
“I asked my dentist … is there fluoride in the drinking water? And he said, yeah … it’s good for your teeth. So then I began to wonder, if it’s so good for your teeth, why am I, at 25 years old, having all these issues with my teeth?” Sturmer said.
Sturmer was a college athlete. He eats healthy food and exercises. He started doing research and found evidence that convinced him fluoride might not be as safe as he was led to believe. He came across an I-Team story ABC11 did five years ago in which a Durham dentist told us he believed we’re getting too much Fluoride.
“Fluoride in the water is essentially a drug. It’s an uncontrolled use of a drug,” offered dentist Michael Fleming.
Sturmer said what he learned made him take action.
“That motivated me to reach to you and to continue spreading the word and building up the website and talking to people,” said Sturmer.
Sturmer developed a www.durhamagainstfluoride.com website and took his cause to the Durham County Health Department. He’s also raising awareness by putting information on cars in downtown Durham.
Sturmer said he’s so concerned about the issue that he filters his tap water. His crusade may be limited to Durham, but he’s not alone in his fight. A movement to ban fluoride in drinking water is heating up across the country.