TRIBUTE TO JOHN YIAMOUYIANNIS (1943-2000)
Translation from the Japanese Journal of Fluoride Research, No. 19, Nov. 2000, p. 1, excerpts…
Dr John Yiamouyiannis, biochemist and founder of the Safe Water Foundation, USA, died October 8, 2000, passing away peacefully in sleep at his home in Delaware, Ohio, surrounded by members of his family.
Undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and afterward, in 1967; PhD in biochemistry at the University of Rhode Island. Postdoctoral research at Western Reserve Medical School; became a biochemical editor at Chemical Abstracts Service. There, he became aware of the health-damaging effects of fluoride. His opposing water fluoridation prompted efforts by the National Institute of Dental Research to have CAS silence him or risk losing substantial US Public
Health Service funding. He resign from the CAS.
His experience is described in his book, Fluoride the Aging Factor.
Dr Ys studies with Dr Dean Burk to determine whether cancer death rates increased after fluoridation in the 1950s caused great concern among many Americans and prompted Congressional hearings in 1977 followed by a 21-day court trial in Pennsylvania. There the presiding judge was compellingly convinced of the adverse effects of fluoridation and ordered its halt as a public health hazard. His decision, however, was overruled on jurisdictional grounds, and at an administrative level fluoridation policy remained unchanged.
Tohru Murakami, DDS, PhD
Editor, Japanese Journal of Fluoride Research
Gunma-ken, 371 0037, Japan