Michael W. Easley, DDS, MPH
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
“No recantation of fraudulent claims could ever repay
the millions of American citizens for the pain, suffering, nutritional compromise,
economic loss, and social estrangement resulting from the widespread existence of dental disease
that could have been prevented if every community water system in the USA had been fluoridated
during the nearly 55 years in which the process has been available.”
— Michael Easley, DDS, MPH
Michael W. Easley, DDS, MPH, has been a prominent defender of community water fluoridation, fighting pseudoscientific claims against this public health marvel. This has made him a frequent target of anti-fluoridationists around the world.
Dr Easely worked as Dental Coordinator for the Public Health Dental Program, Bureau of Clinical & Preventive Practice Management, Division of Family Health, Florida Department of Health. He currently serves as the volunteer Director of the National Fluoridation Center at Oral Health America. He is also on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors for the American Council on Science and Health.
Dr Easley has a doctorate in dentistry from Ohio State University & a masters in dental public health administration from the University of Michigan. He completed a one-year public health leadership fellowship with the National Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of California-Berkeley and completed a two-year residency in Dental Public Health through the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Prior to coming to Florida, Dr Easley served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of International Health Management & Research Associates, a public health consulting firm. He recently served as a full-time Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, was a full-time Associate Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, served a term as Governor Brereton Jones' appointee in the position of Director of Environmental Health & Community Safety for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and served as the Commissioner of Health & Environment for the Middletown [Ohio] City Department of Health & Environment. He also served as the Associate Director of Clinics (and associate professor) at the University of Detroit’s School of Dentistry and managed a large hospital dental clinic affiliated with the University of Detroit, Wayne State University, and Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Dr Easley was Associate Director of Professional Relations for Procter & Gamble’s Health Care Products Division and Coordinator of Worldwide Pharmaceutical Research for Procter & Gamble’s Oral Care Research Section. He previously was Director of the Division of Dental Health for the Ohio Department of Health and also was Director of the Division of Dental Health for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. He served as a clinical general dentist in private practice and a clinical dental surgeon and hospital clinic manager in the US Navy and US Public Health Service.
Dr Easley has held a number of offices in national health and public health organizations, including President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Chair of the Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association, two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors, and two terms as President of the American Oral Health Institute. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks and monographs and has published more than one hundred articles in professional journals.
“Do your realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously
conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever
had to face?”
— from Dr. Strangelove (Hawk Films, 1964)
- The Antifluoridationist Threat to Public Health, with John E Dodes (ISM White Paper, 2012)
- “Fluoridation status of largest 50 U.S. cities,” Quackwatch, 2001.
- “Opposition to community water fluoridation and connections to the ‘alternative medicine’ movement,” Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, 2001 Winter; 5(1):24-31.
- “Community water fluoridation in America: the unprincipled opposition,” Dental Watch, 1999.
- Fluoridation: A Triumph of Science Over Propaganda American Council on Science and Health, 1996 Oct 10.
- “The status of community water fluoridation in the United States,” Public Health Reports, 1990 Jul-Aug; 105(4):348-353.
- “Dietary fluoride supplements: the Maryland physician’s role” (with SM Levy & RA Kuthy), Maryland Medical Journal, 1989 Jun; 38(6):493-496.
- Abuse of the Scientific Literature in an Antifluoridation Pamphlet, with CA Wult, KF Hughes & KG Smith (American Oral Health Institute, 2nd ed., 1988).
- “The new antifluoridationists: who are they and how do they operate?” Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 1985 Summer; 45(3):133-141. [abstract]
- “Caries levels and patterns in Head Start children in fluoridated and non-fluoridated, urban and non-urban sites in Ohio, USA” (with DC Johnsen, M Bhat, MT Kim, FT Hagman, LM Allee & RL Crredon), Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 1986 Aug; 14(4):206-210. [abstract]
- “Caries patterns in head start children in a fluoridated community” (with DC Johnsen, DW Schultz & DB Schubot), Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 1984 Spring; 44(2):61-66. [abstract]
- “Nutritional quackery, the health food industry and the antifluoridation movement,” Ohio Dental Journal, 1983 May-Jun; 57(5-6):19-26.
- Dental Health Programs for Correctional Institutions, with Richard L. Lichtenstein (Michigan Department of Corrections, 1979). [abstract]
In the news:
- “Fluoride facts and myths,” Kerns County Children’s Dental Health Network, 2005 Jul 15.
- “The Right warred against fluoride but now it's the Left Wing’s turn,” by Barry Newman, The Wall Street Journal, 2000 Apr 12.
- “The tooth is out there: fluoride opponents are setting up Santa Cruz to be a test case against the new state fluoridation law,” by John Yewell, Metro Santa Cruz, 1999 Feb 24.
- “UB’s Easley is ‘Enemy No. 1’ of anti-fluoride groups,” University of Buffalo, The State University of New York; 1999 Feb 15. [press release]
- “[Impressions] Drinking in the success,” by David G. Jones, Journal of the California Dental Association, 1999 Aug.
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