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Wayne and Cathy Justus raised show-quality quarter horses in California for years, and had a wall full of blue ribbons to show for it, when they moved their operation to beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in part to take advantage of the clean water .

The Justus Palette J Ranch quarter horses had always been healthy, but that good health stopped abruptly in 1985 when Pagosa Springs added silicofluoride chemicals to the municipal water supply. The Justus horses began to display many apparently unrelated symptoms that Wayne and Cathy were unable to classify, and, worse, baffled their veterinarian.

The first acute symptom after fluoridation was colic, the number one killer of horses, then Cushing’s syndrome, thyroid and other metabolic issues, skeletal fluorosis, hoof deformation, and more. Foals were dying, mares were dying. Eventually, Wayne and Cathy lost six beautiful show horses and four dogs.

In 2004, when Cathy finally had incontrovertible scientific proof that fluoride from municipal water caused the deaths, she became a tireless and effective campaigner for fluoride-free water. In 2005 Cathy’s efforts were crowned with success when Pagosa Springs stopped adding fluoridation chemicals to its water. Colic disappeared immediately and, although fluoride remained in the bones of the Justus horses, the other mysterious illnesses that Wayne and Cathy’s animals, and their neighbors animals, had suffered for twenty years began to abate.


Horse Care





Run Time

29 minutes


Wayne Justus (Self)
Cathy Justus (self)

Directed by

Dr. David Kennedy, DDS.

Director's Bio

Dr. David Kennedy is the Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He earned a BA is in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Kansas, and holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Kennedy, a Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, is a world lecturer to the dental profession on the safety of dental materials in the human body. His lectures include, among many others, addresses to the World Health Organization, the American Dental Society of Europe, the German BGD, and Brazil Rio Eco-Odonto. Dr. Kennedy was a presenter at the International Society for Fluoride Research XXI Conference on fluoride (Budapest), and participated in the Canadian Dental Association 1997 conference on the use of fluoride drops and tablets.

Dr. Kennedy produced and directed Poisoned Horses, a documentary about the effects of fluoridated water on the Palette J Ranch Quarter Horses of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. But Dr. Kennedy might be best known popularly for FLUORIDEGATE An American Tragedy, a feature-length documentary he produced and directed, revealing the tragedy of government, industry and trade associations protecting and promoting water fluoridation, a policy known to cause harm, especially to small children who suffer more damage from fluoridated water than any other segment of the population. (Running time 1:04:39)

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2014

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