Flossing can be Murder (Update): Inventor becomes Victim
Jim Fetzer and Sean Dix
Sean Dix at “Occupy Wall Street”
Sean Dix has invented an ingenious device known as “the floss ring”. He brought it to Johnson & Johnson (hereafter “J&J”) in 1994, unaware that J&J had been attempting to develop a similar product of its own, but without success. That began a series of horrendous experiences that culminated on 21 December 2009, with an apparent attempt on his life by means of a massive injection of flouride administered by his long-time dentist. He has made heroic attempts to expose the malfeasance by J&J by contacting local and state authorities. As you will read here, they now include efforts to file charges for attempted murder that have reached as high as the offices of Manhattan District Attorney then Robert Morganthau/now Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the Office of the Attorney General then Andrew Cuomo of the State of New York, and even the Office of then Governor David Paterson/now Andrew Cuomo of New York.
On Sunday, 5 December 2010, Sean Dix, the inventor of the Floss Ring, sent the following letter to the prominent law firm of Dear, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Lason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C., which lays out the basic elements of his story. To facilitate easy of reading, I have done some stylistic editing and added a few graphics. I have found his history so compelling that I interviewed him as my featured guest on “The Real Deal” on Friday, 1 April 2011, where the interview is archived at http://radiofetzer.blogspot.com. But there is nothing the least bit “April Foolish” about what he has had to endure. This is such a stunning example of corporate corruption that I am going to devote several blogs to exposing it. Lest anyone doubt that Sean had invented something of great interest and potential value, here, as a preface, is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The New York Times:
The New York Times
Business Day… Monday, November 16, 1998
Patents – Sabra Chartrand
“An entrepreneur hopes that sterilized dental floss will encourage people to keep their teeth cleaner.”
Many people dislike flossing their teeth and do so irregularly. Flossing has such a bad image that people tend to floss erratically even when they understand that it is the only way to really clean below the gum line. But Sean Dix is hoping that those people who do use dental floss will prefer a sterile product. Mr. Dix is a former diamond cutter turned inventor who won a patent a few years ago for inexpensive plastic rings that aid flossing. He had trouble flossing himself because of a skin condition: wrapping thin floss around his fingers irritated them. So he designed the rings, won a patent, quit his diamond-cutting job and became a full-time floss entrepreneur. Now Mr. Dix, who lives in New York, is expanding his business to include his newly patented sterile dental floss. His latest invention started when he learned how floss is traditionally manufactured….”
Elderly woman with Sean’s J&J flyer on Wall Street
Ironically, “Occupy Wall Street” has created an opportunity for Sean to interact with a concerned and supportive audience. He has handed out thousands of his flyers. His story of the exploitation of an individual by a powerful corporation resonates with those who are there is protest the abuse of the people by bankers and traders who are only interested in enrichening themselves, no matter what the cost to the American public. He has been interviewed by reporters from many nations, but not by ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN, which flee as soon as they notice the name of “Johnson & Johnson”. As I have explained to Sean, this may be because their airing of his charges against J&J might trigger a lawsuit by that company against them. That they have not put him on the air, therefore, does not mean that they would not be equally disturbed by what his experiences have to tell us about life in Amerika, the new fascist state blending big business with big government and dominating the media with propaganda and misinformation.
Here is my first but not my last interview with Sean on 8 April 2011, “Corporate Corruption Extraodinaire”,
and my subsequent interview with Mary Sparrowdancer on 27 April 2011, who has championed his cause:
For more about this case, search “Sean Dix poison”, including especially the virtually complete records of his astonishing case.
Sean’s Story (told in the first-person)
In 1993 I invented “Floss Rings” and the first truly Sterilized Floss.
In 1994 I offered them to J&J not knowing that J&J had lied by falsely advertising its own floss as “Sterilized and Surgically Clean” 120 years ago as one of the longest false-ad campaigns in corporate history.
Few know that J&J helped underwrite the first Food and Drug Act of 1906 to ensure that this lie, among others, would not be exposed. On 30 September 2010, the Congressional Oversight Committee had J&J and the FDA answering questions about J&J’s largest recall in corporate history. It’s no mystery as to why J&J was reprimanded along with the FDA together, since J&J had been instrumental in the creation the FDA.
I own 55 years worth of these false floss ads–more than the ADA and Google combined. Here are some samples of its false advertising from 1906, 1912, and 1921:
Johnson & Johnson’s “ABSOLUTELY ASEPTIC” floss (1906)
Johnson & Johnson’s “guaranteed surgically clean” (1912)
Johnson & Johnson’s “Surgically Clean Floss” (1921)
The floss discovery led me to uncover the biggest of J&J’s misrepresentations, namely: that J&J had founded its company with the first “Sterilized Sutures” beginning in 1887. (You can visit J&J’s website for its own “History”.)
I have every J&J ad from January to October 1887, where J&J did not advertise in November or December of that year. All ten months in 1887 are full page advertisements for “Zonweiss Dental Cream”. J&J claims as of this date to have pioneered Sterilized Sutures beginning in 1887. The truth is that J&J’s first ad, which appeared in January 1887, had a “Gulliver’s Travels” theme ending in October 1887 with a witch, who was selling “Zonweiss Dental Cream”.
Sterilized sutures would not come for several more years and only after J&J had exhausted its advertisements for the failed Zonweiss Dental Cream. J&J had to finally get serious and come up with something that was useful. They did, but it took over a decade to perfect sutures and, as you can see, even today they are still recalling them because of contamination issues, so they never really did even get that right.
Of course this has nothing to do with J&J’s Cat-A-Logs from the 1950s, where J&J mockingly joked about selling “Contaminated Sutures” in their Ethicons Suture Catalogs. (See Ethicon Catalog 1 and Ethicon Catalog 2). That was in poor taste even in 1950, but with people dropping like flies from J&J’s products in hindsight, that is probably something J&J would prefer I hadn’t found with several original volumes, with each picture and caption worse than the next.
Needless to say, J&J had and still has a vested interest in keeping me silent and off the market, which they have done for the most part for the past 14 years to everyones detriment, beginning with influencing CNN to air a hatchet job on my company on 12 June 1996, which was one week before my “FlossRings” were placed in the National Museum of Dentistry, where they are additionally listed under “George Washington’s Ivory Teeth” as one of its 32 permanent public exhibits.
The Pursuit of Justice
My pursuit of justice eventually appears to have led J&J to have an operative contact me to threaten my life by describing the numerous ways that I could be killed and make it look like an accident or suicide. Poisoning was mentioned more than any other method–and several times. This was unsettling as I had originally offered my patents to J&J, where its unethical negotiating practices had prompted me to end discussions with them. Concerned about these death threats thinly disguised as “worldly advice”, I contacted as many of the proper authorities as possible, only to be ignored at the mention of CNN or J&J. I have included three clips of over ten mentions of how I could be killed. [Co-author’s note: several of them were played during the interview on “The Real Deal” on Friday, 1 April 2011, which can be accessed above and at http://radiofetzer.blogspot.com.]
Supporting expert documentation
Frustrated with having my business ruined on CNN and being threatened for pursuing justice and being ignored on both complaints, I felt I had no choice but to document it for the public record by forcing their hand. Seven months after becoming tired of looking over my shoulder, I generated a federal trial by issuing a letter containing threatening language designed to generate a trial to expose the true threats that were made against me insofar as the government was doing nothing on my behalf. My intentions to get into court by violating positive law were not only described in my letter but were explained to Joel Klein–the head of the Federal Anti-Trust Division at the time–in a letter prior to the letter that generated my trial. The arresting detective by the name of “Everett” even testified that this was my stated purpose and that he was had been hired by CNN to try and prevent my letter from going out before I faxed it. They all knew.
I was arrested and finally had a day in court because the government had refused to listen any other way. The federal judge and prosecutor did everything possible to tilt my trial in their favor beginning with introducing me to the jury pool with my hands behind my back being escorted by two correctional officers. I was offered “time served” but declined in favor of documenting the truth for history. Needless to say, I was railroaded and spent a year in jail and was put on probation where my court ordered psychologist, Dr. Caffery, agreed on tape that he believed that what J&J did was criminal and that he was willing to “bet money on it” along with the fact that he knew I generated my trial to expose what happened to me and that the government had further harmed me, knowing full well why I had generated my trial. He stated that he could do something about it, but he, like everyone else. chose not to; so I stopped going to him, which prompted my re-arrest one calender year to the day later.
Another Miscarriage of Justice
This time Federal Judge Clarence Cooper acknowledged on transcript that he knew that I had generated my trial to expose what happened to me and that Turner (CNN) had perpetuated a wrong upon me, but still sent me to prison–this time for another year–stating that at some point I had to give up my campaign for truth and justice. I found it especially ironic to be lectured on giving up by a black judge (Clarence Cooper) in Atlanta, no less, the home of the civil rights movement whose struggles had eventually afforded him his lofty position only by not giving up. In prison I suffered a severe MRSA infection, which I believe was intentionally given to me and lasted for a solid year after my release. This may have actually been the first attempt on my life, since some of the boils were so severe I almost passed out; but I refused to go to the doctor on the prison compound, fearing that they were waiting for me to show up. Pulling out boils the size of marbles with no anesthetic in a prison with inadequate medical supplies was an experience I would not wish even upon those who gave me the experience.
When Governor Paterson replaced Elliott Spitzer, I sent him a package with the death threats and supporting documentation in the hopes that he would open an investigation. He sent back a letter stating for the first time that my difficulties were a “criminal matter”. This was the first time any government official had ever classified what has happened to me as a criminal matter and instructed me to contact District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, which I did three times over the next year-and-a-half via certified mail. DA Morgenthau never responded and, when I called to follow up, I was told that the DA’s office didn’t care what the Governor thought.
On 25 February 2009, I contacted Lucinda Franks, Morgenthau’s wife, in an attempt to reach Morgenthau. (I have Lucinda Franks’ E-mail.) I had no other agenda other than to reach him but, two days later, I read in Crains, NY, that Morgenthau would be ending his re-election bid. I later explained this to a State Supreme Court Justice, who personally knows Morgenthau, who told me he would look into it. When I subsequently saw the Justice, who refers to me as his friend, he told me, “You did it!”, in reference to our conversation about Morgenthau days earlier; and I believed him, even though I had no intention of ending his re-election bid. I simply wanted him to address my concerns.
A notice about Floss Rings from PREVENTION Magazine (November 1997)
The Attempted Murder
Six months after my last letter to Morgenthau in April 2009, I was poisoned at my dentist’s office. The date was 21 December 2009. I was given a syringe full of fluoride sublingually that left me unable to hold a conversation that night with a friend who had called me. I was in a fluoride induced stupor for the next 17 days. I recorded all of my calls with my dentists office beginning the next morning; I was lied to over 40 times by being told that no fluoride was used until she slipped and admitted using fluoride twice two weeks later. I have in total 17 conversations with no less that 60 confirmed lies including the “smoking gun” that fluoride had been used on me. I even saved my urine the morning after as it was the darkest urine I had ever seen in my life. It was blood I was urinating.
My urine later forensically tested positive for fluoride with levels of 160-132mg/L (the EPA standard being 1mg/L or lower), while my creatinine levels were 5636mg/L, which is indicative of acute kidney failure. The normal range is 300-3000 where 1000 mg/L being the normal range. My kidneys, eye sight, bones, and other body parts have been affected, even though, fortunately, I continue to recover due to my diet of primarily raw fruits and vegetables. I have been told that my alkaline diet is what saved me and that I should be dead, with no doubt, where others have died with less fluoride in their urine.
On 27 January 2010, I tried to file criminal charges, but was basically discouraged by the NYPD and the FBI; and, after contacting the DA’s office, I left a voicemail message that was never returned. I was told by the NYPD to get a lawyer to bring this case to the DA; but the lawyers I spoke with would not touch my case unless I could have a toxicologist summarize the raw forensics. I found a toxicologist who agreed to provide a narrative and began asking for more data without ever giving me a cost or completion estimate. Six months into this ordeal, I was told that the toxicologist wanted to publish my case in a peer review journal and in her book, at which point I felt awkward saying “No” after she supposedly had been working on her narrative for six months.
A False Criminal Complaint
Eventually the dentist who knew she was being privately investigated filed a false criminal complaint stating that I threatened to kill her no doubt citing my previous case. On 31 August 2010, I was threatened with arrest by a detective named “Morales” from her precinct, who sounded more like a friend of hers who was attempting to intimidate me and who told me that my charges would not be entertained at their precinct, the 19th.
I then asked the toxicologist to please contact the DA’s office to let him know that she was working on a narrative and would soon conclude it, since she had finally set a deadline of 1 September 2010, which came and went without the narrative as promised. The toxicologist told the Special Prosecutor, Thomas Wornom, that she would be ruling that I was poisoned but that she was also going to publish it in an article and subsequently promised him a copy of the narrative before I was to receive it, which I objected to since the DA’s office had all but ignored everything that led up to my being poisoned.
This led to a rift that was not to be resolved when the toxicologist changed our agreement yet again by stating that she wanted to provide the narrative as a “private letter” to the DA, which, in my opinion, was to protect the publishing rights which had now apparently superceded my request for a one page statement from our first meeting in February 2010, which I needed to have in order to file charges as instructed, so I could discover exactly what kind of fluoride compound I was poisoned with, how much and why. I believe J&J is behind it but that needs to be proven in court through a real investigation.
The Toxicological Report
Eventually I had to hire another toxicologist to review the same forensic data and found Dr. Michael J. Norvell, a Board Certified Toxicologist with 25 years experience, who was able to provide a simple one page statement of fact that I had suffered a classic case of fluoride poisoning and that finding out exactly what the fluoride compound was and how much was critical to my current and future health. I submitted his report (see Flossrings.rtf & CV1.rtf) on 26 November 2010 via fax and followed up monday morning asking whether Thomas Wornom had questioned the dentist Diana Deidan to find out what exactly she poisoned me with, how much and why. I was unable to reach him until Thursday, 2 December 2010, when Thomas Wornom told me that he had not questioned Diana Deidan and had no intention of questioning her and that I should seek a civil attorney.
Stunned at this blatant disregard for my life even after a Board Certified Toxicologist had ruled that I was poisoned, I called the next morning 3 December 2010 and spoke with Jeanette Molina in Cyrus Vance’s office to explain that a Board Certified Toxicologist had issued a statement that I had suffered a classic case of fluoride poisoning, while the dentist is clearly on record denying it over 40 times before admitting it twice and then denying it again, after I have been threatened with being poisoned and spent two years in prison for attempting to expose it!
Of special note : Several days after I was poisoned I ran into the Supreme Court Justice with whom I had conversed about Morganthau. Upon seeing me, he looked as if he had seen a ghost. His body language immediately registered as someone who did not expect me to be walking around and he has since avoided speaking with me at all costs. And this is a man knows Morgenthau personally. What am I to make of that?!
Reflections on My Death
A poster fitting the occasion
If I am to be openly murdered in the not too distant future, I would like a few facts to be known.
I have tried to be a productive citizen but this has been denied in every way possible or the past 14 years.
After living with the threat of premature death for simply trying to fulfill my potential and enjoy the fruits of my labor, I have been unconstitutionally incarcerated and finally poisoned in similar manner to that which I was threatened with. I have suffered the near total loss of all but my physical life and that is still not guaranteed. This is not a life, and I believe that the functions of these various methods of social isolation, financial ruin, intentional poisoning and then denial of any justice is designed to push me over the edge so that I may be murdered “legitimately” by this government .
Unfortunately for this government, I am no murderer and I will not give them an opportunity to destroy what I have tried to build and offer humanity, which has been clinically proven to be as effective as the toothbrush if not more so. Valued at over $250 million a year by Florida State University (using figures supplied by J&J), one would think the government would want to see me thriving instead–but apparently not. There is no shame dying or being murdered for trying to live in peace and contributing to humanity with whatever talents one has the potential to offer. There is shame in never living for any other purpose than to deprive others of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the fruits of their labor.
For the Firm
I believe I have a solid case against the City, & State of New York, Robert Mogenthau, the current DA’s office, J&J, and many others, where my purpose for contacting you is two-fold:
I hope you [Co-author’s note: the firm to whom this letter, in its original version, was directed] can take my case on contingency, given the overwhelming proof that I have backed up in multiples at the minimum to prevent being wiped out as I have almost been and you can do the right thing by not only me but humanity or you can recuse yourselves, as you might have to defend the current DA, in which case this will serve as a sample discovery for you to digest. I believe in transparency and so I have no problem sharing all of my files with anyone J&J included. That is what a fair trial would consist–a comparison of facts available to both sides.
On a final note. I have been told that I was responsible for Morgenthau stepping down, even though that wasn’t remotely on my mind. I am curious to know what a serious effort might yield along with irrefutable facts in an article that is soon to be posted. The last one can be found googling “CNN J&J” where you should find, “Sean Dix: The American Dream and Justice, Part One”, by Mary Sparrowdancer. “Part Two” was nearing its completion when I was poisoned. Now my story has become even more convoluted. Truth is stranger than fiction.
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.
The FlossRing Company
145 East 15th Street 12-A
New York, NY 10003
P.S. I forgot to mention that the 86 year old holocaust survivor whose shop I learned the jewelry business in some 25 years ago right around the corner from your office on 47th street stated right off the bat that J&J must have been behind my being poisoned without any prompting on my part.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Sean Dix is the inventor of “The Floss Ring” and a dedicated American who stands up for the principles on which this nation was founded.