Council approves fluoride resolution

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday adopted a resolution stating its opposition to a plan to add fluoride to the city's water supply.

A law passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2011 requires any city that serves more than 5,000 residents to add fluoride to its drinking water. Eureka Springs purchases its water from the Carroll Boone Water District, which is preparing to comply with the state law.

Opponents to fluoridation say that fluoride poses major health risks to humans. Several residents spoke against fluoridation at Monday's meeting.

"We cannot allow this to happen,"resident Valerie Hubbard Damon told the council. "Please, as people of influence, find a way to stall and stop this chemical warfare upon us and our grandchildren's future. We would be derelict in our duty now to turn a blind eye. Fluoride water is poison water."

The resolution adopted by the council asserts that the state law requiring fluoridation conflicts with other state laws protecting the health of Arkansas residents. The resolution will be sent to the Carroll Boone Water District Board.

The council also overrode a veto by Mayor Morris Pate and adopted an ordinance vacating a portion of Rock Street. The ordinance states that the city will receive and grant utility easements, giving Marble Flats LLC the opportunity to install utilities.

Instead of passing an ordinance refunding the outstanding 2008 and 2010 water sewer revenue to allow for the building of a new hospital, the council opted to propose a resolution to the Arkansas Allegiance Group LLC preceding a building contract. The resolution states that the city will support the water supply of a future hospital if Allegiance will commit to building the hospital.

Council members agreed to table further discussion on rezoning the old high school property.

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  • It is illegal for a doctor or a dentist to force anyone to take a drug or a chemical.

    It should be illegal for the government as well. Fluoride should not be added to drinking water, which forces everyone to consume it against their will. It affect the brain (lowered IQ), the bones (fractured hips), the thyroid gland, etc.

    The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water, more in the U.S. than the rest of the world combined. Data from the World Health Organization shows that the tooth decay rate in Europe is as good or better than any fluoridated country including the U.S., with over 70% fluoridation.

    -- Posted by jwillie6 on Thu, Jul 31, 2014, at 11:56 PM
  • 1. Fluoride at the optimal level is not a drug, and it is not "forced" upon anyone. Fluoride is a mineral which the FDA must classify as a drug for the sole reason of its stated use in water as a therapeutic rather than as a disinfectant. No other reason. As the EPA regulates all mineral additives to water, it is the EPA, not the FDA, which controls and regulates fluoride in water. Fluoridated water meets all NSF Standard 60 certification requirements as mandated by the EPA. There are no dosage requirements for fluoride, nor is there any need for such, any more than is there any need of dosage requirements of chlorine in water.

    2.Fluoride at the optimal level causes no adverse effects on IQ, hips, or anything else.

    "Conclusions. These findings do not support the assertion that fluoride in the context of CWF programs is neurotoxic. Associations between very high fluoride exposure and low IQ reported in previous studies may have been affected by confounding, particularly by urban or rural status."

    -----Community Water Fluoridation and Intelligence:

    Prospective Study in New Zealand

    Jonathan M. Broadbent, PhD, W. Murray Thomson, BSc, PhD, Sandhya Ramrakha, PhD, Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD,

    Jiaxu Zeng, PhD, Lyndie A. Foster Page, BSc, PhD, and Richie Poulton, PhD

    (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print May 15, 2014: e1--e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301857)

    "Overall, we found no association between chronic fluoride exposure and the occurrence of hip fracture. The risk estimates did not change in analyses restricted to only low-trauma osteoporotic hip fractures. Chronic fluoride exposure from drinking water does not seem to have any important effects on the risk of hip fracture, in the investigated exposure range."

    -----Estimated Drinking Water Fluoride Exposure and Risk of Hip Fracture

    A Cohort Study

    P. Näsman, J. Ekstrand, F. Granath, A. Ekbom, C.M. Fored

    Journal of Dental Research

    Received April 19, 2013.

    Revision received August 23, 2013.

    Accepted August 30, 2013.

    3. There are myriad causative and preventive factors involved with dental decay. To attempt to assess the effectiveness of but one preventive factor, fluoridation, based on a snapshot of data from the WHO, or anywhere else, which controls for no ludicrous and indicative of a profound lack of understanding of science and healthcare.

    Steven D. Slott, DDS

    -- Posted by Sslott on Fri, Aug 1, 2014, at 11:21 AM
  • Hey dr.tooth dude--first off "huh". If u brush ur teeth with toothpaste that is all the fluoride we need. No place for it in our water supply. Just sayin

    -- Posted by Tag!urit on Fri, Aug 1, 2014, at 2:56 PM
  • Hey Tag!urit--- like, wow, dude, you should like probably like go back to playing ur game of tag, and like leave healthcare decisions to the grownups.

    Steven D. Slott, DDS

    -- Posted by Sslott on Sat, Aug 2, 2014, at 7:43 AM
  • Hey slott do u own stock in a fluoride company? Does Durham against fluoride ring a bell to u? Maybe u and fluoride should stay in North Carolina where u belong and leave the decisions to the locals. Oh by the way---Tag u r it!

    -- Posted by Tag!urit on Sat, Aug 2, 2014, at 4:06 PM
  • Tagurit

    Oh, no, dude. Like, wow, I don't own any fluoride bout u? Ur mommy and daddy own any?

    Sure, Durham against fluoride is just down the road from me. Headed up by the Sturmer clown who keeps going around making a fool of himself regurtitating Connett's junk, about which he has no clue. I get a lot of laughs from his antics.

    Steven D. Slott, DDS

    -- Posted by Sslott on Sat, Aug 2, 2014, at 7:07 PM
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