Opt-Out Bill Likely Wouldn’t Change Fluoride Addition In Greenwood; Fort Smith Unsure

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FORT SMITH AND GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A proposed opt-out bill making its way through the state Legislature may not stop some local River Valley cities from adding fluoride to their water supply, according to city officials.

House Bill 1355 passed the Arkansas House of Representatives on Feb. 19 and now heads to the state Senate. It would allow water suppliers to opt out of a previous law that required Arkansas cities to add fluoride to their water if they supply more than 5,000 customers.

Greenwood is set to start flowing fluoride through its water in April, while Fort Smith is set to add fluoride sometime next year. The cities adopted the plans following the passage of a 2011 law requiring water plants to add the extra ingredient.

Greenwood officials are keeping an eye on the new measure as it heads through the Legislature. However, they will likely stick with the fluoride plan even if the state Legislature passes the bill allowing cities to opt out, said Steve Ratterree, chairman of the Greenwood Water Commission.

“It’s hard to say,” Ratterree said. “We’re already in the project.”

Ratterree went on to explain that the city has signed a contract with Delta Dental on the project and has already begun spending the $124,000 from the dental company’s grant that made the transition to fluoride water possible.

City administrator Ray Gosack said the future is less certain for Fort Smith.

“Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach with the bill,” he said.

Fort Smith is about 13 months from having fluoride flow through its water supply, Gosack said. The addition of the ingredient to Fort Smith water also comes from a Delta Dental grant, as the company gave $1.7 million to the city.

Gosack said city officials are not closing the door on any possibility, but committing one way or another is premature. He said city administrators will revisit the issue if the bill passes the Senate and is then signed into law by the governor.

At least 31 of the 34 water system affected by the law have submitted plans and funding requests to add fluoride to their water, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Booneville also has a plan in place to add fluoride to its water supply.

The fluoride addition law was passed four years ago following concerns over the tooth problems and cavity rates of communities that do not add fluoride to their water supply.

The bill to opt out of that plan passed the state House 60 to 34. It was introduced Feb. 10 by Rep. Jack Ladyman, R-Jonesboro.

5 comments

  • jwillie6

    Oh yes, the old Dental Delta trap. How can they offer money to cities to install fluoridation? Because of the big money involved in selling this toxic waste fluoride from industries which do not want to pay to process this waste. It is the same scheme that razor companies which give you free razors, but thereafter you must buy the blades from them.

    It is illegal for a doctor or a dentist to force anyone to take a drug or a chemical like fluoride.
    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 affects the brain (lowered IQ), the bones (brittle bones, fractured hips & bone cancer), the thyroid gland, arthritis, etc

    • Mar

      Delta Dental (which successfully lobbied to overturn local control of water systems) is one of the largest Dental/Health insurance companies. $6 billion/yr revenue. With a CEO who has a masters in applied behavioral science. Delta Dental is owned by a “Non-profit, non-taxed” company called Renaissance Health Service Corporation. Renaissance just signed a contract with a DNA/genetics (Interleukin Genetics) company to “develop” DNA testing for their enrollees.
      If this doesn’t make us a little paranoid, then we’ve already become the sheep that the fluoride will help maintain,

  • Peter

    Community water medication provides the equivalent of 3 fluoride tablets per day (0.5mg per tablet) for a person drinking 2 liters of fluoridated water per day. That’s over a thousand tablets every year (over 10 bottles of pharmacy medication) I have here a bottle of a 100 fluoride tablets. Instructions say: Do Not Use in children under 3 years old. Do not use during pregnancy. Age 3-5 years, 1/2 tablet per day. Age 6 – 8yrs, 1 tablet per day. 9yrs and over, 2 tablets per day. So everybody is getting an overdose. The Institute of Medicine has determined that bottle fed babies even exceed the upper limit of fluoride intake. (250 times more than breast fed). That means bottle fed babies receive a toxic dose of a confirmed neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor.

  • Alex

    show independent proof that ingesting the neurotoxin known as Fluoride prevents tooth decay. however, there are studies and facts that show fluoride is poisonous to the human brain.. including the pineal gland.

  • Mar

    Fluoride was used decades ago to treat hyperthyroidism, by competitive binding with iodine.
    What is striking about the doses of fluoride used to treat hyperthyroidism is how small they were. Galletti and Joyet (1958) found that a daily dose of just 2 to 10 mg of fluoride per day was enough to reduce the basal metabolism rate (BMR) of hyperthyroid patients and alleviate their condition. This is within the range of doses that many people living in fluoridated areas will ingest. The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS,1991) estimates that an adult in a fluoridated community receives between 1.6 and 6.6 mg of fluoride per day from all sources combined.

    Does inducing decreased effectiveness of the thyroid affect body mass index and spontaneous activity? I have no doubt that it does.

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