Eureka resolution: No fluoride

Friday, June 15, 2012 ~ Updated 1:03 PM

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs City Council formally adopted Resolution 600 on Monday night that opposes the fluoridation of the city's water supply.

After being voted down twice by residents of the city, the law requiring fluoridation that was passed by the Arkansas Legislature last year could still go into effect in the near future despite vehement local opposition.

The law mandates that any city that serves more than 5,000 residents is required to add fluoride to its drinking water. Currently, Eureka Springs purchases 100 percent of its water from the Carroll Boone Water District, which is now preparing to institute the changes. A recap of CBWD's most recent public meeting on fluoridation can be found at

Opponents cite concerns over the cost of fluoridation, because promised grant funds from Delta Dental to upgrade CBWD's facilities will not cover the estimated $1.2 million necessary for the expanded equipment to add the required ingredients. The grant that has been awarded is for about $763,000.

Opponents also have argued their concerns over the potential health effects of fluoride, which are questionable at best, they say. There are dozens of conflicting reports and a lot of unanswered questions, they argue.

"We want to send a message to whomever that we still don't want it," Eureka Springs Alderman Lany Ballance said at Monday night's meeting.

The resolution passed by the council is a plea to the Legislature for a repeal of the law. But Arkansas Department of Health spokesman Ed Barham says there is overwhelming credible scientific research proving that fluoride is a safe and effective way to provide dental care.

"In Arkansas, there are 187,000 people who have no teeth at all, and this situation could dramatically improve that number," Barham said. But, he said, there are no studies backing up opponents' claims that fluoride is dangerous.

In summary, Resolution 600 discusses the alleged adverse effects of fluoridation in drinking water and its chemical ingredients. It also laments a lack of information on fluoride's effect on the older water pipe system within the city, as well as on human consumption.

Regardless of the council's wishes, because of the state mandate, fluoridization appears imminent across the state.

"We have to assume it will happen," Eureka Springs Public Works Officer Dwayne Allen said. "But Delta Dental has way underestimated the set-up costs and the costs of the chemicals. In the long run, it could affect the (customer's water) rates, but that's all to be decided. ... It could come back to operation costs, and our fear is that we're already super tight and can't absorb a rate increase."

The law states that the fluoride costs are to be paid by private funds and can't be passed on to the citizens.

"There are lot of real negatives about it," Allen added.

According to a two-page Department of Health review, there are more than 180 million people in the United States who drink water containing enough fluoride to protect their teeth, that has been ongoing for more than 60 years.

However, research has found small amounts of lead and copper in the fluoridation process that theoretically could cause leaching in the water pipes. Leaching occurs when chemicals within the pipes "leak" into the water itself.

"The bottom line is, that it's not much healthier," Ballance said of the fluoridated water.

The council hopes to send Resolution 600 to influential legislators who hopefully can work to repeal the law; a decision on exactly where to send it will be discussed at their next regular meeting on Monday, June 25.

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  • Only 5% of the world uses fluoridation because many large studies show fluoridation is totally ineffective in improving tooth decay and is dangerous to health (See The World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free. India, Japan, China and most countries now reject it.

    Consider Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Government records show that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults. The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states and cities, such as West Virginia, Washington D.C., Boston, Detroit, etc.

    West Virginia is 92% fluoridated for many years and comes near last place in the nation with 38% toothless.

    But notice that Hawaii, with the lowest fluoridation rate (9%), has the lowest rate of toothless residents in the US (10%).

    This shows the absolute ineffectiveness of fluoridation.

    -- Posted by jwillie6 on Fri, Jun 15, 2012, at 10:39 PM
  • There are also NO studies to prove fluoridation is safe because no such studies have ever been done.

    For example, there is no dispute that too much fluoride can cause bone and tooth damage. We know 60% of US adolescents have dental fluorosis but no research has determined whether fluoride has also damaged their bones. That would be a very logical study. But the government rarely funds studies that might show fluoridation, something they push into us, has any detrimental effects. And don't expect toothpaste companies to do such research.

    There are some studies which already show a detrimental effect to bones at "optimal" levels. The children in Newburgh, NY, were subjects of the first human experiment on fluoridation. After ten years of ingesting sodium fluoridated water, more children in Newburgh developed cortical bone defects than children in non-fluoridated Kingston, NY. But this was and still is ignored.

    Some researchers say that these cortical bone defects could be a precursor to the bone cancer linked to fluoridated water as published in several studies.

    Some studies show fluoridated water is linked to fractures.

    But all these and other studies showing harm from fluoride end with this line "more study is needed." But more study is rarely carried out.

    So we are all unpaid guinea pigs in this ongoing experiment. Someone needs to take health statistics in Eureka today and then after water fluoridation starts. The government won't do it because they will do nothing to prove they made a huge mistake with water fluoridation.

    Your state legislators also need to establish a law measuring tooth decay rates before and after fluoridation based on health, income and diet as well as individual fluoride intake

    -- Posted by nyscof on Sat, Jun 16, 2012, at 5:50 AM
  • People who have tooth loss are generally out in the county and won't be drinking city water anyway. It's a lame argument.

    -- Posted by Mingoe on Sat, Jun 16, 2012, at 7:09 PM

    IF the FDA won't approve Fluoride, and has found many health risks from fluoride based psychoactive Drugs like Paxil/Prozac, why can't Arkansas Citizens make up their own mind on Fluoride and have access to fluoride free water? Keep asking all of your health officials this question, because there is no rational answer. If it's to benefit poor kids, they'd benefit more from free toothpaste and toothbrushes, and a regular dental cleaning. That would cost less each year than fluoridating the water and nobody's health would be compromised who didn't choose to accept the health risks. Fluoride isn't produced in a clean room, pharmaceutical plant, or even a food grade facility, it's the filtered pollution from the phosphate industry's mining and refining operations. The good people of Arkansas are too smart to believe that effective public health policy is created by putting unapproved drugs in the water, 99% of which is flushed down the toiled or the drain, never consumed. There's a better way, and that way is to allow people to choose what drugs/risks they want to take, and UNTIL FLUORIDE IS PROVEN safe and effective, it shouldn't be forced on anyone. Not even China or Russia do this to their people. What is wrong with Arkansas Public Health Officials? If you want to find out where this policy comes from, and who profits from polluting your drinking water, the easily verifiable information is available at FLUORIDEALERT.ORG God Bless and good luck, and don't ever let anyone force drugs on you or your family, they're dangerous and ineffective.

    -- Posted by Rachel1 on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 12:32 AM
  • Fluoridation has been well studied and been found to be exceptionally safe and effective. Many scientific organizations have independently come to this conclusion, with the Institute of Medicine classifying fluoride as a "nutrient," like iron and calcium.

    Ask grandparents what they see in their grandchildren who have had the advantages of fluoridated water: they see few or no cavities. That's because it reduces cavities another 20-40% over and above the effects of other sources of fluoride. That's big savings in dental costs for citizens, most of whom have no dental insurance. And it means many fewer people will ultimately need dentures.

    There is so much fear-mongering by a small anti-fluoridation conspiracy group that one hardly knows where to begin. For example, they know full well it's the EPA that has authority over community water fluoridation, not the FDA.

    -- Posted by MotherVoltaire on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 1:28 PM
  • It would appear that both the Eureka Springs City Council and this comment thread are being Bamboozled by anti-Fluoride rhetoric.

    The crystal clear expert opinion from scientists specializing in public and oral health is that community water fluoridation is safe, effective and inexpensive.

    It seems to me the American Academy of Pediatrics fairly and correctly represent what is good for kids. The American Public Health Association knows what is the best public health science. Because of these and many other prestigious academic, expert organizations, fluoridation reaches 74% of Americans on public water systems.

    What the many respected dental, medical, public health and disease prevention organizations say in their own words about fluoridation can be conveniently read at:

    -- Posted by Picker22 on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 1:43 AM
  • This is crazy!! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, along with many other major health organizations have evaluated the extensive research and declared fluoride to be safe. I am disturbed with the few people that continue to incessantly spread inaccurate information. Are those making these false claims implying that we have a government conspiracy going on here?

    The average person is not qualified to evaluate this research. Doing a Google search is not research. Reading the FAN website is not research. It's time to trust the experts and quit allowing these false claims to be made. Think logically. There is no conspiracy going on! We have much bigger issues to be working on. Let the City Counsel start concentrating on something that really matters.

    -- Posted by OHItMatters on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 10:29 PM
  • I am not a paid representative of any group. I have a private dental practice and my only desire is to protect the health and well-being of my patients and family. However, more important than this is the health and welfare of the families at or well below the poverty that for many many reasons do not receive dental care unless emergent in nature. It is those families that benefit the greatest from community water fluoridation. Some concise credible scientific reference which are complete references on the science and research showing the overwhelming benefits of community water fluoridation. At optimal fluoridation levels, no health risks exist to anyone. It is only at very high levels of fluoride in the water as exists naturally in other countries does the health risks of bone changes occur. These levels are not present in the US.

    ADA Fluoridation Facts.....Google this please. It is a compilation of the science showing the studies, the the findings, and the references for all of this.

    CDC Fluoridation....

    This site is another comprehensive site which reports on the scientific literate complete with references.

    Lastly, please note that the opposition group never lists a CDC or ADA reference in their comments. If they ever do, it is with flawed misrepresentations and quotes taken out of contact.

    -- Posted by Ima Dentist on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 5:28 AM
  • Personally, I don't get it. If you want fluoride, get a prescription for it and take it yourself. If you want to have your children's and grandchildren's teeth to have fluoride treatments, take them to the dentist. Some of you people, like the one's who think adding fluoride to the water, fall under the category "willingly ignorant." You believe everything the government tells you. Good or bad for you, I don't want fluoride in my water. And for you Ima must be kidding. Did you get your credentials by way of Google too? At least search a scholarly site like EBSCO or other medical journal to get some real scientific data. There are just too many sheeple living in this town.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Sun, Sep 8, 2013, at 12:30 PM
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