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Dentists speak out as fluoride bill nears hearing

Associated Press - February 9, 2014 12:58 pm

Chairman David Crum said the House Health and Human Services Committee's 10-2 vote Monday means the anti-fluoride bill is dead.

Chairman David Crum said the House Health and Human Services Committee's 10-2 vote Monday means the anti-fluoride bill is dead.

Oral health advocates in Kansas are pushing back against an effort to require cities that put fluoride in their water supplies to notify citizens that fluoride lowers the IQ in children.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kansas Dental Association director Kevin Richardson insists fluoride reduces tooth decay and has been proven safe.

Wichita Republican Rep. Steve Brunk has introduced a bill in the House requiring the IQ notification, based on a 2012 Harvard study that found a correlation between slower brain development and increased levels of fluoride in water.

That study focused on children in China, which unlike the U.S. has a high natural presence of fluoride in its water.

Richardson says most anti-fluoride activists either believe fluoride causes cancer or that the government uses it as a mind-control agent.

Sheryl Musfelt

February 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

The CDC states “Fluoride intake from water and other fluoride sources, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, during the ages when teeth are forming (from birth through age 8) also can result in changes in the appearance of the tooth’s surface called dental fluorosis. This bill is one giant step for Mankind.

1936 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association stated that fluoride at the 1 ppm (part per million) concentration is as toxic as arsenic and lead. Fluoride has never changed.

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