Yesterday, I wrote about Secure Arkansas was freaking out over a bill they swear is in the works to put flouride in the water. This despite the fact that no such bill seems to be on the radar in the legislature thus far and the fact that we already enjoy the benefits of flouride in our drinking water…Well, you guys remember Loy Mauch right? The member of the secessionist hate group who’s election has embarrassed Arkansas and who the Republican Party has welcomed with open arms? Well, he’s donned his tinfoil hat and come to the rescue with his first bill of the session. Secure Arkansas can’t praise it enough:
HB1205 has been filed today! HB1205 is critical for the health and welfare of the citizens of Arkansas. HB1205 could be one of the most important bills filed this session. Secure Arkansas backs this bill wholeheartedly and needs your help to get it passed.
This bill circumvents rhetoric and endorsements and goes directly to accountability for the water/people treatment product delivered. In recent years there had been many inconsistencies about the contents of the products currently used for the treatment of tooth decay via the water supply. We believe that consumers have the right to know what a product contains, whether it is safe for all to consume and where it came from. Disclosure of content, contamination and origin are essential for us to have any confidence in chemicals being added to our water for treatment of any disease. HB1205 will insure that the regulations of Standard 60 (FEDERAL and STATE laws) be followed exactly. In short, it lets the facts declare themselves.
Now that all sounds nice, but as jsamuel pointed out, they’re responding to a crisis that doesn’t exist except in their heads.
A more level headed discussion of Fluoridation levels in drinking water:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a 1986-87 study showed that nearly 23% of children ages 12 to 15 had fluorosis. That rose to 41% in a study that covered 1999 through 2004. “It is not the water that’s causing this,” said Dr. Robert Barsley, a professor at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. “It’s the extra fluoride products — toothpaste, mouthwash — that people are using. And people want nice white teeth so they brush three times a day.”
If they want to focus on the stuff going into the water we’re drinking, maybe they ought to worry less about flouride and that big bad scary federal government and focus more on companies that are blatantly pouring poison into our lakes, streams, and groundwater.
This is what we get in Arkansas for being so angry at the black guy running the White House for wanting to help us get health insurance-the nuts have taken over the nuthouse. On the plus side, the Arkansas Republican Party is now the anti-flouride conspiracy party, thanks to their embrace of a hate group member like Mauch and the crazy that is the tea party/Secure Arkansas.