Kansas Legislature Rejects Anti-Science, Anti-Fluoride Legislation
The Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services recently voted 10-2 to table a bill that would have required local governments to make a false claim about fluoridation on consumers’ water and utility bills. According to the Kansas Health and Human Services Committee Chairman David Crum, the recent vote “in essence, kills the bill.”
We applaud the Kansas legislature for choosing to protect the health of millions of Kansans, over the misinformation of the anti-fluoridation activists. Rep. Crum agrees that this bill didn’t stand up to scientific reasoning or common sense. “I just don’t think the folks who oppose fluoridated water made the case, scientifically,” Crum said.
The entire bill is available here. Below are three of the most egregious inaccuracies in the bill and the reasons these claims have been rejected by the Kansas legislature as well as the public health, dental, and medical communities.
Claim: “The latest science confirms that ingested fluoride lowers the I.Q. in children.
Truth: There is no evidence that adjusting the level of fluoride in drinking water to the optimal level for protecting oral health, as has been done around the U.S. for almost 70 years, has any negative impact on children’s IQ or intellectual development.
Claim: “More studies are urgently needed to evaluate and determine the exact effects of fluoride on the thyroid, kidneys, prostate, liver, heart, brain and other organs in the human body.”
Truth: The National Research Council, an unbiased panel of national health, medical and research experts, recently evaluated hundreds of studies of the impact of fluoride on all of these organs and many others and found no adverse health effects. Studies have continued to assess the impact of fluoride on our entire bodies and research continues to support its effectiveness for improving our teeth and safety for our overall health.
Claim: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 41% of American adolescents have dental fluorosis.”
Truth: This claim is almost true, but is an obvious attempt to mislead and incite fear. According to CDC, about 40 percent of adolescents have mild or very mild fluorosis. What the bill neglects to mention, of course, is that this type of dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that in no way impairs or impacts an individual’s health. In fact, it’s nothing more than faint white streaks or specks on teeth that only a trained dentist can detect.