A Grand Rapids, Michigan, mayoral candidate is boldly running on an anti-fluoride platform.

Electrical engineer John George, 63, believes city leaders are afraid to challenge the status quo regarding water fluoridation and may be putting the entire city’s health at risk.

“I think this is a big issue and, quite frankly, I have no political future to worry about,” George told Mlive. “I’m worried about the people of Grand Rapids. I think we’re doing them harm.

“If I win I can for sure do something about it, and even if I lose there’s going to be (people becoming aware of fluoride) who start asking questions. I look at this as a no-lose proposition.”

George’s campaign website points to numerous recently published articles attesting to the adverse effects which can impact children, pets and adults, including a recent Harvard study showing that fluoride causes a reduction in children’s IQ.

George grew concerned with the potential negative side effects of mass water fluoridation when he began researching the chemical additive after retirement.

Since then, he’s appeared before the city commission attempting to convince leaders to reconsider adding the potentially dangerous compound to no avail.

“Unless the commission can state with 100-percent certainty that ingested fluoride isn’t harmful, why is it forcing the citizens of Grand Rapids to use it?” George argued before the commission in 2012.

In 1945, Grand Rapids was the first city in the United States to begin mass fluoridation.

The city cites 1930s research as justification for adding the chemical, which found “one part per million—roughly one droplet in a bathtub full of water—would prevent cavities without causing mottled enamel.”

But that research is outdated, George argues.

“The decision to put fluoride in our water was made in 1945 – this is 2015, and the amount of information available on this subject has expanded exponentially,” George says.

“It is a controversial subject, but it is my belief that we err on the side of caution and take fluoride out, as opposed to maintaining the status quo regarding the ancient decision that put fluoride in.”

Water fluoridation has a long and sordid history, beginning with its use in Nazi concentration camps.

“The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water on Earth was found in Germany’s Nazi prison camps,” wrote Steve Watson and Paul Joseph Watson for Infowars.com. “The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride’s supposed effect on children’s teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration camps into calm submission.”

The chemical has also been blamed for a prevalence of childhood bone cancer, dental fluorosis, liver and kidney damage and a whole host of other negative health repercussions.

A study last month by the University of Kent recently found that consumption of fluoridated water led to an increased incidence of hypothyroidism, which can lead to symptoms like fatigue, depression and weight gain.

Most recently, a study published in the journal Environmental Health found a correlation between exposure to fluoridated water and an increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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