For Jack Graham, the fight against fluoride doesn't just go on. It thrives.
The movement is close to convincing the public to accept his side's long-held belief on the health hazards of fluoride, the attorney said Thursday in a phone interview.
"We are within striking distance of creating a major scientific revolution, he said.
"It's basically a question of how long the government of the U.S. can get by with these lies (about fluoride)," Graham said. "We are now within striking distance where the government of the U.S. will not be able to continue this coverup."
As evidence of fluoride opponents' progress, he cited court cases he successfully tried in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Graham also noted an article he co-authored on the legal and scientific aspects of fluoride that was published last spring in the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law at Florida State University.
Serving as the city of Brainerd's special counsel from 1974-1980, Graham was in the thick of Brainerd's fight against state mandated fluoridation. He served one term as Crow Wing County attorney, from 1991-95. The Brainerd native later moved to Quebec where he currently lives.
"The bottom line is that the fluoridation of the public water supply is causing something on the order of 200 to 300 excess cancer deaths per million persons exposed after 20 years," he said. "In the last 20 years a half million to three-quarters million people have died because of this thing."
Lies perpetuated by the government and the suppression of scientific studies critical of fluoride are the reasons progress has been so slow in swaying public opinion, Graham said.
"The government just systematically lied about it," he said. "It was a deliberate public health fraud by the government of the U.S. in a time of history when we're living with a government notorious for lies."
The media, he claimed, has played right along with the government and has "deliberately hoodwinked the American people."
Graham is confident fluoride's dangers will become apparent to a majority of Americans and attitudes toward the chemical will change.
"We're going to be looking back on this era as government lunacy," he said.
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