BERKLEY BEDELL'S TESTIMONY 

From The Cancer Chronicles #16
© August 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

[This is the statement of former Congressman Berkley Bedell (D-IA), speaking before Senator Harkin's appropriations subcommittee that was investigating the situation at OAM.]

"Current FDA policies prevent the testing and use of non-toxic alternative treatments. I am sure that most members of Congress are not aware of this situationä.To say that current FDA policies are a disaster to health care in America is a masterpiece of under-statement.

"Current policies give exclusive rights to the big pharmaceutical companies or other large corporations. Small researchers, practitioners and scientists do not have the money needed to go through the FDA approval process. Yet all through history most creativity has come from researchers, scientists and others working in small operations, not from giant corporations. And in medicine, current FDA regulations are most effective in shutting them out.

"This committee took one of the most important actions in the history of health care when you established this Office with a mandate to 'investigate and validate' these alternative treatments.

At this time, I see it as the only hope for getting lower cost, more effective treatment a hearing.

"Mr. Chairman, it is time for some straight talk. There are some powerful forces in our society that are doing quite well with things as they are. The pharmaceutical industry and the AMA have a monopoly on the treatment of cancer and most degenerative diseases. They are both doing quite well financially. How could one expect them to welcome change that might challenge their monopoly?

"In my opinion, for this office to be successful in carrying out the investigations called for in this legislation, one of the requirements will be a director who is willing to stand up to these powerful forces. I am sorry to tell you that in my opinion our current director [i.e. Joseph Jacobs, M.D.] has not yet shown that commitment. I hope this will change. I believe it must."


Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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