SPEECH OF MICHAEL CULBERT
TO THE OTA (1990)
From The Cancer Chronicles #5
© July 1990 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
MICHAEL L. CULBERT is a medical writer and Chairman, Committee for Freedom of Choice in Medicine, Inc.
This [OTA] draft raises far more questions than it answers simply because of the sweep and depth of the cancer problem. It turns out in many ways to be an irrelevant document because as we sit here more than one American per minute will be dying of cancer. At least two other Americans per minute will be diagnosed with cancer. The extent of cancer and mortality from it are greater than ever before.
The document refers several times to the interesting phrase, "scientific medicine," and therein lies not only the fallacy of the document, but indeed, of the entire thought system of the American medical establishment. We wonder when medicine stopped being an art and became a science. Orthodoxy cannot escape its blind allopathic paradigm; one based on, essentially, discarded Newtonian mechanistic principles.
It cannot any more grasp the concept of individualized, integrated, total metabolic protocols in the management of cancer than it can abandon its obsession with animal tumor systems, cell lines, tumor types, etc.
As Americans drop like flies to the pandemic of cancer, it should be clear that what we need is a new paradigm; a multi-factorial view of cancer causation; a body-wide con cept of its management, and an abandonment of the status quo which has ill-served the nation.
Nothing could be more obscene than the spectacle of dying Americans denied freedom of choice in therapy having to go underground, go abroad, or do with out. Nothing is more disturbing than the spectacle of government power being used to arrest, harass, chasten, and destroy physicians and researchers who, by adopting so called alternative approaches, are only trying to help their patients.
The vicious system which, on the one hand says "we cannot cure you", and on the other hand says, but don't try some unproven remedy" and warns you always not to sneak off to Tijuana, must come to an end. It is blatantly immoral. And along with it is the randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind study. I can't think of anything more immoral than using that as a rational scientific exercise.
The solution to all this, of course, is not scientific. It is political. If
people have to take to the streets to secure what should be their birthright,
freedom of choice in medicine, against the tyrannical concentration of
economic and vested interests, then they will.
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