TO THE OTA (1990)

From The Cancer Chronicles #5
© July 1990 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

MICHAEL S. EVERS is President of Project Cure. Inc., which lobbies for non-toxic alternatives in the cancer field.

In my opinion, this [OTA] report is a travesty. Its authors have violated every known rule of fairness and impartiality. A high-ranking science policy official once wrote that OTA. was created to provide political leaders with "clear, objective, accurate and unbiased information." The authors of this report have failed to abide by those guidelines. This report presents information that is unclear, subjective, inaccurate and biased.

For example, they introduce the American Medical Association and its infamous Committee on Quackery and suggest that the AMAs opposition to chiropractors ended with a 1987 ruling against the AMA and several other professional societies after an 11-year lawsuit brought by Chester Wilk et al., who charged that the organizations had engaged in a conspiracy to boycott chiropractors.

Folks, Wilk did more than just charge that the AMA had conspired. He proved it. But to the authors of this report, it's merely a charge, not at all conclusive. Wilk's charges of conspiracy were upheld last month by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which agreed with Judge Getzendanner that the AMA violated the Sherman Act by conducting an illegal boycott.

The authors inaccurately portray unconventional cancer treatments as more expensive than orthodox treatments by presenting costs associated with treatment for melanoma and stomach cancer. They rely on a 1988 Medicare report to suggest that in. tial treatment charges in the first three months after diagnosis are a mere $10,000. Average monthly expenses thereafter are said to be a mere $235.

This minimizes the true impact c cancer, which is estimated to cost more than $75 billion annually. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that treatment for acute leukemia or lymphoma treated with chemotherapy resulted in an average cost of over $8,300 for only 12 days in the hospital. That¹s 12 days, not three months. The cost of dying of cancer is now estimated to be well over $80,000 per person.

The OTA report introduces the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) as ³a group that seeks to protect consumers by providing them with valid scientific information.² ACSH seeks to protect the pharmaceutical and chemical industries by providing distorted information to consumers. Alar is good for you. Asbestos: what a great thing. So much for accuracy in reporting.

Congress is going to have to decide if OTA has presented a fair and accurate picture of the conflict between the conventional and unconventional cancer therapies. OTA¹s reputation is on the line.

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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