EDITORIAL: GHOST STORY

From The Cancer Chronicles #13
© December 1992 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.


"If thou art privy to thy country's fate
Which, happily, foreknowing may avoid,
Oh, speak!" --Hamlet, Act I. sc. i.

I am up early this morning, wrestling with ghosts. Today's New York Times carries its √ěrst-ever story about the "mainstreaming of alternative medicine." Truly the new era has arrived. We have arrived. Dan Rather calls us the "new rage."

Why then am I troubled by ghosts? I am haunted by two dear friends, NCI's Dean Burk and Sloan-Kettering's Kanematsu Sugiura, who put their awesome reputations on the line to speak the truth about unconventional therapies in the 1970s. "I write what I see," Sugiura said with eloquent simplicity. "Laetrile is not a cure for cancer but a good palliative drug."

Next comes Andrew Ivy, MD, dean of the University of Illinois medical school, who tumbled from top conventional doctor to outcast. His crime? Advocating a non-toxic serum, Krebiozen, in the 50s. NCI scoffed at his claims and refused to do the clinical studies that would have proved him wrong, or right.

And here's the wraith of Memorial Hospital bone surgeon William B. Coley, MD who, 100 years ago, cured still incurable cancers through the use of bacterial toxins. As the fevers went up, growths often disappeared. So, too, did Coley's toxins.

Ghosts, when will you speak?


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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