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From The Cancer Chronicles #14
© Feb. 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Dr. David Kessler will stay on as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at least for a few months. On 1/15, Pres. Bush demanded the resignations of hundreds of political appointees, but on 1/20 Kessler and NIH Director Bernadine Healy were among four dozen people granted a reprieve by Pres. Clinton. If the new president wants to retain them in his administration, however, they will have to pass Senate conÞrmation hearings.

Dr. Healy is a friend of alternative medicine, who has overseen the creation of the OAM within her ofÞce: activists are nervous about losing her.

But Kessler is another story. Since the FDA raid on Dr. Jonathan Wright¹s ofÞce last spring, Kessler has shown himself to be a "quackbuster," and has repeatedly refused to meet with alternative activists.

Kessler has been campaigning hard to keep his job. A Wall Street Journal editorial said Dr. Kessler kicked "Mr. Bush in the shins while toadying up to the Clinton administration...Instead of talking about new drugs approved and lives saved, Dr. Kessler boasts that Œthe number of seizures, the number of criminal cases referred to Justice have all increased.' "

The"FDA Insider" gave other reasons to dismiss him: to allow him to return to private practice "where he can face the dilemma of trying to save the life of a patient who can't get desperately needed medical technology because FDA has...refused to approve its use"; and also to free him up to "host his own weekly television series entitled 'Kessler¹s Kops,' which will take America into the actual raids by armed Federal Marshals into the clinics of the evil, insurgent, unarmed, weak, and frail dietary supplement and alternative medicine crowd...."


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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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