Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
Director, The Moss Reports
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February 15, 1998

Dr. Richard Klausner
Director
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD 20892

Dear Dr. Klausner:

Two weeks ago I testified before the Government Reform and Oversight Committee.... I informed the Committee about the total lack of progress in the POMES process (Practice Outcomes Monitoring and Evaluation System). Since last August, we POMES participants have not heard one further word about this.

I believe that the main obstacle to progress has been NCI itself. I therefore have called upon Congress to hold up all further appropriations to NCI until you proceed with POMES and the independent Oversight Board that was unanimously endorsed by all participants.

I want you to understand that my goal is not to disrupt NCI. But I want to emphasize how seriously many of us view this question of fairly and impartially evaluating alternative and complementary treatments. If any of these treatments are valuable, then it is urgent that we put the knowledge and resources of NCI behind their testing and development. If they are worthless or fraudulent, then we need to know that, too.

Dr. Klausner, please act quickly to get POMES back on track. I hope that we can work together to carry out fair evaluations and would welcome an opportunity to meet with you at any time to discuss this situation.

Sincerely,

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

cc: Rep. Dan Burton and other interested parties


Big Changes Underway at NCI (2/25/98)

Go to Testimony of 2/12/98

Go to Testimony of 2/4/98

Moss's Editorial on Hearings


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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