MEDIA WATCH:
NATIONAL REVIEW
AND CANCER WATCH

From The Cancer Chronicles #26
© Feb. 1995 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Everyone is wondering how the new Republican-dominated Congress will take to alternative medicine. True, Newt Gingrich has called FDA commissioner David Kessler, MD "a thug and a bully," and has dubbed the FDA "the country's No. 1 job killer" (Wall St. Journal, 2/12/94).

But the transfer of power to Republicans such as John Porter (IL), head of the appropriations subcommittee in the house, and Arlen Specter (PA), who took Senator Harkin's post in the Senate, have raised many questions.

Will the new leaders see alternative medicine as an innovative way to cut runaway medical costs? Or will they take aim against "alternative pork" at the NIH, to use Business Week's truly ludicrous phrasing (12/12/94).

One hint may be an article on vitamins in the National Review, a bellwether of conservative thinking. "Taking Vitamins" by Jeff Elliott (11/21/94) is a thoughtful look at how the FDA has raided promoters of dietary supplements. Their tactics "seem designed to keep consumers in the dark," says Elliott. It recounts the FDA raid on Life Extension Foundation¹s store in Hollywood, FL.

"Rather than wait for the store to open at 11 AM, they battered in the door and began pulling vitamins off the shelves," said Elliott. "The most chilling aspect of this raid was the confiscation of more than five thousand copies of the non-profit organization's newsletter." Finally, somebody notices this egregious trampling of first amendment rights. "Intended or not," the article concludes, "this system is an effective mechanism for suppressing public knowledge about dietary supplements. And that can¹t be healthy." Bravo!

WATCHING CANCER WATCH

Cancer Watch, a monthly news and educational magazine about cancer research, has begun to carry news of alternative medicine. A favorable article on shark cartilage and the OAM appeared in the November issue. The article praises OAM for "supporting innovative research to evaluate alternative medical practices." It also states that "a recently held OAM cancer workshop was a great success."

It quoted Charles Simone, MD, of the Simone Protective Cancer Institute, Lawrenceville, NJ on his preliminary results with shark cartilage.

"Simone reports complete responses in three patients: one 84 year old with bladder cancer, one 49 year old with breast cancer, and one 59 year old whose lung cancer spread to the liver. The metastases were resolved within three to 10 months." (Cancer Watch, 2066, Central Ave., Schenectady, NY 12304)

articles on media and cancer

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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