CONFRONTATION AT OAM MEETING

From The Cancer Chronicles #17
© Sept. 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

An otherwise productive OAM [ad hoc] advisory board meeting on 7/14 and 7/15 [1993] was marred by several ugly confrontations. For example, when OAM advisor Richard Bloch [co-founder of H&R Block] complained that he saw little progress, Director Joe Jacobs punctuated his answer by banging on the table.

On the following day, in a discussion of whether or not advisors could publicize their affiliations with the office--Jacobs said no--he told a dissenting Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., "you can call yourself any goddamn thing you want." Moss told Jacobs not to yell and certainly not to curse at him. He then went on to ascribe many of the problems of the office to Jacobs's unpredictable personality. Jacobs quickly apologized.

In the afternoon, Dr. Michael Friedman [who is now acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, ed.] and Ms. Mary McCabe of NCI were closely questioned by Frank Wiewel, Berkley Bedell, and others about what happened to the $1 million in OAM money that was given to NCI to investigate antineoplastons and other unconventional therapies. Wiewel and other advisors expressed great dissatisfaction with NCI's answers and felt that that only Sen. Harkin would be able to get a full accounting of NCI's conduct in this matter. Harkin has spoken of holding hearings on this issue in the fall.


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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