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EDITORIAL:
PLEASE, SENATOR HARKIN!

From The Cancer Chronicles #23
© Nov. 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Senator Harkin, the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) is adrift. There is no longer an advisory board since, by law, the ad hoc board had to be dissolved after its third meeting; but a National Advisory Council has still not been chartered. Please help get this National Advisory Council approved within the next several weeks. This Council should then meet to help the OAM staff deal with the accumulated problems of the office.

At your June 24 [1993] hearings, you requested five extra OAM employees. These still have not been approved. Meanwhile, OAM is overwhelmed with work. Please appeal to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to get this moving.

Dr. Jay Moskowitz's change of jobs has left the OAM without a strong friend at the top of NIH. Please help to make the OAM a Center of Alternative Medicine next year, situated, if possible, within the office of the Director of NIH. This will give it the power, independence, and funding authority it needs to carry out its mandate.

Please increase OAM's budget next year, and get each Institute of the NIH to allocate a certain percentage of its budget to alternative treatment research. Please hold follow-up hearings this fall. Try to find out what happened to the $1 million the OAM gave NCI; find out why OAM is being billed $600,000 for a single meeting; and focus on the role of the FDA in hampering the OAMs proposed field investigations.

Senator Harkin, you have been the mainstay of alternative medicine in Congress. Please act now to revitalize the OAM, or it may soon exist in name alone.

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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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