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From The Cancer Chronicles #12
© October 1992 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

[A famous case. Jonathan Wright, M.D. later brought suit against the FDA for return of his materials, and won.]

On May 6, [1992] agents of the FDA accompanied by gun-toting King County cops, broke down the door of the Kent, WA clinic of Jonathan Wright, MD. They seized vitamins, other non-toxic nutrients and patient records.

Since the search order was sealed, it is still not known exactly what they were doing there. But Wright is well-known for using a variety of innovative treatments, including an injectable preservative-free vitamin B complex from Germany. Wright had earlier brought himself to the FDA's attention when he sued the agency for return of L-tryptophan, an amino acid they had previously banned.

Although the FDA is still not able to carry guns, they did inform local police to be ready for danger from the vitamin researcher. This is the reason they gave for drawing their guns, kicking down the door and ordering the staff at gunpoint to raise their hands. Police spokesperson Rob Barnette explained that ofÞcers need to be prepared for the worst.

Wright hardly Þts the bill of a Wild West desperado. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Michigan Medical School, Wright was nutrition editor of Prevention magazine for over a decade. He has written several popular books, spoken at innumerable meetings, and is well-known for his research.

The raid triggered an incredible outpouring of indignation in the PaciÞc Northwest and among health-conscious people around the world. Yet it took the New York Times three whole months to Þnd the raid "Þt to print." Finally, a front-page article in the Sunday Times (8/9/92) presented the case as part of the FDA's concerted drive against the use of high dose nutrients in medicine. "Freedom of choice" was actually mentioned in Lena Williams's story.

Readers learned of the extent of FDA's hostility towards non-toxic medicine. Yet bizarrely, (such being the power of FDA head David Kessler) the following week Williams had to retract her story in another front page story. This article fed readers FDA's line that it is not out to crush the alternative health movement--while it is doing just that.

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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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