Nutrition Company Fight's FDA Abuses
The "Life Extension Foundation" Feels the FDA is Out of Control and is Inappropriately Attacking Innovative Physicians Merely Trying to Save Dying Patients.
They offer this Comment from a Congressional Oversight Hearing:
The star witness was Paul Michaels, a 14-year-old boy who had been diagnosed in 1985 with an inoperable brain tumor that was 3-inch diameter (optic hypothalamic glioma astrocytoma). The diagnosis as verified by biopsy. There was no treatment available for Paul, although some doctors suggested radiation. The majority of the doctors felt radiation offered no hope of a cure and that it would cause severe deficits, not the least of which was blindness. So at the age of 4, Paul was sent home to die.
To shorten the story, Paul is under antineoplastin treatment from Dr. Burzynski. After long statements by Burzynski's attorney, Rick Jaffe, which outlined the FDA's relentless campaign against the Dr., and by Paul's mom, outlining his medical history, Paul stole the hearing with a brief statement that I am sure will remain foremost in the minds of all who attended the hearing. He stated that the FDA was trying to take away the only weapon he had against cancer. He did not think it was right that he should have to fight his own government in order to survive.
After 8 years on antineoplastins, Paul has been able to lead a normal life. He does well in school. He plays in the orchestra and mows lawns. He is recovering. Dr. Bruce Cohen at the Cleveland Clinic was delighted with Paul's progress when they met with him in 1991. He requested a frozen slide of Paul's biopsy to test himself to see that Paul actually had the kind of tumor the reports indicated. Dr. Cohen's findings concurred with the original biopsy report. Cohen recommended in writing that Paul stay on Burzynski's treatment.
If the FDA cuts off Paul's access to antineoplastins, he will die.
Several other witnesses also presented testimony including Earl Wright, inventor of the Sensor Pad. Mary Gormon testified that she had used the Sensor Pad to detect a tiny cancerous tumor that a mammogram had missed. Wright outlined an Orwellian story of FDA abuse that almost destroyed his company, and still prevents American women from benefiting from his simple device which enables breast lumps to be easily detected through breast self examination.
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