Cancer Cover-Up News &
Monthly Newsletter | April 2002
Who Is The Real Snake Oil Salesman?
On September 11th,
our nation was subjected to the most devastating attack
since Pearl Harbor. In the months that followed, we set
aside our petty differences and came together in common
cause to defend our freedom. What many of us do not
realize, however, is that on September 10th,
the day before Osama Bin Laden’s thugs killed thousands
in the World Trade Center bombing, another vicious
assault on our freedom occurred.
The perpetrator of this crime, however,
was not some fanatical group of foreign extremists. Nor was it
some homegrown radical organization. It was the United States
Senate. Louisiana Senator John Breaux and his colleagues on the
Senate Select Committee on Aging held a hearing on September 10th
that was in fact the opening shot in a battle to deny Americans
one of their most precious freedoms – the freedom to choose the
form of medical therapy they would employ to ensure their own
The failure of the committee to provide even a semblance of
balance in the representatives it selected to testify would dismay
any American. All but two of the dozen witnesses either
represented federal agencies with a vested interest in expanding
the scope of their influence and power, or were long-standing
critics of dietary supplements and alternative medicine. Indeed,
the very title of the hearing “Swindlers, Hucksters and Snake
Oil Salesmen, the Hype and Hope of Marketing Anti-Aging Products
to Seniors” clearly demonstrates that Senator Breaux and
his colleagues had made up their minds well in advance of any
testimony that might have been presented. Similarly, the
Government Accounting Office report you commissioned was titled “Health
Products for Seniors, Anti-Aging Products Pose Potential for
Physical and Economic Harm.” Most Americans have the
impression that the GAO, like the Congress, was supposed to
present balanced analyses of issues. The title of the GAO report
hardly meets this standard.
Even more unsettling was the selection of Glen Braswell and his
associate as the sole representatives of the supplement industry.
Breaux must have been aware that both of these individuals
would exercise their rights under the Fifth Amendment and refuse
to testify. Clearly, they were not called in an effort to seek
information but rather as a theatrical prop to discredit all
companies in the industry.
Had Breaux so chosen, the hearing could have
provided the American public with important information about the
alternatives available to them when conventional medicine fails.
Instead, he used the forum as nothing more than a thinly
disguised attempt to expand federal regulatory authority. It was
little more than a Kangaroo Court aimed at pillorying the dietary
supplement industry. This tactic can be effective, but few
would have expected a body as august as the United States Senate
to engage in such a charade. Especially given the track record
of conventional medicine in regard to cancer.
It is now 30 years since President Nixon declared “war on
cancer”. Despite spending vast amounts of money on traditional
medicine, current statistics paint a chilling picture:
One person dies every minute from cancer.
Three people are diagnosed with cancer every minute.
It is anticipated that within a few years one person out of
every two will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
The fifth leading cause of death in America is from
prescription drugs used as directed.
Perhaps the committee’s energies could be redirected to address
the real problem facing our Senior citizens, the abject failure of
traditional medicine to successfully treat chronic diseases.
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Kathleen Deoul, Media Matters
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