Second Opinion: The Fight for Laetrile


Do we have a right to decide what goes into our bodies?  Or what treatment we take for our cancer? 

According to the government and some politicians, we do not. 


Second Opinion

Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering, a documentary film by Eric Merola, tells the story of Ralph Moss, PhD and the findings concerning Laetrile, that were hidden by the politicians and  the government. 


The War On Cancer, launched in the 1970s, created a massive influx of new ideas to fight cancer.  Leading the charge was Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute where Ralph Moss, a young science writer had just joined on.  The institute had just been assigned the task to see if the unconventional therapy "Laetrile" - a product made from apricot pits - really could cure cancer or if it was just another false hope. 

Ralph Moss, PhD

One of Moss' first assignments was a biography of the elderly scientist, Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura.  Dr. Sugiura had been one of the co-inventors of chemotherapy and was currently working on the laetrile issue.  To his surprise, Moss discovered the Sugiura, who had been at the institute for over 60 years, had had some positive results working with the mice and the "quack therapy."


Despite his affirmative results that the apricot pits not only retarded the growth of cancer but worked well, especially with breast cancer, he found himself dealing with negativity on the part of SKI's board of doctors and head. 


Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura

Moss did his best to fight against the authorities at the institute but found no luck. They were determined to squash the positive results and push Sugiura's research into the background.  Even when they finally agreed to a publication, they worded the documents so that the results showed up in a negative light, despite what Sugiura had found.


Second Opinion - A cartoon from Tom Meyer NYT

Determined to bring the truth out, Moss first went to the New York Times, but had little success there.  Then he formed the group, Second Opinion. Along with Dr. Alec Pruchnicki, the only team member not formerly associated with SKI, they published a newsletter promoting the findings. 


Dr. Alec Prucjnicki

For years, Moss worked as a double agent - working with SKI and also working with Second Opinion.  Finally, the day came when he had to announce his allegiance to Sugiura and his research.  Fired from his job, he continued to push the truth out there. 


His latest book, "Doctored Results," published in February, 2014, talks of how he was forced to suppress the findings.  In all, he has written 15 books on questions relating to cancer research and treatment.  For the past 35 years, he has independently evaluated claims of conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments.  In 1994, he joined the National Institute of Health Alternative Medicine Advisory Council and has had articles appear in numerous scientific journals. 


The unrated 75 minute film is factual, but rather dry and would probably most be appreciated by those with scientific or medical backgrounds.   The trailer can be seen on You Tube. 


Opening in New York City on August 29, 2014, the film will also be shown in Los Angeles on September 5, 2014




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