Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 3, 1974 · Page 5
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Wednesday, July 3, 1974 Ukiah Dally Journal, Uklah Calif.—5 Laetrile isn't any miracle By LAWRENCE LAMB, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB - Would you please expound on the miracle vitamin laetrile? A vitamin salesperson told us this is a cure for cancer, or is being used in 22 different countries. Hie United States won't allow it, because doctors would lose millions of dollars a year if they allowed a cure for cancer. My husband and I argued strongly for the AMA saying there is apparently something not perfect with the vitamin as yet and until it is the AMA will not endorse it. So, would you please explain as much as you can. DEAR READER — People like that "vitamin salesperson" are a menace to public health. They are really dangerous. Most of the information they provide is wrong and used to make money for themselves. The big danger is that someone will take one of their quack cures instead of going to a good doctor and getting, useful treatment while there is still, time. It is not the AMA that is keeping laetrile out of the United States. It is your federal government through its Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is not part of the AMA at all. It is a government agency to protect the public's health from such charlatans as the "vitamin salesperson." They protect the public from false claims and harmful products that would otherwise be marketed. Laetrile is not harmful. It may not be useful either; It has been popularized as one of those "over the border" treatments for cancer. Even the Mexican "Laetrile Doctor" , does not claim that it helps except in about five per cent of his cases. The rest get standard treatments for cancer that you could get in the United States in good medical centers. Cancer does not provide much money for the practicing physician. He makes most of his income from aches< and pains often caused by tension and life , patterns. Only a few doctors in private practice are regularly engaged in taking care of cancer patients. Most of the cancer centers are staffed by doctors on a flat salary. They do not make a bit more for the number of patients they see. The research studies in cancer in most centers are sponsored by funds from the' federal government, and the scientists are paid from these funds. The pay, incidentally, is rather small compared to their training and background. Laetrile is an extract of the , apricot seed. A review of cases claimed to be helped by it failed British cordon off Irish border BELFAST (UPI) — British troops cordoned off a three-mile stretch of land along, the Irish Republic border today after a booby trap blast killed one soldier and Wounded three others. ~ The victims were searching an unoccupied house near the County Armagh village of Newtownhamilton Tuesday when the bomb went off, an army spokesman said. The spokesman said explosives experts were carrying out a thorough search today in an attempt to uncover any more booby traps planted in the region. The slaying raised the death toll to 1,041 in nearly five years of violence among the majority Protestants, minority Roman Catholics and security forces in Northern Ireland. Two of the injured soldiers were reported "comfortable" at a nearby hospital. An army spokesman said the third, although seriously injured, was "out of danger." Two Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants were injured earlier in the day when they ' accidentally triggered a bomb they were planting in an empty Belfast house. The army said troops captured the two wounded extremists at the scene. It was the second time in eight days that an IRA bombing attempt backfired. Two men trying to set a bomb in a Londonderry supermarket were killed June 24 in a premature explosion. to prove in a single case that the laetrile was of any benefit In those few cases that appeared to benefit from cancer therapy. The danger in "South. of the Border" clinics for this is that someone may refuse needed surgery that could be life saving. Laetrile is still being studied by the government and by cancer centers. Fined for cursing dog MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UPI) — Dexter Jemigan has been fined $25 for cursing a stray dog." Jemigan told a municipal court hearing that his neighborhood is, full of dogs and the neighbors won't keep them penned. "You can't even go out in the yard without stepping in something," Jemigan said. Jernigan's neighbor, Flora Stroud, said she went to pick up a puppy outside Jernigan's door and that Jemigan ."came out raising cain about the dogs. Shipwrecked family attacked by sharks TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, - Fla. (UPI) — The sharks, silent, deadly and some 12-feet long, struck during the shipwrecked family's 13th hour in the water. The crew of a Coast Guard plane overhead could only watch helplessly Tuesday as Edward M. Home, 43, his wife, Diane, 34, and their five children battled the sea's most feared inhabitants. One huge shark struck 10- year-old Billy Home, tearing a gaping wound in his arm and shoulder. Another swam through the legs of Mrs. Home. But the desperate, family, 'kicking and slapping, warded off their attackers until the plane guided a pleasure boat to their rescue. Help, however, came too late for Billy, who bled to death, and three-year-old Edward Jr., who died of shock and exposure. "Everybody, beware of the water," said Home from his hospital bed. "You do not know the sharks are there until they strike." The Homes, their two daughters, Diana Jo, 14, and Melissa, 4, and a son, Gerald Paul,, 14, were hospitalized Tuesday night for shock, and exposure. Home, a Houston, Tex., motel broker, also suffered severe lacerations on his hands and feet when his 43-foot motor yacht Princess Diane disintegrated in a freak storm Monday night about 35 miles southeast of Carabelle, Fla. The Homes, who left four other children in Texas, were on a lesiurely cruise to the Bahamas. , Despite Coast Guard and weather bureau forecasts' of "beautiful weather," Home said the yacht was struck by a storm two hours out of port. ' 'Waves were coming clear up over the flying bridges. The vfraves were 12 to 15 feet over the boat. It literally ripped off the cabin. We sank in 15 minutes." Home sent yut a distress call over his radioand equipped his family with lifejackets. They tied themselves together with a rope connected to a life ring and drifted in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard search plane spotted them 13 hours later. So did the sharks . "We didn't see the shark* until the very last," said Home. 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