NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (8/28/14): “Though a documentary, it’s dramatic enough to
be reminiscent of ‘The Insider’, the whistleblowing thriller about Big
Tobacco.” ——— The War On Cancer, launched in the early 1970s, set the
stage for a massive influx of new ideas in fighting the disease of cancer.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, America’s leading cancer research
center at the time, was assigned the task of testing an unconventional therapy
called “Laetrile” in an effort to curb the public’s “false hope” in the
alleged “quack” therapy. Ralph W. Moss PhD, a young and eager science writer,
was hired by Sloan-Kettering’s public relations department in 1974 to help
brief the American public on the center’s contribution to the War On Cancer.
One of his first assignments was to write a biography about Dr. Kanematsu
Sugiura, one of the Center’s oldest and leading research scientists as well as
the original co-inventor of chemotherapy. While meeting with this iconic
scientist to pen a biography on his 60-year career at Sloan-Kettering, Moss
discovered that Sugiura had been studying this “quack remedy” in laboratory
mice, and with unexpectedly positive results. Shocked and bewildered, Moss
reported back to his superiors what he had discovered, only to be met with
backlash and denial from Sloan-Kettering’s leaders on what their own leading
scientist had found. Fueled by respect and admiration for Sugiura—Ralph W.
Moss attempted to publicize the truth about Sugiura’s findings. And after all
diplomatic approaches failed, Moss lived a double life, working as a loyal
employee at Sloan-Kettering while also recruiting fellow employees to help
anonymously leak this information to the American public— through a newly
formed underground organization they called—“Second Opinion”. ——— DVD &
Blu-ray: 75-minute feature documentary + 74 minutes of added material.
- Directors: Eric Merola
- Format: NTSC, Widescreen
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated Not Rated
- Studio: Merola Productions, LLC
- Run Time: 149.00 minutes
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