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(Studio) More than 50 years ago, medication called laetrile krebiozen [sic] used in treatment of cancer. Medication never licensed; 12 years ago government banned it, but enthusiasm for laetrile goes on.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tijuana, Mexico) Ray and Myrtle Betts traveling to Tijuana in desperation; Myrtle to be treated for cancer there with laetrile. FDA says laetrile harmless and worthless in fighting cancer. Drug legal in Mexico; massive smuggling operation has grown between United States and Mexico. [Assistant United States Attorney Herbert HOFFMAN - says smuggling incring. because of laetrile's popularity in Tijuana's cancer clinics and Americans' desire to continue treatment after returning to US.] Grand jury in California investigating laetrile smuggling. [Relative of cancer patient Mary Jane SHIELDS - says she and many others like her willing to smuggle laetrile for someone they love.] [Cancer patient Joe KEHOE - says he would steal laetrile if necessary once he's back in Canada. Admits he'll smuggle drug back into US.]
REPORTER: Richard Wagner (KFMB-TV News film)
- Cronkite, Walter
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