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Laetrile Study / Florida Laetrile Case #494052

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 15, 1977
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(Studio) Newly released study states drug Laetrile of no benefit to cancer therapy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Sloan-Kettering Institution scene of research. [Dr. Robert GOOD - finds no effect on cancers by Laetrile. Wouldn't take Laetrile if he had cancer.] Scientist Kanematsu Sugiura's study reveals mice treated with Laetrile somewhat livelier for short time. Doctors admit public demand could justify Laetrile tests on humans.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

(Studio) Laetrile legalized in 7 states incling. Florida. Court fight now on in Florida with regard to drug use.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Gainesville, Florida) 4 year old Nicky Decker has leukemia. Mother charged with child neglect for treating Nicky with Laetrile rather than chemotherapy. Doctors at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, told Nicky's parents chemotherapy best for Nicky's recovery. [Mother Elizabeth FINN - sees Laetrile as food supplement not toxic drug.] Parents vegetarians; consider body temple; reject chemotherapy as toxic chemical.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Senator Hubert Humphrey, at congress hearings, urges research focus on environment causes of cancer.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Francis, Fred;
Hunt, Richard

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