NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 14, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(NYC) Implications for society of indictment of General Nutrition, Incorporated (GNC) for drug fraud examined; its promotion of Oil of Evening Primrose product cited as example [US attorney Salvatore MARTOCHE - explains his approach to case.] Elderly such as Jose and Manuela Munoz noted primary victims of medical fraud; their experience described. [Manuela MUNOZ - (thru translator) notes their life savings are gone.] Econs. involved in medical quackery outlined on screen; dangers to cancer victims who delay conventional treatment for questionable cures noted. Role of physicians such as Dr. Virginia Livingston Wheeler in selling fraudulent treatments discussed. [LIVINGSTON - denies licensed doctors are quacks.] Livingston's cancer clinic's treatment program, disapproved of by California Med. Association, described. Advice given Edith Schneider by licensed physician, resulting in her double mastectomy, noted. [SCHNEIDER - discusses her experience.] FBI search for James Keller, operator of clinic across border from Brownsville, Texas, who promoted useless drug tumorex in treatment of cancer reported [Congress investigator William HALAMANDARIS - sees these people as having vulture mentality.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins