Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ralph Moss, Dean Burk, and Your Precious Bodily Fluids

As previously blogged, Ralph Moss was a PhD working at Sloan-Kettering until he and elements of senior management developed irreconcilable differences of opinion and went their separate ways. After he left Sloan-Kettering, his interest in cancer research undiminished, he befriended Albert Szent-Györgyi, whose theories about and understandings of cancer have already graced this blog.

Ralph Moss also befriended Dean Burk, a biochemist, who, among other things, co-discovered a B Vitamin, played a role in the invention of the MRI, studied with two Nobel Laureates, and more. One of these Nobel Laureates, with whom Dean Burk became an extremely close friend, was Otto Warburg, who also had an extremely interesting life. An MD, a PhD, who won the Iron Cross, second class, and two Nobel Prizes, (unfortunately at the time he won the second, it was considered unGerman to accept a Nobel Prize), a distinguished cancer researcher, whose ideas are coming back into fashion.

Warburg stayed in Germany and kept his job at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute during the Nazi years despite the fact that his father had been of Jewish origin. The reason for this, the grapevine has it, was that very high-ranking Nazis, if not their leader himself, believed that he was on the cusp of finding a cure for cancer, and wanted to keep him close by, in case they, or their friends or family should need his ministrations. When laws were passed that banned Germany's Jews, and those with a parent of Jewish origin, from its universities, the highest echelons of the Nazi party saw to it that their office responsible for determining racial "purity" "reassessed" Warburg's Jewish background and reported that only one grandparent had been of Jewish ancestry, which, to poisoned minds meant that he was to be left alone. And thus, right to the end of the war, Warburg had a lab wherein he could do his research oblivious to the clash of arms all around him.

One of Burk's passions was the fight against fluoridation. When Dr. John Yiamouyiannis PhD first approached Burk and told him that there was evidence that suggested that adding fluoride to drinking water was an utter catastrophe for public health, Burk all but urged him to get lost, because he'd been at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when the initial studies had been done that had concluded that it was safe. Yiamouyiannis dared Burk to examine his data and tell him where he'd gone wrong; Burk did so, agreed that he had to be right, and, convinced that water fluoridation accounts for tens of thousands of deaths per year in the United States, began his crusade against fluoridating public water supplies. Among other accomplishments, he was able to convince the Dutch and Australian authorities to end their fluoridation programs.

Here are Ralph Moss's recollections of Dean Burk.

You may, of course, be asking yourself, why would anyone ever put anything into the drinking water if there is any doubt at all that it is poisonous. The answer is that fluoride is a byproduct of the production of aluminum, uranium and some fertilizers. A few studies and scientists with a distinct whiff of "liars for hire," transformed what would otherwise have been a hazardous byproduct requiring expensive disposal into an expensive asset that the tax-payer in some countries is forced to buy, pay to put into his drinking water, and then ingest.

If you find this hard to believe, watch this incomparable video.

If you want more information, here is a good starting point.


Anonymous said...

You wtie: "Among other accomplishments, he was able to convince the Dutch and Australian authorities to end
their fluoridation programs."

That is odd, here in Perth Western Australia, my tea tasts of floride. Very few metrpolitan Oz water supplies are flouride free.

potpourri_for_sixteen_hundred said...

There's a difference between "persuading authorities," and "persuading all authorities."