Andrew C. von Eschenbach. The man running the FDA "at least temporarily."
I thought that name looked familiar.
Don't look now, but we could be in big trouble if he stays at the FDA. That's why I'm writing President Bush asking him to please avoid this choice. (Mailing address is The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500)
We can all but consider over-the-counter Plan B "morning after pills" a done deal, with von Eschenbach at the helm.
After all, he's the one who was President-elect of the "protect-abortion-at-the-cost-of-women's-lives" American Cancer Society in December 2002, when he was appointed Director of the National Cancer Institute. The NCI funded a China study for five years that found there were in fact links between induced abortion and increased risks of breast cancer. It was presented in an obscure conference abstract but otherwise buried by NCI while on von Eschenbach's watch.
Here's something else to give me great pause:
"As head of the National Cancer Institute, [von Eschenbach] outlined an ambitious goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer and turning it into a manageable disease by 2015 -- an aim regarded by some as unlikely."Ya think?
According to the NCI's website, this isn't the same as "eliminat[ing] cancer," but the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have been raising and spending billions of dollars (ACS = $2.7 billion since 1946; NCI "over 30 years ago") to do. all. that. over the past 30-60 years.
And von Eschenbach thinks they now can knock out "suffering and death" from all cancers in the next ten years?
What, and maybe force a paycut on his successor at the ACS, down from $760,953 annually?
I'll believe it when I see it.
All I know is, if I ever do get cancer, I won't take a dime or a minute of time from the ACS or Komen or anyone who supports them.