This is a transcript from a speech read on the radio station KPFK-FM in Los Angeles, California.
Item is handwritten.
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1971-01-17 (January 17, 1971)
Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
United States Food and Drug Administration
Promoting Vitamin C
Taped 17 Jan 1971 for KPFK
I am LP. Prof. Chsm[?] Stanford
Today I shall talk about FDA There is something rotten in the District of Columbia.
I am not referring to the Nixon Administration's policy about war in SE Asia, (to talk about peace while planning to continue
indefinitely the air bombing of this small region at the rate of the attacks on Germany and Japan during the Second World
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nor about Nixon's economic policy (to attack inflation by putting more and more people out of work, while steel prices
and other prices are allowed to rise 6 or 7% per year).
Today it [sic] the FDA that I discuss.
The big drug companies work hard to develop and sell new drugs, at high prices.
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Who takes the responsibility of giving good, responsible advice to the American about good nutrition, about eating foods,
such as the essential foods called vitamins, in such a way as to put people in the best of health.
It should be the FDA, but it isn't.
In this aspect of its work, the FDA has failed to do its duty
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I said vit. C can help to prevent colds and ameliorate colds.
On 16 Dec 1970 Food and Drug Commissioner Chas C Edwards was reported as saying that Vit C has no value.
He telephoned me, saying that he had been misquoted.
Then on 29 Dec UPI reported him as saying "--------.
Other authorities. AMA
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Neither Dr. Edwards nor any other physician of the many who have made such has given the evidence for his statements. I give
200 mg/day for people in ordinary conditions of exposure.
I say 15% decrease, is no. and in severity.
Edwards, AMA etc say no effect.
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Several studies have been made and pub'd in medical literature.
Not one supports Edwards' statement with statistical[?] significance.
Several support my statement and rule out Edwards [sic] statement.