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August 1, 1977

Money Causes Cancer: Ban It

Author Affiliations

Denver General Hospital Denver

JAMA. 1977;238(5):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280050037007

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To the Editor.—  The decision-makers in the Food and Drug Administration have done it again: protected the rat, reduced the credibility of cancer scientists, and kept their string of inane pronouncements on cancer dangers intact. Their forthright attacks on cranberries, food dyes, cyclamate, estrogen, plastic bottles, and now saccharin are indeed a remarkable display of bureaucratic footwork when tobacco is exported by the federal government as a foodstuff under several "food programs."In response to this nonsense, we inserted sterilized dimes into the peritoneal cavity of 35 rats on March 28, 1976. As expected, the first sarcoma was noted ten months later. In only 14 months, nine rats have sarcomas and nine have distinct abdominal masses. The malignancy of the first and second tumors has been confirmed by successful transplantation. We estimate that malignant neoplasms will develop in more than 50% of the rats.The FDA and Consumer Product Safety