FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO, IL, March 1, 2005, --/WORLD-WIRE/-- The Albert
Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr.
Samuel S. Epstein, Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational
Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition, has been awarded the Albert
Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal for Humanitarianism, the degree of Doctor
Honoris Causa in Humanities, and Honorary membership of the Polish
Academy of Medicine, for his longstanding and pioneering international
contributions to cancer prevention.
These awards will be presented on June 10, 2005, at a formal ceremony at
the Royal Castle in Warsaw during the International Symposium of the
Polish Academy of Medicine. Following these awards, Dr. Epstein has been
invited to make a presentation, based on his new book Cancer-Gate:
How to Win the Losing Cancer War, whose major themes have been
endorsed by over 100 leading experts in cancer prevention and public
health, besides non-governmental organizations and citizen activist
The Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal was initiated in 1998, and is awarded
every other year to those few individuals who have demonstrated
exemplary service to humanity. Previous recipients of the Medal include:
1999. Prof. Siegwart-Horst Günther, Germany, Collaborator of
Albert Schweitzer in his Hospital in Lambarene.
The Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine now consists of 260 University
professors from 71 nations, namely 223 University rectors and Deans, 24
Nobel Prize Laureates, 9 Presidents of Academy of Sciences, and other
outstanding authorities including Professor Luc Montagnier, President of
the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention.
2000. Prof. Spyros Marketos, Greece, President of the
Hippocrates Kos Foundation.
2001. Prof. Yuichiro Matsuura, Japan, Dean of Medical Faculty,
2003. Prof. Henry Walton, UK, Former President, World
Federation for Medical Education.
Dr. Epstein penetrates the facades of the huge cancer institutions and
organizations, and explodes the myth that they are protecting us from
cancer causing agents. In Cancer-Gate, he demonstrates that he is a
fearless fighter in the battle against environmental carcinogens.
--Ruth Winter, Past President of the American Society of
Journalists and Authors
Relentlessly, and with meticulous documentation, Dr. Epstein updates us
on the unresponsiveness of the National Cancer Institute and American
Cancer Society to avoidable causes of cancer. His urgent message-stop
cancer before it starts-is daily more imperative and must be heeded. A
must for every public health student and professional.
--Quentin D. Young, M.D., Chairman, Health and Medicine Policy
Group, Chicago, and Past President, American Public Health Association
Epstein is a legend in the field of cancer prevention. From his
prize-winning 1978 The Politics of Cancer through his latest brilliant
work Cancer-Gate, Epstein demonstrates a clear understanding of the
cancer crisis and the only real solution-cancer prevention. This year,
1,400,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and 600,000 will die.
If we had taken Epstein's advice on cancer prevention 30 years ago we
would not be facing this tragedy today.
--Frank D. Wiewel, Founder, People Against Cancer
Cancer has surpassed heart disease as America's #1 killer, but the
National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society continue to hope
that "magic bullet" drugs will save us. For over three
decades, Prof. Samuel Epstein has shown that many kinds of cancer can be
prevented by simply phasing out or eliminating carcinogens in the air,
food, water and workplace. Vested interests have blocked this strategy.
Epstein is a national treasure and his "Cancer-Gate" is simply
magnificent-a battle cry for activists to reclaim the failing war
--Ralph W. Moss, PhD, Director, The Moss Reports, and author The
Cancer Industry, 2000
Professor Epstein's scientifically-accurate, yet highly-readable, book
is an extraordinarily important depiction of the failure of President
Nixon's 1971 "War on Cancer." This has been due to
concentration on highly questionable treatment, and monumental neglect
of preventing environmental and other avoidable causes of cancer. Like
the "War on Terrorism," which has been sidetracked into a war
on Iraq and on human rights, the "War on Cancer" has enriched
powerful special interests, and stifled the free flow of public
information. This book provides recommendations and inspiration for
at-long-last transforming the largely futile, and inflationary, cancer
war into realistic strategies to prevent the nation's leading cause of
suffering and premature death.
--Victor W. Sidel, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx,
NY, and Past President, American Public Health Association
There is less and less effort to inform workers and their families, and
the public about avoidable environmental and occupational causes of
cancer. This book will make you pause and think-especially if you or a
loved one has cancer.
--Eula Bingham, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Environmental Health,
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and
Former Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
As Cancer-Gate details, the National Cancer Institute and American
Cancer Society have narrowly focused their policies and resources on
promoting highly profitable Big Pharma "miracle" drugs in
largely unsuccessful efforts to cure cancer. What's more, in defiance of
the Human Rights Covenants, they have denied the public of its right to
know of available information on the causes and prevention of cancer.
--Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Former President of the International
Institute of Concern for Public Health, and Member of the National
Association for Public Health Policy, International Science Oversight
Dr. Epstein is a scientist/scholar/activist who devotes his life 24/7 to
informing the public about what really causes cancer, and how we can
protect ourselves. In his brilliant and compelling book, in spite of the
silence of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and attacks by industry,
he has established guidelines on the public's undeniable right-to-know
of avoidable causes of cancer in the environment, workplace, hormone
replacement therapy and other prescription drugs, and consumer products.
--Barbara Seaman, Co-Founder, National Women's Health Network, and
author The Doctor's Case Against the Pill
Dr. Epstein's factual exposé of the National Cancer Institute and
American Cancer Society-their conflicts of interest, co-option by the
pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, and indifference to cancer
prevention-is riveting. Dr. Epstein reaches for the law to turn the
issue of public health into one of human rights. This book belongs on
the bookshelf of every lawyer and teacher of environmental law or public
health, in every law library, and on the reading lists of all related
law school classes.
--George S. Grossman, Professor of Law and Director of the Law
University of California, Davis
Cancer-Gate is Dr. Epstein's heroic efforts to show us how to reduce our
risks of cancer. Motivated by compassion and concern, he does not fail
to deeply impress. In both print and film, he is as remarkable in
command of scientific data as ability to present them in a way that is
both convincing to the public health community and accessible to the
general public. He has shared these powerful insights in my recent
documentary, The Corporation.
--Mark Achbar, Executive Producer, and Co-Director, The
Corporation, recipient of 22 international awards
Dr. Epstein's new masterpiece, Cancer-Gate takes the onus from industry
that tries to keep us in the dark about the war on cancer and puts the
information right into our hands. This well researched book acts as a
roadmap showing what is being done and what can be done regarding the
war on cancer. The importance of becoming proactive becomes even more
personal as Dr. Epstein reveals the role that the cosmetics industry
plays in the cancer epidemic in my forthcoming documentary "America
--Darryl Roberts, Producer, Sensory Overload Productions
Dean, School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Rosemary Sokas
Director, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War is available
from Baywood Publishing Company http://www.baywood.com
631-691-1270 or 800-638-7819