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FMTV - Second Opinion

Second Opinion

Runtime: 75m 06s | Release date: 2014

The launch of the War On Cancer in the early 1970s set the stage for a massive influx of new ideas in fighting the disease of cancer. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, America's leading cancer research center at the time, was assigned the task of testing one of the most "quackish" of all "quack remedies" in an effort to curb the public's "false hope" in the alleged therapy.

Ralph Moss, PhD, a young and eager science writer, was hired by Sloan-Kettering's public relations department in 1974, to help brief the American public on the center's contribution to the War On Cancer. Shortly after starting his position, Moss befriended one of the center's oldest and leading research scientists, Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura—an original co-founder of chemotherapy.

While meeting with this iconic scientist to pen a biography on his extensive 60-year career at Sloan-Kettering, Moss discovered that Sugiura had been studying this "quack remedy" in laboratory mice for nearly 2 years, and with unexpectedly positive results. Shocked and bewildered, Moss reported back to his superiors what he had discovered, only to be met with backlash and denial from Sloan-Kettering's leaders on what their own leading scientist had found.

Fueled by respect and admiration for Sugiura, Ralph Moss spent over four years in his attempts to publicize the truth about Sugiura's findings. And after all diplomatic approaches failed, Moss lived a double life working as a loyal employee at Sloan-Kettering while also recruiting his fellow employees to help anonymously leak this information to the American people through a newly formed underground organization they called— "Second Opinion".

Eric Merola
Ralph W. Moss
Alec Pruchnicki
Robert Good
Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura
Lewis Thomas
Chester Stock
Lloyd Old
Martha, Ben and Melissa Moss


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Maryann Procca | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I just looked up Laetrile online and some references say that it can cause cyanide poisoning.
Not sure if this is addressed in the movie.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hi Maryann, thank you for tuning in and commenting. This is an interesting point, one that we have not done further investigation into. We would suggest you seek some further information regarding Laetrile which you may also do by checking out the film's website here: http://www.secondopinionfilm.com/. Hope this helps! ~ Jasmin ❤
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Zita Kalman | 2 months, 1 week ago
Former Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs at the USFDA: “Nobody is going to pay $70,000 for a new cancer drug if they can buy Laetrile for 75 cents.” It's still shocking for me to hear these kind of sentences in a movie and extremely hard to believe that organisations and essentially people are making decisions based on their pockets rather than the greater good of humanity. I mean we're playing with human lives here. So sad.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 months, 1 week ago
Indeed, Zita! Thanks for commenting! :) ~ Iris
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Yvonne Davies | 4 months, 4 weeks ago
I read that Laetrile was proven to suppress cancer early in the 1900s. When the scientist discovered this and shared his good news with colleagues, he was removed from the laboratory (sacked and discredited). They then proceeded to destroy all his work, animals, notes, everything over four days. The book is... 'Murder by Injection' Paperback by Eustace Clarence Mullins (Author) – 21 Apr 2016
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Sieglinde Kinser | 4 months, 2 weeks ago
How sad this kind of thing is still going on today with so many natural things.
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Sanna Jonkhart | 10 months, 1 week ago
Only respect for honest people like these, who lay their livelihoods and reputations on the line to serve the truth and the people. Impressive documentary. Thank you!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 10 months, 1 week ago
Thank you for your kind words Sanna, we really appreciate it ~ Ivory :)
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Ricky Barnes | 1 year, 7 months ago
There seems no end to the corruption in western medicine. Thanks to fmtv for illuminating these topics. Also, thanks a bunch for showing my film 50 Cents A Dose. Alas, it paints no brighter picture.
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krystal kouvaras | 1 year, 9 months ago
I feel such respect and compassion for Dr Sugiura. It was a heartbreaking moment at that press conference when he was telling the truth but still had to support the company. Thank you for the brave, the honest and the good people. Thank you to Ralph Moss. You are a true hero.

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