X-Message-Number: 3548
From:  (Thomas Donaldson)
Subject: CRYONICS: re $0014.419
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 1994 10:47:12 -0800 (PST)

Hi (to Kevin and others):

There is a very close political relationship. The FDA has become a monster
and needs to be stopped, ideally if possible the entire Food and Drug 
Administration should be abolished and replaced by private testing labs.
For cryonicists who haven't been watching, it has basically acted to delay 
use of ANY new technology in medicine, even in cases where that technology
has been used with success many times in other countries. These delays have
cost lives, trouble, and money to Americans.

As at least some cryonicists know, Saul Kent and Bill Faloon have been very
active as opponents of the FDA. 

To be coldly practical about this matter, given the small amount of resources
that cryonics societies have, we should probably not get involved in this 
battle AS CRYONICISTS. (I think research in cryonics deserves more money than
this battle). And I think that it's not a battle in which our support is
crucial. As a matter of fact, I think it will be won before it ever becomes
relevant to cryonics itself. But I will also say that if it HASN'T been won

by then, I'm sure the FDA will do its best to prevent use of cryonics 
suspensionfor as long as it is able.

There is a lot more that must happen before cryonics becomes commonly 
accepted, even if not commonly used. And the FDA is one agency which will 
make a BIG problem for that unless it's changed before then.

			Long long life,


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