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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine~PCRM

2.When longtime PCRM spokesperson Dr. Jerry Vlasak addressed the “Animal Rights 2003” convention, he openly endorsed the murder of doctors who use animals in their research. “I don’t think you’d have to kill—assassinate—too many,” Vlasak told the assembled activists. “I think for 5 lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives.”

3.PCRM president Neal Barnard is not a nutritionist, a dietician, or a biochemist. He’s a non-practicing psychiatrist who claims that cheese is “dairy crack” and “morphine on a cracker.” Barnard is also PETA’s “medical advisor” and president of The PETA Foundation.

4.The American Medical Association (AMA) has called PCRM a “fringe organization” that uses “unethical tactics” and is “interested in perverting medical science.” When he was the AMA’s Vice President for Scientific Affairs, Dr. Jerod M. Loeb wrote that PCRM was “officially censured” by the AMA. That AMA statement also condemned PCRM for supporting “a campaign of misinformation against important animal research of AIDS.”

5.According to Newsweek, PCRM president Neal Barnard co-signed intimidating letters (on PCRM letterhead) in 2001 with Kevin Kjonaas, then the leader of a violent animal rights group described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a “domestic terrorism threat.” The letters demanded that companies in 32 states and 8 foreign countries stop doing business with a biomedical research laboratory that uses animals in a small portion of its work. Kjonaas will face federal terrorism charges in June 2005.

6.PCRM gained a high public profile in 2004 by sponsoring a lawsuit against the late Dr. Robert Atkins (whose low-carbohydrate diet typically includes meat and dairy foods, two big animal-rights no-nos). PCRM has run newspaper ads looking for disgruntled low-carb dieters willing to sue their own physicians for prescribing the Atkins plan. PCRM also unethically leaked Dr. Atkins’s private coroner’s report to The Wall Street Journal.

7.PCRM discourages Americans from making donations to health charities like the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation—solely because they support disease research that requires the use of animals.

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