Letters to the Editor

Fall 2007 - Volume 11 Number 4

Dear Editor,

My name is Dr Richard Sattilaro. My cousin, who was president of Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia, wrote a book Recalled By Life [referenced in J Horowitz, M Tomita. The Macrobiotic Diet as treatment for cancer: review of the evidence. Perm J 2002 Fall;6(4):34-7].

He was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. In desperation he tried macrobiotics and had a remission. In his sincere enthusiasm he wrote the above book and appeared on several TV shows. His book has been proffered as a ‘bible" to many cancer victims who have, as a consequence, forsaken traditional treatment.

His remission was short lived. He died from his cancer not very long after the book was published. Thousands of copies of his book are still "hawked" to make a buck. To repeat: he died from the same cancer he thought was "cured" by holistic medicine and/or macrobiotics.
You should make this clear on your Web site.

Richard F Sattilaro, MD

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