Today sees the official release of Eric Merola’s highly-anticipated film, SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN KETTERING – his third ‘cancer cover-up’ film since the internationally award-winning BURZYNSKI movie series, which stirred up enough controversy to see its subject headlining every USA Today newspaper in America.
Naturally, I’m very proud to again be credited as Eric’s co-editor on this latest film, and it seems fitting for me that the official release date should, by pure coincidence, fall on the anniversary of my mother’s passing to breast cancer in 2010. The event that would ultimately see my path converge with Eric’s some 18 months later.
As with the Burzynski films, SECOND OPINION is a Merola-masterpiece in storytelling. However, it also represents a big jump in filmmaking quality with director of photography (Doug Jensen), music supervisor (Peter Venne) and witty political cartoonist (Tom Meyer) adding an entirely new level of audio-visual quality and dimension to the mix. As such, the movie is also available on high definition Blu-Ray in addition to DVD and video-on-demand.
The SECOND OPINION Synopsis reads as follows:
The War On Cancer, launched 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 an unconventional therapy called “Laetrile” in an effort to curb the public’s “false hope” in the alleged “quack” therapy.
Ralph W. 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. One of his first assignments was to write a biography about Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, one of the Center’s oldest and leading research scientists as well as the original co-inventor of chemotherapy.
While meeting with this iconic scientist to pen a biography on his 60-year career at Sloan-Kettering, Moss discovered that Sugiura had been studying this “quack remedy” in laboratory mice, 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.
Fuelled by respect and admiration for Sugiura—Ralph W. Moss attempted 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 fellow employees to help anonymously leak this information to the American public—through a newly formed underground organization they called — “Second Opinion”.
For more information, please visit the SECOND OPINION official movie website -