The Lester Breslow Page

"Mr. Junk Science" himself

For more than 50 years, Lester Breslow was a leading purveyor of the scientifically fraudulent practice of hyping spurious so-called "risk factors" based on lifestyle questionnaires, while ignoring the genuine biological causes of diseases such as heart disease and cancer, in order to ram his political agenda of health fascism down the American peoples' throats, via his strong and early connections to the Lasker Syndicate. And California smokers have borne the brunt of his evildoing.

DEATH OF A NAZI. Re: Lester Breslow, Who Linked Healthy Habits and Long Life, Dies at 97. By Douglas Martin. New York Times, Apr. 14, 2012. The obituary claims that "As an official of the California department in the 1940s and ’50s, he did some of the early definitive studies on the harmful effects of smoking." There is no such thing as an "early definitive study on the harmful effects of smoking," because there was no body of research on the role of then-unexplored infections in the diseases blamed on lifestyle. People of lower social class are more likely to have been exposed to those infections, so studies based on lifestyle questionnaires are designed to falsely blame lifestyles of the less privileged, and favor the lifestyles of the more privileged. The mere pretense that those studies are "definitive" is itself proof of dogmatism and of intent to subordinate science to political ends!

In fact, the design of those studies imitates the design used in the National Socialist Third Reich. The Nazis could hide behind the excuse of ignorance, but today's health fascists CANNOT. Cultists such as Lester Breslow have systematically conspired to use political influence to impose their fanatical beliefs on everyone in the country, and the Surgeon General reports are Exhibit A of their political corruption. Since the 1980s, these have all been concocted by a closed-minded little clique, ring-led by Jonathan M. Samet, who is now the head of the FDA panel on tobacco. Real scientists with evidence on infection, along with any other evidence that contradicts their preordained conclusions, are systematically excluded from the process. Their accomplices in the mass media, of which The New York Times is an example, have systematically deceived the public and concealed their wrongdoing, to violate the rights of the American people and impose their fanaticism at taxpayer expense.

The Surgeon General Lies About Cancer
The Surgeon General Lies About Heart Disease

Dogma Preceded Science, 1948

Overweight today was pronounced America's No. 1 nutritional problem. Dr. Lester Breslow, chief of the California Bureau of Chronic Diseases, said nutrition specialists should be educating the public on the dangers of overweight. "They're still talking about vitamins and .minerals,'' he said. Dr. Earle Beasley, Boston, Mass., another speaker yesterday before the American College of Osteopathic Internists, said the increased fat on Americans is one reason for an increase in hardening of the arteries. 'Unused fat in the diet seems to result in scaly deposits on the inside of blood vessels - and there you have hardening of the arteries,' he said." (Avoirdupois No. 1 Threat to Nation. Oakland Tribune, Mar. 25, 1948.)

In fact, the death rates from heart disease steadily declined beginning in the late 1960s, while Americans' weight increased. (Fig. 1. In: Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Decline in Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke -- United States, 1900-1999. MMWR 1999 Aug 6;48(30):649-656.) And, a $625 million randomized controlled study on low-fat diet, the Women's Health Initiative, showed no benefit. (Low-fat dietary pattern and risk of cardiovascular disease: the Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial. BV Howard et al. JAMA 2006 Feb 8;295(6):655-666.)

Fig. 1. In: Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999 / CDC
Howard / JAMA 2006 full article

President's Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation

Philip R. Lee was Assistant Secretary for Health under both Presidents Lyndon Baines Johnson during the Lasker push for Medicaid, and William Jefferson Clinton during that push for national health insurance. He attributes his getting this position to "an 'old boy' network operating. He [Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare John W. Gardner, whom he met at the Bohemian Grove, that legendary hotbed of conspiracy] knew my dad when he was a student at Stanford and thought very highly of my dad and knew subsequently of his activities when he (John) was president of Carnegie. He knew the work my dad had done on the President's Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation. That was the Magnassen report. Actually my dad and Lester Breslow basically wrote that report, but that's another story. Howard Rusk got my dad appointed to that by President Truman." (Philip R. Lee HCFA oral history, interviewed by Prof. Edward Berkowitz, Nov. 27, 1995.)

Philip Lee / HCFA Oral History

National Health Survey, 1955

Lester Breslow, chief of the California Bureau of Chronic Diseases, supervised the U.S. Census Bureau survey of about 35,000 persons in 12,000 homes throughout the state. The project was financed by grants totaling $207,000 from the U.S. Public Health Service, with $158,000 for the census taking and $48,000 for processing the information. (State Survey of 'Hidden' Illness. Bakersfield Californian, Mar. 11, 1954.) Its goals included to "to find out "how many smoke and how often. It is understood that the results will be used in connection with research into lung diseases, particularly lung cancer." The director of the Bureau of Commerce said the survey was made at the request of the U.S. Public Health Service. "The questions worked out, by the Health Service and the Census Bureau are designed to lead to an estimate of how many Americans smoke, how many are heavy, moderate, or light smokers, and how long they have been at it." (Survey on smoking set. UP. New York Times, Feb. 6, 1955.) Congress was asked to appropriate $1,250,000 for another survey. (U.S. Health Study Made in Bay Area. By Tom Riley. Oakland Tribune, May 31, 1957.)

APHA anti-smoking resolution, 1959

"Chief proponent of the resolution was Dr. Lester Breslow, chief, Department of Chronic Disease, California Department of Public Health, who earlier in the meeting gave a paper on 'Occupations and Lung Cancer.'" His crony in the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Malcolm Merrill, was the newly elected president of the APHA. (Hill & Knowlton memo, Oct. 22, 1959)

APHA Anti-Smoking Resolution, 1959 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Lasker Award, 1960

Breslow received the 1960 Albert Lasker Award for "developing a pioneer state disease control program in the fields of alcoholism, obesity, cancer, air pollution and general morbidity." (Honor State Group for Research. UPI. Pasadena Star-News, Nov. 4, 1960.)

California Cancer Field Study, 1961

The National Cancer Institute funded a $3.25 million "cancer field study, concentrating on Alameda and Contra Costa counties. "The program will include studies on the personal characteristics and environment of cancer victims; attempts to determine the viral nature of cancer, continuing efforts of Dr. Edwin Lennette, chief of the state's viral laboratory; studies of possible cancer-causing chemicals, and similar investigation of cancer in animals generally associated with humans." (State Will Launch Cancer Field Study. Oakland Tribune, Aug. 10, 1961.)

California declares war on smoking, 1963

"The State of California literally declared war on cigarette smoking today on the basis of a Department of Public Health report which labelled the habit 'a severe hazard to health' and recommends its complete abandonment." It proposed more propaganda of professionals in the health and educational fields, stricter enforcement of the existing sales ban on minors, removing vending machines from health facilities, anti-smoking clinics. Breslow also advocated smoking bans in public places. (State Drafts Anti-Smoking Plan. Los Angeles Herald Examiner, July 19, 1963.) George V. Allen of the Tobacco Institute offered mere platitudes in reply: "There is wide dispute among scientists as to the causes of lung cancer and heart disease. The proposals by Dr. Lester Breslow, who has been opposed to tobacco for some years, are not justified by current scientific evidence." (Industry Disputes Breslow. San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, Jul. 19, 1963.)

California declares war on smoking, 1963 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

The 1964 Surgeon General Report

Breslow refused to release unpublished data that he had provided for the Surgeon General report, claiming that "At the present time, we do not wish to give our unpublished data any further circulation." (Breslow to George V. Allen, President and Director of the Tobacco Institute, May 12, 1964.)

Breslow to Allen, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

John R. Goldsmith, Head of Air Pollution Medical Studies, claims that their data "was regrettably prepared in some haste and I do not have a copy that is suitable for distribution." (Goldsmith to Allen, May 13, 1964.)

Goldsmith to Allen, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

"The California chapters of ACS, American Heart Association and National Tuberculosis Association formed an Interagency Council on Smoking and Health in December 1963, more than six months before the National Council was formed. The Department did not wait for the report of the Governor's Committee to initiate action." The report particularly credits the efforts of Dr. Lester Breslow. (A Directory of Some Groups Conducting Campaigns on Smoking. Nov. 2, 1964.)

Some Groups Conducting Campaigns on Smoking, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 23 pp)

Report of The Governor's Advisory Committee on Cigarette Smoking and Health, 1964

Following the California State Board of Health's resolution to persecute smoking in July 1963, Governor Edmund Brown hastened to appoint his Governor's Advisory Committee on Cigarette Smoking and Health. (An investigation of the Lasker Syndicate connections of his campaign contributors would be in order.) Breslow's crony Dr. Malcolm Merrill was the chairman of this committee of handpicked stooges, whose report was presented in November 1964.

Report of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Cigarette Smoking and Health, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 163)

Gov. Brown appointed Breslow director of the State Department of Public Health, replacing his longtime crony, Malcolm H. Merrill, who resigned to take a post in the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare. (Pick New Director of Health. Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, Nov. 28, 1965.) Another paper said Merrill resigned to become chief of health services for the U.S. State Department Office of Technical Cooperation and Research. (Berkeleyan Named State Health Boss. Oakland Tribune, Nov. 28, 1965.)

First International Congress on Smoking and Health, 1966

Breslow was a member of the First International Congress on Smoking and Health, apparently first planned for 1964 but eventually held in 1966. Anti-smoking warhorse Alton Ochsner was its president, and other members included Takeshi Hirayama, Ann Landers, Ralph Lazarus (the president of Federated Department Stores), Sens. Frank Moss and Maurine Neuberger, and Rep. Morris K. Udall. The address given, 6830 Laurel Street in Washington, DC, is that of the Seventh Day Adventist's former International Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking," now called Breathe Free.

First International Conference on Smoking and Health / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Lester Breslow was a member of Work Group 9: Government Action and Legislation, of the World Conference on Smoking and Health in 1967.

"A History of Cancer Control in the United States, 1946-1971"

Lester Breslow interviewed by Larry Agran, Dec. 2, 1975; and former NCI Director Kenneth Endicott interviewed by Devra Breslow, May 19, 1976. History of Camcer Control Project, UCLA School of Public Health. Principal Investigator, Lester Breslow, M.D., M.P.H. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, DHEW Pub. No. (NIH) 79-1519. Asked whether any of his colleagues in 1938-39 had "any suspicions... that smoking might not be healthy," Nreslow replied, "Not among any of my colleagues either in the limited medical circles nor in epidemiologic or public health circles." Ernst Wynder visited him in Berkeley in 1947-48. "He came after some introduction, by himself or a telephone call or letter. He didn't just drop in. He came in rather suddenly with an obvious and very strong conviction that cigarette smoking was factor in lung cancer. He got this notion from his association in St. Louis, where he had gone to medical school, with Evarts Graham. Wynder had undertaken a retrospective case control study and he came by to let us know that he was going to be visiting the hospitals in the Bay Area to interview patients and controls in regard to cigarette smoking practices as a part of his studies. We thought he was rash young man and asked whether a member of our staff could accompany him. Our staff member came back with a horrendous story of poor technique, so we decided that we ought to do a proper kind of study." Breslow gives 1955 as the year when "the consensus among those who cared was pretty clear," with "those who cared" not specified.

Breslow / A History of Cancer Control in the United States, 1946-1971 / UCSF (pdf, 42 pp)

"A History of Scientific and Technical Advances in Cancer Control. Book One"

A History of Scientific and Technical Advances in Cancer Control. Book One. Another Lester Breslow history. Notes that Surgeon General Terry "astutely allowed the Tobacco Institute to veto any proposed nominees to the Advisory Committee. In this way, the Surgeon General managed to bestow upon the Advisory Committee the tobacco industry's implicit endorsement as to its objectivity." However, the Council for Tobacco Research was itself packed with Laskerite true believers in the first place. This is the essence of "manufactured consent." Also notes how the report was released in 1964 "with the utmost fanfare -- a carefully staged press conference to carry the message to the American public." Elsewhere, it wallows in bathos about how anti-smoking epidemiologist Evarts Graham died of lung cancer several years after quitting smoking - but we thought that was supposed to save people! Perhaps he should have investigated the role of infection instead.

A History of Scientific and Technical Advances in Cancer Control. Book One / UCSF (pdf, 31 pp)

American Health Foundation

Breslow was on the Board of Scientific Consultants of Ernst L. Wynder's American Health Foundation, circa 1971. Other Consultants included Takeshi Hirayama (author of secondhand smoke studies in the 1980s), and Fredrick J Stare, a correspondent of Mary Lasker dating from 1959, and also of Florence Mahoney. (AHF Brochure).

AHF Brochure, ca. 1971 / UCSF (pdf, 9 pp)

Children's Television Workshop

Breslow was a member of the Advisors and Task Force of "Feeling Good," a series of 26 hour-long programs by the Children's Television Workshop, which aired on 250 Public Broadcasting Service TV stations in 1974-75. Joan Ganz Cooney, now a director of Johnson & Johnson, was president of CTW, and Ruby Hearn of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was director of content development. Other Advisors and Task Force Members included Douglass Cater of the Aspen Institute; Jacob Feldman, then at the Harvard School of Public Health (and numerous others affiliated with HSPH); former Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee; Charles LeMaistre, Chancellor of of the University of Texas System; Bayless Manning, president of the CFR; Robert Manning, editor of the Atlantic Monthly; Gerard Piel, publisher of Scientific American; future Surgeon General Julius Richmond; Steven Schroeder, former head of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, then Medical Director of the George Washington University Health Plan; Victor Weingarten, director of the President's Committee on Health Education; and Ernst Wynder of the American Health Foundation.

Feeling Good, circa 1973 / UCSF (pdf, 28 pp)

Breslow's Tobacco Industry Research Grant Application

Despite having declared war on cigarette smoking, Breslow had no compunctions against hitting the tobacco companies up for money for his study, "Cancer Mortality Among Mormons." It was already being funded by the University of California, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society. James E. Enstrom was co-author.

Breslow CTR Research Grant Application, Dec. 23, 1975 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)

Approval of Breslow's study proposal by Henry T. Lynch MD: "Dr. Breslow correctly calls attention to the need to study other confounding variables including alcohol, coffee, tea, diet, drugs, exercise, general health practices and many other environmental aspects which could be of epidemiological importance." In other words, all the usual worthless, Lasker Syndicate-approved phony so-called risk factors which generate spurious odds ratios by confounding with infection. Naturally, he praises it to the sky, because it will do nothing to help the tobacco industry but much to promote health fascism. William Gardner, the Scientific Director of the CTR, approves it as well. RJ Bing expresses suspicion of epidemiology and notes that "he has tremendous grant support already; from NIH alone he has about a million dollars, why he needs our money I do not really know."

Lynch's approval, Jan 19, 1976 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
Gardner's approval, Jan. 20, 1976 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)
Bing's disapproval, Mar. 9, 1976 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

"The connection between diet and health in the United States is under scrutiny as never before both by government and private groups,,, A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Lester Breslow of the Center for Health Science, University of California School of Public Health, reflects an important trend in the issue. He calls for a 'positive strategy for the nation's health',,, Last month the National Cancer Institute presented Senator George McGovern's Nutrition Subcommittee five 'interim principles' for reducing cancer risk through changes in eating and drinking habits,,," Sen. George McGovern, an old crony of Florence Mahoney, became a Trustee of the AHF between 1984 and 1987, and NCI Director Arthur Upton was later a Trustee of the AHF between 1984 and 1986. (Growing Attention to Diet-Cancer Link Spurs New Look At Nutrition Policy," DECA Memorandum [Division of Environmental and Consumer Affairs of Hill & Knowlton], Nov. 27, 1979).

DECA Memorandum, 1979 / UCSF (pdf, 5 pp)

Rep. Henry Waxman stacks the deck for Lasker Syndicate junk science, 1979

Re House Health and Environment hearings, Nov. 14, 1979: "When Waxman reads the hearing record, he'll be no more certain than before of just where the 'scientific community' thinks research should be headed in the next decade. Biologist Lewis Thomas, president of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, made an eloquent plea for basic research; physician Lester Breslow, dean of the University of California - Los Angeles School of Public Health, made as eloquent a plea for epidemiologic research. From the orientation of the witness list and the tenor of Waxman's opening remarks, it looks as though epidemiologic research has the edge, at least in the subcommittee's estimation... The remainder of the witnesses at the day's hearings - with the exception of NIH director Donald Fredrickson, who urged that his agency be protected from an advocacy, pro-prevention role - lined up on the side of Lester Breslow and epidemiology." (House Health Hearings. Bioscience 1980 Jan;30(1):12,63.)

In fact, Henry Waxman (D-CA) doesn't want to know what scientists think. His staff stacked the deck the way it did to put on a typical Lasker propaganda show (for which they train their stooges) to deceive the public and "manufacture consent." He is their corrupt lackey, and everything this vermin has ever done is a lie and a fraud. His complete psychopathology is probably the most valuable asset they ever had.

Waxman Health Hearings, 1979 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

"Preventive Oncology," 1980

"In April 1980, a group of scientists met with the American Health Foundation Staff and Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute, to define preventive oncology and how preventive oncology could best evolve with the National Cancer Program. An additional participant in the afternoon session of the conference was Dr. Joshua Lederberg, President of the Rockefeller University." Charles LeMaistre and Ernst L. Wynder were chairmen. Other participants included Lester Breslow, Arthur Upton, and John Weisburger. (Editorial: Preventive Oncology and the National Cancer Program. Prev Med 1980 Nov;9(6):823-825.)

Preventive Medicine, 1980 / UCSF (pdf, 3 pp)

National Conference on Smoking Or Health, 1981

A so-called "blueprint for action," with Charles LeMaistre of the ACS, later Chair of the "Countdown 2000 Ten Years to a Tobacco-Free America;" Richard Schweiker, US DHHS; Lester Breslow; Robert Beck of IBM to plot workplace anti-smoking; Philip Lee; former SG Jesse Steinfeld; and others.

National Conference on Smoking Or Health, 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

Breslow was the Group Leader of Work Group 2, "Use of 'High Risk' Concept in Smoking Control," which also included Kent Peterson of IBM Corporation, Don Powell of the American Health Foundation, and Irwin Tobin of the March of Dimes.

Work Group 2, NCSH 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 21 pp)

Breslow assisted in the Office of Technology Assessment project on "Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health" in 1982. Other participants included David Baltimore, Sir Richard Doll, Maureen Henderson, Joshua Lederberg, Benno Schmidt, Arthur Upton, and Ernst Wynder.

OTA - Technology Transfer / Princeton University

NCI Boards, 1982-84

"LESTER BRESLOW, dean emeritus of the UCLA School of Public Health and codirector of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Div. of Cancer Control, will be the new chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of NCI's Div. of Resources, Centers & Community Activities. He replaces Stephen Carter, who gave up membership on the Board in anticipation of the heavy demands of his new job with Bristol-Myers." (In Brief. ...Breslow named DRCCA Board Chairman... The Cancer Letter 1982 Aug. 20;8(32).)

The Cancer Letter, 1982 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)

Other members of the DRCCA Board in 1983 included Jerome J. DeCosse and Ernst Wynder of the American Health Foundation. (DRCCA Board gives concept approval to nutrition clinical trials which could total $52.5 million. The Cancer Letter 1983 Jan. 28;9(4).)

The Cancer Letter, 1983 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)

"Lester Breslow wrapped up his four year term on the Board of Scientific Counselors of NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, the last two as chairman, with a summary of the Board's activities and some suggestions for the future..." (Breslow says NCI, Centers, States, should collaborate on cancer control. The Cancer Letter 1984 June 1;10(22).)

The Cancer Letter, 1984 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)

IOM The Future of Public Health, 1988

Committee Member Biography: "LESTER BRESLOW, M.D., M.P.H., is Dean Emeritus and Professor, School of Public Health, and Director of Health Services Research, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA. Before coming to UCLA, he was with the California State Department of Public Health from 1946 to 1968. He has served as President of the American Public Health Association, of the International Epidemiological Association, and of the Association of Schools of Public Health. In 1959 Dr. Breslow initiated the Human Population Laboratory in Alameda County, Calif. As a member of the Institute of Medicine, he has served on the Council; as founding Chairman, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and on several study projects. In 1979 he became the first editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and has continued in that capacity. Dr. Breslow has been a frequent consultant to the National Cancer Institute, National Heart Institute, Centers for Disease Control, other federal health agencies, and the World Health Organization." Other members of the Committee included its chairman, the Lasker- and AHA-awarded Richard D. Remington, who formerly headed the schools of public health at the University of Texas in Houston and at the University of Michigan; and Robert J. Haggerty, a Trustee of Ernst Wynder's American Health Foundation from 1989 to 1991. This tome was the predecessor to Roz Diane Lasker's "Public Health and Medicine."

Breslow bio, The Future of Public Health / National Academy Press 1988
Remington bio, The Future of Public Health / National Academy Press 1988

IOM Workshop on Application of the Risk Factor Preventive Model From Physical Health Care to Mental Disorders, 1992

Comments on the Day and Round Table Discussion led by Lester Breslow, July 29, 1992.

Breslow / IOM Workshop 1992

Lester Breslow awarded Healthtrac Foundation Prize, 1995

Breslow received this $50,000 prize in 1995. "Past recipients of the prize include international health leader William Foege, fitness innovator Kenneth H. Cooper and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop."

Healthtrac Foundation Prize

Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC)

The Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee oversees the programs funded by California's Proposition 99, passed in 1989, which imposed an extortionate tax on smokers to fund their own persecution. The anti-smokers proudly boast of it as "the largest tobacco control program in the world," Lester Breslow was a member of the TEROC board from its beginning until at least 1997. (Holding Government Accountable: Tobacco Policy Making in California, 1995-1997. By Edith J. Balbach, Brion J. Fox, Fred M. Monardi, and Stanton A. Glantz. Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, 1997.)

Holding Government Accountable / University of California Scholarship Repository (pdf, 56pp)

Breslow & Roz Lasker's "Medicine and Public Health"

Lester Breslow was a member of Roz Lasker's Committee on Medicine and Public Health, which co-authored her 1997 monograph, "Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration." Other members included Gail L. Warden, a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 1996, and Denis J. Prager.

Committee on Medicine and Public Health / New York Academy of Medicine

"Dr. Lester Breslow, Mr. Public Health" 1997 LA Times puff piece

"Back in the 1960s, while at the state health department, Breslow launched what now are considered landmark studies in Alameda County showing that adopting just seven healthy habits could add years, as well as vitality, to the average life. Among the striking findings of about 7,000 adults: A 45-year-old male who practiced six of the seven habits could expect to live 11 years longer than one who followed fewer than four of them. Breslow had faith [sic] in his hunches about health, which, for the most part, were rooted in scientific research (except the breakfast tip, which he admits was little more than an educated guess). But when the findings came out, showing that even one or two habits made a measurable difference in a person's well-being, even the good doctor did a double take. 'I'd never seen such a systematic, positive, strong finding,' he said, smiling at the thought 30 years later in his UCLA office. 'I thought it was some prank.'" (Dr. Lester Breslow, Mr. Public Health. By Julie Marquis, Staff Writer. Los Angeles Times Oct. 13, 1997.

And it's also complete garbage, the result of confounding by infection. When studies such as these are adjusted by even inadequate proxy measures of exposure to infection such as income, the big numbers he's so impressed with disappear. A lifespan difference of 7-8 years between smokers and nonsmokers, for example, shrinks to 4-5 years. If Breslow wants to see strong associations that are real, he should look at the OR of nearly infinity between HPV and cervical cancer, which studies such as his would falsely blame on comepletely noncausal "risk factors" such as smoking. His are LANDFILL studies, not landmark studies, and his worthless tripe has helped make "junk science" a synonym for "public health."

"'I'm still astounded by the extent to which he and his contribution is not known to the medical sector,' said Dr. Roz Lasker of the New York Academy of Medicine, a fellow researcher of Breslow's. 'In public health, everyone knows him -- he's one of the most eminent people... in the country. It would behoove the medical sector to become more aware [of him].'"

Her most royal highness, Roz Diane Lasker, ordained heir of the imperial Lasker Syndicate, has thus spoken. Physicians, prostrate thyselves and obey! Screw your patients and obey the almighty dollar of the health funding dictators instead!

"Mr. Public Health"

IOM Gustav O. Lienhard Award, 1997

Breslow / Gustav O. Lienhard Award / IOM, 1997

Breslow named Chairman of Dean's Advisory Board, UCLA School of Public Health, Jan. 26, 1998

Breslow / UCLA School of Public Health press release, 1998

Reappointment to Los Angeles County Public Health Commission, 1998

Sep. 2, 1998. Also notes that he was California State Director of Public Health from 1965-1968; Dean of UCLA School of Public Health from 1972-1980.

Breslow appointment / LA County Public Health Commission press release

RWJF-Funded Conference to Encourage Local Governments to Promote Physical Fitness, 1998

Presentations by Lester Breslow, "The New Role of Public Health;" "Facing the New Millenium." Richmond, VA, Oct. 28-30, 1998.

Breslow / Richmond, VA 1998

"Translating Research into Practice: A Public Health Perspective"

These remarks by Lester Breslow at Washington University are a perspective on this man's vast hyprocrisy, conceit, and limitless capacity for self-exculpation. Pretending to be a righteous critic, he attacks the National Cancer Institute for supposedly "fail[ing] to give adequate attention to the application of knowledge gained by research to the practice for the control of cancer, which was written into the legislation that established the NCI in 1937," with Pap screening for cervical cancer as his supposed example. Breslow seems to be faulting the NCI and pathologists because the entire female population wasn't forcibly marched off for annual screenings.

Then he fancies himself to be shining example of his ideals put into practice: "We investigated an epidemic of respiratory disease in school children in Kassan, MN. We studied that epidemic and couldn't figure out what caused it. But we did obtain blood specimens at the beginning of the disease in many of the patients, and two to three weeks into the disease after they had recovered and developed immunity. We thought that maybe we could identify the virus and then we indicate that these youngsters had been affected by it through the change and the titre of immunity against the virus. But we couldn't ever identify the virus. We put these blood specimens in the refrigerator and saved them for decades." This not an indication of great skill at the identification of microbes, nor of any sense of urgency about doing so. Eventually, another researcher identified this "virus," as he persists in calling it, as Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which is not a virus at all and could be treated with the antibiotics then available, such as tetracyclines.

Breslow loves to point accusing fingers at everybody except himself. But he and the mentality of stupid, incompetent, self-righteous nannyism that he represents has caused the needless suffering and deaths of millions!

Breslow remarks at Washington University

"Clearing Away the Smoke," Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, 1999

"The Symposium's opening speaker, Dr. Lester Breslow, offered a historical perspective on the war on cancer that illustrated how far the war has come. Breslow, a professor in the School of Public Health at UCLA, recalled the creation of the California Cancer Registry in 1947. At that time, he said, organizers avoided the "C" word. 'We didn't call it by that name,' he said. 'We called it the California Tumor Registry, in deference to the fact that cancer still was a scary word, even to physicians.'"

One might think that they would choose to call it a tumor registry in deference to the fact that there are a number of tumors which are not cancers, so as to indicate their inclusion in the registry. And his ilks' glorious success in hitting people over the head with "the 'C' word" consists of turning it into a hate propaganda weapon to rationalize the persecution and plunder of the people these goons are pretending to help, to masturbate their egos while they line their pockets. Plus some more of his trademark whining about other peoples' supposed faults.

Breslow / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 1999

California Center for Health Improvement / California Wellness Foundation

Breslow is a founding director. Its primary funding source is the California Wellness Foundation, along with unspecified foundations, non-profit organizations and private clients.

About CCHI
Tobacco Policy Profiles / CCHI
Tobacco-Free Schools Policy Profile / CCHI

The California Wellness Foundation gave Breslow its "Public Health Leadership Award, Mar. 18, 1999. "TCWF Honors Public Health Leader Lester Breslow," 1999 Summer.

"Public Health Leadership Award" / TCWF 1999

Consultant for "Preventive Medicine," 2001

Preventive Medicine is the publication of Ernst Wynder's (anti-smoker, pro-health fascist) American Health Foundation.

Editorial Board / Preventive Medicine 2001

Health Promotion Conference 2001

Breslow and and a whole crowd of health fascist political operators attended this conference, notably including President Bush's personal physician and apparent nominee for the post of Surgeon General, Kenneth Cooper. Keynote speakers were David Satcher, Cooper, and Dean Ornish; Ralph Nader was invited as well. Other speakers included Matthew Myers of Tobacco-Free Kids; Mary Woolley of the Lasker lobbying organ Research!America; Steven N. Blair of the Cooper Institute; Michael P. Erickson, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC; Lawrence W. Green, also of OSH; William R. Harlan, Associate Director for Disease Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention, NIH; Rep. Bernard Sanders; Randolph F. Wykoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS; Reed Tuckson representing the AMA; and other big wheels of health fascism. (link died

Breslow bios

UCLA School of Public Health: Breslow was founding editor, Annual Review of Public Health; has received Lasker [1960], Dana, Healthtrac, and Lienhard Awards.

Breslow bio / UCLA School of Public Health

UCLA Medical School: Claims that "His research was among the first to illustrate that cigarette smoking caused cancer and following simple lifestyle habits could significantly extend life... As Chief of the Bureau of Chronic Diseases of the California Department of Health Services from 1946 to 1960, Dr. Breslow launched several of the earliest definitive [sic] studies of tobacco's adverse health effects... Dr. Breslow also helped to identify the important influence of behavior on disability and premature death, particularly through studies relying on the Alameda County Human Population Laboratory, which he established in 1959."

Breslow bio / UCLA Medical School

Breslow was a co-author of two studies in 2007 with the workplace health fascist, Ron Z. Goetzel, one of which also included J. Michael McGinnis, of the sacred lie of health fascism that lifestyle is the largest cause of premature death.

Search: Breslow L / PubMed

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