The William H. Foege Page

He Has Helped to Kill More People Than Smallpox!

Biographical notes on Wlliam H Foege, from "The Unfinished Presidency. Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House," by Douglas Brinkley. Penguin Books, 1998. Foege got his MD from the University of Washington in 1961. "While there, Foege took a course on preventive health care taught by Dr. Reimert Ravenholt, then the King County public health officer. He decided to follow in his esteemed footsteps before he caught up with Schweitzer's, beginning with an internship at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital on Staten Island. He then spent two years at the Epidemic Intelligence Service branch of the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Denver." He then served overseas with the CDC and with a Lutheran Church medical mission in smallpox eradication until returning to the US in 1966 and rejoining the CDC. The official fairy tale is that "As a reward for his work in Africa, the Carter Administration appointed Foege as director of the CDC in the spring of 1977. 'With his consuming interest in disease eradication, Foege was hands-down the best person for the job' former Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) secretary Joseph Califano recalled." However, the Lasker Syndicate wasn't interested in eradicating those kind of diseases. His favor with them was undoubtably due to his favor with the rabidly anti-smoking Ravenholt.

Reimert Thorolf Ravenholt is one of the most psychotically loony of anti-smokers, which is saying a lot. He is notable for such masterpieces of hysterical nonsense as: "Cigarette smoking - Published estimate of 250,000 U.S. Tobacco Deaths in 1962;" "Tobacco's impact on twentieth century U.S. mortality patterns: 500,000+ U.S. Tobaccosis deaths in 1980." He has held a variety of CDC/USPHS positions, is a fellow of the American Public Health Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Whelan's American Council on Science and Health. This organization employs a fašade of rationality about science on other subjects in order to put over reckless lies about smoking. Ravenholt contributed to ACSH's despicable "Cigarettes: What the warning label doesn't tell you," and other hate propaganda. He was a member of the hand-picked so-called "OTA Study Staff" which produced the fraudulent "Smoking-Related Deaths and Financial Costs," OTA 1985.

Ravenholt website
"Tobaccosis [sic] Explained" / ACSH
ACSH Awarded RWJF grant to study tobacco positions of America's opinion leaders / ACSH

APHA Convention 1985

Tobacco industry PR firm's notes on APHA convention, Washington DC, 1985: "The setting for Reimert's bombast was perhaps ideal: the APHA President-Elect's session on 'The Brown Plague, Tobacco.' If that title sounds a bit juvenile or theatric, note that it was chosen by the then-president elect of APHA and now it's [sic] president (he took office at the end of the meeting), WILLIAM FOEGE." The earlier University of Washington connection of Ravenholt and Foege was not noted. Dorothy Rice, Alan Blum, and Richard Daynard were there also.

APHA convention, Washington DC, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 6 pp)

Senate Subcommittee on Health & Scientific Research, 1978

Statement by William H. Foege MD, Director of the Center for Disease Control, before the Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research, Committee on Human Resources, May 25, 1978, regarding the "Smoking Deterrence Act of 1978." Psychopathic lying to "justify" higher cigarette taxes and other repressive measures. And, "In establishing the new Office on Smoking and Health, [HEW] Secretary Califano and [Surgeon General] Dr. Richmond have used as a nucleus the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, which was formerly a part of CDC." John Mercer Pinney, Skull & Bones 1965, was appointed Director.

Foege / Smoking Deterence Act of 1978 / UCSF (pdf, 18 pp)

Transcript of the hearings. 17 anti-smoker panelists (including 6 high school students) testify to 3 anti-smoker senators (Kennedy, Schweiker, and Chafee).

Transcript of "Hearing on deterring childhood [sic] smoking" / UCSF (pdf, 32 pp)

CDC Propaganda, 1980

"Vices kill more people than viruses in America. The News World (New York), 1980 Oct 2. "Bad habits and the lack of preventive care are killing more Americans than fatal diseases, federal health officials said yesterday," United Press International uncritically babbled. CDC Director Foege also claimed that "Cigarettes have turned out to be the smallpox of the 1980s."

Foege, UPI news 1980 / UCSF (pdf, 3 pp)

1981 National Conference on Smoking or Health

Foege participated in Work Group 7, "Tobacco Related Research: New Opportunities, New Administrative Mechanisms," of the 1981 NCSH. Former Surgeon General Jesse L. Steinfeld was the Group Leader. (Pages 14-15)

Work Group 7, NCSH 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 21 pp)

Workplace Health Fascism Begins

Foege was CDC Director until 1983. Foege was credited with expanding the Centers for Disease Control into the area of "prevention." Meaning, the persecution of people for the their lifestyles, under the pretext of preventing diseases that are falsely blamed on lifestyle thanks to the use of studies which ignore the role of chronic infection. "Many of the CDC's program activities have been developed and are being implemented within a context created by two key government documents: Healthy People: The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, published in 1979, and Promoting Health-Preventing Disease: Objectives.for the Nation, published in 1980." Meanwhile, "In a private-sector action, the Health Insurance Asssociation of America and the American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI) announced on January 19 that they were encouraging the nation's life and health insurance companies to 'begin concentrated efforts to promote smoking cessation and prevention at the worksite.' The action followed a report on 'the dangers of cigarette smoking and the need for worksite cessation programs' that was written by Dr. Charles Berry, former chief medical director of the U.S. space program, and Dr.Jonathan Fielding, director of the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Health Enhancement. Schweiker became president of the ACLI February 4." (Health Policy Report. By John K. Iglehart. New Engl J Medicine 1983 Mar 10;308(10):604-608.) In 1984, the Health Insurance Association of America gave the Wellness Councils of America a $450,000 grant to establish a nationwide network of "Wellness Councils."

Iglehart - NEJM 1983 full article / UCSF (pdf, 5 pp)

Carter Center, 1984

"Discussion of Findings and Selection of Priority Risk Factors," attributed to "Members of the Small Working Group Pre-Consultation Meeting," August 29, 1984. Includes William H. Foege, then Assistant Surgeon General and Special Assistant for Policy Development of the CDC; Kenneth E. Warner of the Department of Health Planning and Administration at the University of Michigan; and Jeffrey P. Koplan, Assistant Director for Public Health Practice at the CDC.

Selection of Risk Factors, 1984 - Carter Center / UCSF (pdf, 7 pp)

Closing the Gap. National Health Policy Consultation. The Carter Center of Emory University, November 26-28, 1984. Chairpersons: President Jimmy Carter and Edward N. Brandt, Jr., M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health. Summaries of presented papers.

Closing the Gap, 1984 / UCSF (pdf, 210)

Boycott call, 1985

"Foege Calls for A Boycott Of A Tobacco Company's Other Products." The Nation's Health (APHA) 1985 May-Jun.

Foege / APHA 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Carter Center, 1985

Foege joined former President Jimmy Carter's Carter Center as a health policy fellow in 1985, while continuing as a "high-level consultant to the CDC," according to the Brinkley biography. Brinkley also says that "Carter had not always been against smoking. Although tobacco was not grown in Plains, the Peach State was America's fourth-largest producer of the leafy crop. Thus, like any other Georgia politician anxious for votes, Carter had refrained from criticizing tobacco in years past. In fact, when running for president in 1976 he told a North Carolina audience that 'cigarettes should be made even safer' - the implication being that they were already safe. It was HEW Secretary Joseph Califano, before his dismissal, who pressed President Carter to lend Oval Office clout to the anti-smoking crusade. Once converted to the cause, Carter planned if reelected in 1980 to support a major increase in federal tobacco taxes "to $2 per pack," believing that action would save hundreds of thousands of lives while simultaneously raising billions for health care reform and deficit reduction.

"Now Carter studied pages of statistics from the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association; in fact, he became something of a walking encyclopedia about the health risks of smoking [in much the same sense that an idiot savant is an encyclopedia -cast]... Carter began to denounce the tobacco companies as government sanctioned drug pushers. He would often quote the fact [sic] that in 1985 alone 375,000 Americans had died from cigarette-related causes, compared to 3,562 whose deaths could be traced to cocaine, heroin, and other drugs combined. [If it failed to occur to him that these numbers are not even remotely comparable due to such things as the smaller numbers of drug users and their younger age, then he is a half-wit. But this is the Politically Correct way to "think" in Anti-Smoker Land -cast]

"A Blueprint To Prevent Most Deaths," by Patricia Thomas. Medical Tribune 1985 Jan 30. Re the Carter Center's "Closing the Gap." "One might ask what impact a conference bearing the name of a former Democratic president can have on the health policies being set by a second-term Republican adminstration, an administration which has dwelled on direct cost containment. 'These health issues are not partisan. The only thing about health that's really partisan is the reimbursement system, and we're not talking about that,' said Dr. Brandt, the highest ranking physician in the Department of Health and Human Services until he resigned this month (January 1985) to return to academia."

This is the Lasker Syndicate secret bureaucratic government in operation. They are the hidden puppet-masters of the likes of C Everett Koop, and Tommy Thompson, and George W Bush, and the rest of those pretenders, manipulating them with lies while pretending to speak in the name of science.

"Carter attacks tobacco" - Greensboro News & Record 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 3 pp)

"Carter Attacks Tobacco. Editorial takes aim at health impacts." by Lawrence Spohn, staff writer. Greensboro News & Record 1985 Sep 13. "In an editorial in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association - the first by a president, Carter cited tobacco, alcohol, unintended injuries and unintended pregnancies as the leading risk factors for preventable deaths and illnesses. Much of the article - one of three suggesting American health policy 'close the gap' on unnecessary illness and death -was aimed directly at tobacco's health impacts... The Carter editorial is related to another Journal article written by three doctors, including Assistant Surgeon General William H. Foege. In the article, Foege details the investigations and findings of a national health consultation group on preventable illness and premature death. The group was organized by the Carter Center in 1984." It includes an early version of the McGinnis & Foege Sacred Lie of Health Fascism, attributed to "Closing the Gap," The Carter Center, Journal of the American Medical Association.

Carter, Foege et al, Medical Tribune 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

1986 Surgeon General Report

Foege is listed as an author of a draft chapter or portion of the 1986 Surgeon General Report: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking.

Acknowledgments - 1986 Surgeon General Report / CDC (pdf)

1989 Surgeon General Report

Foege is listed as a contributor to the 1989 Surgeon General Report, Reducing the Health Consequences of Smoking, another fraudulent concoction that blames smoking for diseases caused by infection.

Acknowledgments - 1989 Surgeon General Report /CDC (pdf, 23pp)

Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, 1990

Statement of William H Foege to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, May 4 1990. "Of the 5500 funerals Americans will attend today, over 1000 will be because of cigarettes... Any scientist will reach that conclusion, if they look at the evidence, unless they are in the employ of the tobacco industry. There is no scientific controversy." And blah blah blah. These people are the scum who have committed perjury to Congress. They eliminate controversy by using their power to suppress investigations that would threaten their health fascist world view, and smear anyone who disagrees.

Foege, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, 1990 / UCSF (pdf, 11 pp)

The "Sacred Lie" of Health Fascism -- McGinnis & Foege 1993

Actual causes of death in the United States. JM McGinnis, WH Foege. JAMA 1993 Nov 10;270(18):2207-2212. This vintage article by J Michael McGinnis and William H Foege is worshipped uncritically by public health bureaucrats with grandiose schemes for manipulating the public's lifestyles. Its false claim that tobacco causes 400,000 deaths is based on the SAMMEC, the CDC's infamous confounding-by-infection generator: "Using a specially developed software package, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 418,630 deaths were caused by tobacco in 1990, including approximately 30% of all cancer deaths and 21% of all cardiovascular disease deaths. The CDC estimates have been widely accepted and provide the basis for the 400,000 figure included in the Table." BUT THEY CANNOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION BE CONSIDERED ACCURATE, BECAUSE THEY ARE BASED ON DEFECTIVE OLD DATA. IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPLOSION OF NEW INFORMATION ON THE ROLE OF INFECTION IN SO-CALLED CHRONIC DISEASES. It is likewise for the data they cite as the basis of their diet and exercise claims, which includes such moldering antiques as Doll & Peto 1981 (The Causes of Cancer. Quantitative Estimates of Avoidable Risks of Cancer in the United States Today. R Doll, R Peto. J Natl Cancer Inst 1981 Jun;66(6):1192-1308).

McGinnis & Foege - JAMA 1993 abstract / PubMed
McGinnis & Foege, JAMA 1993 / UCSF (pdf, 6 pp)
Doll & Peto - JNCI 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 117 pp)
Confounding By Infection
The Percentage of Cancer Caused By Infection

ABC News hypes their scientific fraud: The lying vermin don't even identify the authors of the study, and unquestioningly embrace its fraudulent methodology as a revelation of true underlying causes of death. We are expected to unquestioningly believe in corrupt anonymous "authorities" - whereupon they immediately launch into smug gloating over their ill-gotten victories.

ABC World News Tonight 6:30 pm ET November 10, 1993 Transcript # 3224-8. HEADLINE: North Carolina and Anti-Smoking Laws. BODY: PETER JENNINGS: We've another medical report tonight on the dangers of smoking. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that in 1990, tobacco was the biggest underlying cause of death in the United States, responsible for 400,000 deaths. By underlying, they mean going beyond the immediate illnesses such as cancer or heart disease to find out why people became sick in the first place. Tobacco, said the researchers, caused more deaths than drugs, guns, risky sex and auto accidents combined. Well, there does seem to be a growing public acceptance of the fact that smoking is deadly. The sentiment, however, is only beginning to catch on in tobacco country itself. ABC's Al Dale is in North Carolina. AL DALE, ABC News: [voice-over] In much of North Carolina, smoking is not just tolerated, it is appreciated - 400,000 jobs depend on tobacco, the state's number one cash crop. And efforts to restrict smoking often meet with undisguised hostility. Ist NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT: Tobacco pays my bills I would not go to a restaurant that you could not smoke at. AL DALE: I look around, I don't see a 'No Smoking' section. 2nd NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT: We have one. It's outside. AL DALE: [voice-over] But in the past few months, things have begun to change. More than half of the state's 100 counties have adopted some form of smoking restrictions, forcing people outside to indulge their habit. The flurry of regulations resulted from a new state law. [on camera] This summer, the state legislature passed a relatively mild smoking law that in effect guaranteed smokers at least 20 percent of the space in all public buildings. But the state left the door open for local governments to go further in protecting non- smokers from secondhand smoke. [voice-over] In Greensboro, where the Lorillard Tobacco Company's a major employer, the county health department adopted rules that will ban smoking in public places by the end of next year. That outraged many people, including county commissioners, who say they will replace anti-smoking members of the health board. JOE WOOD, County Commissioner: The health board failed to look at this from an economic standpoint, as well as a public health standpoint. AL DALE: [voice-over] So it's likely that the regulations will be rescinded before going into effect. That would please a lot of people here who say smoking is not harmful. RADIO CALLER: I don't believe the secondhand smoke stuff. BRAD KRANTZ, Talk Show Host: You don't believe it? Welcome to North Carolina. Welcome to North Carolina, where lung cancer is not a medical fact, it's an opinion. AL DALE: [voice-over] But all across the state, even diehard smokers admit that restrictions are coming, but not without a fight. Al Dale, ABC News, Greensboro, North Carolina. PETER JENNINGS: In a moment, we'll return to the debate - the Perot-Gore debate - how the White House used Mr. Perot's own tactics to take him on. [Commercial break]

ABC World News Tonight, Nov. 10, 1993 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)

The Milbank Memorial Fund

1994, "Leadership in Public Health," papers by William Foege, William Roper, and Molly Coye (1991-93 Director of the California Dept. of Health Services, founder of the Health Technology Center, sponsored by the RWJF-funded Institute for the Future). Pariticipants included Lawrence Altman, National Science Writer for the New York Times; Edward Baker and Martha Katz of the CDC; Patricia Buffler of UC Berkeley, and author of ETS studies; Gilbert Omenn; Martin Wasserman; and numerous others.

Coye, Foege & Roper / The Milbank Memorial Fund

Foege's Healthtrac Foundation Prize noted

Lester Breslow, crony of both Mary and Roz Lasker, 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." Michael Pertschuk got it in 1997. Healthtrac is the creation of rheumatologist James F. Fries from the profits of his mass market books such as "Take Care of Yourself" and "The Arthritis Help Book."

Healthtrac Foundation Prize

1995 JAMA Glantz Hatefest (The Brown & Williamson documents)

Foege was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association, when it published its Stanton Glantz Hatefest over the Brown & Williamson tobacco documents, Looking Through a Keyhole at the Tobacco Industry. Former AHF trustee Edmund D. Pellegrino was also a member, page 7.

Contents, JAMA 1995 / UCSF (pdf, 128 pp)

The Harvard School of Public Health

William H. Foege, M.P.H. '65, and Kenneth H. Cooper, M.P.H. '62, President Bush's personal physician, were on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998 and 1999; also major Harvard benefactor Vincent L. Gregory Jr. Former Rep. Paul G. Rogers has been on the Dean's Council since 1998, and Deeda Blair (Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr. of the Lasker Foundation) was on the Dean's Council in 1999.

Credits, 1998 / Harvard Public Health Review
Credits, 1999 / Harvard Public Health Review

National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Foege is a former director of the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was established by a special provision of Title 42 of the US Code in 1996. (Foundation News & Commentary, 1998 April).

People / Foundation News 1998

Medicine & Public Health

Medicine & Public Health Initiative National Committee Members List, as of Sep. 28, 1999. The National Committee includes William H. Foege, Jeffrey P. Koplan, Roz D. Lasker, Philip R. Lee, and David Satcher. [dead link]


Foege is on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health (2001).

ACSH Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Foege is on the Board of Directors (2001).

Board of Directors / John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

Foege is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation (as of Dec 31 2000 and March 2008.)

The Council on Foreign Relations

William H. Foege is on the 2001 membership roster of the CFR.

2001 Membership Roster / Council on Foreign Relations

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