We do not question the right of the NIH to make sure that all its ground rules are abided by, however, due to the obvious importance of this matter, we think that dropping the Linus Pauling Heart Disease study without scientific review, is the kind of bureacratic mistake that the American people would not tolerate if they were made aware.
So far (10-24-98), with
out the promised review comments.
[Here is Brian Adamson's Translation of the NIH Rejection]
"The scientific merit review of your application (?/?) is complete. As
part of the initial scientific merit review process, reviewers were
asked to identify those applications with the highest scientific merit,
generally the top half, applications that they customarily review. At
the meeting, those applications were discussed and assigned a priority
score. All other applications, including your application, did not
receive a score. Within 6-8 weeks, you will receive a compilation of
reviewers comments prepared prior to the meeting without significant
modification or editing by the NIH staff. Until then no further
information is available. After receiving your summary statement you may
call the program official for advice regarding possible resubmission.
If you submit a revised application
you must follow instructions in the application kit and respond
specifically to comments in the summary statement 07/0?/98"
The multi-page review comments did not specificy much wrong with our approach or the science. The reviewers seemed to be concerned that the medical doctors who agreed to run the study were "inexperienced." In other words, in order to overcome the objections, we'd have to find other principal investigators. (We first approached mainstream research scientists at a major university - and were laughed out of their office. We felt lucky that medical dooctors Levin and Cathcart had agreed to be investigators.)
What follows is the latest response from the NIH to a congressional inquiry:
If you are as appalled as we are by this apparent lack of concern the health and well-being of the American people, please contact your Congressional delegation and demand an explanation. Others to contact include
To obtain a free copy of the Vitamin C Foundation's proposed Heart Disease study, or the NIH Summary, write:
Vitamin C Foundation
Research Office P. O. Box 3097
Lisle, IL 60532