James Randi --- Wizard ((no email))
Sat, 2 Apr 1994 02:48:30 -0500

Well, the National Institutes of Health in Washington has finally come to
its senses! This morning, assistant director of NIH Operations, Dr. Avril
Bouffon, issued a press release announcing that the recently-formed Office
of Alternative Medicine within the NIH was being shut down as of June 1,
1994. Dr. Bouffon referred to the work done so far by the OAM as "a crock
of nonsense." She declined to name specifics, but remarked that the larger
part of the funds spent to date by OAM have been "squandered on projects
less likely than the Tooth Fairy to produce useful information on health
care in the U.S.A." We note with delight that as a result of Dr. Bouffon's
action, both Walter Stewart and Dr. Ned Feder -- who have been prominent
"whistle-blowers" in the Washington scene -- have not only been reinstated
with NIH, but will be heading up a new Office of Alternative Belief Systems,
scheduled to begin operation on this date in 1995. It is expected that any
funds left in the OAM account will be allocated to Stewart and Feder for
furnishing their new quarters at NIH. Sometimes the Good Guys win!
James Randi.