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The Cystic Fibrosis Discovery Suppressed by Yerkes Primate Center
As that realization set in and as he came to grips with the reality that his first love of a life in academia, studying veterinary pathology, had come to an end, he decided to lead a revolution in nutrition science that would prove through medical practice the validity of his theories about nutritional intervention as a means to prevent and treat disease, not just in animals but in humans.
We can see that change as he went on the road to lecture about his cystic fibrosis discovery. Freed from Yerkes, albeit involuntarily, Wallach was now free to tell the world what he really thought: not just that his discovery proved cystic fibrosis not a genetic disease but that it also proved the true cause of the disease in humans to be at root a selenium deficiency.
The flap with Yerkes became an issue of national import when Wallach’s cystic fibrosis discoveries (and the controversies associated with them) first appeared in major national newspapers and televised news reports and then became the subject of an ABC News 20/20 story and interview. Although the story revealed elements of truth, it failed to do Wallach justice and it propounded the myth that selenium, known then to be an essential mineral, was inherently toxic. Public awareness of the truth and the full story would have to wait until later. The Wallach discovery of a selenium-cystic fibrosis link continued to elude the public and the medical community, as it does to this day.
Wallach’s research at Yerkes and, indeed, his entire history to that point involved his repeated reliance on comparisons between animal and human models. In trying to find a way around the blacklisting in vet and zoological circles, Wallach increasingly eyed the prospect of becoming a human physician. As a physician, Wallach could test his comparative theories, establishing nutritional treatments he had found effective in animals to be equally effective in people.
Conventional medicine was based on a pharmaceutical model. Ordinarily patients’ underlying disease states were not treated or cured, rather drug agents masked the symptoms until the body healed itself. Wallach knew the healing process to depend on nutrients, and he harbored disdain for the majority of physicians who rejected nutrition in favor of a “drugs only” model of care. Moreover, years of medical school at his stage in life would have taken too lengthy and economically taxing. He had to support his family, alone. In addition, having been dealt a blow by the Yerkes’ bureaucracy for his discoveries and having lost his wife and other dear relatives to what passed as conventional medicine, Wallach was loath to become a part of the very institution he detested, to contribute in any way to the myopic and controlling medical bureaucracy that he believed sacrificed, rather than saved, lives.