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Temple professor honored
FAIR LAWN - Temple University Prof. Albert Schatz of Fair Lawn received a gold medal, the Prix Paraselse d'Or, from the Institute of Biological Humanism in Paris for scientific and humanitarian contributions to research on cancer, multiple sclerosis, food production, and other human health problems.
Dr. Schatz was decorated with the Grand Prix Humanitaire by the French government last year, and named Humanitarian Extraordinaire by the American Academy of Holistic Pioneers for his devotion to research, the discovery of streptomycin, and other contributions.
Dr. Schatz was part of a team that developed the "minimum useful dose" treatment of cancer, which employs doses of chemotherapeutic agents and radiation so low that they stimulate the normal immune reactions of the body instead of attacking tumor cells directly.
His most recent research is concerned with paradoxical effects. These are peculiar toxic effects of drugs, pollutant chemicals, cancer-causing substances in the environment, food additives, and radiation. They are called paradoxical because exposure to low doses may be more harmful than exposure to high doses. The research raises serious questions about threshold levels, or maximum tolerable amounts, of these substances and radiation.