Adam Levant Hayden, PhD

first black woman in the fda


In 1963, while at the FDA, Dr. Alma Hayden evaluated Krebiozen, a white powder that had been touted for its ability to eliminate tumors, reduce pain, even to cure cancer. She used an infrared spectrometer to compare the substance to known chemicals and revealed that it was simply creatine – a compound that already exists in the muscles and brain. Her discovery resulted in dozens of indictments against the people and corporations involved in peddling a false cancer treatment and making false representations government agencies. Dr. Hayden’s discovery helped to save millions of lives.

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