Dr. John Richardson was in the forefront of the Laetrile controversy from 1972 until his passing in 1988. He challenged the FDA to secure the right of physician and patient to reject orthodox cancer treatments, in which they have little confidence, and use nutritional therapy instead. He received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed internship plus fellowship in medicine at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York. He was awarded the title of Diplomate by the National Board of Medical Examiners and was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in New York. In 1954 he was certified by the State of California and established his practice in the San Francisco Bay area. Patricia Griffin is a native Californian who grew up in Michigan. She was graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing in June 1953. After working as a psychiatric nurse and in public health nursing, she returned to college and in 1975 received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles. She later attended UCLA and in 1989 received a P.F.P certification from the School of Business and Management. She lives in Southern California with her husband, G. Edward Griffin. They are the parents of four children: James, Daniel, Ralph, and Kathleen.