Vindication for antioxidant vitamins
I was outraged when news of an antioxidant study broke a few years ago alleging that antioxidant vitamins promote cancer, rather than help prevent it. And now, the researcher has admitted she was wrong.
The research team originally concluded that cancer patients who took either vitamin A or vitamin E had a 40 percent chance of their cancer returning. This wasn't even a logical conclusion (let alone scientific), as numerous studies have shown that antioxidants neutralize free radicals. It's these rogue oxygen molecules that are responsible for promoting cancer, as well as heart disease and the acceleration of the aging process.
When the researchers went back over their data, they discovered that it was actually smokers who continued to puff away while in the midst of treatment who were seeing a recurrence of their cancer.
It's good of them to step up and say they got their facts wrong. It must be hard to admit when you're that far off base with a study. But isn't it amazing that you don't see the news splashed across CNN? Mainstream news continues to cherry-pick their stories—choosing only those that vilify alternative medicine and natural remedies.
I just wrote a couple of weeks ago about another study in which these modern- day witch hunters were trying to once again burn vitamin E as being akin to a human plague, only in vitamin form. But if we let them have their way and vitamin E was removed from the face of the earth, then patients with Alzheimer's disease would be out of a natural, effective treatment option.
I will continue to bring you news that will improve your health as well as updates on natural remedies. More and more, these remedies are being studied in relation to treatment for chronic disease, and we need to ensure natural treatments are available to those who need them.
Alan Inglis, MD
House Calls, May 20, 2008