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by Dr. Jonny Bowden
Reviewing the new study that’s been widely reported as showing fish oil supplements increase the risk of prostate cancer puts me in mind of a recent review of a Kenny G album:
“There’s a lot to criticize in the music of Kenny G. For example, everything.”
I found that pretty amusing. This study? Not so much.
Before we get to the study itself—and we will—let’s talk about the media, whose reporting here is disgraceful, incompetent, and scientifically illiterate. Here’s an example of some of the headlines, the idiocy of which will become clear in just a moment:
“Omega-3 supplements linked to prostate cancer” (Fox News)
“Men who take omega-3 supplements at 71% higher risk of prostate cancer” (NY Daily News)
“Omega-3 supplements may trigger prostate cancer” (Nursing Times)
“Hold the salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids linked to higher risk of cancer” (CNN)
So, reading this, you might well think that researchers divided a population of men into two groups, gave one group fish oil supplements and the other a placebo, and found that the ones who took the fish oil supplements got way more prostate cancer than the ones who didn’t. Right? Wrong.
The Truth About The “Fish Oil” Study
The first thing you need to know is that no fish oil supplements—or any other kind of supplements, for that matter- were given in this study.
How do you explain the fact that reporter after reporter and news outlet after news outlet equated higher blood levels of DHA with “fish oil supplement taking”? There’s almost no other explanation other than a strong anti-supplement bias and a desire for shocking headlines. And any doubt about the objectivity of the researchers should have been abandoned after one of them—Dr. Alan Kristy told reporters:
“We’ve shown once again that use of nutritional supplements may be harmful”.
So let’s be clear. Supplements weren’t a part of the study and weren’t given to the participants. Period.
And while we’re on the subject of confounding variables consider these statistics from the study:
53% of the subjects with prostate cancer were smokers.
64% of the cancer subjects regularly consumed alcohol.
30% of the cancer subjects had at least one first-degree relative with prostate cancer.
80%of the cancer subjects were overweight or obese.
Disgraceful, Incompetent, and Scientifically Illiterate.
Read the full article here- you’ll be glad you did. Media Madness- Fish Oil Supplements and Prostate Cancer
Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.
She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009. Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.
In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about about the same as the chance of him being struck by a meteorite. Why do nine-year-old girls need vaccinations for extremely rare and symptom-less venereal diseases that the immune system usually kills anyway?
Read the full article here: RealFarmacy.com
The FDA took a drug off the market recently and the reasons should send shivers of fear down the backs of consumers.
The FDA announced that a generic version of Wellbutrin XL was being recalled because it didn’t work. This was not a problem with one batch- this is a problem that has been going on with this particular drug for four or five years, and the FDA did everything it could to ignore it.
The FDA apparently approved this drug, and others like it, without testing it. The FDA assumed that if one dosage strength the drug companies submitted for approval works, then higher dosages should work fine too. With this drug, the FDA was used the American consumers as their guinea pigs to see if their assumption was right. It wasn’t.
Read the full story here: Forbes.com
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