Flawed prostate cancer study fails to flunk supplements

There are few things mainstream medicine has gotten more wrong than prostate cancer.

For years, the approach has been to treat every man as quickly as possible. When the real goal should be the complete opposite -- to avoid treatment as much as possible, because this cancer grows so slowly it won’t hurt most men in a normal human lifetime.

One quick and easy way to help reach that goal of less treatment is to use cancer-fighting, immune-boosting nutrients to help ensure that harmless tumors never grow into a threat.

Now, a new study is trying to make the claim that those supplements just don’t work, saying there’s no difference in outcomes between men who take them and men who don’t.

But there’s one big problem: It’s a case study in how NOT to conduct research!

First, there’s no way of knowing whether the supplements slowed the tumor or delayed the need for treatment because every man in the study had ALREADY been treated and took their supplements during or after that treatment -- not before.

Talk about missing the point!

Second, the study didn’t use gold-standard science, comparing a specific supplement to a placebo or even a drug. All they did was ask some 2,200 men who had been treated for prostate cancer if they were taking supplements.

About 10 percent -- roughly 220 men -- said they did. But they weren’t using the same doses, the same supplements or even the same ingredients. Between those 220 men, there were 50 different supplements used -- making it impossible to draw any conclusions at all.

That’s not even the bronze or silver standard for research. That’s no standard at all!

And third, the lead researcher admitted from the beginning that they were out to sink supplements.

“We suspected that these pills were junk,” lead author Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky told HealthDay News. “Our study confirmed our suspicion.”

Sorry, pal, but your study didn’t confirm a thing. The only way to conduct research is to test a specific ingredient or blend against the disease -- and there are multiple clinical trials that have done exactly that.

Several studies, for example, have shown that lycopene -- a natural phytochemical found in tomatoes -- can help fight this disease by slowing the growth of tumors, reducing PSA levels and cutting PSA velocity.

In another major clinical trial, a blend of broccoli, turmeric, green tea and pomegranate cut PSA levels by 63 percent in men with prostate cancer.

Several other studies have shown that simple vitamin D can improve PSA levels in men with prostate cancer, and may even help some men with advanced prostate cancer.

Another supplement, modified fruit pectin, has also been show to cut PSA levels in men with prostate cancer.

PSA levels aren’t always helpful in determining who has cancer and who doesn’t. But in men with confirmed cases of the disease, it’s one way to help keep tabs on the tumor and its growth.

Keep those PSA levels in check, and odds are you can continue to avoid the need to treat your cancer.

And if you do have a cancer that needs treatment, supplements can help offset the side effects, ensure a better recovery and help prevent the cancer from returning -- but only if you take the right stuff.

That’s why it’s essential to work closely with a holistic medical doctor.