5 Cancer Myths Exposed

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Wes
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    MelodeeAugust 26, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    Incredible lots of beneficial knowledge!

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    Matthew FeroJanuary 24, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Here’s another suggestion:
    Myth 6) Vitamin deficiencies cause cancer/Nutritional supplements can prevent cancer.

    With a nutraceutical industry in the U.S. that is valued at $86 billion, its not surprising that this myth is so actively promoted. While, the impact of diet on cancer is a fascinating topic, much of the research in this area is inconclusive. Several large-scale clinical trials have showed no benefit of vitamin supplements, or worse, they increased cancer rates. Its important to remember that the major dietary problem in this country, is over-consumption, not malnutrition. Vitamins, in particular, are unique in that they are not actively consumed by the body, and are needed only in minute quantities to stave off deficiency syndromes. In western countries cases of scurvy, beri-beri, and most other deficiency syndromes are exceedingly rare. Physicians know of them mostly from text book cases from 100 years ago.

    The typical line is that nutritional supplements (Myth 6) will boost your immune system (Myth 4) and this will prevent or treat cancer. Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is another fascinating area of research, but it may take high tech tricks to overcome the natural barriers that prevent our immune system from attacking our own body, and to do it in a way that does not damage normal tissues.

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    MariaJune 8, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    Your reference to John Hopkins medicine contradicts your entire article.

    csn.cancer.org/node/174315

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      WesApril 18, 2018 - 2:43 am

      if you check out the link you posted, its actually just a forum post by a user and not by the American Cancer Society. In fact the posts are the very myths we are busting here… if you follow the discussion in that forum post you will see others calling out those claims as hoaxes and myths…

      I know it can be hard on the internet to tell what information is real and which is not sometimes, but in this case that chain letter has been thoroughly debunked thankfully by both groups (and us here).

      I hope this information was helpful!

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