No, actually I wonder if anyone else has looked into alternative therapy. If so do you ever wonder WHY there is so little validity assigned to alternative treatments?
It's not like there's NOT a need for vitamins, herbs and amino acids to be "clinically tested".
I think enough people take supplements that it warrents the NIH (National Institute of Health), research hospitals, etc. to do some large clinical trials with things such as vitamin B, vitamin C, CoQ10...it's not like its 'dangerous'.
Certainly no more so than all of these trials with chemo agents.
In regards to B vitamins..."some studies have also shown a possible link between intake of certain B vitamins and cancer of the breast and prostate. While these results are preliminary and not conclusive, they deserve further study."
Which B vitamins, what kind of a link, are studies being done? I can't find any clinical trials on B vitamins.
"...preliminary studies...suggest certain anticancer benefits of CoQ10...amount of evidence is minimal. More studies needed with larger groups of patients to compare to conventional cancer treatment."
"At the University of Texas...small study of 43 patients... deaths significantly lower in patients
taking CoQ10...another study...32 breast cancer patients that had spread to the lymph nodes... treated with supplement of CoQ10...all survived at least 24 months and had stable disease."
If these small studies show benefit of supplements
I can't help but wonder why there aren't any
large clinical trials of well controlled studies being done. Doesn't quite a bit of government funding go into clinical trials? We pay tax dollars for cancer research, shouldn't at least 20% of it go into testing complementary and alternative treatments?
Maybe I'm wrong, maybe there are studies out there, if so I'd appreciate resources, because I can't find it. Not on PubMed, WebMD or the NIH. The above quoted remarks were found on this site under 'Complementary and Alternative Therapies' then go to 'Pharmacological and Biological Treatments'.
Oh, by the way, I did find numerous studies at PubMed that indicated Tamoxifen and a substance called Indole-3 Carbinol, combined, significantly enhance the inhibitory effect of cancerous cell growth. One study showed tamoxifen to be 33% more effective when taken with Indole-3 Carbinol.
Indole-3 Carbinol is a naturally occuring substance found in cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Guess mom was right all along, we do need to eat our green veggies.
Can't give all the credit to mom because according to the PDR Indole-3 Carbinol was first noted to be used by a Roman statesman, Cato the Elder (234-149 BC). His instructions were to women who had 'an ulceration of the breast'. They were to apply a crushed cabbage leaf to the ulceration for healing. I guess breast cancer has been around a lot longer than I thought.
I just wonder why 2200 years later I know a lot more about tamoxifen, aromasin, adriamycin, taxol, etc. in the treatment of breast cancer than I do cabbage?
Just thought I'd open this up for discussion. God bless. +----- hummingbyrd
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