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How alternative medicine may have killed Steve Jobs

When they first discovered the tumor in his pancreas in October 2003, his doctors told him an immediate operation was necessary, and could lead to a cure. As first reported by Peter Elkind in 2008, Jobs decided to think different, declined surgery, and explored alternative medicine treatments for his disease. Nine months later, in July 2004, the tumor had grown. Only then would he allow his doctors to … Continue reading

Vitamin E Supplements Tied to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

A new study shows vitamin E supplements are associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer. Men in a large prostate cancer prevention trial who took vitamin E supplements had a higher risk of developing the disease than men who took a placebo, according to extended follow-up of trial participants. Dr. Eric Klein of the … Continue reading

A bad week for the nutritional supplements industry

We’ve known for a long time that vitamins are good for you. Perhaps the best example is vitamin C, which completely cures scurvy, a disease that has plagued mankind for millenia. (It was described by Hippocratessome 2400 years ago.) Scottish doctor James Lind described how to cure scurvy with citrus fruit back in 1753, but … Continue reading

Confused About Vitamin Safety? Here’s Some Advice From Experts

Two studies this week raised gnawing worries about the safety of vitamin supplements and a host of questions. Should anyone be taking them? Which ones are most risky? And if you do take them, how can you pick the safest ones? Vitamins have long had a “health halo.” Many people think they’re good for you … Continue reading

Study: Some supplements may pose risks for older women

(Health.com) — Older women have a slightly increased risk of dying at an earlier age if they take multivitamins or certain other dietary supplements, according to a new study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Of the 15 supplements included in the study, iron was most strongly linked to an increased risk of … Continue reading

ADVICE TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SALT EATEN REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE BUT THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CONFIRM THE PREDICTED REDUCTIONS IN PEOPLE DYING PREMATURELY OR SUFFERING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Cardiovascular disease includes heart attacks, strokes, and the need for heart surgery and is a major cause of premature death and disability. This review set out to assess whether intensive support and encouragement to cut down on salt in foods reduced the risk of death or cardiovascular disease. This advice did reduce the amount of … Continue reading