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Health food drink impact on cancer

10/26/2007

Question:

Do you know of any positive effect on the treatment of any type of cancer by drinking a juice from the Amazon based on the Acai Berry?

If so can you advise...

Answer:

No positive effect has been recorded through standard testing by the rigorous scientific method. This is the method required for FDA for approval of all anti-cancer agents. People can make extraordinary claims about their products on the internet or in brochures, many of which are untrue, if they have not done scientific testing. Many of the people that make these claims try to prevent their product from being tested, as they are aware that their product will not cure cancer and then they will not make a profit.

Unfortunately, the growth and development of cancer is so complex that treatment based on dietary products seems highly unlikely. Our bodies require only so many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and herbs; the body will pass the extra in the urine or stool, so special or high-dose supplements usually aren’t in the body very long before being eliminated.

It does appear through scientific studies that maintaining a normal weight with a well-balanced diet may be the most helpful at preventing cancer reoccurrence.

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Response by:

Joanna M Brell, MD Joanna M Brell, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University