Nutritional Cancer Research Seminar

Cancer Nutrition Research Highly Controversial

  • Surge in biomedical research studies: 17 million abstracts, 600,000 added each year
  • Clinical Research – Epidemiology, Randomized Controlled Trials, Case Control Trials, Animal and Cellular research
  • Deeply divided professional pronouncements upon nutritional research evidence for prevention and treatment: disputes about the right kind of evidence
  • Media Reporting of Trials such Vegetarians versus Meat Eaters
  • Quality of and Type of Nutritional Research Required
  • Nutritional Treatment Regimes of People with Cancer
  • Professional and Legal Issues for Practitioners using Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

Nutritional Cancer Research Seminar

Research with Individual Nutrients and Dietary Supplements

  • Antioxidants – Vitamins C, E, Beta-Carotene, Selenium
  • Trace Minerals – Selenium, Iron, Copper
  • Polysaccharides – Chinese Herbal Medicines (Mushrooms, Ginseng, Astragalus, Ganoderma)
  • Lipids – Saturated and Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Amino Acids, Garlic, Bromelain
  • Flavonoids – Isoflavones, Flavones, Flavonols, Flavanols, Anthocyanidins and Proanthocyanidins
  • Phenolic Compounds – Propolis, Curcumin, Lignans, Stilbenes - Resveratrol, Quinones
  • Terpenes – Monoterpenes, Triterpenoids, Saponins, Sesquiterpenes
  • Lipid-Soluble Vitamins – Vitamins A, D3, E, Melatonin
  • Interaction of Natural Compounds with Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy

Divided Opinions: Nutritional Research Evidence

  • Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials (RCTs) vs Case Studies, Retrospective Cohort Trials, Evidence from Molecular, Cellular and Animal Studies
  • Inconclusive Evidence for Most Nutritional Elements
  • Political, Financial Agendas
  • Flawed Research leads to Misguided Medical Paradigms

Problems with Past and Present Cancer Clinical Research

  • Problems with Accuracy of Food Questionnaires
  • How to protect against ‘contaminants’ of food people eat – i.e. hydrogenated oils, antibiotics, growth hormones, preservatives, etc.
  • Impossibility of rigidly controlling the diet and environments of people, as opposed to animals or cells

Desired Nutritional Research

  • Cancer Patients having no chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with Cancer eating organic food:
  • fruits and vegetables
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • meat, fish
  • grains

Nutritional Treatment Regimes of People with Cancer

  • Gerson
  • Macrobiotics
  • Dries
  • Budwig Flax Oil
  • Essiac
  • Living Foods
  • Dr Hulda Clarke

Professional / Legal Issues for Practitioners using Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

  • Legality of ‘prescribing’ nutritional regimens for medical doctors
  • Draconian cancer laws prohibiting claims that any nutritional or herbal substance can cure cancer, even if valid research evidence exists
  • Difficulties for patients in the face of numerous claims of miraculous cures

Internet Cancer Information Sites



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