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Doctors and patients haven’t been told the truth about cancer drugs for years. Here’s why and what to do…

10 by / on 8 Nov 2017, / in cancer

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a remarkable study, just published in the BMJ which had found that over half of the new cancer drugs released onto the market in a four year period by the EU drugs regulator had no good evidence that they were effective. In other words, there was also no evidence that their benefits outweighed their risk or that they were value for money.

Most new cancer drugs won’t let you live longer or improve your quality of life

5 by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in cancer

Cancer drugs can come with nasty side-effects, we know that, but they are worth taking because they have been properly scientifically tested and found to help patients live longer and have a better quality of life. But the latest research shows that the reality is not so comforting. Over half of new drugs are being prescribed to patients with little or no evidence they do any good at all. Here’s how it works.

Genes don’t explain why cancer spreads. Bring the body back into the picture

11 by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in cancer

Why are some cases of cancer cleared from the body after surgery while others lurk, waiting to metastasize and emerge elsewhere months or even years later? There is no good answer at the moment because the conditions that allow these invaders to flourish doesn’t fit with our gene-focused theory of how and why cancer develops in the first place.

Medicine’s democratic deficit. Time for middle-aged, white, privileged males to move over

37 by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in evidence based medicine

It’s hardly news that things have not been going well for various professional elites lately. Economists so busy promoting the neo-liberal agenda they failed to notice the on-coming depression; politicians resolutely deaf to constituents’ complaints that generosity to those at the top had destroyed jobs and cut wages at the bottom.

Diet war veterans last stand. Recent saturated fat attack a blast from the past

12 by / on 23 Jun 2017, / in evidence based medicine, low fat diet

Last week a ‘Presidential Advisory Statement’ about saturated fat from the American Heart Association (AHA) produced a ‘you cannot be serious’ reaction from anyone who has looked at the evidence for the theory that saturated fat raises the risk of heart disease.

Dietitians and cancer specialists both favour failed treatments

4 by / on 24 May 2017, / in cancer, low carb diet

Patients hoping for a diet to help with diabetes are doomed to disappointment in South Africa. Meanwhile over a billion pounds has been spent in the UK on cancer drugs that don’t work, says a new report. In South Africa, the scientist who blew the whistle is in the dock…

Official Eatwell Guide a disaster yet supporters refuse to discuss the obvious low carb alternative

35 by / on 13 Apr 2017, / in low carb diet

Three events I have attended in the last month highlight the fact that the Government’s Eatwell Guide is not just clearly unhealthy but indefensibly so.

How to cut the chemotherapy dose in half and get better results. (The nurse who is giving power back to cancer patients)

22 by / on 7 Mar 2017, / in cancer

Last week I ended my post with the finger pointing firmly at sugar (glucose) in the blood as being a vital source of fuel for cancer growth. Turning cancerous has the effect of re-wiring a cell’s energy production system so it becomes more demanding and less efficient (known as glycolosis).

How the ketogenic diet starves a tumour then genetically engineers the cancer cells

6 by / on 20 Feb 2017, / in cancer

Last week I ended my post with the finger pointing firmly at sugar (glucose) in the blood as being a vital source of fuel for cancer growth. Turning cancerous has the effect of re-wiring a cell’s energy production system so it becomes more demanding and less efficient (known as glycolosis).

The real myth is that eating sugar doesn’t feed your cancer

31 by / on 14 Feb 2017, / in cancer

A fine example of post truth and alternative facts appeared in the Guardian on Monday. Defining any diet that made a medical claim as a fad, the article consigned them all to the bin.

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