Year: 2013

Sabah Snake Grass Warning

News and information about Sabah Snake Grass (Clinacanthus nutans, 优顿草) is spreading in the Internet and claims that it can “cure cancer” abound. There are even normal healthy people ingesting this plant in the belief that it can “prevent cancer”

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Omega 3 fish oils increases risk of prostate cancer

If you are male and consume Omega 3 Fish Oils, beware: Omega 3 Fish Oils Linked To Increased Prostate Cancer Risk Eating a lot of oily fish or consuming omega supplements may not be good for a man’s health. New

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Soy Fails to Stop Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Medscape reports Taking daily soy protein supplements does not prevent prostate cancer from recurring after radical prostatectomy, according to a study published in the July 10 issue of JAMA. This finding comes from an interim analysis that prompted an early

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Stroke – no significant effect

A Chinese herbal combination, NeuroAid, was studied in a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 1100 patients. There was no statistical difference in the outcomes between the treatment arm and the placebo arm. Ref: Chinese Medicine Neuroaid Efficacy on Stroke Recovery

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Does taking papaya leaves “cure” dengue?

Helen Wong asked this question in Facebook Hi, does this mean papaya leaves juice may be an alternative cure for dengue fever ? My doctor insisted it’s rubbish but I recovered slowly after 2x ‘force it down my throat due

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The Coenzyme Q10 Hype

I’ve seen it selling in drug stores pitching benefits to all and sundry. While there have been small scale studies showing possible benefits in people with heart disease I’ve had my doubts. Yet the hard sell goes on promoting CoQ10

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SBM: Knee Osteoarthritis – Thumbs Down for Acupuncture and Glucosamine

Good article over at Science Based Medicine – Knee Osteoarthritis: Thumbs Down for Acupuncture and Glucosamine. They highlight the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 1200 page report evaluating the evidence for various treatments for knee osteoarthritis short of total

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Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo

An interesting read: Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth Acupuncture is an interesting case, because it seems to have achieved greater credibility than other forms of alternative medicine, despite its basis being just as bizarre as

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xkcd: Cells

xkcd makes a good point:

Have you been sucked in by the Alternatives to Medicine hype?

(pic from the Age) Quote Alternative medicine has grown into a $2 billion industry under a regime of light regulation and increasing social acceptance. But with few products tried and tested, should we believe the hype? Read more in the