The Major News Media missed reporting a breakthrough treatment for the prevention of cancer. Why? Is it because this breakthrough isn’t a drug but a simple inexpensive multivitamin with folic acid that can prevent cancers up to 50%? If it were a pharmaceutical that achieved such astounding results it would be in all the news reports on television and newspapers. Is it because there is a bias against vitamins and nutrition which are non-drug treatments or because there is no benefit for Big Pharma?
The headline in the New York Times, LA Times, etc and the sound-bite on the CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX evening news should have read:
New Major Cancer Protective Treatment – A New Breakthrough ‘Drug’ That Prevents Cancers in Children –
Unfortunately it didn’t. I Googled this study from the February 21, 2007, medical journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and nada! The major news outlets in Canada carried it but not in the Good Ole’ USA unless you include the Redding News.
“This is almost too simple an idea for people to take seriously, but they should take it seriously,” said Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Globe and Mail.
Vitamin Prevention Worth A Pound Of Cancer Cure
Of course the real reason this ‘breakthrough’ information wasn’t reported on in the MNM (Major News Media) was because it wasn’t a Pharmaceutical (with major advertising dollars on the line for MNM) but a simple cheap once a day multivitamin with folic acid.
“Simply taking multivitamins and folic acid during pregnancy can help a mother reduce her baby’s risk of developing the most common childhood cancers by almost 50 per cent, a new study from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children says.” Toronto Star
“The startling finding that a cheap supplement purchased at a drugstore can prevent cancer as well as a range of birth defects adds weight to the theory that micronutrients have lifelong health benefits for the developing fetus.” Globe and Mail.
Unfounded Bias Against Vitamin Supplements
Maybe the MNM didn’t pick up the story because of a bias against vitamins from so-called vitamin experts like Rory Collins, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Oxford University who was reported as saying. –
“It has been said that Americans have the richest urine in the world, because they consume a lot of expensive vitamins and then just pee them out…There is no good evidence that any vitamin supplements are effective. So if you are going to waste your money on these unproven vitamins, you may as well waste less money on the cheaper ones.” As reported in the newspaper – The Independent (London), Feb 9, 2004 by Catherine Nixey.
Or maybe – the New York Times article (April 29, 2003) conclusion that “multivitamins have not been shown to prevent any disease and that it is easy to reach high enough doses of certain vitamins and minerals to actually increase the risk of disease”
For if physicians and the news media can’t be trusted to get even the basic checkable facts right about vitamins, why should any of their opinions be taken seriously? A cursory look at the scientific medical literature reveals the false propaganda from these two sources.
Medicine Acknowledges Vitamin Supplements- the ‘Checkable Facts’
The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 reversed its historical anti-vitamin policy by acknowledging that “it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”
In 1998 an Editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine was titled: “Eat Right and Take a Multivitamin.”
Harvard Public Health – “Today, though, there’s good evidence that taking a daily multivitamin makes sense for most adults…(and) may prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases.”
A Summary of a few of the Positive Vitamin Studies
The Nurses’ Health Study of over 87,000 women showed that the – “Long-term use of multivitamins may substantially reduce risk for colon cancer.” Annals of Internal Medicine 1998.
A 19,000 patient study found Vitamin C lowered the “mortality (death-rate) from all-causes…” Lancet (2001)
A pooling of the data from several studies “concluded…that 1,000 IU of oral vitamin D per day is associated with a 50% reduction in colorectal cancer incidence.” Recent Results in Cancer Research (2007)
If one was to read these studies one would conclude that supplements have a role to play in prevention of disease. Of course if one was to ignore these studies and or look for negative improperly done studies one could possibly show negative results by selective research to scaremonger, which is a common tactic of Big Pharma, MNM and the Medical Establishment.
Vitamins Cost Savings to the System
Taking a multivitamin for at least 11 years would save the system $58.1 billion as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) State-of-the-Science Conference on Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements and Chronic Disease Prevention. May 15-17, 2006
So there’s the crux of the matter, savings of billions of dollars to the system which would normally be shared by the Medical Establishment, Big Pharma and the Major News Media. With a close to 50% prevention for some cancers, an inexpensive multivitamin doesn’t have enough profit to go around. Now you know why the ‘Sounds of Silence Were Deafening for the Cancer Cure.’