Posts by category: medical

Inflammation and Cancer

Evidence of the ability of inflammation to both initiate and fuel cancer has been accumulating since at least the 1980s. In fact, any chronic inflammatory disease – such as arthritis, bronchitis, fasciitis, colitis, and asthma – can increase the risk of cancer. A study published in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical […]

Posted: 06/30/2015 | read the full post


A Closer Look at the New York Attorney General’s Criticism of Supplements

This past Tuesday, we were alerted by a press release from that the Attorney General for the State of New York had announced that – based on a DNA analysis of specific herbal medicines at four major retailers – the state of New York was asking retailers to remove these supplements from their shelves. […]

Posted: 02/05/2015 | read the full post


Is Cancer Really Just “Bad Luck”?

Is Cancer Really Just “Bad Luck”? By: Keith Block, MD A new paper in the premiere journal Science, by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein, two researchers at Johns Hopkins University, has started a hot controversy in the media. The paper claims that “bad luck,” in the form of mutations that happen randomly in the course […]

Posted: 01/10/2015 | read the full post


Explaining the Misapplication of Survival Statistics

By Dr. Penny Block, PhD All of us are uncomfortable with uncertainty. And cancer can feel like an ultimate, immense, even overwhelming uncertainty. As patients, we look to doctors as medical experts, and often seek definitive information in the midst of this uncertainty. Given these expectations, doctors may be even more uncomfortable with uncertainty and […]

Posted: 09/12/2014 | read the full post


More Antioxidant Criticism?

Keith I. Block, MD Scientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are criticizing antioxidants again. As you may recall, about 18 months ago, Nobel Prize winner James Watson published a paper saying antioxidants are bad for cancer patients, and that antioxidant-rich blueberries amount to nothing more than a natural “junk food” that are OK to eat […]

Posted: 07/15/2014 | read the full post


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