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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Resources for Credible Herbal/Supplement Information

The final installment in our supplement series will take a look at some of the reliable resources available to consumers for supplement and herbal information. There are several places one can look to find concise information about a botanical supplement. This brief list of sources is evolving, and new credible sources are being compiled as … Continued

Not All Supplements are Created Equal — Part 2

Keith I. Block, MD In our previous blog article, we reviewed the issue of supplement purity.  Now, let’s consider the issue of supplement potency.  When I use the term potency, I’m referring to two things: (1) the strength and freshness of the supplement, and (2) the quantity or concentration of active ingredients.  These factors can … Continued

Not All Supplements Are Created Equal — Part 1

What You Need to Know Before Choosing A Supplement Regimen Keith I. Block, MD As you’re probably aware, Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared in front of Congress last week where he was extensively questioned about his endorsement of some weight loss products that were featured on his daytime talk show. Because the efficacy of these specific … Continued

Food and Your Mental Health

Everyone has heard the adage “You are what you eat.” And few would argue about the negative impact of a junk food diet on our overall health. More recently, however, research is emerging that suggests that diet can affect not just our physical well-being, but our mental health and behavior as well! For example, one … Continued