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Is Cancer Just a Crapshoot?

Is Cancer Just a Crapshoot?

Written by Jon Barron or staff member at The Baseline of Health Foundation.

Kimchi Packs Proven Health Benefits


Kimchi Packs Proven Health Benefits

Koreans have been enjoying salted and fermented vegetables known as kimchi for about 2000 years.  It's typically served with steamed rice at every Korean meal.  But this spicy dish is much more than a condiment. 

Researchers in Korea published a comprehensive review of the health benefits of kimchi as a probiotic.  In it they cite 130 studies attesting to the amazing healing properties of this humble food. 

Multivitamin-Cancer Study Details Tell Different Story

Multivitamin-Cancer Study Details Tell Different Story

Contradicting recent studies that showed multivitamin use had little effect upon chronic disease, Harvard researchers have found that multivitamin use over a long period reduces the incidence of many cancers along with mortality.

The researchers conducted a study of male doctors called the Physicians' Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial. The study began in 1997 and included 14,641 physicians from the United States. They were 50 years or older at the beginning of the study, and the average age was 64 years old. The study group also included 1,312 men who had previously contracted cancer. The study continued through June 1, 2011. The study was randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled.

While the study found that multivitamin use decreased all types of cancer by 12%, and decreased deaths from all cancers by 12%, these statistics do not tell the entire story. The details by cancer type tell of an even more compelling result of taking multivitamins.

The all-cancer statistics were significantly skewed by the fact that multivitamin use only reduced the risk of prostate cancer by 2%, while prostate cancer accounted for approximately half of all the cancer cases among the men. There were about 18 cases of cancer for every 1,000 men, and about 9 cases of prostate cancer for every 1,000 men. This means that the reduction in other types of cancer were significantly higher when prostate cancer is removed from the equation.

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