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September 9, 2012

Chris Davies: No cancer magic in supplements

Cancer is a topic most choose to avoid because the journey it takes you and your family through is ugly and horrific.

Cancer is the new “fear” buzzword in the supplement business. Apparently science has not done an adequate job of researching and reducing/preventing this disease and it is the supplement industry to the rescue.  

The last time I checked, you could certainly minimize your chances of contracting many cancers through leading a clean and healthy lifestyle. I said “minimize” your chances of contracting cancer, not prevent cancer. The same goes for heart disease and other medical conditions. However, you can do everything right and still get a disease.

A reader turned me on to a cancer prevention website that really made me cringe. Although the endorsing medical doctor had done plenty of published research, none of the journals were mainstream, reputable publications. The claims made on this site were mostly far-reaching and unfounded. The claim on the site was that all cancers can be prevented.

Another website I was directed to made claims that nearly everything we use in our daily lives contains carcinogens. Items ranged from toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash to shampoo and lotion. The items being sold on this webpage were all “safe” replacements for many of the items we take for granted. The safety claim may be legitimate. I question the efficacy of the products. Of course, we don’t know if either is true since the products are not tested by reputable agencies. There is a disclaimer, however, that says the claims are not substantiated by the FDA. That should be your first motive not to buy.

Factors such as family history, lifestyle, nutritional habits, vocation, among others, may dictate your length and quality of life. Some have smoked, drank, weighed 400 pounds and beat the odds of a poor family history to live a long life. Then there are the unfortunate ones who have an excellent family history and lead a clean lifestyle, yet have battled cancer and other disease. A healthy lifestyle is no guarantee of a long and healthy life.

Another claim was that drug companies do not want to find a cure for cancer. Are you kidding me? The company that creates a cure/prevention for cancer will have one of the greatest discoveries of our time. Remember, all prescription drugs are regulated by the FDA and thoroughly tested to ensure efficacy and safety. Most work well, others do not.  All of them have side effects.

Sorry folks, you cannot prevent a disease. Consuming supplements from these sites will not help you prevent cancer or other disease. So-called healthcare facilities, supplements, and rogue groups claiming they have the answer to all our health problems are usually bogus. They look to turn a quick buck preying on your fears.

I could sell supplements, like many clubs do, but I refuse to market them simply because they are not regulated and most don’t work. The public pays enough for the right to use a fitness center. I prefer to sell quality programming based on sound scientific principles.

Chris Davies, MS, owns Fitness Solutions, Inc. He can be reached at Fitsolutions1@msn.com.

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