Question from Jessica:
"Hi Warren, I like to read your blogs and Q&A as I truly believe your views are honest and fair. I saw this recent article published in the latest European Journal of Cancer Prevention 'Could a daily vitamin pill cause skin cancer? Scientists fear it could speed up tumour growth'. Please share your views about this report. Many thanks"
Responds from Warren:
Hi Jessica, Thanks for your comments. Over the last 10 years I have lost count of how many articles have appeared in media suggesting that this supplement or that will reduce life expectancy or cause cancer.
In every case they have been discredited when the study is carefully examined by experts. Usually it is found that the results are substantially distorted. In most of these cases the objective has been determined before the study is even commenced, and many of them are funded either directly or indirectly by pharmaceutical interests in an effort to discredit natural therapies.
The interesting thing is that people remember the negative headlines, and it sticks. Later on when it is discredited the media don’t give it much coverage, and anyway the damage has been done, and the objective achieved.
I have not seen the details of this particular study as yet but we can be sure that there will be more info surface over the coming weeks. I personally think that it is nonsense and irresponsible scaremongering.
As a point of interest, you may have seen the blog that I did recently about my friend Russell who recently died of a brain tumor. Well, a few years ago when my wife and I were in Auckland, Russell insisted that we go and have a check up with a skin specialist to make sure that we did not have any skin cancers. He thought that I in particular should do that as I love the sun and spend a LOT of time in it. He had found a couple of skin cancers on himself which the Doctor removed.
Anyway, to appease Russell we went, and neither of us had anything that remotely could be considered cancerous. Here is the difference...Russell did not take vitamins or supplements but my wife and I took a lot.
I have no worries about getting skin cancers and in fact the supplements help me avoid getting burnt. I believe that it's actually the supplements I take that keep me free from skin cancers.
In the last 10 years I extensive research I have never seen anything credible that would suggest that any form of supplementation could contribute to cancer.
I would make one comment though and that is the importance of balanced supplementation. Some people do take excessive amounts of single ingredients or vitamins. I believe that could be harmful.