Half of the cancer drugs journalists called “miracles” and “cures” were not approved by the FDA | Vox

Joker in the News

There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic or providing hope to people who are literally scared for their lives, but what we object to in this report by Vox is the haste by which reporters transform a single study into conclusive evidence:

A group of American cancer researchers, writing in this week’s issue of the journal JAMA Oncology, measured how often 10 superlatives were used to describe new cancer drugs in the press. (The list of terms included “breakthrough,” “game changer,” “miracle,” “cure,” “home run,” “revolutionary,” “transformative,” “life saver,” “groundbreaking,” and “marvel.”) They searched Google News to see when these phrases were used in connection with cancer drugs, and then read the articles to see if there was any evidence to back up the wild claims.

In half the cases, terms like “breakthrough,” “miracle,” and “cure” were used to describe medicines that hadn’t even been approved yet by regulators. So not only were these drugs not yet available to patients, they also hadn’t even passed scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. Even worse, about 14 percent of the time these terms were used, the drugs actually had no human data behind them. This means journalists were calling a drug a “miracle” or “cure” when it had only been tested on mice or cell cultures.

As Vox indicates, what journalists fail to keep in mind is that not all studies are created equal. Here’s the hierarchy, based on the subject of the study:

  1. First Place. Large studies with over 1,200 people.
  2. Second Place. Smaller studies with fewer than 1,200 people.
  3. Third Place. Studies that don’t use people at all (and test on animals).

So if a study is small or focuses on rats instead of people, we have to take the results with a grain of sand. As a consumer, this gradient of reliability creates confusion, confusion that companies often exploit for their own gain (think global warming deniers).

But while we might not know exactly how well turmeric slows cancer growth, here’s some things we do know:

  1. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with so many nutrients, some of which we haven’t even discovered yet. In light of this, try to consume every fruit and vegetable available in the grocery store as often as you can. You’ll get the benefits we know about and the hundreds of others we don’t yet understand.
  2. Exercise provides so many benefits to your health that even walking around the block once or twice a day can have profound effects on your health.

That’s it.

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    Q: What do you think about the alternative drug protocel for fighting breast cancer, and the book" This breast stays put." Is there any validity to the claim that itcan be used as an alternative cure for breast cancer

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    Alternative drug protocol? Drugs CAN'T heal the body from anything! The best prevention from disease is living in harmony with Divine Law. Please read a few of our free health articles if you get the chance.

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    Skepticism only leads to being more skeptical. Healing too, like religion, requires faith (that one can and will heal). In re my website, I promise no cures as only God and the human body (of the individual) can cure. I can only assist in helping one to heal. Healing is wholistic, and involves the mind-body-spirit and the most important aspect of healing is the mental aspect for all disease begins in the mind just as all healing does.
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    Q: Hello. This is my first time emailing you. I am a 24 year old African American female. I have a younger sister who is 17. She has had health issues every since I can remember. As a baby she had asthma but grew out of it. She has also suffered from allergies to things such as pollen and ragweed as well. But at the age of 9 she woke up one morning totally unable to move and her joints appeared swollen and red. She has never been diagnosed with anything but the symptoms have been treated with an array of different drugs. As time progressed she would randomly continue to get joint swelling and stiffness in her arms legs and hips. Doctors have tested her for lupus and arthritis and test results still say she has none of the above. She suffers also from periodic urinary tract infections, ulcerations of the mouth and fatigue. She recently was told that she was suffering also from a stomach emptying disorder and her body was having a difficult time absorbing nutrients. Just this week she had extreme pain in her upper abdomen and the doctor said it was an enlarged spleen. They did blood work and it turns out that her pancreas levels are off the charts. I kind of hopped all over the place and I left a lot of things out. But do you have any clue what may be going on or what she could do to help her improve her overall quality of life and finally be pain free? I also left out that recently she has started losing hearing in her left ear. What does this all mean?

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    Not true! Don't waste your time worrying about Codex A. Think positive, Beloved! The urban legend is laughable. Many people just like to think negative, so they create negativity in their life. That has nothing to do with Codex A, but their own thinking! You can relax, Beloved!

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    Gradually decrease the amount of the drugs you take, or just stop cold turkey. Do what's best for you Beloved! For every drug is a herbal alternative. Dherbs.com sell herbal alternatives to drugs. You have nothing to worry about.

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    Simply detox (FULL BODY DETOX) periodically, like every 4 months!

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    Q: There seems to be a cure or a treatment for everything but kidney disease and trust me I have been looking since 1997 when I was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis. I have been on dialysis for a year and a half now. My Dr told me that once your filters in your kidneys are damaged there is no way the can be replenished. That is what happened to me. The scare tissue in my kidney are so severe that they do not filter my blood properly. I have talked to other herbologist and doctors and the only thing they can recommend is transplant. I believe that God put everything we need to stay healthy on this planet. We just have to find what we need. I read on your web site that your herbs can cure kidney disease. I hope it can cure mine. What type of success have you had in getting patients off of dialysis and if you have how long did it take and what did they have to do?

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    To help treat Kidney-Bladder failure/problems, detox your body with Full Body Cleanse. After the cleanse, your daily regimen should consist of Kidney-Bladder-Adrenal formula (3 capsules, 5 times per day) and the Dherbs Kidney Tea (1-2 cups per day). These formulas can help increase healing in your kidneys so that they can function properly.

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    Q: My sister was diagnosis with breast cancer and also bones cancer. After chemotherapy and radiation treatment she is telling me she feels very tired, she lives in Argentina how can I help her with your advice, I did not know about your herbs when she became sick, I mentioned dherbs to her and she ask me to help.

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    She needs to detoxify her body. She's now dealing with toxicity from chemotherapy and radiation on top of cancerous cells so now she must heal twice: from the drugs/radiation and the cancer. I would have her start on the FULL BODY DETOX; have her drink DETOX TEA and RAINFOREST TONIC TEA for starters. The radiation and chemotherapy are harming her. Her diet should be all raw foods and herbs.

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    Q: Thank you so much for doing all that you do. I wish that you were in my everyday life...If I ever come to Cali, I hope to be able to take you up on some of your services. I have given your site out to many people that cross my paths...most recently, a man with diabetes who is going blind. He seemed to be quite thankful for your info...I do hope that he contacts you...and my friend who perhaps has a problem with a parasite(s). But me....okay just waiting for tax refund and then I will hit you up for another full-body detox...and perhaps a parasite kit myself...as it is sad but true..with my current boyfriend careless but kind...I now have a problem with genital herpes...a small breakout every other month...I eat well for the most part...ofcourse it could be better. But the stress is hish...I am working on that. But my question is...would an air purifier do me any good? You see I live in Dundalk, Maryland...near baltimore...near a Steel plant, and a yeast plant, and close to the military practice bombing sites, and other military negative stuff, and the city polluted with car pollution, tons of light pollution, and they spray for mosquitos...then I go to work and I work at a place called ABC Supply...great place right, well the stress is high, and the building we work in is shot...I swear there is mold under the carpets in one of the rooms...the ceiling is constantly leaking and we don't know what from...and the fumes from forklifts and the asphalt from the shingles...the filterfrom the intake gets changed like once a year...but is filled with 'shit' probably in a day or week. So the answer is to get a new job and move...yeah I know...I just don’t know how to do it...or where to go. Since I moved here, I have a problem with my ears...filling up with water or histimine or whatever...usually if I don't drink enough water near my menstrual cycle...I went to a doctor once and basically walked out of the office telling him what to do for his cold...yasee..he was no help...I knew more than him already....these past two years have been bad for allergies. Now, my ears and my throat...my nose too...though I do clean it out with water and that helps. I am not the only one. In the past two years there is a great number of people who say the same thing...they have never had a problem with allergies until these past two years. My grandmother and next door neighbor are two..but many more...well they just started up that steel mill again probably about that time...they sprayed hard core for mosquitos right before my grandmother started having problems...global warming for one...and i dont' know..but two years ago I was involved with a group of people sending out petitions against an LNG liquid natural gas plant that would bring in a ship two times the size of a football field and a huge pipe line to pennsylvania, and a skyscraper of a building to store the gas. Well...we fought against it...but apparently the gas company has more say than our own local government...I don't know...but hear about it every once in a while that they are still trying to get it built. So, an air purifier?? what do you think? Much Love and Health and Thanks!! Peace, RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your words, Beloved. Much obliged from the heart!

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    In regards to your question: Oh yes! By all means purchase an air purifier or an ozone machine (which will actually be best or better for you). Make sure you detox (FULL BODY DETOX) periodically, consume ACTIVATED CHARCOAL, and take plenty of IODINE PHOSPHATE as sea weed is great for neutralizing the effects of radiation.

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    Surgery is always optional! You can heal colon cancer by change of diet and herbs such as our FULL BODY DETOXand 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE.

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    Q: If I cut off the man made drugs I will still be left with the problems of high blood pressure and an enlarged prostate. What herbs will I have to take to replace these drugs?

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    Using all-natural herbs instead of drugs will help rectify your ailment instead of masking it.

    Pancreas Kit & Regimen can help rejuvenate the body and stabilize blood sugar levels.

    Other formulas to take once you complete your cleanse include Cardiovascular Formula, Kidney-Bladder-Adrenals, and Sugar Control.