Odds and Ends:
Jacob Schor ND FABNO
August 24, 2009
We are in the office and back to work after our week attending the American Association of Naturopathic Physician's Annual convention in Tacoma, Washington.
Baking Soda and Cancer:
Over the recent years many patients have asked me about using baking soda to treat cancer. These questions are prompted by many websites promoting the work of an Italian doctor, actually ex-doctor, by the name of Tullio Simoncini.
Ralph Moss has just written a brief but excellent review of this idea and I suggest anyone who has wondered about this therapy to read it.
Simoncini's Bicarbonate Treatment For Cancer
Asparagus and Cancer:
We continue to be questioned about whether eating asparagus can act as a cure for cancer. This idea has been floating around via viral internet messages for 2-3 years. The messages being forwarded are not particularly credible according to a Snopes evaluation:
At the same time I am not ready to throw the idea into the compost bin. Checking PubMed for peer reviewed articles on asparagus and cancer produces a list of some two dozen published studies suggesting that there are chemicals in asparagus that have anti-cancer effect.
For example a paper published this past April tells us that a chemical found in asparagus kills liver cancer cells. [abstract below]
Asparagus is a seasonal food. We tend to eat it only in the Spring and early Summer. If it has cumulative effect from eating it daily, we would be unlikely to notice it as hardly anybody eats it regularly. I’ve not heard of anyone ever getting sick from eating too much asparagus so at this point I am not trying to dissuade anyone from following the ‘asparagus eating guidelines for treating cancer’ that are appearing on the internet.
Will it work? We don’t have enough data to make a decision. Will it hurt? Probably not. There is no data showing it does not work.
On the Masthead:
Speaking of peer reviewed journals; in the last year my name has been added to the mastheads of several journals. I am now the associate editor for oncology of the Naturopathic Doctors News and Review. I am on the oncology editorial board for the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. I’ve also recently been added to the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal. Some of these ‘honors’ may just be an attempt to get me to submit articles more regularly to each of these publications. Still, I am honored to have received such responsibility and the attendant recognition.
I was surprised while attending the annual members meeting of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) this past week to be singled out by the President of the association, Tina Kaczor, to receive the President’s Award for my contributions to the association. I am in the middle of my second term serving on the board of directors of the association and have served as secretary to the board. I was quite flattered to receive this award. It may have been something of a bribe as I’ve been asked to step up and assume the role of vice president of the association for this coming year. Nevertheless, I'm still quite tickled to receive the award knowing how many other doctors are also deserving of such recognition. The big debate will be where to hang it on the wall of the office.