Ok, perhaps it is not recycled corporate-CT being used (weakly) as general anti-capitalist propaganda.
Maybe someone is just trying to sell stock.
sorry to burst the bubble forming here...
Page 2: DCA: Cancer Breakthrough or Urban Legend? - ABC News
In the discussion section of the paper, the authors conclude with the following statement:
In other words, the authors are saying that in their opinion these experiments in the lab and rats suggests that DCA may be a simple, effective treatment for cancer and we should move forward with clinical trials based solely on their theory and their results."Our work … offers a tantalizing suggestion that DCA may have selective anticancer efficacy in patients. The very recent report of the first randomized long-term clinical trial of oral DCA in children with congenital lactic acidosis (at doses similar to those used in our in vivo experiments) showing that DCA was well tolerated and safe (Stacpoole et al., 2006) suggests a potentially easy translation of our work to clinical oncology." (Emphasis mine)DCA is an organic chemical that causes liver cancer in laboratory mice when put in their drinking water.
It is not nontoxic. It is a byproduct of another chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE), which has been a source of concern as a cancer-causing agent for some time.
Here is what the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has to say about TCE:
So before you start going out and adding DCA to your drinking water to prevent cancer, a degree of caution would be very prudent at this point."HIGHLIGHTS: Trichloroethylene is a colorless liquid which is used as a solvent for cleaning metal parts. Drinking or breathing high levels of trichloroethylene may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death."Dr. Len Lichtenfeld is deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.It is way too soon to know whether this is a cancer treatment breakthrough or an urban legend or something in between.
I am acutely aware that there are cancer patients out there who are fighting every day for their survival, hoping that there is one last chance to get a treatment that may prolong or save their lives.
For some of you out there to inappropriately make them feel that DCA is the answer to their prayers based on this single early-stage report in a medical research journal is, in my opinion, not acceptable at best -- and despicable at worst.
Hmm. Science by press release instead of peer review, talks about cancer as if it were a single disease, and a conspiracy theory about Big Pharma.
Also, a biology-minded friend of mine read the description of how the treatment works and said "This is pure gibberish."
One of you will end up here next!
I saw this movie before. Except Sean Connery was angry at the destruction of the rain forest.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963