Does Sarsaparilla Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

Why the interest in Sarsaparilla? Remember Sarsaparilla, the fizzy soft drink in a bottle? It may be what first comes to mind when I mention the word. Although now sometimes made with artificial ingredients, the beverage was originally made with the sarsaparilla (SAR) plant. Nowadays, SAR is becoming more widely available in health food stores,… Continue reading

Phosphoric Acid: Are You Eating Too Much? The Research Reviewed

Too many people in the natural health world treat phosphoric acid as ‘public enemy number one’. This is simply misinformation that comes largely from tabloid style blogs which sensationalize and manipulate science. So what is the real backstory to phosphoric acid and health? What does the scientific literature have to tell us about the effect… Continue reading

Does Inositol Have Proven Benefits? 22 Studies Reviewed

Some of the claimed health benefits of Inositol, that are quickly stumbled upon online, include that it fights depressive symptoms, improves fertility, assists with weight loss, lowers cholesterol, promotes sleep, eases constipation and promotes strong, healthy hair. Hey, how come I’ve never heard of this treatment? I noticed that none of these benefits, at least… Continue reading

Does Baby Powder Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk By 33%?

Claim Baby Powder Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk By 33% Lawsuit Claims. Verdict Data on the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer is inconclusive. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talcum powder as a possible carcinogen. Origin Doctor Mercola published an extensive piece on ‘The Talc Cover-Up’ which discussed studies linking the… Continue reading

Can Melatonin Really Lower Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

Claim Melatonin Can Lower Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer. Verdict Research does not support the claim that melatonin helps lower the risk of prostate cancer. Origin Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in a circadian rhythm. Melatonin exhibits some anticancer properties in animal models. Night shift work which disturbs circadian rhythm and… Continue reading

Does Eating Garlic Reduce The Risk of Lung And Bowel Cancer By 40%?

Claim Eating Garlic Reduces Risk of Lung, Bowel Cancer By 40%. Verdict It is not possible to make any overall conclusions about the anticancer properties of garlic due to the limitations of the existing studies. Origin Natural News carried an article entitled ‘Eating Garlic Daily Reduces Risk of Lung, Bowel Cancer by 40%’. The author… Continue reading

IVF Treatment Proven To Increase Risk Of Birth Defects In Children

Claim IVF treatment proven to increase risk of birth defects in children. Verdict Clinical studies do not support the claim that assisted reproductive technology has been proven to increase the risk of birth defects. Origin An article in Time Health Land entitled ‘IVF Linked to More Birth Defects’ interprets the findings of a seminal research… Continue reading

Do Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drugs Increase Leukemia Risk By 700%?

Claim Inflammatory Bowel Disease drugs can increase leukemia risk by 700%. Verdict Claims that the inflammatory bowel disease drug Azathioprine increases the risk of leukemia seven fold is an oversimplification and misinterpretation of the results of a research study. Origin Pinterest discusses the ‘sevenfold increase of leukemia from inflammatory bowel treatments’. The pin is based… Continue reading

300% Increased Brain Cancer Risk For Long-term Users Of Cell Phones

Claim 300% Increased Brain Cancer Risk For Long-term Users Of Cell Phones And Cordless Phones, New Study Revealed. Verdict There is insufficient information to definitively say whether or not wireless phones increase brain cancer risk. Available studies show an association between mobile and cordless phone use and malignant tumors, but have not proven that the… Continue reading

Do Strawberries Really Cut Heart Attack Risk In Women By One Third?

Claim Flavanoids from strawberries and blueberries cut heart attack risk in women by one third. Verdict The scientific literature simply does not support the claim that anthocyanin containing berries such as strawberries and blueberries reduce the risk of heart attacks in women. Origin Medical News Today reviewed the health benefits and nutritional breakdown of strawberries… Continue reading

Are Antidepressants Proven To Increase Risk Of Suicide In Teens?

Claim Antidepressant drugs increase risk of suicide in teens. Verdict Only one clinical study has shown a statistically significant increase in suicide risk in teenagers on antidepressants. All other studies show a non- statistically significant doubling of suicide risk in this patient population. Origin In 2006, the US FDA published the results of a meta-analysis… Continue reading

Does Daily Aspirin Increase The Risk Of Heart Attacks By 190%?

Claim Daily aspirin found to increase the risk of heart attacks by 190%. Verdict There is no scientific evidence to prove that daily aspirin increases the risk of heart attacks or myocardial infarction. Origin A number of websites have published claims that the risk of heart attacks is almost doubled in patients taking aspirin. These… Continue reading