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“Natural 33-ingredient compound” active against prostate cancer cell lines in vitro

Posted Aug 05 2010 12:00am

Researchers at Columbia University are reporting that a complex mixture of 33 different nutrients, medicinal mushrooms, minerals, and herbs seems to have significant activity affecting the growth and survival of androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells lines derived from mice and humans.

In their article just published in Integrative Cancer Therapies, Yan and Katz report that ProstaCaid a product developed by Isaac Eliaz, MD shows significant activity in the laboratory which could be indicative of a possible clinical effect in humans. However, we are not aware of any data suggesting that ProstaCaid is actually clinically effective as an agent that can prevent or be used effectively to treat prostate cancer at any stage of the disease.

We have noted many times before that drugs and drug combinations that can do wonderful things in laboratory tests and even in laboratory animals frequently have absolutely no clinical impact at all when tested in man compared to a placebo. This is not to say that ProstCaid “doesn’t work,” but this type of laboratory data should be considered as no more than one step on the road to the development of an agent that can be established as effective and safe in the prevention or treatment of a specific disease. Until such data are available, “you are on your own out there” with regard to the actual clinical value of this nutritional supplement.

In the same issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies, Yan and Katz have also reported on similar studies with two formulations of modified citrus pectin PectaSol and PectaSol-C (also developed by Dr. Elias). Again, these data only show activity in the laboratory, not a clinical effect in man.

Before you decide to spend more than $150.00 for a “trial size” order of ProstaCaid or about $30.00 for a month’s supply of PectaSol-C, you might want to see some data that actually demonstrates a clinical effect in man. Caveat emptor!

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