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In 1996 the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Study’s (NPCS) positive findings concerning selenium and cancer was published generating great interest. Given the good results seen in prostate cancer in the earlier trial, a larger prostate cancer specific trial was designed.
The now infamous, Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) published in 2005, looked at, not only selenium, but a combination of selenium and vitamin E, would prove beneficial in the armamentarium to prevent this insidious disease.
But the high hopes for the SELECT trial were dashed when the results were published showing not only a null effect, but potentially an adverse effect, particularly with the combination of low blood selenium levels and vitamin E supplementation.
What went wrong? The easy answer is nothing and everything.
Many of the 3,000 enquiries received each month by the Blackmores Advisory Service relate to preconception and pregnancy care. The following pregnancy health advice is recommended by Blackmores' team of Advisory Naturopaths.
Articles that proclaim there is no evidence behind complementary medicine are not only wrong but also confusing, especially when they are written by academics that have access to many scientific databases, writes Dr Lesley Braun PhD, Director of Blackmores Institute.
You would think by now, in this age of sophisticated scientific technology, we would have worked out how much dietary protein humans need every day. But not so.
The efficacy of complementary medicines and therapies is being put to the test this year in a series of reviews designed to draw conclusions on how effective they are and whether they match claims made about them. But there is more to them than meets the eye, writes Dr Lesley Braun.
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