The Rules of Zombie Cancer Pseudoscience

“As the births of living creatures, at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time. Yet notwithstanding, as those that first bring honor into their family, are commonly more worthy than most that succeed, so the first precedent (if it be good) is seldom attained by imitation. For ill, to man’s nature, as it stands perverted, hath a natural motion, strongest in continuance; but good, as a forced motion, strongest at first. Surely every medicine is an innovation; and he that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator; and if time of course alters things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?”

- Francis Bacon


Web-based Breast Cancer Zombie Pseudoscience

  • Physical Activity Cuts Breast Cancer (Death) Risk
  • Having a baby reduces breast cancer risk
  • Who says breast cancer patients should avoid pregnancy?
  • Could Coenzyme Q10 boost breast cancer risk?
  • Antibiotic use linked to breast cancer


  • Physical Activity cuts breast cancer risk even in BRCA mutation carriers
  • Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of breast cancer
  • Reproductive factors linked to breast cancer
  • Lignan Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer Death
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent breast cancer
  • Vitamin D helps prevent breast cancer
  • Drinking Green Tea is good for Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Pomegranate juice may help prevent breast cancer metastasis
  • Plastic chemical may promote breast cancer development
  • Alcohol Raises Breast Cancer Risk
  • Soy protein cuts risk of breast cancer deathVitamin D helps prevent breast cancer recurrence


- Excerpted from the Food Consumer


Concealed Medical Cancer Science


J Natl Cancer Inst. 1998 Dec 16; 90(24):1888-93.
Chronically depressed mood and cancer risk in older persons.
Penninx BW, Guralnik JM, Pahor M, Ferrucci L, Cerhan JR, Wallace RB, Havlik RJ.
Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry Program, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
Comment in:
·         J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999 May 5;91(9):804.
·         J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999 Jun 16;91(12):1080-1.
·         J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999 Sep 15;91(18):1586-7.
·         J Natl Cancer Inst. 1998 Dec 16;90(24):1856-7.


 BACKGROUND: Depression has been proposed as a predisposing factor for cancer, but prospective studies have been inconclusive. We examined whether a high level of depressive symptoms, present for a long time, is associated with increased risk of cancer in the elderly.


METHODS: Data were obtained and analyzed from persons who lived in three communities (Massachusetts, Iowa, and Connecticut) of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly, a prospective cohort study with a mean follow-up of 3.8 years that included 4825 persons (1708 men and 3117 women) aged 71 years and older. Chronically depressed mood was defined as present when the number of depressive symptoms exceeded specific cut points on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression scale at baseline (1988) and 3 and 6 years before baseline. New cases of cancer were identified from Medicare hospitalization records and death certificates.


RESULTS: Of the 4825 persons studied, 146 (3.0%) were chronically depressed. The incidence rate of cancer was 30.5 per 1000 person-years for the 146 persons with chronic depression and 21.9 per 1000 person-years for the 4679 nonchronically depressed persons. After adjustment for age, sex, race, disability, hospital admissions, alcohol intake, and smoking, the hazard ratio for cancer associated with chronically depressed mood was 1.88 (95% confidence interval = 1.13-3.14). The excess risk of cancer associated with chronic depression was consistent for most types of cancer and was not specific to cigarette smokers.


CONCLUSION: When present for at least 6 years, depression was associated with a generally increased risk of cancer.

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About the Author

Julian Lieb, M.D is a retired Yale medical school professor, and author or coauthor of forty -eight articles and eleven books. With D Jablow Hershman as first author, Dr Lieb coauthored: “Manic Depression and Creativity” and “A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power.” In these volumes, the authors showed that manic- depressive disorder is paradoxical, in gifting society with many creative geniuses, and inflicting many of its great destroyers.

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