I disagree that the only way to find out if something works is to try it - apart, even, from the potential to harm oneself. The way we know a medicine works for a population is by randomized clinical trials that establish a biomarker for it. But it is sometimes difficult if not impossible to know if something works for the individual. Take Provenge, for example. We know it works because it adds several months to median survival. However, the typical biomarker, PSA, does not work for it. Instead they look at immune markers, and patients can only assume it is helping. Another good example was pomegranate juice a few years ago. In uncontrolled trials there was a slowing of PSADT, but once controls were added, they found there was no effect. So how could anyone know if pomegranate juice has any effect for him? Often, it comes down to a question of belief, which is why the placebo effect is so powerful.
When I saw it had positive results for PSA levels thought I would post it here.
And yet, as you now see, that was a completely fake statement on a bogus web site. One has to be very careful about
info one gets from the Internet. Sources matter a lot!
Allen - not an MD
•PSA=7.3, prostate volume=55cc, 8/17 cores G6 5-35% involvement
•SBRT 9 yr onc. results
•SBRT 7 yr QOL results
•treated 10/2010 at age 57 at UCLA,PSA now: 0.1,no lasting urinary, rectal or sexual SEsmy PC blog