Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer

Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer

“Pomegranate vs. Placebo
for Prostate Cancer” The pomegranate has been
revered through the ages for its medicinal properties. So much so, it’s been used as a symbol
for some medical organizations. A fruit seems to me a better
representation of health than a snake on a stick. Supposedly beneficial for
a wide range of diseases. Even the cannibals love it,
improving the color of “kid meat.” No, they’re talking
about baby goats; it just gave me a bit of a double-take
when I saw this study. Most of the attention over
the last decade has focused on pomegranates
and prostate cancer, starting with in vitro studies, showing
more and more pomegranate extract can suppress the growth of prostate
cancer cells in a Petri dish by up to 95%. What about normal prostate cells? This is what normal prostate cells
look like under a microscope, with a little or a lot of
pomegranate extract. No real difference. Doesn’t seem
to do much to healthy cells. But here’s what prostate cancer looks like,
just decimated by the pomegranate. But this was in a Petri dish,
not a person. Yes, if these results translated
to the clinic it could be dramatic, but first we have
to try it out in people. Primary management
of prostate cancer consists of either radical
surgery or radiation. Despite this, a significant
number of patients relapse and ultimately develop
metastatic disease. Even after a radical prostatectomy,
in about a third of the patients the cancer comes back, as
evidenced by rising PSA levels. At that point, the treatment
options are limited; I mean, you already
took out the prostate. The next step is essentially chemical
castration, hormonal ablation. Just like breast cancer
can thrive on estrogen, prostate cancer can
thrive on testosterone, so you can try to wipe out
testosterone, but that can have such negative side-effects; anything
we can do to delay that would be good. So what about plants? They note that men in Asia have the lowest
prostate cancer rates in the world, up to ten times less than North America.
Now is this just a genetic thing? No, when Japanese individuals
move to the United States and start eating and living like us, their breast and prostate cancer
rates shoot up right towards ours. This could be because of what
they’re eating more of here: animal products are the strongest
risk factor for prostate cancer worldwide on a country-by-country basis, or because of what they’re
eating less of here: their traditional low fat, high fiber diets
with soy products and green tea and plant-rich in general. So did these researchers try sticking these
cancer patients on a plant-based diet? No, they just had them drink a cup
of pomegranate juice every day. Why? Because the study was funded
by the pomegranate juice folks. At least they were allowed
to take it by mouth. So what happened? Well, in the three years
leading up to the study, their cancer was steadily growing, as measured
by their average PSA levels going up. Then once they started the juice, their tumors continued to grow, but
it looks like they were growing slower. Now in contrast, Dr. Dean Ornish and
colleagues got an apparent reversal in early prostate cancer growth
with a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle changes. PSA didn’t just go up slower;
it trended down. And dripping the blood of men on
prostate cancer growing in a lab, the blood serum of those eating
healthy suppressed cancer growth nearly eight times better, whereas
the blood of the men on the juice just suppressed cancer growth
by about 12%, but still, I mean to see anything just drinking a cup
of juice every day is pretty impressive. The problem is there
was no control group. Now you could say they kind of
acted as their own controls: this is them before and after. It’s probably not just a coincidence that
their tumors started growing slower right when they started the juice,
but check this out. This is a drug trial trying
to do the same thing: treat men with recurring prostate
cancer after surgery or radiation. In the drug group, tumor growth
slowed in 55% of the men. Pretty effective drug, right? The sugar pill worked
73% of the time. The placebo effect can be so powerful
that it may slow cancer growth. This is why we need
placebo-controlled trials. Maybe tricking people into drinking
pomegranate-flavored Kool-Aid would have the same effect: you think
you’re doing something for yourself, and so the cancer might slow.
You don’t know until you put it to the test. Finally, a randomized controlled trial
of pomegranate juice for prostate cancer, and as you can read in the title,
it had no impact. What do they mean, no impact? 25% of the cancer patients
appeared to shrink their tumors as soon as they started drinking
the pomegranate juice. Yeah, but 35% shrunk their tumors
not drinking pomegranate juice. So any effect appears
to just be a placebo. It’s the same story with
pomegranate extract pills. They seemed to work until they went head to head with
sugar pills and fell flat on their face.

49 thoughts on “Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer”

  1. How come carnists don't do studies to see what would happen to people who are sick and then fed only dead animals? Gee, I wonder.

    Human food for the win!

  2. And I'm sure the test subjects were not just drinking the juice, but also consuming their standard diet – which I bet in most cases contributes more to the cancers growth than the juice they were drinking.

  3. I really like all the info on your channel, sir. But your speech is so very hard to handle.. Have you considered having someone else do it for you? Even a computer reading would be easier to sit through

  4. was that juice pasteurized or fresh with the fiber? were they eating plant based diet as well (cant out do a bad diet)?

  5. let's face it, who already got cancer- no food can help him- but it is probably advisable to eat more plant-based products and less sugar and processed food and drinks in order to prevent cancer

  6. The Veritasium video Is Most Published Research Wrong is always a good video to rewatch now and then when one thinks about following the latest trend.

  7. Another one makes the list of dead ends; If I get cancer I won't waste my time with a pomegranate elixir or Gerson Therapy.

  8. takin amla twice aday and flaxseeds meal my PSA is back to normal mow i learnt with stinging nettles and pumpkin puree or pumpkin seed oil all problems are gone just by takin that 2 TIMES A DAY!!

  9. What I want to know is, where is the research into the mechanisms that our bodies use to heal themselves just because we are mentally convinced that we are being given helpful treatments by our Doctors?

    these Placebo results are REAL results, which means that in a lot of cases our mental state can heal our bodies of chronic and even deadly disease without drugs, so where is the research on how we can get the same effects as a Placebo even though we are not being tricked by a false treatment from a Doctor?

  10. We grow several varieties of Pomegranate on our farm in Arizona. We love drinking the juice. We have no idea what good it might do in our bodies, but we love drinking it and also love growing them.

  11. actually prostate cancer in the West is more a physiologic problem than diet related. Hint: Asians, Africans, Turks don't get prostate cancer but not all are necessarily vegetarian

  12. See Durianrider is right! sugar is a health food, image if you took 500g of the stuff instead of just a little pill??
    We could save the world!!!!!!

  13. Good to know this, because dollars to donuts, donuts like Dr. Oz, et al, are peddling/have peddled pomegranate therapy as a legit thing. Thanks for posting.

  14. I think the real take home here is that the placebo effect can slow cancer growth. The mere power of positive thinking on the body is incredible.

  15. I can't stand the taste of POM pomegranate juice. But I am a fanatic about fresh, truly ripe pomegranates from the tree and I don't think you can even compare the two. I'd like to see a study done on the effects of fresh ripe pomegranate, even the juice if freshly juiced. Bet there'd be a huge difference in effects.

  16. I was biopsed in 2007 with prostrate cancer. I was told I had 2 choices, cut or Burn! I said neither. In 2008, I got a total biopsy and the lab said I had a real aggressive cancer and was given 2 too 5 years to live. I still declined cut or Burn offers. I researched and came up with : Pomegranate, Selenium (400 mcg) and ĺycopene(40)
    Mg). My PSA is low and oil I am 89+ and low PSA. At fist I took this everyday for 2 years and now 3times a week. The Dr said I am doing something Media science can't do. I told you guys have a closed mind.

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  18. Of course, this is "Advanced Prostate Cancer". I will bet that in earlier stages, pomegranate is useful for extending PSA times.

  19. So..THE MAIN POINT IS TO CHANGE THE HOLE DIET!! one the drinking of ONE FRUIT is not going to DO MIRACLES IN CANCER ..but THE HOLY CHANGE MAY!! ( in patientes with cancer of course!)
    I love pomegrates!! So much!! 😊😉

  20. Good to hear what both works and what doesnt. One study does not make a conclusion though. Pomegranate cant hurt so until its proven not to work on prostate cancer I'll stick with it and the other 4 top supplements that do show promise.

  21. How come you didn't cover actually eating the Pomegranate fruit itself instead of drinking the juice as you did in another of your videos as it did show some benefit. This video is incomplete since you left that out.


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