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Fish Oil Prostate Cancer Risk Is Fishy Says Michael Savage [Listen]

Is the fish oil study that the media seems to have fallen for “hook, line, and sinker” actually fundamentally fishy?

Talk radio host Michael Savage thinks so. He believes that the study linking fish oil to prostate cancer is junk science, bogus, and fails to prove what it claims.

To much media hoopla, a study was released this week that purports to show that fish oil in the form of omega-3 fatty acids may increase prostate cancer risk in men.

After reading the study, Savage — who earned a PhD in nutritional ethnomedicine — claimed that the report was published by an organization that is in bed with the pharmaceutical industry (a.k.a. Big Pharma). He also declared that the media jumped on the results as part of its ongoing campaign to discredit and condemn vitamins and nutritional supplementation.

Guesting on Savage’s show was prostate cancer specialist Dr. Anthony V. D’Amico who explained that the scientific strength of the study was weak. You can listen to his conversation with Michael Savage embedded above. The doctor noted among other things that the study left out important risk factors for prostate cancer such as ethnicity, age, PSA level, and body mass index/obesity.

Savage and Dr. D’Amico also discussed that the study didn’t distinguish between high and low quality fish oil supplements, how long they were taken (i.e., the duration of exposure to fish oil), and whether the patients in the study took fish oil supplements before or after they were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctor, who holds MD and PhD degrees, strongly recommended that every male over age 45 should get an annual PSA test.

The conservative gadfly concluded the prostate cancer discussion by underscoring that supplement users should only take purified fish oil and to avoid junk products made by “shyster” vitamin companies.

Mike Adams, the self-named “health ranger,” similarly asserted on the Natural News website that the fish oil prostate cancer risk ia “just another case of pure fearmongering quackery by the anti-vitamin crowd” and that “All these people attacking vitamins are the very same people who are on the take from Big Pharma.” He also cautioned against using low-grade products instead of high-quality fish oil and even suggested the possibility that the fish oil capsules used in the study could have contained BPA “thereby slamming the prostate gland with a cancer-causing, tumor-growing hormone chemical that’s well known to cause cancer.”

What do you think of the criticisms raised by Michael Savage and Mike Adams about the alleged fish oil prostate cancer connection?

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