It is to be welcomed that a well-respected professor at Harvard Medical School, who is also an internationally recognized expert on prostate cancer, has also signed the study.
Anthony D’Amico, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and Head of the Department of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been internationally recognized for more than 140 years for his work in the detection and treatment of Prostate Cancer Acquired Peer-Reviewed Publications and Co-edited four Urologic Oncology textbooks.
After the study was published last week, American syndicated radio talk show host Michael Savage interviewed Professor D’Amico on his show The Savage Nation.
Savage is also an academic “expert” himself, having a Masters degree in Medical Botany and Medical Anthropology and a PhD in Nutritional Anthropology. As Michael Weiner (his birth name), he has written books on herbal medicine and homeopathy.
Before interviewing Professor D’Amico, Savage first stated, “There is a very, very dangerous report that many of you have panicked about, about fish oils and what happened, the idiots in the media immediately jumped on this wizard The professor’s opinion that fish oil is somehow related to prostate cancer risk, which couldn’t be further from the truth. “
“It’s a complete, let’s put it this way; it’s junk science. It’s gotten hold of all the media in the country, hookline and sinker, just like the fish that they are.”
“You will say my opinion is not good enough. First, I did a PhD in epidemiology and nutrition. This is just the thing for me. I’ve read the original publication … it’s a bogus study. “
“If my expertise is not enough for you …….. we will have an expert with an MD, PhD, whose specialty is prostate cancer …….. with a great Harvard degree and he will be yours say what he thinks. “
In the course of the interview, Michael Savage asked Professor D’Amico about his position on the “so-called study on fish oil and prostate cancer”. He also asked him a number of other relevant questions. In Professor D’Amico’s response, the comments included the following:
Harvard Professor Anthony D’Amico: “The study really cannot conclude that it is trying …”
“The study really cannot conclude that this is being attempted because these types of studies have no cause and effect. That said, if you take the fish oil, you will get an aggressive or some type of prostate cancer. “
“These studies are just associations, and when you have an association study, strengthen them by trying to tune into that association, all of the things that you know can cause prostate cancer.”
“And that’s the main problem with the study. They tried, but they didn’t get it right … they left out some very important risk factors for prostate cancer …”
“What you have left at the end of the day is an association that is very weak at best, and is further weakened by the fact that you ignored the known predictors of prostate cancer in this calculation. ”
Dr. D’Amico continued, “What worries me the most is that you can find almost anything that has been linked to aggressive prostate cancer. You may find that you are driving a Cadillac [could be linked to it] … unless you tune in to the factors that are known to be associated with it, and you know that from a truly scientific point of view, this makes this association extremely weak and possibly wrong. “
Savage was very dismissive of lead researcher and study author, Theodore Brasky (PhD). He commented, “I don’t want to knock on the guy who wrote it, but he’s really some kind of humble assistant professor who I think was getting media attention.”
“The author of the study had the nerve to write, or was it the ‘spoke mouth’ of the Hutchinson Institute? We even thought that fish itself could be harmful or dangerous.”
Michael Savage asked Professor D’Amico if the researchers selected a population for a study that had already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or if there was a general sample of men, some with and some without prostate cancer. Professor D’Amico replied that it was the latter.
Savage then asked, “But how do we know when the men with prostate cancer started using fish oils? Do you start taking the fish oils after you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or before? “
Professor D’Amico replied: “There is no discussion, it is a good point.”
Savage pointed out that when many men get sick they suddenly look for something to help them and start using fish oils. Then he said, “Does that mean it caused this? Of course not. “
Savage added, “As far as I can tell, the study is really worthless.”
Professor D’Amico concluded, “Scientific strength is weak at best.”
You can access a recording of the full interview via the link below. When the webpage opens, scroll down.