H2 and Cancer: Science, Myths, and Marketing

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Last week, we lost two well known entertainers to cancer.  David Bowie blessed the world with decades of his own style of iconic music and Alan Rickman entertained us as Professor Servus Snape in the Harry Potter Anthology as well as numerous other roles.

Reading or hearing about the passage of a famous person typically creates feelings of nostalgia and pleasant memories.  When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, emotions are often intense and painful.  Loved ones often begin to “binge” research on the internet in the hope of finding something, anything, to help save a loved one.  That is understandable and admirable, but it can leave you susceptible to marketing claims offering even a remote chance of helping.

Being that this website is dedicated to learning about molecular hydrogen, it made sense to investigate what the scientific community has unearthed about H2 in relation to cancer.  We found 23 animal studies you can link to at:  www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/studies/cancer/.

We found a number of cancer related human studies found here:  www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/studies/human-studies/

Our take away from the studies is that there is a significant amount of scientific evidence that supports the belief that H2 may have a role to play in cancer treatment.

While not specifically related to molecular hydrogen, we found an article “10 Cancer Myths Debunked” from the Cancer Research UK website to be interesting.  You can link to the article here:

www.scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014/03/24/dont-believe-the-hype-10-persistent-cancer-myths-debunked/#progress

We found the following three myths to be of particular interest:

  1. super foods prevent cancer
  2. acidic diets cause cancer
  3. cancer has a sweet tooth

Our takeaways:  

  1. understanding and treatment of cancer is much more complicated than the marketing world would have you believe
  2. just like your Mom taught you, eating right, exercising, and limiting the amount of bad stuff you put into your body makes a lot of sense
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