It is to be welcomed that a very respected professor at Harvard Medical School, who is also an internationally recognized prostate cancer expert, has also criticized the study.
Anthony D’Amico, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is internationally recognized for more than 140 years of work in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer earns peer-reviewed publications and is co-editor of four textbooks in urological oncology.
After the study was published last week, American radio talk show host Michael Savage interviewed Professor D’Amico on his program The Savage Nation.
Savage is also something of an academic “expert” in that he has a Masters 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 began by saying, “There is a very, very dangerous report out there that many of you have panicked about, about fish oils and what happened is that the idiots in the The media immediately jumped on this assistant 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 that way; it’s junk science. It has been picked up by every media agency in the country, hook line and plumb line, just like the fish they are. “
“You will say my opinion is not good enough. First, I have a PhD in epidemiology and nutrition. This is exactly my thing. I read the original publication ……. a fake study. “
“If my expertise is not enough for you …….. we will have an expert with an MD, PhD who happens to specialize in prostate cancer …….. with a great Harvard degree and him.” will tell you what he thinks. “
During the interview, Michael Savage asked Professor D’Amico about his position on the “so-called study of fish oil and prostate cancer?” He also asked a number of other relevant questions. In response, Professor D’Amico’s comments included the following:
Harvard Professor Anthony D’Amico: “The study really cannot conclude that it is trying to …”
“The study can’t really conclude that it’s trying because these types of studies aren’t cause and effect; that is, if you take the fish oil, you get aggressive or some type of prostate cancer. “
“These studies are just associations, and when you have an association study, you make them stronger … by trying to tune into that association because all of the things 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 remains at the end of the day is an association that is very weak at best and is further weakened by the fact that you did not take into account the known predictors for prostate cancer in this calculation.”
Dr. D’Amico continued, “What worries me the most is that almost anything can be found that has been linked to aggressive prostate cancer. This is what you’ll find driving a Cadillac [could be linked to it] … if one does not adjust to the factors that are known to be associated with it, and that makes that association extremely weak and possibly wrong from a scientific point of view. “
Savage was very disapproving of lead researcher and study author, Theodore Brasky PhD). He commented, “I don’t want to blow 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 courage to write, or was it the Hutchinson Institute ‘spokesmouth’ that we even think that fish itself could be harmful or dangerous.”
Michael Savage asked Professor D’Amico if the researchers had selected a population to study that had already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or if there was a general sample of men, some with and others without prostate cancer. Professor D’Amico responded by saying it was the latter.
Savage followed up with the question, “But how do we know when the men with prostate cancer started using fish oils? Did you start taking the fish oils after or before you were diagnosed with prostate cancer? “
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 taking fish oil. Then he said, “Does that mean it caused it? Of course not. “
Savage added, “So, as far as I can tell, the study is really worthless.”
Professor D’Amico concluded, “The scientific strength of this is weak at best.”
A recording of the full interview can be found via the link below. When the webpage opens, scroll down.