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Dr oz said banana helps prevent cancer. I thought it was just to replace potassium after loss.?

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In brief: Sure

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... http://www.sueredding.com/newsletter/2006/april_2006.htm and this.. http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/banana-health-benefits/ our bodies are all fighting undetected cancer every day. By decreasing stress and improving our health with diet we greatly improve our immune system's daily "clean up" of potential cancer.

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Check out this informative link.
... http://www.sueredding.com/newsletter/2006/april_2006.htm and this.. http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/banana-health-benefits/ our bodies are all fighting undetected cancer every day. By decreasing stress and improving our health with diet we greatly improve our immune system's daily "clean up" of potential cancer.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Dr. Stephen Saponaro
In response to Dr. Ed Friedlander: A hypothesis (sometimes called theory) originally proposed in 1959 by Thomas and then formalized by Burnet, whereby the immune system constantly operates to eliminate arising tumors. Indeed "immune surveillance theory" is just that a theory. It remains unproven. But it is far from disproved or dismissed. Research and debate continues. The theory is still promoted in medical text books. Here is a recent reference: http://www.cancerresearch.org/resources/cancer-immune-system/oncogene.html Thus, the theory of immunosurveillance remained controversial until an important scientific article entitled “IFN-gamma and lymphocytes prevent primary tumor development and shape tumor immunogenicity” was published in the journal Nature on April 26, 2001. This breakthrough article was authored by Robert D. Schreiber, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, in collaboration with Lloyd J. Old, M.D., of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. The experimental evidence presented in their paper unambiguously showed that the immune system can and often does prevent tumors from developing, and thus plays a strong protective role against cancer. Here is an article from 2011: http://www.retinalphysician.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleid=106236 "Today the immune surveillance hypothesis is firmly established; however, successful implementation of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer has yet to match the enthusiasm that has surrounded this concept for the past half-century." I certainly do not "know" the truth, but I do know that only in communication and respectful debate will our knowledge approach the truth. Let's explore this together more. Meanwhile, eat a banana. It certainly can't hurt.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: You were right

The "immune surveillance theory" of cancer was generally discredited over twenty years ago.
Your body is not cleaning up little cancers every day. The claim about bananas is entertainment for suckers. If they were actually immunomodulators, eating them would be terribly dangerous.

In brief: You were right

The "immune surveillance theory" of cancer was generally discredited over twenty years ago.
Your body is not cleaning up little cancers every day. The claim about bananas is entertainment for suckers. If they were actually immunomodulators, eating them would be terribly dangerous.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine

In brief: You may be right

Bananas have many healthy nutrients and are part of a healthy diet.
A healthy diet helps you maintain a strong immune system that can destroy fledgling cancers caused by random cell mutations. However, thereis no basis to single out bananas as a superior cancer prevention fruit over many others. Don't take medical advice from dr. Oz and other doctors who don't know your personal health history.

In brief: You may be right

Bananas have many healthy nutrients and are part of a healthy diet.
A healthy diet helps you maintain a strong immune system that can destroy fledgling cancers caused by random cell mutations. However, thereis no basis to single out bananas as a superior cancer prevention fruit over many others. Don't take medical advice from dr. Oz and other doctors who don't know your personal health history.
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Thanks Dr. Charlap. Erasmus had it right -- "the world wants to be deceived" -- and what better proof than nonsense like these television shows?
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