February 05, 2014
Chemo Plus IV Vitamin C Against Cancer

IV vitamin C seems to boost the efficacy of chemotherapy in advanced stage ovarian cancer and increased time to relapse by almost 9 months.

My reaction: Does it work on dogs? I would like to see more experiments against cancer done on dogs. This would be very cheap to try.

My second reaction: someone with a fatal disease with not long to live ought to be free to try any experimental therapy.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2014 February 05 08:13 PM 


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Mark Bahner said at February 6, 2014 9:41 AM:

My second reaction: someone with a fatal disease with not long to live ought to be free to try any experimental therapy.

Indeed. The regulatory role of FDA should be replaced with an advisory role (such as Consumer Reports or Underwriters' Laboratories.

Nick G said at February 6, 2014 8:23 PM:

I've seen too many vultures sell hope to dying people, scamming them out of their life savings. While I agree that people should be free to try anything they want, I think people need some kind of protection from scam artists.

The simple way to cut this Gordian knot: multiply government medical research by 10x. Let's put our money where it belongs, and simply find cures.

Kudzu Bob said at February 8, 2014 8:35 PM:

I've seen too many vultures sell hope to dying people, scamming them out of their life savings. While I agree that people should be free to try anything they want, I think people need some kind of protection from scam artists.

Agreed. Far too many of the sick and dying are being put on hideously expensive forms of chemotherapy that at best add only a few extra weeks of life.

The simple way to cut this Gordian knot: multiply government medical research by 10x. Let's put our money where it belongs, and simply find cures.

Are there really that many more topflight medical researchers looking for jobs? Or will we simply end up with a bunch of overpaid administrators overseeing roughly the same amount of scientific work that is being done now?

Nick G said at February 9, 2014 2:35 PM:

Kudzu Bob,

As far as I can tell, there are a lot of medical researchers out there who are under-utilized, and a lot of new graduates who are choosing not to do research because of it.

So, medical research could be expanded substantially, pretty quickly. There would be a saturation point, of course, beyond which growth would be somewhat slower, but we're not close to that. And, ff planned increases in research spending could be relied upon, long-term growth rates could be pretty high.

Kudzu Bob said at February 9, 2014 3:53 PM:

As far as I can tell, there are a lot of medical researchers out there who are under-utilized, and a lot of new graduates who are choosing not to do research because of it.

Are you quite sure? Because if you turn out to be wrong about the plenitude of expertise, then your idea will require a Five Year Plan for the Nurturing of Scientific and Technical Geniuses, which in turn can be implemented with any real degree of confidence only after the completion of a Five Year Plan for the Closing, or at Least Narrowing, of the Achievement Gap. We're talking ten years right there of massive government spending, not to mention how goddamned confusing memorizing all those new acronyms is bound to be. Unless you plan on busing in biomedical help from Mexico, that is--"We feex you up good, mang! HAHAHAHAHA"

Tim Hogan said at February 9, 2014 4:05 PM:

There are two reasons among maybe a handful more that explain why the war on disease and aging is so inefficient and way beyond our best and brightest to solve.

The mainstream understanding of the role that water plays in cells is fundamentally erroneous.

Non specific binding of proteins to plastics during academias search for drug targets they then deliver to big pharma for combinatorial drug testing. The targets are fundamentally erroneous.

outsider said at February 16, 2014 4:54 AM:

Good luck convincing Obama's government of that, he thinks he's slacking off if he isn't issuing a steady stream of new regulations.

Rich said at February 19, 2014 5:12 PM:

Grapefruit juice adds potency to some drugs. Interesting.

packers and movers hyderabad said at March 12, 2014 9:45 PM:

I hope in coming days science will discover the complete treatment and medicines for cancer and it will cost cheap. Hope this will happen soon. Thanks for sharing this here.

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