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Spring 2005

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Finding Nutrition Information Online

It is easy to get information about nutrition and cancer on the Internet. A recent search provided more than 10 million references. The challenge is not so much finding the information, but deciphering its reliability. Remember there is no editor on the Internet. Don't fall prey to solicitors. The following are tips to help you become a more informed consumer:

  • Does the claim sound too good to be true? Then it probably is.
  • Does the claim discourage you from continuing the conventional treatment? Never stop treatment. There are many ways to pursue both complementary therapies and conventional treatment.
  • Scan the information for buzzwords, such as “miraculous,” “cleansing systems,” or “detoxifying.”
  • Are there testimonials of cures? One individual's success does not substantiate a claim.
  • What is the source? If the provider is a company that sells vitamins, herbs, etc., or has another financial interest, the information may be more of an advertisement.

Where do you go to find reliable nutrition information?
I recommend visiting the following web sites:

This is the web site for the American Cancer Society. There is information regarding nutrition and prevention, nutrition through treatment and nutrition for survivors.

Through OncoLink® you can get comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances. There is a daily update and the information is provided at various levels, from introductory to in-depth. If you are interested in learning about cancer, you will benefit from visiting OncoLink®.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) supports research into the role of diet and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It offers a wide range of cancer prevention education programs and has a wealth of information including a newsletter, recipes, and multiple helpful brochures.

Diana Dyer, MS, RD, is a cancer survivor and nutrition specialist. Diana is an inspiration and this web site is a tremendous resource for those pursuing nutrition and complementary therapies.

The goal of this web site is to provide up-to-date, comprehensive, and scientifically sound information about nutrition and cancer. Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, coordinates this web site and provides individuals living with cancer, as well as their family, friends, and health care providers, unbiased information on nutrition and cancer. This information can be used to make the best choices for promoting healing from cancer.

The mission of quackwatch is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

This site provides independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests online and includes listings of brands that have passed testing. This is a consumer watchdog web site, which evaluates vitamin and herbal supplements to analyze the actual contents and determine if they contain what the label claims. There are also listings of recalls and warnings.

Who to Call?
Navigating the Internet can be confusing and frequently result in contradictory and misleading information. Please utilize Nutrition Counseling at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center to help evaluate your resources and therapies and most of all, communicate with your health care team the additional complementary therapies you may be pursuing. For more information, please call 215-614-1822.


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