Onion and garlic use and human cancer

Before you read this article, we need a quick review on odds ratios. Basically, an odds ratio of 1 means the intervention had no effect, good or ill. Greater than 1 means the intervention increased the risk of something. Less than one means it protected. So an odds ratio of 0.5 means the risk was cut in half. With this knowledge, look at the odds ratio for increased onion and garlic use. Staggering is the only word for it. Massive reductions in oral cancer risk–almost eliminating it.

So, think we’ll be seeing this info on all American Cancer Society materials? How bout a “race for the garlic and onion…” Hearing testimonials from a middle aged man on how he never got oral cancer because he loves garlic just isn’t as heartbreaking, huh?

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.