This sounds like PC-SPES all over again

It has come to our attention that a company calling itself Nutrition2000 is selling “a comprehensive program” that they claim “would likely to be beneficial for all men with prostate cancer or elevated PSA.” Sounds like snake oil to us!

Information on the company’s web site very clearly states that components of this program include “pharmaceutical grade vitamins, ionized minerals, herbal extracts, herbal formulations, probiotics, homeopathics, essential oils, pharmaceuticals and natural hormone replacement cream.” The web site also includes strong suggestions that the “pharmaceutical” component of this unidentifiable mixture may include estrogenic or antiestogenic agents. Furthermore, the web site states that, “This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products and services are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.”

So if the products and services being provided by Nutrition2000 “are not intended to … cure, treat or prevent any disease” (prostate cancer included), then how can such a product possibly be beneficial for patients with prostate cancer (let alone other patients with an elevated PSA level)?

That’s easy, if the product does in fact contain estrogenic pharmaceutical agents, then they can indeed lower PSA levels. And they can also lead to patient deaths, commonly because of cardiovascular side effects, if patients use products like this without careful monitoring under the care of a qualified physician.

Back in the 1990s, there was a well-known product like this called PC-SPES — an analogous amalgam of herbs, vitamins, other “stuff”, and estrogenic pharmaceuticals. Dis it lower men’s PSA levels? Sure it did. It also killed quite a few of them on a regular basis. It was finally banned in about 1995 or 1996.

Prostate Cancer International and The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink warns all prostate cancer patients that they should not even consider treating themselves with any product from Nutrition2000 without discussing this with their doctors and without doing so under close medical supervision.

We would also point out that it is illegal to promote and sell any pharmaceutical in the USA for the treatment of any medical condition without the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If the product being sold by Nutrition2000 does indeed contain pharmaceuticals, as the company explicitly states, then the company is acting illegally, because they are certainly promoting it as being beneficial for the management of prostate cancer and other prostate-related conditions.

One Response

  1. Veteran of the PC-SPES Era

    I remember PC-SPES very well. It was a hot item in 2000, and there were many testimonials and presentations about it. That sure did not end well when patients suddenly realized that the manufacturer was slipping in actual medication and doing a stealthy end run around FDA review. Well-known prostate cancer physician/researcher Eric Small, MD (UCSF) was leading a formal trial of PC-SPES, realized what was happening, and blew the whistle. Thank you again Dr. Small!

    We can count on the FDA coming down hard on the company. Looking forward to that show!

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