After the decision by the FDA to throw out all of the non-GMO laws, what was once seen as something between “nutritional value” and “healthy food” is now there for the taking. And there are all sorts of companies that are doing everything they can to get you hooked on it: Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Texas A&M, CMR (Canadian Multiple Myeloma) , Washington State Health Link, etc. We’ve even seen Astra Zeneca announce that it plans to promote IV isoflavones of various chemical and physical forms, using hypnosis , meditation , yoga, and even unconscious pounding on one’s own hip muscles, to decrease the “immune-system bombardment,” etc. This information also comes from the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA.
So the question is: Does the advice that IV isoflavones will decrease the immune-system bombardment to lower one’s cancer risk make sense? Some experts think not.
Just last month, a study from the division of preclinical medicine in the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other researchers found that IV isoflavones actually did nothing to decrease cancer risk. They believe this is because, as the UK tabloid The Sun has reported, the study’s data was shaky, taking into account most of the instances that results in IV isoflavones being used in lieu of the aforementioned etiologically sound practices like yoga and meditation.
While the effects of IV isoflavones on people’s health are not conclusive, the fact that other companies have been making all sorts of claims about how the health benefits are profound, and lacing their advertising with stories about their own experiences using the drug is alarming. One large British pharmaceutical company is even offering a free consultation and a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience of infusing each user with an infusion.
What’s the FDA’s position on this? Well, after all, they only just decided to review the safety and effectiveness of IV isoflavones, after very little evidence had been presented showing that there were any negative effects. They’ve also been selling it as if it is safe, leading to all sorts of endorsement deals with companies and wellness speak about the benefits, in which specific individuals were quoted saying something such as, “I never get fatigued,” or “I now want my kids to have this – I feel like they’re really ticking time bombs.”
Even though the FDA had already suggested that there might be some link between IV isoflavones and cancer risk, they were often met with criticism from doctors and researchers that their proposal was premature. In fact, some people even wrote to make note of it on the FDA’s Twitter page.
Still, many of the studies relying on IV isoflavones for their biological and medical benefits (not just their psychosocial impact, and NOT just in terms of cancer, but actually controlling diseases) all use big jumps in doses. Then again, if this is, indeed, an anti-vaxxer approach to cancer prevention, well, that makes sense. I mean, by the time you go through IV isoflavones, it’s likely that you will have already done other anti-vaxxer techniques (the “throwing out all your doctor’s pills, and avoiding vaccines and Vitamin C” approach).
It’s important to note that the type of cancer that is accompanied by IV isoflavones (called hepatocellular carcinoma, in this case) is not the type that is usually involved in X-rays. Of course, as we’ve seen in past studies, it is possible to develop cancer after IV isoflavones have been injected into the body. Like anything else, even a seemingly harmless drug like IV isoflavones could be a candidate for negative impact on the immune system.
Though there is not a lot of evidence supporting the benefits of these drugs, there is also not a lot of evidence to show negative impacts either. Also, some positive studies have been done, in which people who had untreated multiple myeloma (or second-line multiple myeloma, if you have incurable stage III) used IV isoflavones and had significant improvements in their health and improved vision.
By increasing nutritional “goodness” but allowing the free-for-all of psychological tricks to control your immune system, the whole thing becomes an increasingly worrying and unregulated path toward becoming a one-size-fits-all all approach to something as multifaceted as healthcare.