Dr. Beyer offered optional lecture sessions if you wanted to learn additional ancillary information and I went to a few of them. He did an awesome lecture on the benign medical nature of marajuana. He did a lecture on the importance of free radical scavengers (he was a huge Linus Pauling fan, who he called the great brain). Here is some lay press on some of his research on free radicals. And he had a few pet molecules that he loved, one was Co-enzyme Q10. I knew more about Co-Enzyme Q than I ever thought I would need and I was pleasantly surprised to see it pop back up as a relevant medical drug twenty years later.
Another pet molecule (or I guess, element in this case) was selenium, he gave a convincing lecture that increased selenium was the key to preventing cancer. This has not worked out so well. The Select trial randomized 35,000 men to placebo, vitamin E, selenium or both vitamin E and selenium. The lowest prostate cancer rate was with placebo. Sorry Dr. Beyer.
The Journal of National Cancer Institute this week released a nested case control analysis of the same data and found that selenium and vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer by 90% in some patients.
Sure, take a vitamin a day, how could it hurt (besides doubling your risk of prostate cancer) http://t.co/gQCNr1YmyF H/t @drarcox
— Joel Topf (@kidney_boy) February 23, 2014