Does diet soda stop cancer? Two Yale Cancer Center docs have diametrically opposite views!

Check out these two quotes regarding a recent study, “Associations of artificially sweetened beverage intake with disease recurrence and mortality in stage III colon cancer.”

First there’s the claim:

Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of the purported health risks that have never really been documented. Our study clearly shows they help avoid cancer recurrence and death in patients who have been treated for advanced colon cancer, and that is an exciting finding.

Then the counterclaim:

Do I think that (artificial sweeteners like) Nutrasweet or Stevia actually have an anti-cancer effect? I do not.

Hey, somebody should get these two people in a room together and have them go at it! That would be quite a story, no?

Actually, it won’t be difficult at all to get these two people together.

The first quote above (“Our study clearly shows they help avoid cancer recurrence and death . . .”) is from Charles Fuchs MD, MPH (Director, Yale Cancer Center).

And the second, much more skeptical quote, that one’s from . . . Charles Fuchs MD, MPH (Director, Yale Cancer Center).

Wow! Who’d’a thunk that this one little medical center employs two guys named Charles Fuchs who hold the exact same job???

Full story is in this news article from Michael Joyce (sent to us by Paul Alper).

So . . . if you’re recovering from cancer treatment, should you run out to the store and load up on Tab and Fresca? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on which Charles Fuchs you talk to, I suppose.