The American Cancer Society’s Skeptical View of Nutrition Supplements

Executive Summary

  • The ACS strongly opposes supplements and claims they can interfere with chemotherapy.
  • This article covers how the ACS functions as a drug puppet.


Like other members of the health establishment, the American Cancer Society likes to denigrate health supplements. This article covers their official position on health supplements as declared on their website.

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The American Cancer Society on Health Supplements

Used properly, certain dietary supplements may help reduce the risk of some diseases. Some might also reduce discomfort caused by certain conditions or medicines or help you feel better, which can improve your quality of life. Most people can use dietary supplements safely as long as they don’t take too much. But dietary supplements are not totally safe, and taking them can have risks, especially for people who are getting cancer treatment.

  • Are drugs completely safe?
  • Is chemotherapy or radiotherapy completely safe?

It is curious that a society that recommends two of the most dangerous forms of treatment would focus on the issue of safety.

Secondly, nutrition doesn’t merely “reduce the risks” for some diseases, and they reduce some diseases. The American Cancer Society makes it sound like nutrient deficiencies are a hypothetical issue.

On the Topic of Nutrient Deficiency

The topic of nutrient deficiency is so important and connects to so many different areas of medical advice from health authorities that I have centralized this topic to an article, which is The Reality But Ignored Topic of Widespread Nutrient Deficiency. However, this nutrient deficiency is well established.

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How The American Cancer Society Presents The Risks of Supplement

Dietary supplements, herbal preparations, and homeopathic treatments caused almost 70,000 calls to US poison control centers in 2019. Of these calls, more than 7,000 people needed treatment at health care facilities. More than 800 of these cases led to moderate to severe outcomes. However, most people who have side effects, illnesses, or drug interactions from dietary supplements don’t call a poison control center or the supplement manufacturer. This means that the numbers we have are likely lower than what actually happens.

Research published in the New England Journal of medicine produced a different estimate, as is explained in the following quotation.

The study, which was conducted by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, tracked ER admissions at 63 hospitals throughout the United States from 2004 to 2013. Of the estimated annual 23,000 ER visits, 2,000 resulted in hospitalizations.

Comparative Risk #1: The Issue of Adverse Reactions from Covid Vaccines

As I cover in the article The Covid Vaccines Ivermectin vs. Remdesivir, the number of adverse effects from the covid vaccines reached close to 3 million by December of 2021. And this is known to be understated by roughly 90%. However, health authorities told the public not to focus on the adverse effects of covid vaccines as it would cause “vaccine hesitancy.”

Comparative Risk #2: The Issue of Adverse Reactions from Pharmaceuticals

This calculation is performed in the article A Calculation of the Relative Risk of Pharmaceuticals Versus Nutrition Supplements.