The PolyMVA survivors website is advising cancer patients to ignore their oncologist, to refuse chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and to choose an alternative cancer treatment instead. I do hope this PolyMVA group are basing their approach on the best possible evidence. Let’s see… Apparently, “POLY MVA has been scientifically designed to CORRECT DNA BREAKDOWNS and return the damaged cell to normal cellular function”. Oh good – at least it’s been scientifically designed. Designed by whom though? “This product was developed by Dr. Merrill Garnett, a highly regarded biochemist, who has been conducting research since 1959 with the objective of creating an electronic frequency specificity to restore the DNA exchange energy pathway”. Excellent. Who is Merrill Garnett? “Dr. Garnett is a former naval dentist who took up medical research in 1959″. And what, precisely, is a ‘DNA exchange energy pathway’? Well, it is something that gives you two hits on google* – one is the PolyMVA survivors website and one is a PDF written by someone called Joe Demers who “would like to share with you an alternative cancer treatment protocol”. In other words, the phrase has been made up by the inventor of a dietary supplement. It is, in all probability, complete bollocks – designed to give the appearance of scienciness and to baffle the layperson.
There is a section of this page: cancer decisions, that looks at the evidence for PolyMVA and is titled “Where’s the Proof?” – the evidence is very thin indeed. Quite apart from the fact that what evidence is available is being misrepresented by the PolyMVA survivors site. A talk at a symposium is described as a “clinical study” by the PolyMVA survivors site and they rely heavily on animal data – from a study that they fail to cite, with a nameless author, that does not appear in any Pubmed-indexed journal (nor does it appear anywhere else, except for this single webpage – according to the author of the cancer decisions site).
It strikes me that the PolyMVA website is run along the same lines as Matthias Rath’s South African AIDS business.
A bit more linkage: polymvasurvivors – PDF’d for posterity, because this is the bit that most pissed me off. Website: http://www.polymvasurvivors.com/. More on Poly MVA from the American Cancer Society. My dodgy-supplements-for-serious-diseases post; the original cancer drugs post. The online reporting form that I am (over-)using to take on PolyMVA.
*Very nearly a googlewhack – 2 hits for bullshitting about DNA energy.
Edited to Add: Google’s motto is “Don’t be Evil” but they seem to be having trouble living up to that ideal. Jon at Holford Watch has posted on Cancer Quackery in Google ads.