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Can dates really cure cancer?

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Posted 05 June 2013

Can dates cure abdominal cancer more effectively than medicine and without side effects?

In a recent article published by South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper, written by Bongiwe Sithole, the claim was made that dates can cure abdominal cancer. The article listed ten “simple benefits” of eating dates, including increased sexual stamina, the treatment of anaemia, improved eyesight and lower cholesterol.

In an article published in Africa Check (“Sorting fact from fiction“), Melissa Meyer points out beautifully the problem of “South Africa’s on-going struggle with ‘miracle’ HIV cures [which] makes for an appropriate case-in-point on the dangers of promoting unfounded health claims“, and about “studies – which have been prone to abuse and unscrupulous extrapolation“.

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