The internet is full of health claims and it is difficult to determine the fact from fiction. There have been several articles published through online media websites, health blogs and website about this health claim. So we are going to look at this article published on the ‘Natural News’ website:
The headline of this article states “Dandelion root far more effective in fighting cancer cells than chemotherapy”. The article suggests recent studies have indicated that dandelion root is a treatment for killing cancer cells.
Several articles and videos have appeared online making similar claims about the use of the dandelion root as an effective treatment for cancer.
Using the evaluation criteria, the following analysis has been conducted on this article:
It was found that prior to the article on NaturalNews.com being published online, a research team at the University of Windsor in Canada were beginning clinical trials in dandelion root extract (DRE) and the efficacy of its use as a treatment for blood cancers. After locating and evaluating the scientific literature, it is evident that the link between dandelion root extract and cancer is still in the early stages of research with human clinical trials yet to be conducted. So therefore, some of the claims in the NaturalNews.com and similar online news articles and blogs cannot yet be substantiated and would not be appropriate or credible sources of information..
A news article has also been published in December 2017 after concerns were raised about some websites and blogs reporting on the research and making unsupported and 'exaggerated' claims about the research into dandelion root extract as an effective treatment for some cancers:
It would be more appropriate to use the VU Library health databases to follow up on any references or claims made in the article. The databases will provide access to current and relevant evidence based research published in peer reviewed journal articles.
In this scenario, the links below would be more appropriate sources of information on this topic: