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September 1997 Issue

So Far, Shark Cartilage Is a Fishy Treatment for Cancer

Q. Is it true shark cartilage is an effective treatment for cancer? A. Unfortunately, there's no well-documented evidence the controversial dietary supplement can cure or prevent cancer. In fact, there's new evidence it can't. What is shark cartilage? Gristle, pure and simple, made up of carbohydrates, protein, calcium, phosphorus and collagen. Shark cartilage is widely touted to treat a variety of tumors. The "success" stories that abound, however, are based largely on testimonials

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