So it's been about 3 weeks to a month until I started. As far as my original purpose, helping my essential tremor, it didn't do much (maybe a little). But it's helped alot with neuropathic problems, overall energy, ability to get up in the morning, and being cold easily. In short, it's probably one of the best things I've taken. However, the new cancer studies related with thiamine in general are a bit troubling to me. Should I be worried, or is it to premature to conclude that it actually promotes cancer growth?
I'd like to quote Paul Wafker (hope he doesn't mind) on the issue of cancer (this time in respect of whether or not folic acid supplementation promotes cancer, but I think it also applies here wrt benfo):
"With respect to cancer, it is in some ways the most difficult and
pathological of all diseases. This is because cancer cells are still
cells - merely having aberrant accelerated growth. Thus most nutrients
that benefit normal cells will also benefit cancer cells, so one major
cancer therapeutic approach is to reduce nutrients particularly needed
by dividing cells. Of course, such therapy also downregulates all healthy
cell division, including most importantly the immune system - just when
it is most needed. With cancer, one is essentially "between a rock and a
hard place". Therefore, the only rational approach to cancer is to do
everything possible to prevent the occurrence of cancerous cells in the
With respect to folic acid it is definitely beneficial for this
prevention purpose - it would only be possibly harmful (because it
promotes cell division) once you actually have a fully cancerous cell.
If I were diagnosed with a tumor, then I would likely cut my dosage to a
minimal value. Note that while some maintain that we all have some
cancerous cells and that it is only that they are not yet dividing (have
not yet formed tumors), this is incorrect. While it may be true that
most people have *pre-cancerous* cells, unless they are actually
dividing uncontrollably and on their way to forming tumors, they are not
truly cancerous. It is only the *rate* of this division that is highly
variable and modifiable by various lifestyle factors - mainly dietary."