April 30, 2001 |
One week medical researchers report beta carotene prevents cancer. Then they say it may cause cancer. Or we hear fiber is good, so we dutifully load up on oatmeal and green vegetables. Then we're told that maybe it's not so good. The list goes on and on--it's enough to give you mental whiplash. So how can consumers, especially those with chronic or serious ailments, sort through this contradictory data in order to make informed decisions about their health care?