The May issue of Prevention magazine published a brief under the bold headline, “FOODS THAT FIGHT FIBROIDS.” Excerpt: “Milk does a body good – especially the uterus, where it helps prevent benign tumors. Boston University researchers found that African American women who had four or more daily servings of dairy were 30% less likely to develop fibroids than those who had less than one a day.”
Sorry. You’ve gone too far. An observational study can’t prove that any food “fights” fibroids and can’t prove that any food “helps prevent benign tumors.”
Strong statistical association – OK.
Proof to warrant causal, action verbs like “fight” or “helps prevent” – NO.
The words matter. As is, this is not just a matter of semantics – it’s inaccurate.