OK, so let us once and for all get this whole processed meats, red meat causing cancer from WHO sorted out into understandable language.
The problem with the WHO report is that for years scientists and journalists have complained that the way in which the report they publish is presented makes the data so meaningless that it bears no real purpose at all.
It is beset with problems not just in the way it is presented but in the alarming manner upon which the general media can manipulate the findings to create sensational headlines.
So here’s the deal.
Let’s just take the bacon thing to begin with.
Although they have cited bacon and other processed meats as definitely causing cancer, that’s not what they really mean!
So is everyone else.
What their findings mean is that if you eat say two slices of bacon per day you chances of getting colorectal cancer increase to 6% over your lifetime.
BUT, what they fail to report is that if you DO NOT eat processed or red meat throughout your lifetime you still have a 5% chance of developing colorectal cancer anyway!
That right there illustrates the problem with their reports.
Although the data in it’s raw state is accurate, it fails completely to take into consideration any other factor in a person’s life and there is at least one thing that all researchers have agreed on.
You CANNOT isolate ONE factor like this and draw any sort of conclusion about your chances when it comes to what you eat and cancer.
Should you eat less red meat and processed meats, yes, it is better for you.
Do you have to cut it out totally?
Well you could but remember, the data shows that you only benefit by 1% in the cancer lottery and all of that gain could be wiped out by eating something else on the list we haven’t discussed so far!
Natural Food Coloring Makes a Comeback!
It’s easy to get a little downcast about the current state of the food environment worldwide these days.
Good news stories are generally few and far between so I had to include this one this week because it really does show that despite the barrage of bad news there are changes afoot.
For years now there has been great suspicion placed on the use of artificial food coloring in food and the possible ramifications of that.
For just as many years industry funded studies have continually shown no adverse effects from the use of these colorings.
Now that that the power of these clearly biased studies is being undermined by the free exchange of information on the internet even the big food companies can sense they need to get out of the way of that moving truck!
The link to the article below covers in more detail what changes are occurring in the food coloring industry and how slowly but surely natural coloring is being introduced.
It is easy to see the quotes from Big Food through cynical eyes given that you know they would not have changed anything without pressure but really, let’s cut them some slack on this one and let them have their little face saving moment by saying they did it all by themselves.
Try not to snort in you coffee.
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong
Folate or Folic Acid?
Up until reading the article linked below I have to admit that I was blissfully unaware of the difference between folate and folic acid.
In fact probably like many people I thought that the use of these two names was pretty much interchangeable.
Apparently not so!
I can clearly remember when my wife was pregnant the doctor mentioning that she needed to make sure she was getting folic acid as a lack of that could increase the chances of birth defects.
So of course we made sure she was getting enough and everything was fine.
However it turns out they are not the same and in fact provide an excellent study as to why naturally occurring sources of nutrition are so much better than artificial ones.
Folate is an essential nutrient and it’s more common form is that of vitamin B9, folic acid is almost exactly the same and also occurs as vitamin B9… so what’s the difference.
Well folate is naturally occurring and found mainly in leafy green vegetables whereas folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9 and is naturally occurring in bottles and food supplements as well as loudly advertised as being added to processed foods.
The difference used to be that nutritionists believed that the naturally occurring form, folate, was harder for the body to extract from food and utilize.
On the other hand they claimed that folic acid was already isolated and more easily incorporated by the body.
You can see where this is going right?
Yes, well it turns out that the information from those nutritionists was a little biased towards what would be convenient to the food processors and in fact the synthetic form is not only badly absorbed but can get downright dangerous.
The body actually has great difficulty metabolizing the artificial B9 and the resulting high levels of un-metabolized folic acid h=are now being associated with a bunch of health problems.
The bottom line?
Eat your leafy greens.
Dealing With (others) Anxiety
I guess one of the modern “curses” we seem to be seeing more and more of recently is the condition of anxiety.
I know that in the psychiatric world they just love to create a handy and authoritative sounding label for things like this and of course this one is no exception!
So now that we can sagely pronounce to all and sundry that he or she has Generalized Anxiety Disorder what do we actually DO about it!
You see that’s probably the biggest problem right there.
We seem to think that by labelling something that we have somehow addressed it or somehow absolved ourselves from responsibility for it.
It’s sort of like when a kid has trouble at school and we all stand around and agree that he or she has a learning disability.
The concept that there could ever be such a thing as a child with a learning disability is absurd.
It simply seeks to absolve the wider community from any responsibility for the situation by just affixing a label.
The ONLY label that applies is that the teacher, the school, the education department the parents, the Govt or whoever is involved, has a TEACHING DISABILITY!
Imagine if you went into a bakery and there was a tray of perfectly formed bread rolls except for one that was a bit lopsided and you pointed it out to the baker.
Wouldn’t you consider the baker to be a certifiable nutjob if the action he took regarding the errant bread roll was to accuse the bread roll of having a baking disability?
That somehow the bread roll had failed to perform to the baker’s expectations and that it was the bread roll that was responsible for it’s own lack of perfection?
This stuff really gets me going (as you may have noticed!).
And so it goes for the concept of Generalized Anxiety Disorder because at the end of the day there is almost nothing the medicos have in their bag of tricks to actually do anything for the person suffering.
There are however, things that you can do if you know someone or come into contact with someone in this state.
The key is that you have to lose the mindset of performing some kind of definitive or strong action to take control of the situation and make it all better.
It is that mindset that makes it so easy to just prescribe drugs so don’t go there!
Instead what you need to do are relatively mild things and in fact the most effective thing to do is often nothing at all!
Now I don’t mean totally nothing but something that is almost nothing.
You see when a person having a panic attack or anxiety episode sees that you are trying to do something about it, trying to help them directly, they sink even further into the situation because they now feel bad that they are affecting you!
So below this post is a link to an article that offers some suggestions as to how to deal with the situation but in my mind they are all just way to execute number seven on the list.
What the author is trying to say on that one is to simply acknowledge what the person says.
You see it is that human urge to help that always gets us into trouble in personal situations like this.
Someone says they feel bad and we automatically try to DO things to make them feel better.
When it comes to anxiety or even depression there actually is nothing you can DO.
However what you can do is BE!
Just BE there and just acknowledge what the person says, tell them you understand what they are saying and that’s it.
No remedies, no suggestions nothing!