Last week as I was wasting time on Instagram, I saw a post stating that California was making coffee shops post that coffee was carcinogenic. Well, my initial response to that news was to swipe right by with the words, “nope, not now” in my mind. I mean, really. A few years ago, I tried to give up coffee, but went back to drinking it. After all, I don’t drink, smoke or eat meat and dairy… and coffee is my little weakness, and even though I know it’s not the best thing, it’s the one thing that I’ve decided to drink that’s not entirely healthy. But, carcinogenic?
So, after waiting a respectable amount of time (really, just putting it off), I decided to look into the science of this claim. It turns out that overly roasted coffee beans can contain a chemical called acrylamide, which can cause mutations and damage in DNA, which then can increase the risk of getting cancer. However, it’s unclear as to if the amount of acrylamide found in coffee can be considered a risk, since the animals that it was found to be a risk in were given levels between 1,000 and 10,000 more then were found in food that humans would ingest. Therefore, the scientists do not consider this a risk, and have not stated that it is one as regards to coffee. I’ve left the link below for you to read. Now, I think I’ll go enjoy my morning coffee…thank you very much!
Lately there has been a concern that the vegan diet, which while being rich in both fruits and vegetables is an unhealthy diet due to its supposedly high levels of glycation, and may be contributing to the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This seemed an odd thing to me, since I was sure that fruits and vegetables did not have a causal relationship to either diabetes or cardiovascular disease, so I decided to look this up and see what was going on myself.
So, what did I find? Well, according to the information below, animal-based foods are rich in AGE’s, and increase these after cooking. However, fruits, vegetables and grains are not rich in AGE’s, and they don’t increase in these after cooking. I’ve left two links, the first one is the actual findings of the study, and the second is a listing of all kinds of food with their AGE information so that you can pick and choose the healthiest foods to eat. I hope that this summary clears up any confusion you might have. I know that it helped me.
I think that by now, most people know that drinking isn’t good for them. There are a variety of reasons why this is so. The reasons why I’ve kept my alcohol intake to a small (or none) amount is that it’s a depressant, and I just don’t need that in my life. The other reason is that if feel like I need all the brain cells I can get. While these are reason enough as far as I’m concerned to drink very little – less than one alcohol beverage per month, I’ve recently come across some new evidence that leads me to believe that my small amount of imbibing is over completely.
A new, relatively small study suggests that alcohol actually causes the shrinking of the hippocampus (the region in the brain that is associated with memory and navigation), as well as the white matter in the brain. The more people drink, the greater the rate of shrinkage.
Now, this study involved 550 subjects over the years from 1985 continuing to the present. While it was just the one study, I myself found the results to be troubling. It seems to suggest that even moderate drinking can cause changes in the brain.
Do you indulge in alcohol, and if so do you worry about the effect it could have on your brain? For myself, I’m glad that I’ve always kept my alcohol intake on the extremely low side. There is also the documentary”The Truth About Alcohol” on Netflix which is scientifically interesting without being boring in the least. If you want to know more about the effect of alcohol on your health, I recommend watching it. What do you think of this new information? Let me know in the comments.
I first wrote about the trial of Monsanto at The Hague. Just a quick update with how that turned out. The company was found guilty on all charges, and the ban on any and all Monsanto products being sold in the European Union still stands.
However, I also wanted to write about newly released documents that show how Monsanto has been paying off government regulators and scientists in an effort to keep them from publishing scientific studies that show the harm that Monsanto products (in this case, Roundup) do, along with using their influence to stop scientific studies that show Roundup to be a health hazard. There are lawsuits around the country that claim that Roundup is a carcinogen. These documents have been made available to the public, since this is a public health concern.
I hope that you go to the links provided below and read the articles. This is an important discussion to have, since there is an effort in the U.S. to allow corporations to self-regulate. I feel that this shows that no corporation should be allowed to self-regulate, but that the entire process needs to be made completely public, with all scientific data peer-reviewed and released to the general public.
Have you used Roundup? What are your thoughts on this?
I’ve been letting you know about the health problems associated with eating the typical American diet. However, the problems with our form of food goes far beyond what we eat, it also includes environmental and various health issues that can be caused by not ingesting this food, but by living close to where the “products” are “grown” and “harvested”. The easiest place in which to find information regarding these issues is in Duplin County, North Carolina.
There are more hogs in Duplin County than there are people. Actually, the ratio is about 39:1. That’s a lot of hogs. Along with the number of animals, you must also include the urine and manure that is produced. With the increased number of animals, comes the corresponding increase in waste. So, where does this waste go? The answer to that is lagoons that are supposed to be leak-proof, but of course that isn’t true. There is a lot of seepage that than pollutes waterways and groundwater. Then there is the smell, and the fact that hog waste is blown into the air via large sprayers. These are often turned on at times when the nearby residents would be home, and outside. The contaminants cause various health problems including raising blood pressure, neurobehavior, pulmonary function and cause cancer.
I have been writing about the hazards of the typical American diet for a few posts now. Since I’ve been trying to get the information out, I’ve been told that it’s a person’s “right” to eat what they want. But my question is, is it your “right” to cause disease to the communities surrounding these operations? Is it your right to cause environmental damage to other parts of the country and the world? (Beef production is the leading cause of Rainforest destruction).
Have you ever wondered why after all the billions of dollars spent, the years of research, and the time devoted to talking about it, why there has been no discernible “cure” for cancer? A lot of corporations and people are getting wealthy over cancer research, drugs and care. A lot of people with cancer are going broke and dying. But there is no “cure” in sight. There is a large incidence for either the same type of cancer to recur, or a new kind of cancer to “crop up”. Why is that?
Why does one of the best-known foundations, the Susan Komen Foundation take money from Yoplait, whose products contain a known carcinogen that is factor in causing breast cancer? Why does only 20% of the money the foundation raises go toward research for a cure? These are all valid questions, and I’m not just referring to this one foundation, I’m using it as an example. The rest of the cancer foundations also take money directly from corporations that sell products that contain carcinogens, too.
Because a plant-based diet has been scientifically proved to be beneficial to slowing and stopping the growth of cancer, I was surprised to find that this does not appear on the American Cancer Society website. Instead, they tell you to “limit” your amount of processed meats and red meat. Again, they don’t let you know that these are listed as carcinogens. Where is a concerned person supposed to go to get scientifically backed information? The answer is simple. Read How not to Die, by Dr. Michael Greger and go on his website https://nutritionfacts.org/
What do you think of these facts? Have you wondered about the amount of money spent on research, drugs and care? Do you think that this research will find a cure for cancer? Let me know in the comments below.
Everyone has seen the advertisements “Milk, it does the body good.” These ads are everywhere. We’re told from an early age to “drink your milk”. Cheese is added to so many recipes, and I must admit, when I ate a typical American diet, I too loved cheese, and drank my milk just like I was advised to. Why? Because the food pyramid said too. My parents, my doctor and my school told me too, also. So, did commercials on t.v., and everyone around me was drinking and eating casein make me think that this was a “good” food? Of course, it did.
But, what was all this milk and cheese doing to my body? What is it doing to yours? Well, one of the main things that it’s doing is promoting cancer cells to grow, in fact it’s been found to be a carcinogen, and should be avoided at all costs. One of the reasons for this is that casein (along with the hormones that dairy cows are given to promote even more milk production) is stored in our fat cells for long periods of time. This gives them a chance to promote and trigger cancer growth. Everyone has cancer cells in their body, but these cells must be triggered in order to grow. A carcinogen is what triggers the cancer cell.
For a more scientific explanation of casein I’ve left the links below. I also suggest that you watch the documentary What the Health (found on Netflix) if you want even more information.