Are They Ever Going To Make Up Their Minds???

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
February 25, 2009 10:57pm CST
Late last night I was watching the news, and a "new" health report stated that there are now findings that women who drink any kind of alcoholic beverages are at a higher risk for certain cancers, especially breast cancer. Now it seems not that long ago, that "they" (whoever THEY are) were saying the opposite, that in general having perhaps a glass of wine (particularly red) was beneficial to both men and women for lowering cholesterol levels and particularly beneficial for woman to reduce heart attacks. So like duh? I'm a bit confused here In fact, with this so-called new report, women shouldn't drink AT ALL PERIOD. Here are excerpts from an article I found http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/besttreatments/2009/feb/24/even-moderate-drinking-affects-womens-cancer-risk [b](Warning: NOT a referral link but a link to the article) [/b] [i]Drinking just a glass of wine a day increases women's risk of breast cancer, as well as several other types of the disease, a new study concludes. The research, carried out among more than a million UK women, says that alcohol accounts for 5,000 cases of breast cancer every year. Compared to women who said they drank only 1 or 2 units of alcohol a week, women who regularly drank the equivalent of 1 unit a day had an increased risk of getting seven types of cancer: breast, liver, rectum (part of the bowel), mouth, pharynx (a space at the back of the mouth), oesophagus (the tube that takes food from the mouth to the stomach) and larynx (voicebox). The risk was most increased for breast cancer. In developed countries like the UK, the chance of having had breast cancer by the age of 75 is 9.5 in 100. According to the study, for every extra daily unit of alcohol (over 2 a week), that risk increases by 1.1 per 100. So if you had a roughly 9.5 percent chance of getting breast cancer by the age of 75, but you drank one glass of wine a day, that risk would go up to 10.6 percent. If you drank two glasses of wine a day, that would increase to 11.7 percent.[/i] You know all I can say if my great-grandmother was still alive she would say hog-wash despite the studies....she was one to recommend drinking a shot of Port wine per day for the "blood" and she was known to do a LOT of shots of whiskey to boot and lived the ripe age of 98. Anyway I'm not a big drinker, I don't care for beer or hard booze, but do confess I love having a glass or two of dry red wine (like a Cabernet Sauvignon) a little before bedtime while watching some TV as it helps me sleep, and yes I have my shot of Port Wine each night as well. So ladies...with this new "dire" report, and if you're a drinker of any kind of alcohol, are ya gonna give it up now? Like the news report I heard last night, it says women shouldn't drink at all. All I know I sure ain't gonna give it up (hiccup--LOL)
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• Philippines
26 Feb 09
The truth is a lot of stuff out there can cause cancer. I don't know if anyone remembers this but there used to be a time when toothpaste was on the chopping block and it reached an all time high when Oprah said she didn't use toothpaste either. I think it's pretty simple, everything can cause something to happen to your body. It's really a matter of you choosing which symptom you would rather not have I guess. Everything is pretty much like a domino effect, you do this you get this disease, you don't do this you get another.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Actually toothpaste isn't that great due to the floride which is practically a poision...even though it's more expensive I've switched to Tom's of Maine toothpaste as it's more natural. I've switched to drinking bottled water too....you don't even want to know what chemical crap is in tap water
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• Philippines
27 Feb 09
Yeah, it's ironic though isn't it that fluoride is what they use to sell toothpaste. If I'm not mistaken though, fluoride is ok as long as it's taken in moderation. As for bottled water, we've always drunk bottled water. My mom's a nurse so she was very big on bottled water. I did try tap water before but my tummy is pretty sensitive so it didn't go well.
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@BarBaraPrz (21060)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb 09
I guess you haven't heard of the study that showed that most bottled water is nothing more than tap water...
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@BarBaraPrz (21060)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
26 Feb 09
I'm with your great-grandma... "Hogwash! I say, hogwash!" People can prove or disprove anything they want just by skewing the facts to their way of thinking. Like the "scientists" that came up with the theory that mothers hold their babies in their left arms to keep the baby close to the heartbeat... Hogwash! The majority of people on this planet are righthanded, so of course mother's will carry baby in their left arm, so they have the right arm free to do stuff! Nazdrowia!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Never heard of that "scientific" discovery...LOL. And I bet they got tons of grant money to study the issue, right?
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@BarBaraPrz (21060)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb 09
Oh, you know it!
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I used to worry over things like that. Until I realized if you listen to the health reports, the only way to avoid cancer is to not eat anything, or drink anything, including water. What do they know? I suspect they're like the meteorologists. Throw a coin in the air, have a roulette type table with various weather types on it, and where the coin lands is the weather report. Ta-da!!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Oh you left out something...maybe we shouldn't breathe either...think of all the toxins in the air...LOL
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Very true. Ok. let me know when it's safe to breathe again... (Sucking in air and holding it...) (Hurry! Fix the air quick!)
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• India
27 Feb 09
If one starts listening to everything the doctors and researchers say, it will be difficult to eat or drink anything. Everything has some or the other benefit and some or the other ill effect on your body. You will have to pack up your bags and go to the Himalayas and lead a hermits life. Relax and take life easy. Do what pleases you. We all have to die some day. Why not live a full life and die in peace rather then keep depriving your self of everything all your life.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Mmmm...think living in the Himalayas would be a bit cold...LOL...how about a nice deserted tropical island?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I know by my own experience that the only factor that counts is age and stress. As you know I don't drink at all. I eat healthy food and my lifestyle was more on the healthy side. No smoking, no drinking....but...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Many think stress is actually the number one trigger for dis-ease of any kind despite a good healthy diet
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Feb 09
It's all so confusing. Maybe it's some kind of conspiracy theory.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Yes it is confusing
@raydene (9874)
• United States
26 Feb 09
It's like the coffee thing ... When I was younger during one pregnacy it was NO coffee...The next pregnacy it was ok...Then it was actually good to have one a day.... I will still be having my glass with dinner..lol And so be it!! xoxoxoxoxo
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• Canada
1 Mar 09
I stopped worrying about it all so long ago. It's doesn't matter what you do, it will lead to cancer if you do it too much. Some things like smoking will definitely lead to cancer and quickly, but they have so many studies saying cancer this and that, it seems that nothing is safe, so why stress over it. After all, stress can cause cancer, I'm sure they did a study...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Stress is actually cited as the number one cause of just about triggering off every disease imaginable....LOL
• Canada
5 Mar 09
see, so like everything else, including the sun, it too causes cancer. Next thing you know exercise will be proven to cause cancer too.
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@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
Medicine is a practice. When they keep practicing and get it perfect, I'll think about paying attention to them.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Mar 09
LOL--yes they do call the medical profession a "practice"
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
27 Feb 09
No. I have said before that I don't believe these 'reports' because almost all studies are biased. There are SOME things that can be proven which make sense, such as exercising helping you to be healthier and lose weight (both happen if you are consistent) and the results are even better if you eat more whole fresh foods, you know, things that grow instead of come out of a box. Anyway, I'm just an occasional drinker anyway, so I really doubt I have anything to worry about. I use moderation in most areas of my life, at least where I feel it might make a difference.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I don't much go for these reports either since it seems so often the reports contradict themselves....one week something is good for you the next week they say it's bad for you.