According to a new report by the World Health Organisation, Bacon is BAD! More accurately, the study says that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colon cancer and red meat is also a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation experts say, in a potentially heavy blow for the global meat industry.
The analysis of 800 studies from around the world by the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC – found “sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer”.
“Each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” it said in a statement.
The category includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked, hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.
The finding supports “recommendations to limit intake of meat” particularly in processed forms, the IARC said ::::
And the agency says it does not know what a safe meat quota would be, or even if there is one. Other specialists insist the report is no reason to drop steak from the menu, though it is probably wise for big eaters of it to cut back.
Ian Johnson of the UK-based Institute of Food Research said meat consumption was “probably one of many” factors contributing to relatively high rates of bowel cancer in the United States, Western Europe and Australia — parts of the developed world where more meat has traditionally been eaten.
Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says it is a “farce to compare sausages with cigarettes”, after a World Health Organisation (WHO) report on the cancer risk posed by processed meat.
Mr Joyce said the findings meant processed and red meat “joins about 474 other things that the World Health Organisation says are carcinogens, including walking outside if you’re in the city, or sunshine.” :: Read the full Organic Gourmet article »»»»
CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis
Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.
The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.
“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”
A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»
REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET!
25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.
According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.
Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.
However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.
The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.
The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»
Study! Suggests Australian Women Ignoring Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
The study examined the eating habits of 850 pregnant women from across Australia and whether they were following the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Results showed none of the women involved were correctly following the pregnancy nutrition guidelines, but 61 percent mistakenly thought they were.
Several other studies have indicated a lack of health knowledge amongst pregnant women, including drinking alcohol, though the blame doesn’t always lie with the mother. Pregnant women have long been told the zero-tolerance approach to drinking is their best bet, another report highlighting the inconsistencies in information provided to expectant mothers
One study found that up to 80 per cent of women questioned in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom reported drinking alcohol while pregnant :: Read the full article »»»»
unRELATED! NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination Legislation
The New South Wales Parliament has passed new laws covering childcare centres and vaccination. From January 2016, childcare centres will be required to refuse the enrolment of a child whose parents or guardians cannot show proof of vaccination or provide an approved exemption.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says parents who are seeking an exemption will first need to speak to a general practitioner. Childcare centres will face fines if they do not complete checks to ensure a child is vaccinated, or that they have exemption.
Health experts have warned of increasing instances of whooping cough across the state, which they attribute to low immunisation rates. A recent report found that in the far north coast town of Mullumbimby, less than half of young children were fully immunised.
The new legislation, an amendment to the Public Health – Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities – Bill 2013, allows exemptions for “medical contraindication, conscientious objection based on personal, philosophical, religious or medical belief.”
Greens MP Dr John Kaye says the Bill has the support of the Greens, who say the legislation doesn’t take away the rights of an individual to oppose immunisation.
The Australian Medical Association says the New South Wales laws should set a precedent for the rest of the country. But some child care workers are warning that it could put disadvantaged children at an even greater risk :: Read the full article »»»»
unRELATED!Planned Shared Forest ‘Lyneham Commons’ a Step Closer for Canberra
A plan for a shared food forest in Canberra’s north is a step closer, with the Government asking for feedback on the idea.
If the project gets the go ahead, about 30 fruit and nut trees would be planted on land behind the Lyneham Primary School which would be looked after by volunteers.
Anyone would then be able to pick from the trees :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Sugar and Carbs Main Cause of Rising Obesity
Three of the world’s leading health experts say it’s what you shovel into your mouth, bad diet, not a lack of physical activity, making you obese.
The authors say excess sugar and carbohydrates are behind a surge in preventable diseases. They argue it’s not the number but the source of the calories that matters most, because sugar promotes fat storage and hunger.
British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, one of the co-authors of the article, published in the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine – BJSM, says that processed foods are causing more sickness than smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity combined and he’s accused the food industry of using Big-Tobacco like tactics to fatten consumers :: Read the full article »»»»
unRELATED! Banned Pesticide Used on Seventy Percent of Aussie Strawberries
Bromomethane, commonly known as Methyl bromide is an odourless and colourless gas which was banned under the United Nations Montreal Protocol in 1989 because it depletes the ozone layer.
Australia agreed to phase it out by 2005, yet a decade on nine strawberry growers at Toolangi, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, are still using more than 25 tonnes a year.
They produce 100 million strawberry runners annually, representing around 70 percent of Australian grown strawberries.
Each year the growers apply to the UN for a critical use exemption from the ban, claiming the alternatives are financially crippling.
The co-chair of the UN Methyl Bromide Technical Options committee, Dr Ian Porter, said the situation was frustrating :: Read the full article »»»»
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