cancer

  1. The carb/cancer connection

    Tumors love junk food

    Sugar is food for tumors: The more you eat, the bigger they get.

    You'll get bigger too, of course -- but if there's anything worse than a swollen gut, it's a swollen tumor.

    Now, a new study confirms that a diet high in carbs is a cancer's best friend.

    Canadian researchers bred mice with both human and mouse tumors, then put them onto either a high-carb diet (like the one the feds say you should be eating), or a diet of just 15 percent carbs -- like the one I've been telling you to eat.

    All I can say is I hope you've been listening to me and not the feds: The mice with the most carbs gained more weight on the same number of calories, and their tumors grew like weeds.

    Next, the researchers bred mice predisposed to breast cancer and put them on the same choice of diets. And again, the cancers progressed faster on the carb-heavy diet, with nearly half of those mice getting the disease in their first year.

    Care to guess how many of the low-carb mice got cancer in that year?

    Remember, these are mice predisposed to the disease... yet NONE of them actually got it in that time!

    Overall, only 30 percent of the low-carb mice eventually developed cancer before they died versus a whopping 70 percent of mice on the high-carb diet.

    If that's not enough to get you to swear off sugar and bread for good, consider this: Only one of the high-carb mice reached the expected two-year lifespan, versus more than half of those in the low-carb group.

    I don't know why anyone would be stunned by this -- research as far back as the 1920s showed that tumor cells gobble up glucose like an SUV guzzles gas.

    But no one heeded the warning then... and they're certainly not heeding it now as Americans swallow more carbs and suffer more cancers than ever before.

    And with the feds still relentlessly pushing carbs on the American people, you can expect even more cancers in the coming years.

  2. Cellphone study has some hang-ups

    That noise you're hearing isn't another bad signal from your cellphone -- it's the industry trying to drown out the research linking its devices to cancer.

    The latest effort: A nonsensical new study that claims no link between kids who use cellphones and the risk of brain tumors.

    Researchers surveyed 352 kids and teens from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland who were diagnosed with brain cancer and compared them to 646 kids of similar age who didn't have tumors.

    They say 55 percent of the cancer kids were regular cellphone users, versus 51 percent of the kids who didn't have cancer -- or not enough of a difference for a link, according to the study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    So let's give every kid a cellphone -- heck, let's glue one to every child's ear, right?

    No so fast... because this study is absolutely meaningless.

    First, it was funded by the cellphone industry -- and it just so happened to find that the phones are safe.

    What are the odds?

    Second, the kids in this study were as young as 7 -- not nearly old enough to have been using phones for the years, or even decades, it takes for a brain tumor to form.

    Follow these cellphone-swinging kids for another decade or so and get back to me -- on a landline, please.

    Third, we've got plenty of other studies that say otherwise. One found cellphones will double your tumor risk if you use them for more than a decade, while another found a shocking 500 percent increase in risk in people who start using them before the age of 20.

    Other studies have linked cellphones to tumors in the salivary glands, DNA damage, dementia, infertility, and even bone damage for people who keep one attached to the body all day.

    If you know all that and want to risk it anyway, be my guest.

    But for God's sake, keep these death machines away from kids.

  3. Selling surgery through robots

    Since then, men have wised up big-time -- and the smart ones are passing on surgery and even skipping prostate screenings altogether. So if a hospital can't convince men they need prostate surgery... how can they keep raking in cash off this needless, life-wrecking procedure?
  4. New panic over sun fears

    But today, even a hint of sunshine leads to a full-blown panic -- and now, a leading U.K. cancer charity is pushing strict new rules that would ensure no child is ever exposed to that wicked old sun.
  5. Smoke to save your joints

    I always get a kick out of Big Media's tobacco coverage -- they just hate reporting on good news for smokers. Take the latest story on how tobacco can actually protect your joints and lower your risk of a total joint replacement surgery in your senior years.
  6. Have a hot dog

    Don't eat that! You'll get CANCER! How many times have you heard that irritating bit of naggery over hot dogs, bacon, ham, and other cured (and delicious) meats?
  7. A little calcium is all you need

    Ladies, you do need your vitamins -- but stop with the darned calcium chews already!
  8. PSAs fail another test

    Researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute recruited 9,026 men and randomly assigned 1,500 of them to get screened every three years between 1987 and 1996. During a 20-year follow-up period, 4 percent of those who didn't get screened were diagnosed with prostate cancer... versus 6 percent of those who got screened.
  9. Diabetes patients more likely to die of cancer

    Researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined data on 500,000 people between the ages of 50 and 61 who were tracked for 11 years, and found that diabetes increased the risk of death by cancer in women by 11 percent, and in men by 17 percent.
  10. Children's CT scans skyrocket

    I just don't get it: Americans are panicking over the theoretical threat of radiation floating over here from Japan -- and ignoring the very real threats we face every day.

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