cancer

  1. A nation of sugar addicts

    No wonder we're fatter and sicker than ever and getting worse every day: New numbers from the CDC show that half of all Americans over the age of TWO YEARS OLD drink at least one soda a day.

    Notice the words "at least." Check out these numbers:

    • 70 percent of boys between 2 and 19 get an average of 273 daily calories from sugary drinks alone.
    • Men from 20 - 39 are a close second, at 252 daily calories from these drinks.
    • 40 percent of adult women between 20 and 39 getting an average of 138 daily calories from the beverages.
    • Teen girls take in 171 per day.

    Ready for the worst part? Five percent of Americans -- in real numbers, that's some 15 million people -- swallow 567 liquid sugar calories a day.

    That's like an entire meal made of soda.

    Of course, the beverage industry is spilling that tired old line about no link between their drinks and disease, and they're claiming that sugary beverages can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

    They even have the mainstream on board with this nonsense, with groups like the American Heart Association declaring that people can have three sugary drinks a week and still be "healthy."

    I wonder if that position has anything to do with all the soda companies on the AHA's Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel. (Take a look at the members here it if you're curious -- and remember, everyone on this list paid the AHA $10K to join.)

    The reality is that sugary drinks have been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and even cancer.

    If you love your soda, you're not going to like hearing this -- but there's simply no reason to drink this stuff at all, and not just because of the sugar. These drinks are chemical nightmares. Even the coloring used in many sodas has been linked to cancer. (Read more here.)

    Whatever you do, don't switch to diet. As bad as the real stuff is, artificial sweeteners can be even worse. Aspartame, for example, has been linked to headaches, asthma, seizures, nerve damage, sleep disorders, mood problems, and more.

    If you need some fizz, stick to seltzer. Otherwise, make your drink of choice coffee or tea.

    Unsweetened, of course.

  2. Apples top pesticide list

    I know it feels like summer has only just begun, but fall is right around the corner -- and that means apple season is almost here.

    Don't be fooled by the apples you'll find in the supermarket year 'round -- most of them are actually months old... and you won't believe the tricks they use to keep them fresh.

    The guy in the produce department will tell you that the secret is cold storage -- but those apples aren't just placed in a giant fridge somewhere.

    They're also given a massive dose of pesticides after they're harvested in order to prevent mold, blight, rot, and stains during that storage period.

    They're pumped so full of chemicals that a recent study based on government data found at least two pesticides on 92 percent of all apple samples even after they were washed and peeled.

    And 98 percent of more than 700 apple samples tested by the USDA had at least one pesticide.

    As a result, apples were placed on top of the Environmental Working Group's "dirty dozen," a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticides.

    EWG says apples are followed by celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, domestic blueberries, lettuce, and kale.

    If you can't afford to buy everything organic – and these days, who can? -- make sure you at least go organic for those.

    While there's not a lot of research on what a low-but-steady stream of pesticides can do to a person, we do know that higher doses can cause cancer and hormonal problems.

    Some studies have found that farm workers exposed to pesticides on the job have a higher risk of Parkinson's disease. And in pregnant women and children, pesticide exposure has been linked to low birth weight, brain damage, ADHD, and even lower intelligence later in life.

    But the news from the produce aisle isn't all bad. EWG also found a number of fruits and vegetables so low in pesticides that you don't have to buy organic.

    They call them the Clean 15: onions, corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, domestic cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and mushrooms.

    The organization has a helpful guide you can print, clip and bring to the supermarket.

    It's just about the only time you might need to compare apples and grapefruit.

  3. Diet soda linked to weight gain

    If the FDA won't go after diet sodas for all the dangerous chemicals they contain, maybe the FTC can take action for false advertising. There's nothing "diet" about diet sodas. After all, studies have linked them to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, and more.
  4. Vitamin D can protect against cancer

    I just told you how the sunshine vitamin can help keep pre-diabetes from turning into the real thing -- and now, a new study finds it might stop melanomas cold.
  5. Men living with prostate regret

    The real "disease" facing many prostate patients isn't cancer -- it's regret.
  6. How to turn a harmless tumor into a deadly cancer

    Most prostate cancers don't need to be treated because the disease won't kill or even hurt most of the men who get it. But there's one group of men who have more to worry about than the rest of us -- because for them, prostate cancer really can carry deadly risk.
  7. The cancer-busting diet you can start today

    What do tumors and bellies have in common? They both get bigger on a high-carb diet.
  8. Cancer alternative goes mainstream

    It's a shock right to the heart of the cancer system: An FDA panel has signed off on a new device that could forever change how the deadliest brain tumors are treated. There are no drugs... no chemo... no surgery... and best of all, almost no side effects.
  9. A pecan-do attitude towards health

    Eat a pecan right from the shell and you won't just get a tasty treat--a new study finds you'll get an antioxidant boost that could lower your risk for cancer and heart disease.
  10. Cola color in cancer link

    Soda is just about the most destructive blend of chemicals being sold for consumption today.
  11. New mammogram brings new risk

    The feds have just signed off on the Selenia Dimensions System, a mammogram device that delivers 3-D images of the breast... along with double the radiation of the traditional screening.
  12. Hidden dangers in sunscreen

    Here's some bitter irony for you: A key ingredient in many sunscreens can actually cause the very cancers they're supposed to prevent.
  13. Cancer treatment raises death risk

    Avastin. The massively expensive cancer drug was rushed through the approvals process in 2004 despite the fact that it clearly wasn't ready for primetime.
  14. Americans unaware of radiation risks

    A new study finds that Americans are utterly clueless when it comes to the levels of radiation they've been exposed to through CT scans.
  15. Can aspirin really lower your cancer risk?

    Aspirin sales must need a boost. That's the only reason I can come up with to explain why researchers have suddenly returned to their one-a-day mantra. Only this time, they say aspirin could help you prevent cancer.
  16. PSA tests don't save lives

    Another new study exposes the failed promise of the PSA test. Researchers have found that while these screenings may detect some cancers, they won't actually make a difference when it comes to survival.
  17. Eating to fight illness

    Sometimes, the hardest part of a cancer battle isn't the disease itself – but what it does to the rest of your body.

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