Thursday 29 October 2015

Red Meat and Cancer. I there really a connection. Part.1

              In the past couple of days you've probbably been seeing headlines of the "Red Meat as Carcinogenic as Smoking!" variety.Are reporters taking crazy pills,or is there really something to the headlines this time.I am going to try and make this very complex issue understandable so that you can make your own educated decision. I am neither for ,or, against eating red meat.
             To understand this issue,you have to understand a bit about the science of red meat metabolites as well as about epidemiology(the study of how often disease occurs in different groups of people and why). Being labeled as a carcinogen is fairly common.Not only are harmful compounds like alcohol potentially carcinogenic,but so are health elixirs aloe vera and yerbamate tea.The true impact depemds on the dose ,what makes up the rest of your diet,and many other factors.
                                                      Know you meat
              First off ,you better know what exactly red meat is. Pork is not white meat.That's right ! The meat in mammals like pig is typically red when raw ,due to its high hemoglobin(a red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood) content.Resaechers consider pork to be red meat.But there may be something in red meat that could potentially cause cancer. 
           Earlier this month reseachers of met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC).After analysing over 800 studies IARC came up with some pretty strong conclusions regarding red meat. They classified processed red meat as a "Group 1" carcinogen ("carcinogenic to humans"). As for regular red meat,it was classified as a "Group 2A " carcinogen (" probably carcinogenic to humans"). The findings were mostly referring to cancer of the colon or rectum.You can not generalize the researchers findings to all other cancer types. It's not like we didn't know this stuff already. Processed red meat has been strongly linked to colorectal cancer for years. I find it amusing that the media headlines of the past few days have been so extreme, since they're based on a 1.5 page summary. The complete report by the World Health Organization(WHO) won't be available for months. Is it possible the WHO could be wrong?
             Wrong is to strong a word.Let's just say "slighty off ". For example. The WHO position on salt intake call for less than 2,000 mg a day. There is a large amount of research out there that shows that keeping salt intake under 2,000 mg/day doesn't just lack evidence for benefit but might actually be harmful. That doesn't mean that eating a ton of salt via processed food is healthy. It just means that obsessive salt reduction is probably not a grat idea for most people.
            Much of the evidence that was reviewed was done so by observing large groups of people over time to see if disease developes. Even so. These type's of studies should not be ignored. You can't really do many cancer trials ,since cancer takes so long to develope and so many causative factors are involved. But you have to take the good with the bad. Finally,and i can't say this enough: The dose makes the poison. If your red meat intake is high,plus it's the processed kind that is much more likely to cause cancer. But if you have a grass-fed  beef burger once or twice a week, that's not even close to being a sure-fire recipe for cancer.
           In part 2, I will cover what is it about red meat and processed red meat that creates the problem ?        

Saturday 3 October 2015

My most important blog !

       This may be the most important blog i have ever posted. The single most important decision any person can make is the decision to take personal responsibility for their life.What does that mean ? Let me give you some examples.
        I cannot tell you how many times i have listened to people complain about how they are always sick,tired or depressed. I always ask potential clients the same question: "How many times a week do you elevate your heart rate above 70% of its maximum for at least 10 minutes or more ?" 90% of the time the answer is the same. " Never".
        No wonder that they have health issues,they live a sedentary lifestyle. If you want to be healthy you have to move , and move often....stay still and you will be doomed to live a life filled with health problems. The most important decision you can make in your life is to take personal responsibility for it.
        Be proactive. Its you that has to live in your skin.Not your doctor! Not your husband or wife or your children. 
        It is YOU that can take charge and conquer your health problems. Soon you will know more about your personal health challenges than any doctor knows about them.
        "YOU" have the power to change every aspect of your life. Become your own amazing success story. Take responsibility for your life today!
         YOU can change it all if you want !
         YOU can be the person you want to be if you only WANT it enough!
         YOU can have it all !
         Decide today to take responsibility. Go for it and don't stop until you reach your goals ! Imagine, YOU-The Happiest Person For A Hundred Miles Around. 
         The happiest people have lives that are just as challenging  as people who are miserable,anxious,angry and depressed. The happiest people simply frame their responsibilities and struggles in a more positive way than everyone else.
         "Imagine what you would look like,feel like and be like if you exercised regularly and ate healthy"    

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