Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Doctors are chancers.

According to the Independent ...

'Drinking alcohol, even in moderation - such as a large glass of wine or a pint of beer a day - can increase the risk of bowel cancer by 10pc, a Europe-wide study has found.

It found that drinking up to two pints a day or about two large glasses of wine can increase the risk by up to a quarter.

But Dr David Fennelly, consultant oncologist at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, said family history remained a much more significant factor.

He said drinking in moderation "makes sense" but it was very difficult to link a reduction in alcohol intake with a decrease in the number of cases of bowel cancer.

Ireland has a relatively high level of bowel cancer, with more than 2,700 new cases of the disease diagnosed, north and south, every year. As many as 1,500 people die of it annually.

On average it is estimated to strike one in 20 men and one in 18 women.

The study questioned almost 480,000 people across 10 European countries about their drinking habits as part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council and other European agencies.

The findings, published online by the International Journal of Cancer, found that people who drank 15 grams of alcohol a day had about a 10pc increased risk of the disease.

Those who drank over 30 grams of alcohol increased their risk by about 25pc.

All the participants in the study were followed up for six years.

During that period, 1,833 people developed bowel cancer."

Eh? Wasn't there a report out last year that said drinking moderately and daily helps a body?

here, take a gander at the following...

"The French scientist who showed the world that wine is good for the heart has a new discovery: two to three glasses of wine a day reduces death rates from all ailments by up to 30 percent.

"I've always suspected this," said Dr. Serge Renaud, whose findings appeared in the journal Epidemiology . "Wine protects not only against heart disease but also most cancers."

Renaud's study of 34,000 middle-aged men living in eastern France supports what has become known as "the French paradox": Frenchmen who eat lots of saturated fat but still live a long time.

Results were the same for smokers, nonsmokers and former smokers, he said, and there were no differences between white collar and blue collar drinkers.

Recent studies in the United States found that a drink of almost any type of alcohol can lower death rates by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease."

And then Science Daily adds..'Gabriella Gazzani and colleagues in Italy point out that previous studies suggested that moderate wine consumption has health benefits after reaching the stomach and digestion -- in protecting against heart disease and cancer. In addition, wine's antibacterial activity has been recognized since antiquity, when wine was used to treat infected wounds. Until now, however, scientists had not investigated whether wine could combat harmful oral bacteria, the researchers said.

Their study showed that red and white wine were effective in controlling the growth of several strains of streptococci bacteria that are involved in tooth decay, and some cases of sore throat. "Overall, our findings seem to indicate that wine can act as an effective antimicrobial agent against the tested pathogenic oral streptococci and might be active in caries and upper respiratory tract pathologies prevention," the study states, noting that tests now are underway to determine wine's effects on those diseases in humans.'

I'm just back from Valencia, where old folk are as plentiful as pigeons. They mill about, suck on cigars and drink wine with most meals and seem to live forever. The streets are positively teaming with short healthy looking old folk. Go for stroll around eight in the evening and there they are, vast groups of them, sitting around cafés, dosing themselves in beer and Bitter Kas. Robust I tell you. They walk a lot too. And eat more fish and less processed food. Gee, I wonder is there a connection.
I'm sick of these reports anyway. Butter is bad for you, salt is bad for you, diet drinks are bad for you...urgh.
Shove it up yer Ronson doctors, I'm going to go with the oldies on this one. A little bit of this and that and whatever your having yourself is the only way to live.



Blogger Conan Drumm said...

What sort of 'I'm home!' post is that? You've hardly got yer luggage off the plane and you're reading the Indo for fuck's sake! You know well that that activity is contra-indicated for maintaining a happy disposition. Now, more about Balenthia, por favor?

ps welcome home!

11:15 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Valencia was hot, the food was seafoody and the rum plentiful, and it made me want to move there immediately. Which is dangerous for the likes of me as I would not be above doing just that.
I have after holiday blues.

12:47 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

WELCOME H0ME!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you had a great time? Does the post on alcohol mean that you've consumed your fair share of vino over the last week - I certainly hope so!
And yeah moderation is the key but what the hell, a bit of knocking it back every now and then can do you good in other ways. We're all gonna die one way or the other, might as well have some fun until that happens ;) Like you I'm sick and tired of being told what's good for you. People should use common sense, for God's sake, but that seems to have gone lost on some... Now I need a strong coffee to cure my hangover...

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Common sense? Har, It will never catch on.

1:11 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

It sounds lovely, FMC. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. I saw this article yesterday and thought *bullshit*. There are too many studies showing benefits to wine drinking.

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Exactly Medbh, they should be killed.

4:52 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

Good to see you back n that. I was at the Giants Causeway the other day and was shamed by numerous old people from France and Italy mainly, who were skipping over the stones like children. I was tip toeing gingerly about the stones like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Shameful I tells ye...

Most of them were pished too, and eating burgers....

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