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Kittens Cause Cancer*

March 11, 2012

Happy Monday, friends! I have a four day work week this week then Friday we're travelling back to the great white North to visit family and friends for a week. This is VERY EXCITING as I haven't seen them except by webcam since July, and for Ryan, since last April. It'll take us 3 planes and 12 hours to do it but it's gonna happen! Needless to say, while visiting family, posting will probably be non-existent! I like exclaimation points!

In the meantime, however, I shall be posting, and today is on some reading I began tonight before being side-lined into housework. When not blogging I do a few other things, like work and be a mom and a wife, but I also do a ton of reading, love to debate, and spend way too much time on the internet. Can you see where this is going? Tonight over at Facebook, in a group that I'm a part of that's NOT Occupy (as I left that ego-ridden hell hole a couple of days ago), a couple of people were going on about how meat and dairy is SO bad for you, and that white flour, sugar, processed foods, and basically anything not grown yourself or killed with your own bare hands, is POISON. Yes, they said poison and boy did they mean it.

When I pointed out that our bodies break down most of what we eat into sugar and therefore sugar can't be poison, a gent decided I meant that we North Americans eat too much refined sugar and flour, etc, and that's what's giving us cancer and heart disease. Um, no. Correlation does not equal causation, but apparently he's A-OK with correlation, that's good enough for him, and goodnight. *lolsob* I'm not saying those highly processed and refined foods are great for us, but it's intellectually dishonest to claim something like "X causes cancer" with no actual facts. If that was OK, I could go around saying "Kittens cause cancer!" and noone could challenge me because hey, SOME people who own cats get CANCER! Correlation is enough! See how ridiculous that sounds? I recieved a few links from the owner of the page, a good friend I like to think, to various healthy foods sites trying to sell me things, one to a weight-loss 'doctor', (her doctorate is in chiropractics) and one gem from the New York Times.

I'm really really tired of health food enthusiasts bashing certain kinds of foods without any kind of REAL evidence or data to back up what they're saying. REAL evidence is something from a peer reviewed journal, not someone's personal website where they're trying to sell you the latest colon cleanse or weight loss secret. The NYT article is the one I'm ploughing through at the moment as it's the only one with any kind of evidence, sources or peer review. Tuesday I'll let you know what I find.

Just in case you or your readers haven't seen this, here's a fantastic antidote to the sugar panic: http://healthateverysizeblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/the-haes-files-the-other-white-powder-sugar-and-food-addiction/

Have a great, safe trip!


Amen, I am sick to death of all the health food fanatics. As I have stated many times in the past, I do not believe in bad food, unless it is contaminated, spoiled, or you have an allergy to it. The brain is made of fat & it runs on glucose & indeed our bodies break down everything we eat into sugar in order to digest it. I eat a wide variety & I eat what I want, & I continue to do so.

As for how 'deadly' 'processed foods' or whatever are, I have known & been related to a lot of people who loved sugar, white flour, whatever, who lived to a ripe old age. On one of the History Channel's "American Eats" programs they profiled a man who loves Twinkies so much that he has eaten at least two full boxes of them every week, an average of about 3 per day, for 70 years. He is 95 years old. For all I know, the sugar & preservatives in the Twinkies may be keeping him alive.

What these lugnuts seem to forget is that everyone dies, including health food nuts, & some of the health food nuts die young. There is NO way of living which guarantees perfect health or longevity. Much of what they yap about is a normal part of aging for many people, & a great deal of illness/death is caused by aging, genetics, & dumb luck.

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"A teaspoon of white sugar or two in my coffee in the morning isn't going to kill me like say, a real poison like arsenic would, but over a lifetime of eating this stuff, every day and multiple times, I'm not so sure it *doesn't* add up in some way. Just like small repeated doses of herbicides and pesticides on/in our food adds up, that other stuff probably does too."

That sums up pretty well how I feel about it. I refuse to eat 'fake food' but I won't call it 'bad food'. My diabetic friends love having artificial sweeteners for their tea that don't spike insulin like sugar. My vegan friends love having vegetable fat substitutes so they can make pie crust without lard or butter. I choose not to eat those things, but they have their place.

Likewise, sugar and white flour and butter and cheese and greasy diner migas all have THEIR place, and the name of that place is 'reasonable and moderate consumption.' If I want cake, I eat cake. If I ate cake twice every single day, I would start to feel sluggish and bler, so I don't do that, but anyone who tells me "your cake is poison and you should neverever touch it" is getting a face full of toxic buttercream with sprinkles, you know?

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You know my father had cats all his life, and HE GOT CANCER!!!!

It must have been the cats! It certainly couldn't possibly have been the asbestos in all those engine rooms of all those ships he served (in the engine rooms of) when he was in the Navy and then the Merchant Marines!

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