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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Alcoholic beverages and fermented foods can cause cancer

Keep The Doctor Away: New links have been confirmed between wine, fermented foods and cancer. But luckily, garlic can reduce your risk, researchers say. New findings dispel the popular notion that eating so-called “natural” foods will protect against cancer.

In fact, the study found that a naturally-occurring carcinogen found in alcoholic beverages and fermented foods like cheese, yoghurt and bread causes DNA modification and mutations, ultimately leading to abnormal cell growth and lung cancer.

Vinyl carbamate is a substance derived from ethyl carbamate (urethane), a by-product of fermentation. It is also present naturally in tobacco.

Now labelled as a potential carcinogen by both the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, urethane was given inadvertently to millions of patients in Japan, between 1950 and 1975, in analgesic and sedative drugs. This is believed to be the largest dose on record of a pure carcinogen administered directly to people.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they took one chemical, concentrated it to many times the typical human dose equivalent, and fed it to a mouse. Legend has it that fermented foods also contain anti-cancer compounds. Then there is the point that most people following traditional diets don't get cancer.

Hello? Common sense? Anybody home?

Until they take these foods and feed them to human beings over a period of time and examine those human beings for cancer, I think I'll keep eating yogurt and cheese, thanks.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And who is saying this and why should I believe someone who posts on a blogspot?

3:40 PM  

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