September 29, 2016

Use High Heat to Cook Meat? Rethink That Technique

A new study published in the journal Cancer has found that cooking beef at high temperatures may lead to an increased risk of developing kidney cancer. Carcinogenic compounds are created in the meat when grilled, barbecued, and pan-fried. The study was conducted at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Renal cell carcinoma affects 60,000 new patients every year. About 14,000 people die of this illness every year in the Untied States. The incidence of this type of cancer has been increasing for decades. Dr. Stephanie Melkonian, Epidemiology postdoctoral fellow and lead author of the study said, "this study encourages us to look not only at what foods we're eating, but also how we're preparing those foods." When you cook meat with high temperature, causing charring on the … [Read more...]

WHO Finds Glyphosate “Probably Carcinogenic”

In March, scientists organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the herbicide glyphosate, which is an active ingredient in Round-Up, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Food and Water Watch, along with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) are calling for an end to the U.S. backed program that sprays glyphosate on coca fields in Columbia. Adam Isaacson, senior associate for regional security policy at WOLA said, "there is now proof that the sprayings of glyphosate represent an unacceptable risk to the public. This has critical implications for a program that has been a cornerstone of U.S. drug policy in Colombia." The herbicide has been sprayed over more than 4 million acres in that country over the past 20 years. Glyphosate was considered safe for humans … [Read more...]

Early BPA Exposure Increases Prostate Cancer Risk

Food Poisoning Bulletin has been covering the story of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics, for years. Health risks associated with this chemical have been well known for some time. In fact, because of consumer pressure, all manufacturers of baby bottles have removed the chemical from their products. The FDA belatedly finalized a rule banning BPA in infant formula packaging last summer. A new study in the Journal of Endocrinology, published today, finds that BPA exposure early in life increase the risk of prostate cancer. Unfortunately, BPA is found "universally" in the umbilical cord blood of pregnant women, according to a study conducted in California last August. In the latest study, mice were implanted with human prostate stem cells from healthy males. The mice … [Read more...]

CSPI Downgrades Splenda from “Safe” to “Caution”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is downgrading sucralose, which is the artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda, from the "safe" category to "caution" after an unpublished Italian study found the chemical caused leukemia in mice. This is the same independent lab that found aspartame caused cancers in mice and rats. All previous long-term feeding studies of sucralose conducted on animals were performed by the chemical's manufacturers. Unlike other artificial sweeteners, sucralose can be used in baking, since the compound doesn't break down at high temperatures. CSPI objected to sucralose from the beginning. In 2008, a study funded by the sugar industry found that Splenda reduces beneficial bacteria in the gut of rats, but that study was quite small. A 2012 … [Read more...]

Ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer Found in Food

A peer-reviewed study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published in Entropy, has found that residues of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, have been found in food. Glyphosate is used on crops that are genetically engineered (GMO foods) to be "Roundup Ready". Monsanto scientists have claimed for years that Roundup is safe and non-toxic because it targets the shikimate pathway in plants, which is absent in animals. But this pathway is present in bacteria that live in human guts, which play an important role in human physiology, from immunity to synthesizing vitamins. The study's authors say that glyphosate does induce disease and is a "textbook example of exogenous semiotic entropy." Glyphosate inhibits detoxification of xenobiotics and … [Read more...]

Ginko Biloba Linked to Cancer in New Study

The dietary supplement Ginko biloba, which some believe helps improve memory (although studies have shown it is ineffective), has been linked to cancer in ratrs and mice. The new study, conducted by scientists at the National Toxicology Program (NTP), found that animals who received the supplement were more likely to develop tumors in the liver and thyroid than animals who were not given the extract. In the study, scientists gave 50 male and female rats corn oil solutions with 100, 300, or 1,000 milligrams of Gingko biloba extract per kilogram of body weight five times a week for two years. Another group received 200, 600, or 2000 mg/kg every day. Those concentrations fall within the range of what is on the market. The supplier of the extract does supply material to companies in the … [Read more...]

Eating Deep Fried Foods Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer

Research published in The Prostate has found that eating deep fried foods regularly is linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. In addition, more aggressive types of the disease are more likely when deep-fried foods are part of a diet. The study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The scientists studied 1,549 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and compared them with 1,492 age-matched men who were healthy. They controlled for age, family history of the disease, PSA screening history, and BMI. Dr. Janet L. Stanford, lead author of the study, said, "to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to look at the association between intake of deep-fried food and the risk of prostate cancer." The problem is most likely … [Read more...]

Most Food-Cancer Links Unproven, According to New Study

Dr. Jonathan Schoenfeld of the Harvard School of Public Health has published a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that says trials have failed to find effects for observational studies that link foods with cancer. Everything from low fat salad dressing to celery, olives, and sugar has been linked to cancer development in observational studies. The scientists chose 50 random ingredients from the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book then searched each ingredient to find associations with cancer risk in medical literature. They found that 40 foods, including flour, coffee, butter, sugar, peas, duck, tomatoes, lemons, onions, carrots, parsley, lobster, veal, cinnamon, and mustard, had been studied as being possible carcinogens. The ten that were not studied were uncommon … [Read more...]

New Study: Link Between Red Meat Consumption and Bladder Cander

A new study presented at the 11th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research found that protein and iron found in red meat, when combined in the body, form N-nitroso compounds that may increase the risk of bladder cancer. Furthermore, some people have a reduced ability to reverse the effects of those compounds because of a specific gene variation. Chelsea Catsburg of the University of Southern California said that, "nitrosamine formation occurs predominantly in the stomach and intestines, so these exposures have been studied extensively in relation to gastric cancer and somewhat in relation to colorectal cancer. However, there is evidence that these reactions also take place in the bladder, particularly in the presence of infection." Ms. Catsburg is a … [Read more...]

First Long Term Study on GMO Effects Finds Tumor Growth

The first long-term study of the effects of GMO Roundup-ready corn have just been released, published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Scientists found that rats fed Roundup tolerant GMO maize developed mammary tumors and kidney and liver damage after four months. This number is significant because the Monsanto studies that the FDA used to grant approval for GMO foods ended at three months. Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, Molecular Biologist at Caen University and first author of the research, spoke at a press conference sponsored by The Sustainable Food Trust. Food Poisoning Bulletin attended this conference. Dr. Séralini stated that his research group tested Roundup in formulation as it is found in tap water, the level of Roundup found in GMOs, and 1/2 of the solution dose … [Read more...]

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