- Secondhand Smoke Harms Your Pet
Would you quit smoking for your pet’s health? New survey findings suggest that 28% of adult pet owners would try. The study is from the Henry Ford Health System Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and appears in Tobacco Control.
Of interest to me were the cited studies that linked pet health and secondhand smoke. (Sorry, no word on pets who actually smoke.)
- Does Alcohol Increase or Decrease Your Risk of Cancer?
Well, here we go. Many recent studies, including one I referenced recently, have lauded drinking alcohol for its heart and stroke benefits. Now comes a large British study advising caution: any alcohol at all may increase the risk of cancer.
The study followed women, but I don’t see why its conclusions wouldn’t apply to men too.
- Less Is More: Spring Clean Your Diet by Eating Less Red Meat!
Less red meat and processed meat means more protection (and risk reduction) against colorectal cancer and other cancers.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) expert panel analyzed the evidence and believes it suggests eating up to 18-ounces of red meat per week does NOT raise cancer risk. This means that if you eat about four 4-ounce servings of red meat in a week, your colon cancer risk is not likely to increase.
- Beans Lower Cancer Risk?
Eating beans is definitely a step toward health, what with all their fiber and plant protein. Some evidence suggests that diets high in fiber are linked to lower risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancers. But it’s their phytochemicals that appear to protect body cells from the type of genetic damage that can lead to cancer.
The three protective phytochemicals
Saponins: These seem to slow the growth of tumors in several body tissues by inhibiting the reproduction of cancer cells, according to laboratory studies.