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Interesting Study on Nutrients

  1. http://www.upi.com/Consumer_Health_Daily/Briefing/2007/05/18/lycopene_may_not_prevent_prostate_cancer/3606/

This one says lycopene may not prevent prostate cancer, but may cause a more aggressive one to form.

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6657795.stm

This one has linked taking too many multivitamins with cancer.

Thoughts?

Well, when this study is linked on the page . . .

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6225891.stm

Since, everything gives you cancer, I’m just going to focus on getting big.

[quote]datta wrote:

  1. http://www.upi.com/Consumer_Health_Daily/Briefing/2007/05/18/lycopene_may_not_prevent_prostate_cancer/3606/

This one says lycopene may not prevent prostate cancer, but may cause a more aggressive one to form.

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6657795.stm

This one has linked taking too many multivitamins with cancer.

Thoughts?[/quote]

I’m not surprised. Tomatoes used to be called “cancer apples”, you know. On a more general note, people have to stop searching for the miracle wonder-foods that will cure this or that disease. It just doesn’t work that way.

I’m sceptical of the purported necessity of eating lots of fruits and veggies “of all the colours of the rainbow” to prevent disease or alkalize the blood or whatever else they’re supposed to do. I’m not knocking these as food sources per se, but until quite recently, most of the ones we now eat all year were only available a few weeks of the year.

How can the human body have developed a dependence on these foods to stay healthy?

Not to mention, the wild fruits of pre-agricultural times were nothing like the mass-produced fruits (organic or not) of today, and the ancestors of today’s vegetable staples were mostly unedible.

That’s why I laugh at certain incarnations of the “paleolithic” diet, especially that promoted by Lauren Cordain. Lots of neolithic fruits and berries and vegetables with some fish and lean meat (of course Stone Age man was way too health-conscious to eat any of that yucky saturated fat, so he’d trim that off).