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More Evidence that Environmental Factors Contribute to Cancer

Posted: May 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

A recent presidential study has concluded that the carcinogens in the environment are contributing to high cancer rates.

As time goes on and on, more sources point to the fact that cancer is caused by carcinogens in the environment.  In fact, a new report was just released that was completed by a expert panel that currently advises Barack Obama. This panel, called the President’s Cancer Panel (or PCP), was set up in the 1970’s.

This 240 page report, which is available for the public to download, is called “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now.”  The report concludes that the known carcinogens in the environment are increasing, and they need to be dealt with by the government.

Dr. LaSalle D. Lefall, Jr. chairperson of the PCP stated, “There remains a great deal to be done to identify the many existing but unrecognized environmental carcinogens and eliminate those that are known from our daily lives – our workplaces, schools and homes.”  According to the report, people are exposed to up to 80,000 chemicals each day and many of them are completely unregulated.  These chemicals include radon, formaldehyde, and benzene.  Oftentimes people are completely unaware that they are being exposed to these cancer-causing chemicals.

The panel urged the government to take better steps to reduce people’s exposure to toxins by doing things like improving the understanding about these toxins, developing a better policy towards them and raising awareness. These are just a few of the suggestions made by the PCP.

The good news, however, is that researchers are learning more all the time about natural ways to treat cancer.  For example, exercise is an easy and effective way to fight cancer.  Additionally, turmeric is an extremely powerful herb that can actually kill cancer cells.  Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin.  Recent tests by the Cork Cancer Research Center show that curcumin can actually destroy cancer cells.

Sources:
news.bbc.co.uk
medicalnewstoday.com

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A NYTimes skeptic doubts that decreasing salt intake would have any benefits (it may even hurt)

Posted: May 17, 2010 at 1:43 am

From the NYtimes:

"The harder the experts try to save Americans, the fatter we get. Officials responded by advising Americans to shun fat, which became the official villain of the national dietary guidelines during the 1980s and 1990s. The anti-fat campaign definitely made an impact on the marketing of food, but as we gobbled up all the new low-fat products, we kept getting fatter. Eventually, in 2000, the experts revised the dietary guidelines and conceded that their anti-fat advice may have contributed to diabetes and obesity by unintentionally encouraging Americans to eat more calories.

“When you reduce salt, you reduce blood pressure, but there can also be other adverse and unintended consequences. As more data have accumulated, it’s less and less supportive of the case for salt reduction, but the advocates seem more determined than ever to change policy.”

References:
Findings - When It Comes to Salt, No Rights or Wrongs. Yet. - NYTimes.com.

Image source: Single-serving salt packets. Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.

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OpenSciNY Open Notebook Science Talk

Posted: May 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

On May 14, 2010 I presented on Open Notebook Science at the OpenSciNY conference at the New York University Bobst Library. I introduced the topic by telling a few stories about how new forms of communication are affecting how we think about concepts like "scientific precedent", "peer review", "scientific publishing" and "scientific scholarship". At the end I spoke about archiving Open Notebook Science projects and showed the physical copies of both the Reaction Attempts and ONS Solubility Challenge books.

Margaret Smith did a wonderful job of organizing the conference with a very interesting line-up of speakers: Heather Joseph, Antony Williams, Elizabeth Brown and David Hogg. We formed break-out sessions at the end to discuss with the attendees concepts around Open Science. I was part of the session on Promoting Open Science.

The tone at this and other similar conferences I have attended recently is probably best described as cautiously optimistic and focused on what is possible. The Open Science movement - at least as far as it is reflected by the people I know - does not seem to be driven by zealots or idealists trying to get everyone to drink the cool-aid. It is just a bunch of people who see opportunities to do things in better ways as new tools become available - and they can't find a credible reason not to do them.

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My presentation below:

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Açaí, a Global "Super Fruit", Is Regular Dinner Meal in Brazil

Posted: May 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

From the NYTimes:

Virtually unknown outside of the Amazon two decades ago, and not exported from Brazil — the major producer — until 2000, açaí berries have become famous around the world, riding the wave of the antioxidant craze and rain-forest chic.

Just a few years ago, farmers had trouble getting rid of the açaí that grows.

Diego Lopes, a 21-year-old açaí processor in Brazil, says he has açaí with lunch and dinner every day. “Fifteen years ago, it was like beans for us,” he said. “Now, it’s more expensive than beans."

“Think of it as a cheeseburger,” Mr. Lopes said, explaining to an American reporter. “You can’t have a meal there without a cheeseburger, right?”

The velvety texture of the thicker varieties is wonderful, but the taste is more — how to put this? — earthy. O.K., it tastes like dirt. Making matters worse, the manioc flour that’s often mixed in to thicken it has the consistency of sand.

References:

Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Posted: May 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

Home is where the heart is by Ryan Hoge

Home is Where the Heart Is, mixed media, by Ryan Hoge. Love the drips.

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The Barefoot Professor says barefoot running could minimize injuries

Posted: May 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

NatureVideoChannel — January 27, 2010 — Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman has ditched his trainers and started running barefoot. His research shows that barefoot runners, who tend to land on their fore-foot, generate less impact shock than runners in sports shoes who land heel first. This makes barefoot running comfortable and could minimize running-related injuries. Find the original research here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature08723

Humans have engaged in endurance running for millions of years1, but the modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. For most of human evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimal footwear such as sandals or moccasins with smaller heels and little cushioning relative to modern running shoes.

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