Just because something tastes good, does not mean that it is good for you.
However, that is your individual choice. A choice that only hurts you.
> <<Anita Graf (Staff) wrote:
> We all have to make choices about what we choose to live with....I certainly am
> not convinced that carmelized onions, burnt toast, etc. are enough of a threat
> that I'm going to avoid them in my diet.>>
Again, this is a personal choice.
My objection is not with what individuals choose to eat themselves. My objection
is partial truths in press releases sent to the media that lifestyle causes
cancer and most people get cancer based on their own diet. When there diet may
be contaminated based on what industries put into the environment.
Certainly cooking meat or other food at high temperatures, which happens during
grilling or charring,
increases the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the food.
Cancer-causing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are in burned toast, blackened
red fish (a favorite of some in Louisiana) and other charred food. It is also in
the smoke from home heating of wood. This is a known fact. And, it is confirmed
by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Until recently, the
media did not report that: PAHs are present in tobacco smoke. However, it is
also in creosote-treated wood products, cereals, grains, flour, bread,
vegetables, fruits, meat, processed or pickled foods, and beverages. Food grown
in contaminated soil or air may also contain PAHs. PAHs are formed during the
incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances.
PAHs can be man-made or occur naturally. There is no known use for most of these
chemicals except for research purposes. A few of the PAHs are used in medicines
and to make dyes, plastics, and pesticides.
''PAHs can occur in the air either attached to dust particles, or in soil or
sediment as solids. They can also be found in substances such as crude oil, coal,
coal tar pitch, creosote, and road and roofing tar. Most PAHs do not dissolve
easily in water, but some PAHs readily evaporate into the air. PAHs generally do
not burn easily and they will last in the environment for months to years,''
according to the ATSDR. In fact, PAHs are found throughout the environment in
the air, water, and soil.
The greatest exposure occurs in the workplace. PAHs have been found in coal-tar
production plants, coking plants, bitumen and asphalt production plants,
coal-gasification sites, smoke houses, aluminum production plants, coal-tarring
activities, and municipal trash incinerators. PAHs have also been found in other
facilities where petroleum, petroleum products, or coal are used or where wood,
cellulose, corn, or oil are burned, such as hospital or biomedical waste
We are exposed to PAHs from drinking water contaminated by industries, and by
consumers, based on their purchases. So, it's not that individual lifestyle
causes cancer, it's corporate behavior that plays a big role in contributing to
And, the reason cancer has not been controlled despite the potential billions of
dollars thrown into researching it, is because ''there has not been a national
coordination of cancer-fighting efforts in the public, private, and voluntary
sectors,'' according to a report Cancer at a Crossroads: A Report to Congress for
the Nation (1994).
The National Cancer Advisory Board wrote that current (as of 1994) health care
reform proposals are devastating to the War on Cancer by denying resources for
research and quality cancer cares; current laws, public policy, and government
regulation undermine cancer prevention, treatment, and control efforts; failure
to support translational research hinders rapid development of cancer fighting
advances; many people in this country, especially the poor, elderly, and
uninsured, receive inadequate cancer care.
However, while some people have tried to enlighten the public, vested industry
front groups seem hell bent to keep the public confused, ignorant, and
continually purchasing their backers products. This is why the war on cancer
will not be won. Not at least until each of us moves forward to reduce, rather
than increase pollution. Sustaining the organic method is one way that this can
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