FYI Saturday

Some things we should know or if we do not then we should be informed…….for this reason I have my FYI on the weekends.

To begin….the trend or is it a fad of marking ourselves with ink could have its draw backs…

I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.

I’d been in Samoa for a month, studying Samoan tattooing culture and the impact of the big traditional pieces called pe’a and malu — tatau in general — on the immune system. Now I was getting my own hand-tapped leg tattoo, albeit considerably smaller.
This field season was the fourth of my research on the relationship between tattooing and immune response. My first study had focused on a small sample, mostly women, in Alabama. What I’d observed among that group suggested that tattooing could help beef up one’s immune response.
But one small study in the United States wasn’t proof of anything — despite headlines blaring that tattoos could cure the common cold. Good science means finding the same results multiple times and then interpreting them to understand something about the world.
 
I never wanted to mark my body with a tat…..the job I was doing I could not have any distinguishing marks….so I was never impressed by them.
 
But that is just me.
 
Somewhere in you medical history were you told that red meat was not that good for you and that consuming too much would lead to serious health problems?
 
Yeah, me too.
 
A new bit of research contradicts these predictions, as dpoes most of the stuff we were told in the past…..
 
Researchers taking a fresh look at the hazards of eating red meat believe they may have killed a sacred cow of nutritional advice. In a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, an international group of experts says evidence that red meat causes heart disease and cancer is weak at best and most people shouldn’t feel the need to cut down. Researcher Bradley Johnston says the panel of 14 researchers analyzed past studies and found “only low-certainty evidence of a very small reduction in cancer or other adverse health consequences.” “For most people who enjoy eating meat, the uncertain health benefits of cutting down are unlikely to be worth it,” he says. Only three of the panelists said they supported advice for the public to reduce consumption of red and processed meats.
 
“Is 15 fewer cases per 1,000 of cancer followed over a lifetime—is that important enough for an individual to cut off or lower their intake? We would leave that up to them,” Johnston tells NBC. A group of prominent scientists, however, slammed the research and called for publication to be delayed until their concerns were addressed, the AP reports. Among other criticisms, they said the paper’s authors based advice not to bother reducing red meat on an average of three servings a week, but many people eat one serving a day. Harvard researcher Dr. Frank Hu, author of a recent study that linked red meat to a higher mortality risk, called the paper “irresponsible and unethical,” the New York Times reports. He said the researchers were looking for the same standard of evidence as in trials of experimental drugs, which is very difficult to do with nutritional studies.
So eggs–ok, coffee–ok, wine–ok, now red meat…….
 
An IST tip…..eat what you want, exercise, and be happy.
 
Speaking of exercise……MoMo wants her trip to the 40 foot wood….
 
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11 thoughts on “FYI Saturday

  1. I have read studies that relate that red meat may take up to two hours longer than other foods to digest than the usual eight hours for most foods. That means our lower digestive and excretory tract hold these toxins in the body longer. The cells are not designed to hold these toxins for that extra time and over years become weakened as far as immunity to cancer is concerned. Years and years of a rich red meat diet would therefore contribute to the emergence of cancer. I am not a doctor or scientist but just thought I’d add that to the red meat discussion. Diets of particular populations with low red meat consumption have a dramatically lower presence of colon cancer so it is logical to assume a relationship to diet choices. Was not able at the moment to find studies to validate that Americans and people of South America, esp Argentina, would have higher colon and digestive tract cancer rates than people with low red meat consumption if this idea is true. I have had that triple by-pass in 2006 and certainly accept the studies that all meat rich in greasy fat are heart killers. So processed meat, sausage, pepperoni, salami and that evil bacon must become rare treats indeed as far as heart disease is concerned. If pasta or chocolate ice cream or pecan pie are added to the list of food killers I refuse to pay any attention to those studies. It may also be logical to assume that many people on the left and democrats in general will have a reduced life span (which is positive from my standpoint) because they are fed and consume huge daily doses of anti Trump “red meat”.

    1. I do not believe that the consumption of red meat has anything to do with what my politics……if anything the lack of red meat turns one into a conserv. chuq

  2. I never ‘got’ tattoos. They actually put me off liking people who have them. Over here, almost everyone under 40 has one, or many. They don’t realise how crappy they are going to look when they are in their 70s!
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. The perception of being enslaved is one reason I never wore my wedding ring past year 5 (although I kept that part quiet; I used some excuse like I work around electricity and it was a safety precaution). 🙂

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