Alcohol is a known cause of seven types of cancer

Most people know that heavy alcohol use can cause health problems. But you may not be aware that alcohol is a known cause of seven types of cancer. You can reduce your chance of getting cancer if you avoid alcohol or only drink a little.

Even a small amount of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer. It’s not just people who have a ‘drinking problem’ who are affected. The more you drink, the higher your risk.

We now know that drinking alcohol increases your risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), throat, oesophagus (foodpipe), breast, liver and bowel. Alcohol may also increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

– See more at: http://www.cancer.ie/reduce-your-risk/healthy-lifestyle/alcohol-and-cancer#alcohol-causes-cancer

The Effects of alcohol on the Body

Even a small amount of alcohol has an effect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. A tiny amount of alcohol exits your body in your urine and your breath.

You absorb alcohol more slowly if you eat, especially if the food is high in fat. However, if you drink more than your body can process, you’ll get drunk. How quickly alcohol is metabolized depends on your size and gender, among other things.

Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life.

The liver takes the brunt
Alcohol must pass through the liver. Chronic alcohol abuse overwhelms the liver so it can’t break down harmful substances
Slurred speech
Slurred speech is one of the first signs you’ve had too much
Shrinking frontal lobe
Impaired judgement may be the result of a shrinking brain
Strange sensations
Numbness  and pain in your hands and feet may be the result of damage to your nervous system
Hallucinations
When chronic drinkers suddenly stop drinking, severe withdrawal symptoms, including hallucinations may occur
Major mouth problems
 A loose tooth, together with other signs of alcohol addiction, could be a sign your drinking is out of control
Malnutrition
Alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to use the nutrients and vitamins in the food you eat
Hard on the heart
Heavy drinking can mess with your heart rhythm or even damage your heart muscle
Sexual dysfunction
Drinking is no aphrodisiac, in fact it can make you sexually dysfunctional
Birth defects 
Drinking during pregnancy can cause a lifetime of problems for your newborn
Muscle cramps
A muscle cramp can be a signal you’re drinking too much
Check out that cough
People who drink a lot are more susceptible to lung infections like tuberculosis
Pain in the pancreas
Pancreatitis is a life threatening condition. One of the causes of chronic pancreatitis is alcoholism
Diabetic danger zone
If you have diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to many complications
Coordination
That uncoordinated attempt to walk a straight line might mean you’ve had more to drink than your body can process
Blackouts
Can’t remember what you did last night? Or are parts of the night missing from your memory. It may be a sign you drank too much
Shifty eyes
Long-term alcohol abuse can cause involuntary eye movements
Dependence
If you become physically dependent, a doctor’s care may make withdrawal safer
Stomach distress
Bloating, gas or painful stomach ulcers could be the result of too much alcohol
Gotta go
 A damaged digestive tract may not work efficiently, leading to bouts of diarrhoea
Fighting fatigue
Fatigue could be a sign of anemia, a possible sign of alcoholism
Infertility
in the long-term, excessive alcohol can make it difficult to conceive
Skinny skeleton
Thinning bones may lead to easy fractures

Non, ce n’est pas parfait, son alcool

Kronenbourg

This advertisement for Kronenbourg beer makes no mention of the core ingredient, alcohol

In France, its home country, it would have the tag line;

L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la sante-a consommer avec moderation

The abuse of alcohol is dangerous for your health!

This information is of prime concern to the consumer

The Food Pyramid

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Breads Cereals Potatoes Pasta and Rice

Choose any 6 or more servings each day for all ages and up to 12 servings if you are active. Most women need about 6 portions and men about 8. Body size matters so small children may need less.

Fruit and Vegetables

We like this one – choose any 5 or more servings each day – more is better!

Milk, yoghurt and cheese

Choose 3 servings a day, low fat where possible. Children and teenagers (aged 9-18)  need more.

Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts

Choose two servings a day to meet your protein needs.

Reduced fat spreads and oils

This is a new group, with fats and oils now on its own shelf. This is to acknowledge that these are needed in small amounts for good health. Choose two servings of low fat and reduced fat spreads and oils per day instead of hard margarine, lard or butter.

Foods and drinks high in fat salt and sugar

No recommended servings because they are not essential, with a big emphasis on keeping portions small (around 100 calories, for example four squares of chocolate).
If you wanted a challenge for the week ahead, try eating as recommended by the food pyramid for seven days. Will you have to make many changes?
For more information on the new dietary guidelines for the Republic of Ireland and the dietary guidelines for Northern Ireland check out the links below.

 

 

The King of Alcohol Beers

Budweiser, with a brand value of $21 billion, is one of the most valuable businesses in the world

Budweiser is the King of Beers, (it says so on the can)

Brewed by our original all natural process using the choicest Hops, Rice and Best Barley Malt. This is the famous Budweiser beer. We know of no brand produced by any other brewer which costs so much to brew and age. Our exclusive Beechwood Aging produces a taste, a smoothness and a drinkability you will find in no other beer at any price

This is a sham. There’s no mention of alcohol. Instead we are told its Natural, Smooth, Drinkable. Made out of Hops, Rice and Barley Malt. They stop short of saying its good for you. Instead they create an aura of fresh, golden, thirst quenching.

Budweiser is a beer, the key constituent of which is 4.3% alcohol. That is why people buy it. And alcohol is a toxic, addictive, destructive drug with intoxicating effects.

Like all big alcohol producers Budweiser know this so well. They know how damaging it is to health. By keeping that information to themselves, Budweiser are protecting their wealth at the expense of the consumer

 

Flash dressers in the Congo drink Guinness. So?

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This so-called TV commercial for Guinness is back on air.

The Sapeurs, a group of men who like to dress up and strut their stuff

In The Congo, the heart of war-torn Africa, so dangerous the commercial had to be shot in South Africa

They are masters of their fate, captains of their souls and drink Guinness. So what?

Guinness is “Made of More” it says. More what?

Diageo won’t tell us there’s alcohol in Guinness, a toxic, destructive, psychoactive drug.

So what else is in there?

Come off it Diageo

 

Music was my first love

Music was my first love

And it will be my last

Music of the future

And music of the past

To live without my music

Would be impossible to do

In this world of troubles

My music pulls me through

This iconic song by John Miles came out of the troubled seventies.

His lyrics are simple. His message; music is an essential accompaniment to the journey through life

Is repeated between lavish orchestral movements to emphasise the point

A memorable hit

 

Eggs, a very useful low calorie food

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For those interested in weight loss,research indicates that increased protein and reduced carbohydrate intake stabilise blood sugar between meals and reduce snacking. Eggs are a very useful low calorie food that provides large amounts of nutrients. Because they have no carbohydrates, they do not have a GI (glycaemic index) and are useful in a low GI diet

Ham and Spinach Frittata

This type of omelette is called  a frittata in Italy and is delicious hot or cold. It is cooked until set firm, making it an excellent picnic food or served with salad and potatoes makes a perfect dinner. Eggs are such good value and are a great source of protein.

Serve with: lightly dressed green salad and boiled new potatoes

Ingredients ( serves 4)

Knob of butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

350g fresh spinach, tough stalks removed

8 large Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs, beaten

100g cooked ham or loin of bacon, cut into cubes

50g hard cheese, finely grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablesp. olive oil

Method

Preheat the grill and heat a large non-stick frying pan. Add a knob of butter to the pan and cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until softened but not coloured. Stir in the spinach and cook for a few minutes until wilted. Turn the mixture into a sieve and press well with a wooden spoon to squeeze out the excess liquid. Then place the spinach on a board and roughly chop. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then fold in the spinach mixture with the cooked ham and bacon and most of the cheese. Keep about 2 tablespoons aside to use later. Season with salt and pepper. Wipe out the frying pan and then return it to the heat and add the oil. Swirl to coat the sides of the pan evenly, then pour in the egg mixture and cook for about 5 minutes over a low heat to set the bottom and sides. Scatter over the remaining cheese and cook gently for another couple of minutes, then flash under the grill for 4-5 minutes until lightly golden and set. Leave to settle in the pan for a few minutes before cutting into wedges and arranging on the plate with salad and potatoes.

http://www.eggs.ie/health/nutrition

Is red wine good for your heart?

No, is the simple answer

The French paradox – in spite of high saturated fat intake, the French die less of coronary heart disease thanks to their higher consumption of red wine

The concept that drinking red wine can prevent cardiovascular disease dates back to the early nineties, when Serge Renaud and Michel de Lorgeril published a paper in the Lancet entitled,   ” Wine, alcohol, platelets and the French paradox for coronary heart disease”. They argued that whereas their consumption of saturated fat was high, mortality from coronary heart disease was low compared to the US and the UK. They called this the “French paradox” The difference was the French drink more red wine, there was some protective polyphenols that came straight from red grapes. The studies were based on data from three French cities, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Lille. CHD mortality was much lower in Toulouse compared to Strasbourg and Lille, however wine consumption was much higher in Toulouse compared to the other two cities.

In the 1990s, wine  sales in europe were declining, with many young people switching to beer, wine drinking was seen to be old-fashioned. The wine industry jumped on the “French paradox” story promoting an epic marketing campaign which instilled in a lot of people the idea that drinking red wine is good for your heart.

A great deal of research ensued and found, while there was some beneficial effects from the extracts from grapes, the amount of wine needed to get enough resveratrols to produce a significant effect would be incompatible with the toxic effects of alcohol.

The key to below the norm mortality rates from CHD in Toulouse, was not red wine but diet. While they drank more red wine and ate slightly more cheese, they ate a lot more vegetables, a lot more fruit, half the butter and more vegetable fat and more bread. In other words they were eating more fruit and vegetables and ingested more fibre, less saturated fat, more polyunsaturated fat and more grains.

The popular narrative of the French paradox gets the premise and the conclusion wrong. It is wrong to assume that saturated fat is all that matters to predict cardiovascular risk, since we know it is just one of the many dietary factors involved. And it is dead wrong to suggest that drinking a few glasses of red wine is all you need to make it better. If anything, the whole story proves once more the concept that the balance of diet in general is more important than any single component in preventing disease and ensuring good health.

http://www.nutrition.org. 01/18/2013; Stefano Vendrame

 

 

Too much wine

If you travel from Nimes to Perpignan in the South West of France, you see much of the Languedoc Rousillon region given over to the production of wine. France is the biggest producer of wine in the world and consumes most of it in these parts. That’s because there is little demand for it abroad, the quality is too questionable and variable

The consumption of so much alcohol has inevitable consequences for health. Much has been made of the health benefits of red wine, mostly by the French themselves when they saw consumption slipping. Any benefits you get from the resveratrol in red wine for the heart, is more than outweighed by other diseases

The French have a tough choice, to move all this production away from wine and into food

Wine producers understandably don’t want to, but the authorities have little option

Demand for fruit and veg. is outpacing cheap alcohol. There are big benefits in the long-term

Less cancer, liver cirrhosis and road accidents