Filed under: Ripped from the Headlines
I had anticipated writing a “real” blog post today – and I still might* – but then I stumbled upon two news articles that made another volume of “Ripped from the Headlines”** almost necessary.
International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category deeming both to be definite causes of cancer …
A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30.
At the risk of sounding juvenile, I must say DUH! Logical reasoning says that if that big ball of fire in the sky can cause cancer than a small box emitting immense amounts of artificial sun – ultraviolet radiation – will clearly have the same, if not worse, effect. It doesn’t take rocket science to know this, and yet research was conducted to prove it? Am I the only one who sees this as dollars being wasted on nonsensical testing during a recession?
Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.
A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.
Indeed, it’s another survey article, but I found this one interesting for a completely opposite reason – I actually believed organic was healthier. I assumed this because organically grown or cultivated foods are without many of the additives “regular” food contains. For that reason, it’s easy to think that any foods without those additives are truly better for our bodies. Clearly, as this articles states, that is not the case and the marginal differences between organic and ordinary matter little in the grand scheme of things.
I’m curious if this study changes the mind of any organic-only eaters*** out there. If you are one, let me know what you think about this article and the research results. Will it change what food you choose at the grocery store, or do you still believe organic equals healthier?
* I also might save that for tomorrow because, personally, I hate when people post multiple times per day and clog my damn GReader, so why would I do that to you fine folks?
** Check out Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, if you are super duper bored.
*** Aren’t/Weren’t the Gosselin (Jon & Kate Plus Eight) kids on an organic-only diet?
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