I dont believe that vegetarians experience cancer at such a low level. However, there are clear benefits to such a diet including lower rates of cancer (among other diseases).
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
The China Study is one of the largest studies that looked into dietary choices and health.
Cancer is more of a genetic predisposition kinda thing and it could be triggered in various ways.
In the darkroom, the appropriate safety masks, gloves, clothes etc. etc. are recommended or necessary, depending on what You are doing.
Liver, kidneys, spleen etc, prophylactics/flush every now and then can help joyride Your bones above 100 years.
I doubt such lower % amongst vegan/vegetarians, unless they rely on biodynamic agriculture products, unfortunately most of them do not.
Diapozitivo, do You know Enzo Nastati?
No, I don't know Enzo Nastati
I was looking around yesterday for statistics about vegetarianism and cancer. Found recent statistics which give a marked correlation but not so marked as I remembered. Meat eaters are some say 2, some say even 10 times more likely to get a cancer, but they have not so dramatically higher probabilities as 40 or 50 times higher.
What I remember is statistics known let's say 30 years ago and based on studies which were, in turn, decades older.
I think that modern western life has greatly increased the possibility of cancer: formaldehyde in our furniture, preservatives in our underwear, fluoride in drinking water (greatly increased in respect to decades ago, because bacteria become resistant), and possibly higher number of people exposed to air pollution (urban drift) have probably increased the number of cancers favoured by extra-alimentary factors. Vegetarians are not any more so much at "advantage" because the other risks have increased.
Nonetheless I read a text saying some of those research don't examine real vegetarians. Vegetarian, or non-meat eater, is often defined somebody who eats meat less than once a week. Meat-eaters are those who eat meat at least once a day or so. They should be defined "strong carnivorous" and "mild carnivorous" in fact. I understand that an extensive study about "strict vegetarians" is more difficult to conduct.
One thing I remember having read is that in Britain during WWII when meat availability was severely restrained for several years the cancer rate dropped dramatically.
Studies that look at people and their habits have linked vegetarian diets with a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer. A review of studies looked at the effects of vegetarian diets among Seventh-Day Adventists, whose religious doctrine advises against eating animal flesh. The review found that Seventh-Day Adventists had less heart disease and fewer cases of some types of cancer than most people. For instance, vegetarians tended to have lower rates of prostate and colon cancer. On average, Seventh-Day Adventist males had serum cholesterol levels and blood pressures that were lower than average. And, their overall cancer death rate was about half that of the general population. The overall cancer death rate of females was also lower. The report cautioned that abstinence from tobacco and alcohol was very likely responsible for some of the health effects that are often credited to vegetarian diets in Seventh-Day Adventists.
A study that looked at groups of people in Germany found the death rate for colon cancer was lower among moderate and strict vegetarians compared with that of the general population. The authors of this study also noted vegetarians tend to be more health conscious than average. In Great Britain, a 17-year study followed 11,000 vegetarians and health-conscious people. They concluded that eating fresh fruit every day was linked to a significant reduction in deaths from ischemic heart disease, stroke, and all causes of death combined. Another population study found men who ate a diet rich in grains, cereals, and nuts had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
In 1991, two nutritionists studying the benefits and risks of vegetarian diets reported that vegetarians are not necessarily healthier than non-vegetarians. They found that well-planned omnivorous diets (which include meats) can provide health benefits as well. The nutritionists also pointed out that many vegetarians adopt a healthier lifestyle, including more physical exercise and not smoking. These factors would likely improve the overall health of vegetarians and account for part of the health benefit that was first thought to be due to their diet.
To look at these other health factors, a study published in 2005 compared more than 1,000 German vegetarians with nearly 700 health-conscious non-vegetarians over a 21-year period. This study found that there were no major differences between the groups in terms of death and disease, although the vegetarians had slightly less heart disease. Both groups were healthier than the general population, in part due to less smoking and more physical activity.
Most human evidence about vegetarianism consists only of studies that observe people (observational studies) and their risk for various diseases such as cancer. These studies don't test different diets; they only look at what people are already doing. Because of this, the studies often can't control for non-food differences (like exercise and other healthy habits) between vegetarians and other people.
Very few clinical studies have been reported in which people are put on different diets and studied over time. A few studies of men with prostate cancer have reported that major life changes including vegetarianism, exercise, and stress reduction can slow the rise in blood PSA levels. How much the vegetarian diet contributed to these benefits remains unproven.
The bottom line then is, become a Vegan and then do home processing of photographic materials. They will counteract each other and you come out even.
My uncle, a life long photographer, is about to turn 92.
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Originally Posted by Diapositivo
Hitler was a vegan? No wonder he was crazy.
Scotch, Irish, French and Czech actually. But I like the Goon Show and Britcoms. Does that count?
I never said he was a vegan. I said he was vegetarian and abstemious, besides inviting himself in every internet forum after his death
Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble
Studies that look at people and their habits have linked vegetarian diets with a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer.]
Not entirely true; individual/familial predisposition to cancer, hypertension etc., is a major trigger, not solely what is consumed. Randomised studies often do not have control references in them unless over a very large population sample, and often biased with ethnicity factors. Besides which, all things in moderation.