I am honored to contribute to CTV Morning Live Television every other week.
This week I was asked to talk about the risks of alcohol in terms of causing cancer.
In the Feb 2013 edition of Annals of Oncology authors published data which says it does. They studied 222 articles, following 92, 000 light drinkers and 60, 000 non-drinkers and showed that taking one alcoholic drink a day is associated with increased risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and breast.
The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2007 provided similar data.
One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine.
How cancer risks are increased is not fully clear. It may be related to alcohol being broken down to acetaldehyde; or an increase in estrogen; or a lower folate level; or an increase of Reactive Oxygen Species which damage DNA.
The bottom line is simple: reduce or eliminate your exposure to alcohol and ensure a huge intake daily of fruits and vegetables.
Talking about plant-based foods see the DVD “Forks Over Knives” or visit www.forksoverknives.com
It is estimated that if more people ate a plant-based diet the cost of health care in North America could be reduced by 50-70%. Amazing. Yet not commonly done. And most of all not actively promoted by any government who promote a lot of other ideas.