You Really Shouldn’t Snack on Urinal Cakes

Is this really a thing?

Rarely seen by women, this little tablet is a part of many men’s daily lives. What the hell is in a urinal cake, why does it work, and could it possibly be used to make a deadly poison?

Source: You Really Shouldn’t Snack on Urinal Cakes

Guys, women’s rooms do not have urinals.  They have skirts, so it’s just a drain and little indentations in the concrete for where to place your high heels.

It’s Official: Bacon, Hot Dogs, Other Processed Meat Cause Cancer

After years of research and hundreds of studies finding links between eating certain meats and cancers, health experts have finally broken out the branding irons.

Today, in a sizzling announcement, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially marked processed meat, such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages, as “carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 1” designation. The agency, an arm of the World Health Organization, also classified red meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb, as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 2A” grade.

Source: It’s official: Bacon, hot dogs, other processed meat cause cancer

This news is all over the place, but I was really surprised that there’s no actual scientific fact.  All I get is there was a meta-study that amounts to “there’s a correlation”.   It’s all speculative, nothing about how the meat is prepared or cooked.  It was almost a year ago that an actual link was found – in the neu5Gc content

Chemicals Not Considered Carcinogenic May Still Cause Cancer When Combined

It’s well-known that certain substances like asbestos cause cancer. Now, new research shows that combined effects of chemicals not thought to be carcinogenic on their own may be a significant cause of the deadly disease.

Source: Chemicals not thought to be carcinogenic may still cause cancer when combined

It makes sense, and some have raised the alarm about beauty products in particular.  But you’d have to figure we’d have seen a rise in cancer and some sort of correlation, rather than someone trying to backtrack.

The World’s Most Carcinogenic Toxin Was Discovered Via Turkey Plague

It was May of 1960 when turkeys in England started dying of a mysterious disease. By August, over 100,000 were dead — in some places, the mortality rate was 100%. Although pheasants and ducklings were also susceptible, turkey populations seemed most vulnerable, and so the plague got the name Turkey X Disease.

Source: The World’s Most Carcinogenic Toxin Was Discovered Via Turkey Plague

Fun fact! Aflatoxin isn’t inherently dangerous, in and of it itself. The compound has to first be activated by enzymes in your liver before it has carcinogenic action, resulting in inter-individual differences in susceptibility. Also, because the active compound is made in the liver, that’s where it does the most damage, aka liver damage and liver cancer. Aflatoxin B1 in particular is the most dangerous to humans, and if I recall correctly may be because it is more easily activated by human enzymes.

Sugar Industry Shaped NIH Agenda on Dental Research

The sugar industry convinced the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies that might persuade people to cut back on sugary foods should not be part of a national plan to fight childhood tooth decay, a new study of historical documents argues. The authors say the industry’s activities, which occurred more than 40 years ago, are reminiscent of the tobacco companies’ efforts to minimize the risks of smoking.

Source: Sugar industry shaped NIH agenda on dental research

There is a sugar/cancer tie-in. The insulin spike from sugar consumption promotes tumor growth. Not that the sugar itself is carcinogenic, but the subsequent insulin flooding exacerbates the cancer. I’ve known people with advanced cancer whose doctors told them this, they went completely off carbs and tumor growth slowed significantly.

Common Food Emulsifiers May be Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Emulsifiers are used in processed foods, drugs, vitamins, vaccines, soaps, and cosmetics. They hold ingredients that generally don’t like to be together, like oil and water, in a stable union. They are found in everyday products ranging from mouthwash to ice cream to salad dressing and barbecue sauce.

When emulsifiers first came into vogue, they were classified by the government as GRAS—”generally regarded as safe”—because in animal studies designed to detect acute toxicity and/or carcinogenic properties, they exhibited neither. But their consumption in the Western world has risen dramatically over the late twentieth century, largely in tandem with inflammatory disorders like colitis and metabolic syndrome, a collective suite of obesity-associated diseases. That connection has prompted more refined safety studies on emulsifiers and other food additives.

The results of some of this new work were published in Nature, implicating two specific emulsifiers in the development of colitis and metabolic syndrome in mice. The emulsifiers exert these effects by disturbing a mouse’s microbial community.

Source: Common food emulsifiers may be linked to metabolic syndrome

Through natural cooking, compounds are formed and released which we are entirely ignorant of, we have no idea what we’re putting into our mouths or the larger effects of consuming things routinely, and that’s without adding in synthesized preservatives, coloring’s and additives.

It holds no surprise that artificial emulsifiers are terrible for your digestive tract and overall well being, that being said, its far more convenient and “legal” to go to a store and buy mayonnaise than it is to actually make it. Some are less than keen on fresh mayo, simply because they fear eating raw yolks…
A minuscule chance of salmonella is far more frightening than gorging on less than tested additives to your average consumer.

The industry is slowly changing.  It began with vegetarianism becoming mainstream… Gluten free has gotten more traction than lactose intolerance, but there are non-dairy alternatives available on the shelves now.