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Mother was right -- again!!

Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 7:39 AM

Breaking news, folks! My mother (bless her opinionated soul) was right again!! She LOVED bacon and eggs and refused to give them up, even when we "enlightened" daughters insisted and kept hiding the bacon grease, so she couldn't season her green beans with it.

I just heard on CBS this morning - a new study shows that sodium nitrite may actually be GOOD for us! Good grief! Do you mean to tell me that we deprived our mother of her beloved bacon all for nothing??

According to this morning's news, the original studies showing the harmful effects of sodium nitrite were guilty of using "weak data." Well, if the darned data is WEAK, I just wish they wouldn't publish the results and get us all in an uproar!

The CBS report admitted that there were better, more healthy sources, for sodium nitrite -- leafy green vegetables and carrot juice, to name two. Carrot juice...yum, yum.. Let's see, what aisle in Town & Country will I find that on?? My brother Tim always made his own, but it didn't stop him from getting rheumatoid arthritis. (If it isn't one thing, it's another.)

I checked the term sodium nitrite on Wikipedia, and this information was less reassuring. Our favorite online encyclopedia had this to say about the subject:

"A principal concern is the formation of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines by the reaction of sodium nitrite with amino acids in the presence of heat in an acidic environment. Sodium nitrite has also been linked to triggering migraines.[1]

Recent studies have found a link between high processed meat consumption and colon cancer, possibly due to preservatives such as sodium nitrite.[2][3]

Recent studies have also found a link between frequent ingestion of meats cured with nitrites and the COPD form of lung disease.[4]"

ACK!! Maybe the solution is NOT TO LISTEN TO THE MORNING NEWS!

Whatever the case, that's the latest information in the continuing struggle for consumers to make sense of our modern world. Once again, I have the feeling that I should go live in the woods and eat twigs and berries... Of course, I'd have to be sure to wear my copper-lined snake boots!

I can hear my mother saying, "Aha! I told you so!"

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Hey, I'm learning from the best!

-- Posted by ct on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 10:24 AM

That's good stuff ct, keep it up.

-- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 11:18 PM

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you....ok, so what if it's not a Dead Rocker song!

-- Posted by ct on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 12:56 PM

Cell phones, milk, tomatoes, and goat meet.....Dangerous stuff.

George W. is to blame.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Sun, Aug 3, 2008, at 11:03 PM

MD and Youngest, another example is the raging controversy over whether even moderate cell phone use can contribute to brain and other cancers. Generally, the industry funded studies have dismissed the idea, while independent studies have suggested there is a link between cell phone electromagnetic radiation and increased risk of cancer. Interestingly, the first major study in the US was funded by Motorola, and the research determined there could be a link, but Motorola told the public the exact opposite! The head researcher of that study, George Carlo, then wrote a book to set the record straight: "Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider's Alarming Discoveries about Cancer and Genetic Damage."

One recent non-industry study suggests that as little as 10 minutes talking on a cell phone can trigger cancer causing cells into action, see http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/3368...

-- Posted by FJGuy on Sun, Aug 3, 2008, at 5:09 PM

It's a plot.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 7:14 AM

Mmmm...bacon. Have you ever noticed the new graphics on hand dryers in the restrooms? There are no words, but it seems to say: 1) Push button. 2) Catch bacon. 3) Smell bacon.

Check it out. I swear.


-- Posted by Jim Morrison on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 12:21 AM

There are several issues of concern: who paid for the study (it may be biased in favor of the bucks - follow the money) and how the study is conducted (whether the researchers are reputable; whether they used acceptable methods; whether the results are reproducible by other researchers; whether the researchers and their funding source rushed to judgement). Not all studies are created equal. Plus, they're all pretty much a guess anyway. The researchers like to think they're "Scientists" (with a BIG S) and they're doing wonderful things for the world, but they're all in it to have a job just like your local plumber.

Eat a balanced diet in moderation, get some physical activity every day, wear sunscreen, floss and enjoy your life because it will end too soon no matter what you do.

On the political note, I still say you can tell when a politician (left wing, right wing or middle of the bird) is lying - his/her lips are moving.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 12:26 PM

Straight talking Ralph is a radical idiot taking advantage of fools on both sides, which leaves us with idiots on the right, left, and in the middle.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 9:35 AM

My folks had a Galaxie 500, they definitely don't make em' like that anymore. Straight talking Ralph is way too much for people used to listening to politicians who only know how to speak out of both sides of their mouth and say nothing while doing it.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 11:30 PM

FGBoy.....Pleeeeese. Don't toot a Ralph "I am an idiot who likes to enter elections and I am too **** wierd and crazy and out there to win, but I get support from a bunch of liberal wacks who claim to not support other liberals because they are too conservative" Nader horn.....

Hopefully you sold the Corvair after you realized it was a less than intelligent purchase......Galaxie's are where it is at.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 11:16 PM

GL, the Chinese haven't screwed anything up. They make products for export to the specs of buyers such as large U.S. chains. Some Chinese manufacturing processes are similar to those that used to be acceptable in the US. Companies buy those products from China, etc, precisely because the product can be made cheaper there -- and it isn't just because labor is less. Do you really think that large US chains (you fill in the blank) aren't aware they are selling sub-standard and dangerous consumer products made overseas? It is only because of concerned people like that Ralph Nader and others that people in the U.S. have a heightened awareness about consumer products safety, and that laws exist here. (In the spirit of disclosure: I owned a Corvair so I know how unsafe they could be -- but I did like the front trunk and rear engine.)

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 10:57 PM

Those darned moms....I mean, "Those darned medical reports,"...or shall I say, "Those darned news anchors,"... or, naw.....those damned diets!

We all should take a lesson from days of old....bacon, ham, potatoes, wine (hence, the name), breads, butter, chocolate and Skinny Cows.... they're the substance of life. ENJOY!!!!

-- Posted by bringwine on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 10:48 PM

Oh, boy, the Chinese don't have room to give us advice on anything, FJ! After the way they've screwed up their product safety, they could take some lessons themselves.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 9:50 PM

Youngest, GL is right. Your comment reminds I recently read an article in which Chinese young people said that Americans are gullible and easily misled because they believe what they hear and read, while in China people are skeptical and check several sources before accepting something as true.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 9:17 PM

Ah, youngest child, you are so wise!!! Your mother did a very good job raising you!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 6:44 PM

Did the news say who paid for the study that revealed this new info? My guess is that it was paid for by an organization of the same folks who profit off the sale of bacon.

Remember the "milk your diet" campaign that claimed drinking milk could help you lose weight? The campaign now says that the nutrients in milk can help maintain weight and build muscle. The campaign had to change its wording at the direction of the FCC after watchdog groups revealed that the study supporting those claims was actually paid for by dairy industry sources, and that the claims made weren't supported by facts. Independent studies indicated the exact opposite--that dairy consumption won't help you lose weight, and may actually lead to weight gain.

You can't believe every new study. You have to check both sides of the issue and use your best judgement.

-- Posted by Youngest Child on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 10:23 AM

First mistake....watching any so called "news" that has CBS, ABC, NBC, or CNN in front of it. What a bunch of jokes they are. Second, I wouldn't go out chugging bacon grease now... Simple, eat decent meals and reasonable portions, exercise in some form or fashion 3-4 days a week, and drink lots of beer and/or wine and/or liquor and/or all of the above.

Mama didn't raise no fool.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 9:09 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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