Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Vegetables Cause Cancer

Maybe Mom Was Wrong About Those Vegetables?
By Gita Krishnamurthy-Jayraman

Contrary to popular belief, green leafy vegetables are not as healthy as you may think.

Researches at Harvard Medical School have found that frequent consumption of vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens, spinach, and romaine lettuce can actually increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, hemorrhagic fever, the common cold, and heartburn. However, it was also found that individuals who consumed fried foods at least four times per week, in addition to consuming green leafy vegetables, decreased their risk of developing the aforementioned diseases by twenty percent, according to a report published in last month’s issue of The International Journal of Health and Diet.

The researchers conducted a case-control study involving 582 people who ate green leafy vegetables daily and 1,569 controls who did not. Participants hailed from the greater Boston area and were also queried about what other types of foods they consumed on regular basis.

"These data suggest that all along the medical establishment and professional dieticians have really had no idea what they have been talking about for some time," they wrote, noting that information about the basic food groups and the food pyramid was more guess-work than science.

"Further studies are needed to evaluate whether the association between some of the deadliest diseases know to man and green leafy vegetables is reproducible in prospective data not subject to recall bias," they added.

World Cancer Association chairman Prof. Helmut Heinrichen said the results "totally contradicts previous knowledge proving that consuming green leafy vegetables promotes overall good health.”

He added that this recent study “makes a mockery of much of the dietary suggestions promoted by the medical establishment [which] for a long time encouraged the regular consumption vegetables. Indeed, it turns out ‘junk foods’ such as french fries, hamburgers, hot dogs and other high-fat foods might actually be beneficial.”

According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of all cancers are due to high-fat diets and being overweight.

But WHO Chairman Dr. Enrique Gonzales said that in light of these new findings, children should now be taught from a young age to lower their intake of vegetables and increase their consumption of “tasty fried foods."

This "article" is meant to be a parody of the sorts of academic journal-based "health" articles that we are constantly bombarded with.


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