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Bacon-Gate: Will Eating Red or Processed Meat Cause Cancer?

 Alcohol. Cigarettes. Asbestos. Bacon? The headlines came fast and furious last week, after a panel under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) said there’s sufficient evidence that processed meats cause colorectal cancer. This puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages into the WHO’s Group 1 category, the same as substances like tobacco and asbestos. The…

tBHQ, the Food Ingredient that May Cause Cancer?

Has anyone else noticed that the FDA sometimes approves ingredients without really understanding how they might affect the human body? The preservative known as tBHQ is no exception. tBHQ — or tertiary butylhydroquinone, also referred to as tert-Butylhydroquinone or t-butylhydroquinone — got press a few years ago when a popular natural health blogger began exposing…

Benefits & Dangers of IGF-1: Weight-Loss Promoter or Cancer Causer?

IGF-1, also known as insulin-like growth factor 1, is a complex and interesting hormone due to its potential to have both beneficial and harmful effects on your health, depending on how much your body produces. IGF-1's most important job is to promote cell growth (hence the name). IGF is known as a growth factor and is…

How Sugar Can Cause Cancer

Today, I want to tell you about how addictive sugar can cause cancer. With the number of people getting cancer growing each single year, this is a topic that I’m really passionate about. My mom has gone through cancer twice, and it's an experience I don't want anyone to suffer through if possible. I want…

What Causes Cancer? Here Are 11 Unexpected Things

What causes cancer? While we definitely don't know everything that can trigger this disease, what is clear is that more people are dealing with this disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. (1) Previous research shows that genetics…

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? What You Need to Know

Do cell phones cause cancer? As with any type of science looking at this type of issue, it's going to take decades to come to a definitive conclusion. Meanwhile, though, more and more studies are painting a picture suggesting that cell phone radiation is not completely safe and could very well be carcinogenic. I don't…

Can Uterine Fibroids Cause Unexplained Weight Gain?

Uterine fibroids can vary in size from small, undetectable nodules to massive tumors that cause the uterus to expand to the size of a four- or five-month pregnancy. (1) There is certainly a causal relationship between fibroid growth and weight gain, but how big do fibroids have to be before you start to see the…

How Much Is Too Much Vitamin C? (Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means the body can flush out excess vitamin C that it doesn't need. While this reduces the risk for vitamin C overdose/toxicity, it's still possible to experience symptoms if you take too much vitamin C in supplement form. What are the side effects of too much vitamin C?…

Sugary Drinks Raise the Risk of Cancer — Does This Include Fruit Juice?

Surveys show that the consumption of sugary drinks has increased in the last several decades on a global scale, up approximately 40 percent from 1990 to 2016. When health authorities warn against consuming "sugary drinks," they are usually referring to those made with added sugar, such as soda, juices and sweetened teas or energy drinks. However,…