Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Health Crisis of the day

The National Cancer Institute announced that eating too much beef puts you at greater risk of colon cancer. Scary news, 'till you find out a bit more.

Found this at Fox News from the report: "They parsed the results as follows, “High intake of red meat reported in 1992/1993 was associated with higher risk of colon cancer after adjusting for age and energy intake but not after further adjustment for body mass index, cigarette smoking and other [risk factors],” ". In other words, you take all factors into account, no increased risk. So the fiddled around with other parts of the study to get the result they apparently wanted to announce.

I'm seeing this more and more like I saw the CDC study some years ago announcing that if you had a gun in the house you were 40-something percent more likely to shoot a family member than an intruder. When challenged on this, the doctor who did the study revised it downward drastically. When challenged again, he revised it again. Then it turned out later that depending on the audience he had, he chose which number to use. My thought was this if CDC had several hundred thousand dollars to fund this crap, they had too much money in their budget and it should be cut.

Maybe the National Cancer Institute should get a budget cut, too.

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