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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Please ignore headlines, they are written only to grab your attention

Intensive diet doesn't prevent breast cancer: study

This story, and it's headline, is circulating in the media right now. Since most people don't take the time to read the entire story, they miss a key fact that counters the use of sensationalism in headline writing.

Read the article and what you really find is this -

"...healthy eating habits and frequent exercise can nonetheless dramatically reduce the chance of remission while providing additional health benefits."

"Women who ate at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day and exercised six times a week cut their cancer recurrence in half."

The not so good advice is relying on the USDA food pyramid. Better nutrition advice is available.

Another point excluded is the warning that mammogram and other radiation exposure increases breast cancer rates and re-occurrence.

Probably one of those times to pay your money and take your chances, right?

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