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Scare Stories: TV Gives You Cancer And Sore Necks Make You Go Blind

by | 17th, August 2011

SCARE Stories of the Day: It’s health day Tuesday in the Daily Mail and that can only mean one thing – new ways to die:

Is Your TV killing you? – “Every hour of viewing takes 22 minutes off your life, couch potatoes are warned”

Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, they concluded: ‘TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity.’ This finding is also comparable to risk factors such as smoking, with other research showing that one cigarette cuts 11 minutes off a lifespan – equivalent to half an hour of watching TV.

Sitting down is, apparently, bad for you. The Mail even links it – and thus watching telly – to getting cancer. So. Look out for the headline: “Reading all day gives you cancer”. Also to consider: EastEnders or one last fag? The fag every time, right?

“Over 50s fear having to sell their homes to pay their bills”

“Children of obese mums face a higher asthma risk”

“Why pine nuts are leaving a bad taste”

Celebrity chefs love them and they are a must in a fashionable salad recipes. But pine nuts are leaving many diners to cope with something called ‘pine mouth’. Increasing numbers have reported that after eating the tiny nuts, often as a snack or in a pesto sauce, they have developed an unpleasant, metallic taste in their mouth that lasts for up to two weeks.

Anne Diamond recalls: “Hours earlier I’d rocked my warm, milky son in my arms. Now he was cold as a statue but I couldn’t let go”

“Being fat less harmful than ‘yo-yo’ dieting” – Being fat only some of the time is worse than being fat all of the time.

“Chewing gum, reheating pasta, eating healthy food – the surprising reasons why our stomachs swell up so suddenly” – one reason is “undiagnosed coeliac disease”

“My tummy grew by 23 inches in eight hours” – a woman inflates

“How that holiday drink could wreck your hearth rhythm”

‘This is not a disease that affects only so-called lager louts; the middle classes are just as likely to be affected — if not more so because they are often career drinkers and in denial about what constitutes a binge,’ says consultant cardiologist Jonathan Clague from the Royal Brompton Hospital.

He describes the problem as ‘a middle-class epidemic’.

A typical Holiday Heart scenario, he explains, would be someone who abstains from alcohol during the working week then treats themselves to several large glasses of wine, beer or spirits in a single session over the weekend. This is often all it takes to trigger an abnormal heart rhythm…

‘This is not a disease that affects only so-called lager louts; the middle classes are just as likely to be affected — if not more so because they are often career drinkers and in denial about what constitutes a binge,’ says consultant cardiologist Jonathan Clague from the Royal Brompton Hospital.

He describes the problem as ‘a middle-class epidemic’.

Many feel like they’re having a heart attack or about to die.’

How many die, then? Answer: None. The doctor, whose credentials are mentioned more than once can find no direct link between drinking on holiday and and suffering from serious arrhythmia.

Although the symptoms will usually disappear without medical treatment within 24 to 48 hours…

Anything else?

He warns of another high-risk group for Holiday Heart: if you exercise strenuously into middle age, you may think you’re off-setting the harmful effects alcohol has on the heart. But the opposite may be true.

Or may not be…

“It was a simple implant to cure and embarrassing problem…but it’s left thousands in constant pain – Incontinence op that’s ruining women’s lives”

“The Monkee who sings better than ever because he has throat cancer”- Peter Tork talks the talk

And the Scare Story Of of The Day:

“Stiff neck? Achy jaw? You may be about to go blind”

But the woman who says she had those symptoms never did go blind.. But you might.

 



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