Scare Stories Category
It’s Death Tuesday in the Daily Mail: let’s get looking for new ways to fall ill and die. Last week the Mail was full of questions and disasters that “may” happen:
Page 36: “Pitfall; of having your eyes LASERED – Long to throw away your glasses? Laser surgery may be riskier than you think”
Page 48: “By the way…Supplements may do more harm than good”
Page 49: “Could Stress give you diabetes?”
Page 50: “Is the NHS accusing agony by telling dentists not to pull out wisdom teeth?”
The Daily Express has news that “FAT IS KEY TO LIVING LONGER”:
The Express often leads with news about longevity:
So. Today’s news is that fat will make you live longer. And all “previous diet advice is wrong”:
It’s new news. Or at least it would be if the Express hadn’t reported much the same thing before:
Such are the facts…
It’s Health Tuesday (delayed) in the Daily Mail. Let’s look at new ways to fall ill and die in the paper of terror:
Page 3: “Stop that binge jogging! Three times a week is best for you…and too much is as bad as doing nothing”
“Heavy joggers are as likely to die as those leading a sedantry life, according to scientists”
So writes Jenny Hope, “Medical Correspondent”. Well, Jenny, we are all equally as likely to die: fat, thin, rich and poor. We’ve seen the science.
Page 25: “Craze for skinny selfies is ‘fuelling eating disorders'”
Well, no. An exert says:
“Dr Alex Yellowlees, medical director and consultant psychiatrist at the Priory hospital group, said more and more young women suffering from eating disorders are taking pictures of themselves and sharing them with friends.”
They already have eating disorders before the selfies.
This news is illustrated by photos of five young women in their skimpies.
Page 45: “Baby boys and a dillema for every parent – Some experts now says ALL boys should be circumcised. But are they ignoring worrying risks?”
Not really a problem for ‘every parent’ is it?
And the obligatory cancer scare stories:
“Why fizzy drinks (and even sparkling water) are WORSE than you thought”…
Women who have more than three sugary drinks – fizzy or otherwise – a week may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Orange squash give you cancer!
Last year, researchers from Laval University in Quebec found that the more sugary and fizzy drinks consumed by women, the greater the density of their breasts – a known risk factor for cancer.
But before you throw all your cordials and fuits juices away:
It is not clear how the two might be linked and more research is needed.
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Daily Mail scare stories: The Pill gives you brain cancer and the NHS approves sex with 10-year-olds
Health Tuesday: Anorak’s look at news ways to fall ill and die in the Daily Mail’s mid-week illness special.
Page 5: “How popular hayfever pills could raise Alzheimer’s risk”
Or could not.
Page 9: “Contraceptive implants for girl as young as ten”
In the past five years four ten-year-olds, “one aged 11 and 53 aged 12″ have been fitted with the devices. Why? Ollie Gillman and Sophie Borland can’t find out, what with ppatient confidentiality. So. They guess..
“…the implant would be fitted only if there were serious concerns over the exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable child”.
So. Rather than removing the child to palce of safety , the NHS just does them up with drugs? Really?
The Mail then quotes a “senior GP from Leicester”, “one area where girls of ten were given devices.” No. Not girls. The Mail found one 10-year-old.
The implant releases progesterone. The NHS explains:
Progesterone (Proh-jest-er-rone) is a medicine which is used in premenstrual syndrome and post-natal depression.
So. The drugs could be salving crippling period pains or acute hormone imbalance, leading to, say, severe anxiety? But who nees facts when news that the NHS is encouraging children to have sex.
Page 32-33: “Why Were We All Misdiagnosed?”
As more and more of us are told we’ve an irritable bowel, how doctors may be missing problems that are evern WORSE
It’s Health Tuesday in the Daily Mail. What news ways to fall ill and die are there this week?
Page 5: “Do your knees hurt as you climb up the stairs? It could be the first sign of arthritis”
Pages 34-35: ” How Docors Keep Young. They will do anything to steer clear of other doctors! And you can learn from them by avoiding medicines and ops you don’t really need.”
These are the “secrets” doctors don’t want you to know.
There follows a litancy of causes for worry:
Death by Trial: “Trials of a new treatment that have produced a positive result are more likely to be published than reports about trials of the same drug that didn’t have a positive result.”
Death by screening: “Laboratory, screening or radiological investigations often produce what are called false positive results, suggesting that disease is present when it is not. This can lead to unnecessary follow-up tests and treatments, which could be risky and harmful.”
Death by scanning: “CT scanning raises the risk of cancer because of radiation.”
Death by medicine: “Any medical intervention – a test, operation or drug – will have harmful side-effects for some people, even when carried out by the best doctor in the country.”
Page 36: Street lighting give you cancer: “Women loving in the area withy the brightest outdoor light at night ‘may be at the incresed risk of breast cancer”
Oh, and “female night-shift workers have a higher risk of breast canecr.
So, yeah, that crappy job is kiling you. Maybe.
Page 45: “The patients told they are depressed or anxious when a simple virus is to blame”
The doctor is making you depressed and anxious.
Page 47: “How safe are your valuables in hospital?”
Your, er, crown jewels?
“There no worse time to fall victim to theft – but as our investigation shows it’s heartbreakingly all too common”
Hospitals are full of bad (yet youthful) doctors and thieves!
Page 48: “Why I fear GPs are losing the skills they need to care for patients,” writes ‘The Mail’s GP”
Page 50: “The hygiene products that prey on female fears”
Page 51: “Mum was right! Going out in the rain CAN give you a cold”
Everything we know about fruit juice we learned in the Daily Mail.
Today’s Mail offers readers a “half-price Nutribiullet”.
But the Mail has told me that the Nutribullet is a loaded gun that will blow your insides out..
Previously in the Mail:
Half-price juice for everyone! (But not at dinner time.)
Daily Mail makes its raders fat!
Daily Mail gives readers cut-price heart attacks!
Daily Mail gives reades half-price cancer!
2015 will much like 2014 for at least one Daily Mail reader.
The race is on to the first human to have ’til 2015′ etched on a gravestone:
THE Daily Express leads with chilling news:
WARNING OVER KILLER WINTER BUG
THE Country is in fear of “Monster Rats As Big As Cows”.
Cows are pretty big.
TO Småland, where an experienced nurse is attempting to remove a patient’s prosthetic eye for cleaning.
It won’t budge. She reapplies the suction machine. But again the eye is stubborn.
Of course, she is attempting to remove the patient’s one good eye, which is n ow not as good as it once was.
BLIMEY! The Daily Express has news to chill Scottish Independence voters. A vote ‘yes’ gives you cancer:
SUMMER’S on its’s way. And that means foreigners invading us via the pages of the tabloids. Today the Sun’s politics section features Asian wasps coming over here and stealing jobs from our own pests.
KEVIN SCHOFIELD, Chief Political Correspondent of the Sun has news from the hives of power:
VICIOUS Asian hornets three times the size of normal wasps are making their way to Britain, a chilling report warns.
NOT for the Daily Express a Daily Mail-themed slow, painful death by cancer. It can’t be bothered to wait:
Mars, Earth, and the Sun will all align tonight, a rare ‘opposition of the planets’ that only happens once every 778 days.
But what makes this so remarkable is that it comes precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red ‘blood moons’, an extraordinary event some Christians believe represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ.
The King James Bible predicts: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes,” [Joel 2:31].
But it not be so bad. As the trusty Express has predicted:
In other news: Sun scream gives you cancer…
IT’S Scare Story Tuesday in the Daily Mail. Let’s take a look at this week’s ways to die:
Page: 13: “You really CAN die of a broken heart – losing a loved on doubles the risk of heart failure”.
Bad news for those spouses looking to murder their partners. You’re signing your own death warrant.
WE need to talk about the weather. We need to talk about it because a large part of the UK is about to be sucked into a black hole. The Daily Express’s wet finger man Nathan Rao – yep, him – has the chilling evidence:
Rao has facts:
The entire west coast is braced for colossal 75 foot-plus waves to crash inland this weekend triggering unchecked flooding and widespread destruction.
TODAY the Daily Mail wants your children to get more out of you tablet computer:
This is the same Daily Mail that warned readers:
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
November 18, 2013:
THIS might be the Mail’s most desperate scare story to date. If a bagel is your biggest problem, you might just be ok.
BROOKE ALPERT & DR PATRICIA FARRIS spin a story of terrifying sugar. Sugar is “evil”, “addictive” and “risky”; it gives you “heart disease and type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer’s and some cancers”; “kidney disease, and the eye condition macular degeneration”; sugar can “hijack your brain chemistry”.
But what about the bagel? How will that kill you?
A plain, average-size bagel is the equivalent in calories and sugar of five slices of white bread and sends your system into a sugar overload – setting you up to crash afterwards and reach for another unhealthy option.
Let’s look at the Mail’s story in a little more detail:
Dr. Paul Crane, associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington, did a study. He told the NY Times:
“People shouldn’t run for the hills or try crazy diets,” Dr. Crane cautioned. While an epidemiological study like this one can guide further exploration, he said, “This doesn’t show that changes in behavior that lower your individual blood sugar would decrease your individual risk of dementia.”
The NHS says:
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes
You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you:
are over 40 years old
have a relative with the condition
are of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Middle Eastern origin
are overweight or obese
And sugar intake? Nothing said. Diabetes UK says you have an increased risk of Diabetes if you:
You are over 40 (or over 25 if you are South Asian)
You have a close family member with diabetes (parent, brother or sister)
You are overweight, with a large waist size (over 80cm (31.5 inches) for women, 94cm (37 inches) for men, or 89cm (35 inches) for South Asian men)
Being South Asian, Black African, African Caribbean – even if you were born in the UK
You have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke
You’re a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome and overweight
If you’re a woman and you’ve had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby over 10 pounds
If you have a severe mental illness for which you take medication (such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression)
You’ve been told you have impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glycaemia.
Note: Some of these risks factors are genetic factors and there is little you can do to reduce them, so it’s best to concentrate on those you can change, such as your weight.
The NHS has long look at the link between cancer and sugar. It finds no cause and effect:
“One in six Britons with high blood sugar levels faces a greater danger of developing cancer,” The Observer reported. This story is based on research that found an association between high blood glucose levels and an increased risk of certain types of cancer over an average of 10 years of follow-up.
Although the research did find an association between high blood sugar levels and cancer risk, there are many other lifestyle, medical and genetic factors that may contribute to a person’s likelihood of developing cancer, few of which were considered in this analysis. Also, the study can only demonstrate a link between high blood sugar and cancer. It cannot indicate that one causes the other.
There is talk of a link between kidney disease and diabetes.
This is the abstract of a study by the National Kidney Foundation:
Sugar consumption, especially in the form of fructose, has been hypothesized to cause kidney disease. This review provides an overview of the epidemiologic evidence that sugar consumption increases CKD risk. Research supports a causal role of sugar in several kidney disease risk factors, including increasing serum uric acid levels, diabetes, and obesity. Sugar may also harm the kidney via other mechanisms. There is no evidence that sucrose is any safer for the kidney than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because both are similar in composition. To date, 5 epidemiologic studies have directly evaluated the relationship between sugar consumption (in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) and CKD. Although most studies suggest that the risk of CKD is elevated among consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages, only 2 studies report statistically significant associations. Three studies have also examined diet soda consumption, with two reporting positive and significant associations. Confounding by unmeasured lifestyle factors may play a role in the positive results whereas poor measurement of sugar and artificial sweetener intake could explain null results. Nevertheless, the hypothesis that sugar causes kidney disease remains plausible, and alternative research designs may be needed.
The Mascular Society says nothing about sugar being a risk.
A study by Tufts University says:
A recent study by Tufts nutrition researchers found that the development of age-related macular degeneration may be tied to over consumption of certain carbohydrates.
Boston [07.24.07] Doctors have already found many reasons to recommend decreased consumption of foods such as white bread and sugary snacks. However, a new study by Tufts University researchers adds another reason to the list.
Research led by Allen Taylor, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts, determined that eating certain types of carbohydrates might contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and associated vision loss later in life.
In Taylor’s study, people consuming diets with a higher-than-average glycemic index faced a greater risk of developing AMD, as dietary glycemic index was directly proportional to the severity of AMD. However, the researchers note, that the study did not specifically determine the cause of AMD among subjects, nor did it pinpoint diet as the sole cause of their vision loss….
Diet, however, is not a currently a leading cause of AMD; aging, smoking and education level are more significantly linked, the researchers told the The New York Times. Taylor and colleaguesalso note that further long-term studies are needed to more comprehensively explore the relationship between diet and AMD.
“People are eating more simple sugar than they used to, and reverting to a diet that is more fruits and vegetables and less sweetened food would help,” Taylor told the The New York Times. “It doesn’t take a lot of change.”
Hijacks Your Brain:
Back to the Mail for this:
Insulin plays ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ in your body. It’s good when you eat something with sugar, because it jumps in to control the sugar. But it is also bad because it speeds up sugar’s conversion into fat, depositing it in places where you don’t want it, such as around your belly.
Sugar is a criminal. Fat is bad. Got it?
Insulin resistance is very tough to fix. Exercise can help, and losing weight is considered to be the best possible move you can make. But it’s not easy because insulin resistance very often triggers overeating. It’s thought this is because it makes your body resistant to the ‘satiety’ appetite hormone, leptin, which tells your brain to stop eating – in this way, sugar can also hijack your brain chemistry.
Wow. Sugar can do all that.
Make no mistake kicking sugar is about being on-message. As this site says:
I’m here to tell you that addiction to sugar and junk foods is exactly the same as addiction to abusive drugs like nicotine, amphetamine and cannabis.
It also makes things taste nice and gives you energy to live.
“In humans, the effects of marijuana on testosterone and estrogen levels aren’t as clear. Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers, but not all studies support this.”
DOES sugar make your children hyper? No:
The BBC agreed:
The theory that too much sugar makes children hyperactive doesn’t stand up to the tests – it may be that the environment your child is in is the defining factor in how boisterous their mood is. This doesn’t mean sugar get’s off lightly though. It may not lead to hyperactivity but it does make your blood sugar drop which could make your children irritable and distracted.
Or as the wife of The Education Minister says in her column (you can keep the writing gig Sarah Vine as long as Gove keeps his job):
DATELINE: Wednesday November 6, 2013…. French Killer Rats Invade the UK.
Nation gripped by panic.
Russia offers to send over mutant killer cats “to help”.
SCARE story of the summer is not foxes or sharks: it’s wolves. The Daily Mail Reporter has news:
The wolf’s at the door: First killer beast turns up in Holland for 150 years sparking fears they may soon arrive in Britain
Amid the welter of facts – “When chasing prey, they run at around 40mph; They listen to their prey’s heartbeat from several metres away with their uncannily powerful hearing and can judge when it is petrified; They are also highly intelligent” – there is no news how they can swim or hide in the back of a family hatchback on a Continental ferry.
PHEW! Cancel the opiates and Prozac. The Daily Mail has news on pregnant women and stress relief:
Mums-to-be ‘CAN have a glass of wine a day without harming their child’s development’
Who gave them permission?
Having a glass of wine a day during pregnancy may not harm the child’s development, claim researchers. A large new study says the children of mothers who drank ‘moderately’ in pregnancy actually grew up to have better balance than those who abstained.
WHAT is the cure for High blood pressure. On April 4, 2013, the Daily Express led with “CURE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE”. The paper had “five easy steps can keep the kill condition”.
Keeping active, slashing salt intake, eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking all cut the chances of developing the deadly condition.
Salt intake. But Joe Willey had already told readers on July 6, 2011:
Salt is safe to eat – and cutting our daily intake does nothing to lower the risk of suffering from heart disease
HOW media works: Zoe Brennan wants readers of Mumsnet to help her with a story:
I am writing a feature for The Daily Mail about the increase in the number of children being sent to A&E. Figures released earlier this week show an increasing number of youngsters are sent direct to hospital, because GPs are reluctant to treat children. Babies in particular. This means long waits, and inappropriate care. Has your child been sent to A&E with a common infection or minor injury by your GP or NHS Direct? Have you an opinion on this subject, as a parent?
FIRST the good news:
“Using publicly available data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. Since red dwarfs are the most common stars in our galaxy, the closest Earth-like planet could be just 13 light-years away.”