OF CANCER AND COLA

This is a reposting of a post I made in my other blog http://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/. I have never done this before, because they are radically different in their purposes. This theme, however, does fit with what I place in the St. Louis Ooz, so here goes.

I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’m kind of a science freak. I read several science blogs everyday when I’m not writing poetry.

Yesterday the news was full of panic because a chemical used in giving cola drinks their brown color has been found to be a carcinogen. Such stories should always be taken with a grain of salt, and anything from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is ALWAYS suspect.

We’ve known since Paracelsus in the 1500’s that the poison is in the dose, and as a former police detective, I enjoy researching things that grab my attention. A little digging led to the fun of writing a rather offbeat poem. It was written quick and dirty, and needs serious editing, but it isn’t destined to become a classic, so I think I’ll let it ride.

OF CANCER AND COLA
by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Jose L. Pedroso

A startling thing I read today:
Coca Cola should be feared.
Cancer causing chemicals
Have suddenly appeared.

But when one reads the fine print
It seems not all is lost.
Only rodents are in danger
In the many lives it’s cost.

Massive doses the rats were fed
Of chemicals quite rare.
The truth is not in the news release.
Why must they always scare?

150,000 cans a day
A man would have to drink
To equal what the rat just took
To put it on the brink.

Everything causes cancer
Yet the cancer rate still drops.
It’s time to be a skeptic
Until all this lying stops.

Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Your Body

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
William Osler-scientist

After yesterdays rant on government and do-gooder interference into private lives, I stumbled on an article on Shaw’s Eco-Logic http://ecologic.typepad.com/shaws_ecologic/2011/01/are-you-kidding-yourself.html, which illustrates what I meant. The posting is on unfounded fear mongering about cholesterol. Along with the excellent post, there are some invaluable links to additional sites supplying research statistics. While it can be proven that statin drugs can reduce cholesterol, there is no research that shows lowering cholesterol reduces the likelihood of heart disease, or influences health at all.

I was already aware of the false cholesterol findings through Junkfood Science http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/, but what I want to get through is, be your own advocate. Do not take anyone else’s word on things that pertain to you personally.

Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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