Monthly Archive: June 2012

Smoking Can Cause Gum Disease 0

Smoking Can Cause Gum Disease

Smoking Can Cause Gum Disease Smoking is bad for your health as we all know because it can cause bronchitis and lung cancer, but here is another nail in the coffin because smoking can cause gum disease too. It has been suggested that nicotine reduces the size of arteries by constricting them, and this can reduce blood flow, which in the mouth could lead to reduced ability to fight the harmful effects of pathogenic bacteria and thereby giving cause for concern that smoking can cause gum disease. This may be true to an extent but a recent article reports on the findings from America that conclude that smoking also upsets the balance of bacteria which are in the mouth of everyone since birth, knocking out “good” bacteria and allowing other more harmful bacteria to gain a foothold. This fits in with the general observation that smokers generally have worse gums than non-smokers so does seem to suggest that smoking can cause gum disease. The article says: “Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic,...

Does Red Meat Increase Cancer Risks? 0

Does Red Meat Increase Cancer Risks?

Does Red Meat Increase Cancer Risks? Health experts have long cautioned against eating too much red meat although without much of a satisfactory explanation as to why. It has been suggested that the saturated fat is bad for us, tending to fur up arteries and contribute to heart disease, but does red meat increase cancer risks? Does Red Meat Increase Cancer Risks? The white meat of pork is fairly fatty and has not been indicted in this way. Indeed the Chinese eat quite a lot of pork and their diet is reckoned to be fairly healthy. So it was with some shock and horror that we read the story by Robert Bazill of NBC news claiming that “red meat, any type or amount, drastically increases a person’s risk of dying early.” “A new study from the highly respected researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health offers some of the best and most detailed evidence yet that a daily serving of meat can increase risk of heart disease or cancer. The Harvard scientists followed almost 84,000 women and 38,000 men in the Nurse’s Health Study and Health Professional’s Follow-Up Study for 28 years. It found those eating a daily serving...

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