**** Will eating steak and hamburgers give you colon cancer? **** It?s low magnesium, not calcium, that contributes to osteoporosis

February 07, 2005
Volume 02    |   Issue 1

No, say some people. Yes, says a study published in the January 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study found a correlation between eating a lot of red meat – especially processed red meat -- and incidents of colon cancer.

The results of this 20-year study said that people who ate the most red meat had a 30 to 40 percent increased risk for colon cancer than those who ate the least. And processed meats like hot dogs, sausages, and luncheon meats were the worst. But not all meat was found to be dangerous. According to the study, chicken and fish had the opposite effect.

This may not be the final and definite proof about the link association between eating meat and cancer. In fact, I'm sure it isn?t. But it does confirm what I?ve told you for many years. You should eat less red meat.

If you?re eating a high protein diet, eat more fish and chicken. If you?d like more information on sources of fish that have the least amount of pesticides and mercury, you can find it on my website,www.womenshealthletter.com.In fact, all of my past articles are available at no charge to subscribers of my monthly newsletter.

Beans and soy lower your risk for colon cancer. Include them in your diet at least once or twice a week.

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Remember that exercise is a necessity, not an option. Do some cardiovascular exercise four to six days a week.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. They're high in antioxidants, substances that fight the free radicals generated both by your body and from high-fat foods.

Chao, A., et al. "Meat consumption and risk of colorectal cancer," JAMA, 2005 January 12.


**** Low Magnesium Contributes to Osteoporosis
An "I told you so" e-alert

I?ve been telling women to take more magnesium than calcium since my first book, The Nutrition Detective, was published in 1985. At that time, I was the sole voice for this mineral. I pointed out that insufficient magnesium resulted in both PMS and brittle bones. Lately magnesium has been touted as "the" mineral for the heart, restless leg syndrome, cramping, and arthritis. In fact, some vitamin formulas now include equal amounts of calcium and magnesium rather than twice as much calcium – a suggestion I've been making for 20 years.

Now an Israeli and German study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (23, 6:704S-711S, 2004) found in a one-year study that when magnesium was increased in magnesium-deficient rats, there was a significant increase in bone density. A significant increase.

A prolonged magnesium deficiency leads to osteoporosis, and in today?s world it?s difficult to get enough of this mineral. Stress causes us to use up more stored magnesium, and magnesium-rich foods (whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables) tend to be low in the diets of women trying to keep their weight down. As I?ve said many times in Women?s Health Letter, this is a mistake. These foods contribute to weight loss, not weight gain. They also contribute to a healthy heart.

For 20 years, I?ve been shouting that we?re deficient in magnesium. I?ve suggested to my patients and to everyone who's read the articles I've written to concentrate on getting enough magnesium.

How much is enough? As much as you can tolerate before getting stools that are too soft, without exceeding 1,000 mg a day. Magnesium will do more than protect your bones. It will protect your heart, as well.

For more information backed on sound scientific studies, read my book, User's Guide to Calcium and Magnesium (Basic Health Publications, 2003, 800-575-8890). I think it will convince you that magnesium, not calcium, is the key to strong, healthy bones.

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