[Sca-cooks] Japanese Stomach Cancer

Ian Kusz sprucebranch at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 11:42:09 PST 2007

I'm doomed...you're talking about my favorite foods.

As an aside, since I'm on a salt-free diet, I'm pickling vegetables in
vinegar (no sodium).  Is there any research on how that affects the

Ian of Oertha

On 1/18/07, King's Taste Productions <kingstaste at comcast.net> wrote:
> Here is the relevant passage from the book "Eat to Beat Cancer" by
> J.Robert
> Hatherill, PhD. 1998
> "Stomach Cancer - Remarkably, stomach cancer is one of the few cancers
> that
> has declined in recent years - although variations do exist around the
> globe.  Increased stomach cancer rates are associated with people who eat
> highly salted and smoked foods.  Home refrigeration in most countries has
> lead to a decreased risk for stomach cancer, because refrigeration allows
> for increased consumption of fresh produce, with less reliance on salted,
> smoked, and pickled foods.
>        Stomach cancer Risk Factors:
>        High-salt foods, which injure the lining of the stomach
>        Processed, cured, salted and smoked meats (nitrates are found in
> smoked, cured meats like bacon and sausage, salt-dried fish, beer, and
> pickled vegetables)
>        High-starch foods (potatoes, bread, rice pasta)
>        Fried foods
>        Cigarette smoking (smoke is known to contain the stomach cancer
> agent   nitrite)
>        Radiation exposure
>        Bacterial infection (Heliobacter pylori among others) are involved
> with stomach ulcers, and cause a much higher risk of stomach cancer. "
> Here is information on this topic from "The Politics of Cancer Revisited"
> by
> Dr. Samuel Epstein 1998
> "Pickling Vegetables: Traditional pickled vegetables from Asia have shown
> evidence of posing a cancer risk, based on epidemiological studies that
> have
> found a high rate of stomach and nasopharyngeal cancer among people
> consuming them." Pg 633
> "Nitrite contaminated food is thought to be a cause of stomach cancer in
> the
> United States, Japan, and other nations." Pg636
> "... epidemiological studies have shown that when people migrate from one
> area to another, their disease patterns tend to adjust to that of the
> country to which they migrate.  A 1968 study on the offspring of Japanese
> migrants to the United States showed that their stomach cancer rate was
> reduced by two thirds, their colon cancer rates tripled, and their rates
> of
> cancer of the pancreas, lung, and leukemia increased.  These changes in
> cancer patterns were all in the direction of matching the comparable
> cancer
> rates for the U.S. white population. " pg 36
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