Over the past six months I've seen an increase of information on the internet that has been spread by nutrition hoaxers that try to discredit traditional medicine in the treatment of disease.
I am in favour of natural health care, but not of quackery. Good nutrition and fitness are preventative health care measures and it is natural to give our bodies the best assistance of healthy eating during disease, however misguided information is harmful.
Lately I've read such rubbish as, 'a teaspoon full of honey morning and night will do everything from making fat not stick to your body to curing cancer. Now that might be divine if it were true, however it is a pipe dream.
The worst part of these hoaxes is that they often attach the name of a respected medical institution, such as the Johns Hopkins research center, to themselves. That is false. Below is the real information that the Johns Hopkins Center wishes to be know.
A balanced nutritious diet, healthy weight, physical activity, and avoiding alcoholic drinks may prevent as many as 1/3 of all cancers. Platz recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limiting red and processed meats, like hot dogs.Several Johns Hopkins experts participated in the World Cancer Research Fund - American Institute for Cancer Research report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, published in November 2007, which is considered by cancer prevention experts to be an authoritative source of information on diet, physical activity and cancer. Their recommendations for cancer prevention and for good health in general are:
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