Do Vegetarians Have Increased Risk of Stomach Cancer? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Not only do I talk about vegetarians and stomach cancer, I also share with you a secret about the diet of most runners. (BTW: Where’s Waldo in this picture… or Waldo’s…)

I read about 90% of the blog comments posted here at Renegade Health (I manually approve about 60-70%)…

This means, yes, I do care about what you’re posting and enjoy getting different options and ideas. Many times I’ll even follow an intriguing link you’ve shared and learn something.

The only time I don’t get to read them is when we’re traveling or I just can’t physically be in front of a computer anymore. This is why I don’t spend much time responding to individual blog posts and why I respond to questions in article form like I am here.

In this article, I investigate a claim that came from the blog about increased risk of stomach cancer in vegetarians, talk a little about why runners don’t always age well and talk about opting out of back-scatter scanning at the airport.

Here we go…

The Vegetarian Diet and Stomach Cancer

Bill writes:

I do believe in eating raw foods but is this news letter for only vegans, I just do not believe that we were meant to eat just veggies and no meat, can you explain why vegetarians have the highest amount of stomach cancer on the planet. It’s the same thing about people who run 30 minutes to and hour or more everyday do not understand that we were not meant to run for extended periods at a time we are not designed for that. Look at Jim Fix who died from a heart attack while running these people are pushing their hearts to cardiac arrest, animals run in short burst then rest which gives their hearts reserve capacity and most of the time I see people running next to a busy street which is equivalent to smoking 3 packs of smokes in 30 minutes with all the crap they are breathing in.

Hey Bill, thanks for your thoughts here.

First off, this newsletter and blog is not only for vegetarians, vegans or raw food eaters. It’s for people who want to reach great health and see all sides of the argument and an honest, non-egotistical way (as best as I can, I am human!).

While I am little biased to plant-based eating, I’ve moved away from 100% plant-based in the last year or so. But it’s hard to argue that eating a diet high in plant foods is bad for you.

With that said, there are raw foodists, vegans, vegetarians, whole food eaters, meat eaters, health experts, junk food eaters and many other people who read this blog every day.

So please feel at home here.

Moving on…

I want to discuss a few of your comments here, because without any sources cited for your claims I went out to see if your assertions were true about vegetarians having the highest incidence of stomach cancer (as well as others here.)

Here’s what I found…

A German study of 1904 people that showed a decreased incidence of stomach cancer: http://www.ajcn.org/content/59/5/1143S.full.pdf+html

A study of 759 vegetarians who had increased risk of stomach cancer (or more incidences that average) here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2011469/pdf/brjcancer00420-0028.pdf

A epidemiological study from India (large population of vegetarians) that have “moderate to low incidence of stomach cancer”:
http://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=2003;volume=49;issue=3;spage=222;epage=228;aulast=Sinha

A review study of 8300 deaths and vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets showed, “For the other causes of death examined (cerebrovascular disease, lung cancer, stomach cancer) no marked association with vegetarianism was expected
and none was observed.” This means there wasn’t any decrease or increase of these cancers: http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FPHN%2FPHN1_01%2FS136898009800007Xa.pdf&code=99ce9adfece1e68e559d97c60a9e146d

I stopped here because each one of these studies basically says a different thing. One says, yes, there is a higher incidence, two say no there is a lower incidence and another says there is no difference.

So my question is how is it possible to know that vegetarians have the highest amount of stomach cancer in the world?

The answer is we don’t know.

Even if you find another study that shows vegetarians have a higher incidence of stomach cancer, it would be hard to completely discount the other studies I’ve found here and say that one you found was the definitive one.

What I’m getting at here, is that a lot of experts (or emotional advocates on both sides of the meat or no-meat coin) talk a lot and can’t back it up.

To be completely honest, I fell into this category only a few years ago. (I may still to some of you… LOL!)

I was passing along information about the raw food diet that at times was hardly tested and even got me into health trouble.

So I would definitely not steer away from the vegetarian diet for fear of stomach cancer, based on what I turned up here. A plant-based diet has shown decreased risk of many types of cancer, so eating more plants is a good thing.

I also would caution using increased stomach cancer as an argument against eating vegetarian, it could seriously mess with your credibility.

As for runners, Jim Fix isn’t a great example to use. Nor are any runners, really.

I’ve had the opportunity to be around a lot of runners in my life.

While I’m sure some runners are starting to come around to the benefits of coconut water (thanks to a big marketing push by companies like ONE and Zico) and chia (thanks to to the book about the Tarahumara in “Born to Run”), my experience is that most runners don’t eat as healthy as they should.

(I don’t have any studies to back this one up, but go to a pre-marathon or race party, the nearest coffee shop on the morning of the race, or the closest bar afterwords and you’ll see what I mean.)

I’ve trained with many Advil-popping, coffee-pounding, pasta-loading, beer-swigging, GU-sucking type-A runners in my life. They seem to be the norm, not the exception.

So it’s hard to separate the diet from the excessive exercise as a cause for concern.

On the flip-side, I do know many marathoners who do tend to show signs of adrenal burnout and early aging. Is this due to the diet? The coffee? The sugar? Is it due to the excessive exercise? Or is it all of them?

We don’t have evidence for this, so my educated guess is that the issues with runners goes deeper than just the training.

As for our running genetics, there are two books that argue many ethnic groups of humans are built for running distances to tire out animals who have mainly fast-twitch anaerobic running capacity (sprinting). Both these books assert that our ability to hunt came from our ability to endure this long, drawn out game of cat and mouse. These are “Why We Run” and “Born to Run.” I recommend checking them out.

As for running on the street, I’m totally with you. About 5 years ago, a car ran me off the road while I was running on a street in Connecticut. Since then, I’ve probably run on the road 3-4 times.

Running on trails or in the woods dramatically decreases your exposure to toxicity from chemicals found in diesel and gasoline fumes.

(It does increase your chances of twisting an ankle though…)

Do They Really Grab Your Junk When You Opt-Out of the Backscatter X-Ray Screening?

From Mr. Beally:

My question is about Kev’s article on the airport x-ray scanners: http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2011/03/16/under-the-radar-re-testing-ordered-of-all-airport-x-ray-scanners/ Basically Kev suggests that you can [usually?] avoid the x-ray scanners simply by getting in a security line that doesn\’t have one. Yay! However, if you get in a line without an x-ray scanner, do you still have to face the “enhanced” hands-on pat-down? I have serious concerns about the patdowns, especially for my children. What do you think?

Thanks for the question!

Ann and I have flown at least 4 times (8 flights total) since that article and so I’d like to give you an update.

Yes, in most cases you can look around and find just a metal detector to walk through instead of the x-ray backscatter machines.

Two of those times we could not find one and asked to opt-out and be manually searched.

The agent each time asked why and we responded “medical reasons.”

The agents then took us to an area (in full public view) and did a manual search.

It was fine.

The was no molestation. No hold up (only took 60 seconds.) No intrusion of privacy. No hysterics. No junk grabbing.

In fact, I asked the guy who was giving me a pat-down if he liked doing this and he said with a flat face, “would you like to do this?”

Just as I’d thought. These agents don’t want to grab your junk as much as you don’t want them to. Only a few months ago, this wasn’t part of their job description and I’m sure they were not thrilled when these new rules were put into place. (It seems to me that many of these agents don’t want to work at all by their body language, general bad attitude and overall physical condition. Total stereotype, but come on, if you’ve flown in the last 10 years, you’ll totally agree.)

As you know, there is some back and forth about the dangers of backscatter technology, but I’d much rather have a body search than risk any exposure to that type of radiation.

It’s just the way my priorities are sorted.

I think a smart and appropriate change to the process would be to have someone at standing in front of the machine telling each individual that these machines haven’t been fully tested and that they do have the option to opt-out. I’m a big proponent of informed choice, so this seems to be the best option to allow people to make decisions based on options, not ignorance.

I’d maybe even like to test the opt-out percentage in this way: At one line, have a guy or gal in a white lab coat and a stethoscope around their neck telling people about the untested technology, and at the other line have a TSA agent.

I’m sure you could guess the results, since at least Americans love to listen to their doctors… (this time it would be a good thing.)

Anyway, for your children, I’d also have them opt-out. Since you’re a concerned parent, which is a good thing, I’m sure you can come up with a good way to explain the process to your children so they understand what’s happening and they’re not scared of this relatively non-scary situation.

On the other side…

I suppose there are some instances where some passengers go into the search situation aggressively and this could change the outcome of the situation with – most likely – less than favorable results.

Second, I assume that there are some sick TSA agents that could use this as an opportunity to exploit their positions and actually touch you inappropriately. If this is the case and you are assaulted, be sure to contact watchdog agencies to make sure the press knows about their criminal behavior.

Finally, due to an experience I had on a plane about 5-6 years ago, I am totally for airline security – in my case, there was no tragic outcome, but this crazy was allowed on the plane, even with proper security screening.

Our airline security is an imperfect solution, but it’s just what happens when you fly these days. In times of hyper-media-based fear, it’s unlikely there is anyway to convince agencies of power to rethink their processes.

I want to know your thoughts: What has been your experience on a flight recently? Did you opt-out of the backscatter scan?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Carolyn Landry says:

    I do not fly often but have not had a bad experience with security when I did fly. I did get scanned, didn’t think about the radiation, the last time I went through security.

  2. my theory.
    When people get cancer they start livinf in a more healthy way but it could be too late. So all the cancer people that start being raw foodies or vegetarians might die from their cancer but not from eating raw food .
    For your interest havng a lot of sugar as in raw carrot or beet juice is too sweet for cancer people but thats not why they died. They died from 50 or more years of abuse of their bodies.

  3. Barbara says:

    Vegetarian and high Stomach Cancer Rates… I have a dear friend that had stomach cancer (which is very deadly by the way). At the time he was not a vegan but was a vegetarian. He went on an all raw diet with herbs and other natural treatments and has been cancer free for over 25 years now. Not all vegetarians eat a health diet… especially if you replace the meat with cheese! Also, there is one other reason for people choosing a vegetarian diet – spiritual or religious reasons.

    I think that a person needs to look not only at diet but lifestyle choices as well. I have seen “vegetarians” eat way too much, eat junk food, eat only cooked and never raw, and many of the so called health foods are full of toxic chemicals and excito-toxins. Also they may drink, smoke, not get enough sleep, exercise too much or too little, never get any sunlight or fresh air… there are many factors that play into our health beside diet.

    As for the airport security… my husband has flown quite a bit lately and was scanned each time and twice was searched anyway. And yes, they did handle his “junk.” He was none to pleased with the idea either, I might add. He is a private pilot, so now commercial flights are not on the top of his list. He would rather take longer to get somewhere and fly himself!

  4. Faith Minier says:

    I have been able to find lines with no scanner or scanner out of service many times. I have opted out at least 4 times in the last year, with no problems, no questions and no attitude. TSA agents were friendly, fast and explained everything before touching. Used backs of hands and I never felt uncomfortable. My attitude was good, which, as Kevin said, probably makes a difference. TSA agents are just doing their job. They didn’t make the rules, but they must comply to keep their jobs.

  5. Hector says:

    Hello Kevin
    I follow a lot of health experts every day. I also go to the longevity Conference I get newsletters from them. I must say i have always enjoyed reading you’re newsletter you’re the best because you’re not biased. I really love what you wrote today you can’t blame a vegetarian diet to cancer if the person smoke. Meaning we don’t know everything about what they put in their mouth.That can cause there heath condition. There are too many unanswered questions. You’re doing a great job the best in my opinion.

  6. Andrea says:

    It’s interesting that the study that showed an increased rate of stomach cancer mentioned this, “It does not follow that all members of a
    vegetarian society are themselves vegetarian.
    However, it is relevant that there is a special
    category of membership for individuals who are not
    themselves vegetarian but are merely sympathetic to
    the interests of the Society.” I wonder if that’s why this study showed an increased rate of stomach cancer.

  7. Annie D says:

    Hi Kev. We’re just like you- opt-out’ers! Fortunately, we have never needed to do that- we’ve only been through the metal detectors. We’ll be flying 3 times over the next 10 months (so 6 total flights), and if we’re asked to step into the back scatter machines, we’ll absolutely do what you do.

    Quick question- what do you and Ann Marie eat in a typical day now that you have moved your diet around a bit? We’re going to be going to an “Integrative Medicine” doctor come Monday, and he advocates staying away from certain things (like bananas and avo because they’re ripened in such a way that causes them to form latex, or plant oils because they raise Omega 6 levels in humans…and we all know we have too much Omega 6!…etc). Just curious what you guys are eating these days!

    Love to you both!

    Annie D @ Annie’s Simple Life

  8. casey says:

    I have the worst luck with the TSA. They are always suspecting me. It doesn’t help that I often have watchmaking tools in my checked bag (which they search and question me about) and various health things that don’t fit into their idea of reality. (Oh there’s some long stories there)

    As far as the actual brisking, (which I get every time, sometimes it’s multiple times) the person is usually very friendly if you are and like you said, don’t want to touch you as much as you don’t want to be touched. Make their life easy and they will appreciate it. Don’t wear baggy clothes that could hide things, don’t look at them like they are violating you, just treat them like anyone you just met for the first time.

  9. Marie says:

    The number one cause of stomach cancer is infection with H-pylori. In places where infection rates are higher, such as in India, it can show a higher cancer rate than you would expect, even if you were vegan. I had an H-pylori infection and cured it with mastic gum. Any time you have gastro symptoms I highly suggest you get a stool test for H-pylori. A stool test will show only active infections. A blood test may show a previous infection you are still making antibodies for. I don’t trust the blood test anyway. Even though it and the “gold standard” of biopsy was done on me, they were both negative. Only when the stool test was done did we figure out my symptoms were from H-pylori.

  10. ben says:

    Bill must have been really digging as it is hard to find study with vegetarians having increased risk of cancer, and infact recent studies from ACA have shown those who consume even white meat twice a week are over 200% more likely to have cancer then Vegans.
    Those studies are also retrospective cohort which do not account for other risk factors. The fact they may smoke, drink, have stress or significant gastric disease, family risk factors or environmental or chemical risks can not be assessed. These kind of studies are more of an exercise in statistical mathmagics. The size and power or study was light as well especially in study with 700 people, that is very few for this kind of a study.

  11. Angela says:

    I did opt out of the scanner, and both times found the officers to be polite about it. I still had a really bad feeling about it though. It felt humiliating to me to be patted down in front of everyone else & found it strange tho that if you do decide to opt out, they will not allow you to go into the other line of regular metal detectors instead of getting the patdown. Considering there are two lines, and you can choose either one, why couldn`t i just move into the metal detector line? They then take the long process of patting you down and then testing their gloves for some kind of poison on your clothes??? this just seems too much since some people can just go through the metal detector without any problems. Both times i have had it done it took at least an additional 15-20 minutes out of my time. The pat-down was only 60 seconds but waiting around for them to get to it and then afterwards took forever.

  12. Oleander says:

    I flew very recently from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Logan, Boston, Mss.

    I rang up the airline and said I did not want to go through the X ray machine for medical reasons and said I would be prepared to have a strip search instead if necessary!

    I was told that they didn’t think it would need to be that drastic!

    However, I was able to go through the ‘normal’ detector both times.

    Yes, wear tight clothes, ie, skinny jeans, sleeveless gigure hugging top. ( luckily they suit me as I am skinny)

    I have had a pat down as I openly took some soya milk on my return, as usually not provided on the aircraft in spite of asking for a vegan meal. It is absolutely fine. Just be polite and professional about it. They are only doing their job.

  13. Dawn Gifford says:

    What the whole TSA manual search/fondling boondoggle overshadows is that TSA and FAA workers have been trying to unionize for some time, specifically so they can have a voice about what their job entails.

    Conservative members of Congress have been fighting the unionization, among other things. Right now thousands of FAA employees and contractors have been laid off or are out of work because of this.

    You’re right, Kevin, most of these TSA workers are overworked, very underpaid (sometimes less than $10 an hour), and now have an incredibly unpleasant job description. In addition they deal with the worst of human behavior under the stress of travel for 8 or more hours a day. No wonder they look so unhappy to be there. It’s a thankless job.

  14. Basia says:

    I opted out–no questions were asked as to why. I was a bit annoyed when I had to send my items through the scanning machines and then told to keep an eye on them from afar (so that nothing was stolen) while I waited for the pat down agent. But the pat down itself was no big deal. The agent offered to do it in private, but I didn’t ask for that option since it didn’t matter to me. She was very serious, but friendly, describing the process and where she was moving to next on my body as she went along–just doing her job, which I am sure is far from easy.

  15. LynnCS says:

    Hi Kevin. Thank you for doing all this research for us. I hadn’t heard that claim, but it is good to know that some of these questions are already answered for us newbies.
    I finally heard some talk about the cruciferous question I had. You had mentioned it in a comment once and I never heard any more. Turns out that I may have Hashimoto’s It’s not clear why my thyroid has gone up and down over the years. So far, so good, but I will definitely find other greens to use in my juice and smoothies.
    I have avoided flying for some time now, but will need to face it sometime. I would opt for the body search too. A little embarassement is better than x-ray. Remember the old flouroscopes of the feet in shoe stores? It took years to realize how bad they were.

  16. JT says:

    TSA ABSOLUTELY NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB AT INFORMING PEOPLE!! A few weeks ago I flew from Orlando to Seattle, on the way home I got singled out and was told to walk through this funny looking thing. I looked at it and said, does that thing have radiation in it? I was told yes. The agent then looked and me and said, “Look, if you don’t go through that, then I am gonna have to give you a full body pat down. Do you want that?” I said, “Yes if there are no other options, I do not want to be exposed to radiation.” She said, “Are you sure?” So she asked me if I wanted to go to a more private place, or could I be searched right there. All I had on was a t-shirt and jeans, so I said, “Here will be fine.” She was nervous, and explained herself every time she touched me.” It wasn’t a big deal. But the point is, they were going to send me into a full body radiation machine without even telling me what it was. That really made me mad after I got to thinking about it later. There should at least be a sign, don’t you think?

  17. Marge says:

    Marie is correct. The number one cause of stomach cancer is H-Pylori. People on stomach acid blockers are more prone to H-Pylori because their stomach acid is lower and the stomach acid can kill H-pylori if it is not blocked.

  18. “Vegetarian” is such a loose term. Most studies are not even clear on their control groups as this is made clear in The China Study. People jump to conclusions based on erroneous diet labeling to begin with.

    Cooked grains are especially aggravating to the colon. Most people who call themselves vegetarians survive on cooked starch such as pasta, rice and bread.

  19. Barbara says:

    I think the book “The China Study” written by T. Colin Campbell, and based on many years of scientific study presents a pretty convincing argument about the effects of animal products on the incidence of cancer. Check it out.

  20. Anna says:

    Great article. I agree that there probably isn’t a correlation between vegetarianism & stomach cancer in general, but there are 2 possible issues that may come up. I made the below stupid mistakes on the raw food & vegetarian diets. I am sharing them with people in the hopes they will not follow in my footsteps.

    The first is if someone has leaky gut and eats moderate to large amounts of uncooked veggies (like in a raw food diet), it can make the leaky gut worse. The leaky gut should be healed (can take about 1-3 years) before raw veggies are introduced without damaging the gut further. My leaky gut got much worse on a raw food diet, and I could not figure out why. Plus the raw goitrogens aggravated my thyroid – Hashimotos issues, but again, at the time I did not understand why.

    When I was a vegetarian, I ate way too many sweet fruits, beans, grains & grain-based desserts. Now I have blood sugar imbalances and had to cut out the sweet fruits, grains & beans. Now the mainstays of my diet are cooked veggies, organic meat and small amounts of nuts, seeds & tart fruit.

    I guess the lessons are not to over rely on any one food group, and to get your blood tested periodically. That way any issues can be identified early and one can adjust their diet accordingly.

    Just to be clear, the vegetarian & raw diets did not cause my health issues. A combination of stress, genetics & exposure to environmental toxins, and too many sugars (whether from processed foods, sweet fruits, grains, beans, etc.) did that. But my issues were exacerbated by not getting on the right diet for my health conditions.

  21. imlivingandlearning says:

    Hi Kevin,

    While I’m appreciative that you addressed this question, I continue to wonder why you have said nothing about the fermented food association with gastrointestinal cancers including stomach cancer—highest among people who regularly eat the most fermented foods.

  22. Donna says:

    Since having my knee replaced in 2004 I have been subject to airport patdowns every time I fly because I set off the metal detectors. I have never had anyone touch me inappropriately or do anything that I found offensive. The TSA women always explain exactly what they have to do. They always ask if I want a private screening, but I find that thought a little frightening, so I always decline that:) I travel alot, within the US. My biggest fear is that my computer will be stolen while I am being patted. I am always focusing more on watching my computer than on the patdown. I always opt-out of the scanners now, and often several people behind me decide to do the same. So I secretly smile and know that maybe I saved someone’s life just by my example.

  23. Rita Romney says:

    I had a recent airport pat down experience at the Pellston, MI, airport. When I told the agent I did not want to walk through the machine because of a medical condition (thyroid issue), he first asked me if I had a doctor’s note indicating such. I told him no. He then told me to step aside and have a seat in a full view public area. I had to wait until the last person went through the scanner before a female agent was summoned to do a full body pat down. She told me in advance what the pat down would consist of, and then after she was done explaining, she asked me if I wanted a private screening. I told her I was ok with what she would be doing. I stood there in front of a multitude of people, as she patted down each and every section of my body from head to toe. Before she touched me, she told me what she was going to do. It was embarrassing to have the other passengers watch this, but she never touched me inappropriately. I was glad not to go through the scanner.

  24. Edith S Seaman says:

    I am repeatedly asked by non-vegans if I eat chicken. I hear “vegetarians” tell me that they only eat meat occasionally. I think those vegetarians are referred to as flexitarians or something. My point, as others have mentioned, the definition of vegetarian is not exact, and those studies probably do not follow their subjects’ diet carefully. Dr. Michael Greger reads studies on nutrition and is a wealth of information on cancer and diet. He would not agree with increased risk of stomach cancer and vegetarianism.

  25. Rachel says:

    1. We always opt out on the airport full body scanners. We’ve never been asked why (though if I do ever get asked I’m definitely using your “medical reasons” answer), and we’ve never had a problem with the pat-down (actually it’s a bit more tame than what I’d expect they would do if they REALLY wanted to make sure you weren’t carrying anything).
    2. One reason for increased stomach cancer is increased consumption of nitrates (commonly founds in cured meats/smoked fish), but I couldn’t find any specific vegetarian foods that have it. However, I did find this on wikipedia for “nitrates”: “Those with insufficient stomach acid[9] (including some vegetarians and vegans) may also be at risk. It is the increased consumption of green, leafy vegetables that typically accompany these types of diets may lead to increased nitrate intake.” The reference for [9] is “Nitrate in Drinking Water”. Washington State Department of Health. http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/dw/Programs/nitrate.htm, which states “Nitrate is a chemical found in most fertilizers, manure, and liquid waste discharged from septic tanks.” So it sounds like what they’re saying is “greens grown in nitrate-rich areas could lead to increased nitrate consumpution”; I buy it, and would encourage organically grown produce, especially grown yourself in clean water. What I don’t buy is veg/vegans having less stomach acid; on the contrary, eating diet high in greens and low in meat should increase the amount of stomach acid (HCl), which is good. But again, this is probably coming from the same medical-establishment people who think you should give acid blockers to people with acid reflux (when actually they have reflux because there’s not enough stomach acid to trigger keeping the valve shut).

  26. Jonathan says:

    I completely agree with JT. There needs to be a sign indicating what the scanners are! I had to go through one, but I had no idea what I was doing or what it was. They just basically forced me into it, and I asked like 3 times what it was and what I was doing, and the guy telling me how to stand did not answer me. I mentioned this to the service/information desk, which didn’t seem to care much. They told me I could have opted out; if I would have known I was going into a scanner I could have, but I didn’t know what was happening! It was very frustrating. I think the pat-downs and scanners are both not the right solution. Why not get dogs to sniff out bombs/explosives?

  27. HopandSkip says:

    First, if there were any studies on vegetarians having a higher incidence of stomach cancer, one must realize that all vegetarians do not necessarily eat healthy, just like the runners Kevin mentioned.

    I know vegetarians who eat all sorts of junk food…if it did not specify in the study what KIND of vegetarian diet these folks were on…it’s a mute point.

    Second, about the runners…any sort of exercise creates more free radicals in the body. Does that mean exercise is bad? No, it just means one needs to be aware of this and take things that have high levels of anti-oxidents and SOD’s (super oxide dismutase) to combat the extra free radicals. Just oxygen itself creates free radicals in the body.

    However, though running can be hard on the body physically, it is many times a stress reducer. So from an emotional and endocronoligical (is that a word?) standpoint ie., hormones, running can be very beneficial. Emotions more than any other diet change can play a huge role in health. See the book “Deadly Emotions” or the book “A More Excellent Way” or the book “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die.”

  28. Christine says:

    So far I’ve been able to walk through the regular security check and avoid the scanners all together, though I realize this may not always be the case.

    I’m with you in that I much prefer security measures be in place and know that the plane has a very high probability of making it to its destination safely.
    However much we might complain about it, the reality of the times make it a necessity.

  29. Brooke says:

    My mom worked for the TSA and she hated it. There is a ton of corruption there. I could tell you story after story about the mis-management and dirty tactics from upper management of TSA down to the management at the small airport she worked at. I can only imagine what it’s like at Chicago or Atlanta airports. Also, TSA workers are not under-paid by any means. They make pretty good money and even better money on holidays and weekends. It’s a pretty decent paying job for not having any college education. But, most of those people hate what they do so you have to pay them extra. The problem is that the TSA has never caught a single terrorist. They always react to a situation by infringing on our liberties and requiring even more invasive searches. The supreme court already ruled that travel was a constitutional right, but I won’t travel for fear of coming across a rogue TSA agent who molests me during a pat-down. I can’t take that chance because it would really upset me. This is supposed to be land of the free but it truly is changing into Nazi Germany and the TSA is a signal of that. Sure, we need airport security but we need a smart policy – not some will-nilly reactive policy that puts Michael Chertoff’s company’s scanners in all the airports in America. Wake up people. We don’t have to put up with this. I’m 24 years old and I can only hope that my unborn children will live in a truly free society….

  30. Larry says:

    I could not understand why I was recently “patted down” after passing through the metal detector without triggering any alarm. I received no response to my inquiry as to why.

    By the change in their countenances, many of the TSA agents, including the one who performed the procedure, could not understand why either.

    More recently, my wife was required to either endure a search or go through the new scanner. Not wishing to be touched by a complete stranger, she opted for the scan – and was nauseuous and out of sorts for a couple of hours thereafter.

    For those security-loving cold-blooded of you who don’t understand, the water of freedom is slowly being brought to a boil.

  31. Susan says:

    Hi!
    Great stuff you are covering. I remember hearing about stomach cancer specifically about the Japanese, and the culprits are usually the pickles they eat(about one type at every meal) and too much soy sauce. I also heard that some Macrobiotic people, leaders, died from it also, and the same reasons were sited.
    Very often the pickles that they eat in Japan are made with loads of salt, and then mixed in with chemicals, preservatives, msg at times, and often, weird bright pink or yellow or green food colorings. They are tasty but I can’t help but think there are some incriminating elements in there. Even umeboshi is hard to find, but not impossible, without lots of preservatives and chemicals. We tried to feed a naturally (sea salt only ) fermented ume to my boyfriend’s dad and he spit it out. He wanted his chemicals! He got used to the taste.
    So I imagine, if we can’t find more about vegetarians and stomach cancer, it might be due to too much soy sauce in the diet, and too many of the other acid forming agents used in pickling, maybe too much salt in general.
    I think Raw Foodies are getting smarter about the salt thing anyhow, in large part due to listening to you!! Thanks for your work!

  32. jasmine says:

    #20. Anna, ditto for me. Did your Hashimoto’s settle down? Can we talk? xo

  33. Heather says:

    I know this is an old post. But I find it interesting. I have IBS..I believe other auto-immune issues that pop up..when I eat refined sugar, lactose, or preservatives. The best I have felt in my life was when I was eating all whole, natural foods, drug free meats and as much organic produce as possible. Every health issue I had vanished..except for the constipation.

    So I embarked on a vegetarian, then vegan diet. I’ve tired to go vegan 3x to be exact. What I have noticed is my skin clears up and I sleep like a baby BUT, I get terribly constipated and bloated. Pain and indigestion in my stomach that does not ‘resolve itself’, which is what I’m told is supposed to happen.

    My personal belief is that cancer is not from one particular thing. Diet, environment, stress, chemicals, lifestyle all play a role. I do think that the raw vegan diet can ‘cure’ and reverse cancer (I have seen it!) but that an organic, whole foods diet with small amounts of hormone free animal protein is ideal. Possibly raw cheese as well. IMO only.

    I think about %80 raw food is best for me with the rest being cooked veggies and a little meat. I think digestion is very important. If you are not digesting raw foods then cooked food is in order to repair the digestive system.
    There was a time in my life I couldn’t eat any raw fruit or veggies because it literally hurt me. In that case, a raw vegan diet wouldn’t have been the worse thing I could do.

    Though, plant food should be first priority.

    Sorry my post is so rambled. I think and then type =)

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Kevin. My opinion is that majority of vegetarians who had stomach cancer had not been vegetarians all their life.
    They probably became vegetarians later on in life – in their late 30’s at the earliest – and after years of abusing their bodies.

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