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Anchovies carcinogenic? What?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Okay, I got this book http://www.amazon.com/Rheumatoid-Arthritis-Infection-Connection-Targeting/dp/0961726865/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

And I was skimming around when I came to the section on foods to avoid. Direct quote:

"Pickles, Anchovies, and Other Salt-cured Foods: These foods contain carcinogens. These toxins can be made harmless as wih processed meats, but the best approach is severe limitation or complete avoidance."

Uh, what?

I'm starting to realize that I'm going to have to take this book with a grain of sea salt.

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on August 22, 2012
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Mercola uses fearmongering to sell his products. Dr. Emily Deans de-linked the Jaminet's PHD website simply because he was referring to Mercola. Perhaps Dr. Deans is oversensitive or maybe Paul Jaminet is too nice, but Dr. Deans and Dr. Harris (and others for whom I have a lot of respect) have written that Mercola is unreliable. just because someone is paleo, doesn't mean they are right.

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on August 21, 2012
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Mercola's gone paleo recently. Not sure what stuff he was spewing before, but it's as if he had a thought that he'd better jump on this bandwagon quick.

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on August 21, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

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on August 21, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I'm guessing they're concerned about nitrates/nitrites in the food, in theory these can form nitrosamines in the digestive system which are known carcinogens. I had a question previously if any studies have shown that nitrosamines formed in situ in food have carcinogenic effect. The question wasn't answered positively, but we did conclude that nitrosamines in food are actually well below levels that cause cancers in animal models.

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on August 21, 2012
at 01:54 PM

There's a lot of woo in that book (such as homeopathy) and the recommended diet is Dr. Mercola's. A lot of information, but not vetted very well would be my take.

Standard fear of saturated fat and salt as well. And love of fiber. Meh.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 21, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Mercola uses fearmongering to sell his products. Dr. Emily Deans de-linked the Jaminet's PHD website simply because he was referring to Mercola. Perhaps Dr. Deans is oversensitive or maybe Paul Jaminet is too nice, but Dr. Deans and Dr. Harris (and others for whom I have a lot of respect) have written that Mercola is unreliable. just because someone is paleo, doesn't mean they are right.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Mercola's gone paleo recently. Not sure what stuff he was spewing before, but it's as if he had a thought that he'd better jump on this bandwagon quick.

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on August 21, 2012
at 01:35 PM

Did the book identify the carcinogens? Was there any biochemistry?

I'd ditch the sea salt entirely and have your damn anchovies. Watch the polyunsaturated oils, though; take 'em straight!

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