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More bad news on prostate health: The latest study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that lycopene, the antioxidant widely hailed as a prostate cancer inhibitor, may actually increase the cancer risk. In a study of more than 28,000 men, researchers found no significant correlation between incidents of prostate cancer and the concentration of lycopene in the subjects’ blood — though the data did show an association between beta-carotene, an antioxidant related to lycopene, and an increased risk for aggressive forms of the cancer.

From the AP via ABC News: After initial reluctance, MySpace has agreed to share its sex offender database, which we’ve blogged about before, with a group of state attorney generals.

According to Yahoo, over 45 million people have voted so far in a Web campaign that was created to update the Seven Wonders of the World. Voters can choose between 21 buildings and monuments, with the winners announced in an Official Declaration Ceremony in Lisbon on 07/07/07.

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  1. frog says:

    > lycopene … may actually increase the cancer risk

    I didn’t see that in the article; only that it doesn’t help.

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  2. frog says:

    > lycopene … may actually increase the cancer risk

    I didn’t see that in the article; only that it doesn’t help.

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  3. frankenduf says:

    it does seem that antioxidants as preventatives of chronic illness have fallen by the wayside, even with hints that they can increase risk (eg Vits E and C)- looks like we’re stuck with everything in moderation, despite the denials by the vitamin and marketing industries

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  4. frankenduf says:

    it does seem that antioxidants as preventatives of chronic illness have fallen by the wayside, even with hints that they can increase risk (eg Vits E and C)- looks like we’re stuck with everything in moderation, despite the denials by the vitamin and marketing industries

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  5. pkimelma says:

    I think the broader point to take is that “mega-dosing” something that is good often makes it dangerous/bad. This has happened with many vitamins and natural plant chems: people think that if a small amount is good, then much more must be much better. In fact, this is no more true than it is with medicine.
    High doses of many things creates unbalanced concentrations in your body, often with the side effect being that your body spends a lot of effort to re-balance and/or reacts badly to it (when you exceed its buffering capability). So, my guess is that they are seeing situations with people overdosing on something containing beta-carotene (which converts to Vit-A and too much of that is very bad).

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  6. pkimelma says:

    I think the broader point to take is that “mega-dosing” something that is good often makes it dangerous/bad. This has happened with many vitamins and natural plant chems: people think that if a small amount is good, then much more must be much better. In fact, this is no more true than it is with medicine.
    High doses of many things creates unbalanced concentrations in your body, often with the side effect being that your body spends a lot of effort to re-balance and/or reacts badly to it (when you exceed its buffering capability). So, my guess is that they are seeing situations with people overdosing on something containing beta-carotene (which converts to Vit-A and too much of that is very bad).

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  7. egretman says:

    I didn’t see Ron Paul listed as one of the wonders of the world.

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  8. egretman says:

    I didn’t see Ron Paul listed as one of the wonders of the world.

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