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Old 11-08-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
Dave Clarke
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Here at university we have perhaps equal proportions of Australian national and international students, thus we have a lot of cool stuff on campus like genuine restaurants and etc.

One particular Turkish girl was telling me that Turkey had among the lowest rates of cancer around (I'm still to check the validity of this) and some of the hottest food. This is far easier to quantify: just go to the celbrations for the Turkish National Day and ask for a kebab with a 'normal' amount of spice!! The young lady I was speaking to attributed this low rate of cancer to the hot food.

Are there health benefits to eating spicy food, other than it tastes great?

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Old 11-08-2005, 05:05 PM   #2
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"By your logic, this rock keeps tigers away."
"Hmmm. How does it work?"
"It doesn't."
"How so?"
"It's just a rock, But I don't see any tigers anywhere."
"Lisa, I would like to buy your rock."
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:39 PM   #3
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Food is a drug. Some foods have special properties. It's not unreasonable to think that certain spices could help prevent cancer. The more of them you have, the better the chance of using the one that does something.

Here's a map that shows regions by cancer rate:

Turkey's not in the best category, but it is in the second-best. I'd bet it's more because they don't eat fast food, tons of white bread, lots of dairy though.
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:44 PM   #4
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Deep breathing has been proven to help reduce to risk of cancer because your providing your lymph with oxygen to get rid of the toxins - without enough oxygen the toxins stay in the body and can become cancerous.

So, if the food is super hot in Turkey, and their cancer rate is lower, it's probably cause they are all gasping for air while their mouths are burning! :yawn::angry:

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Old 11-08-2005, 09:45 PM   #5
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ChongQing China(PRC) seriously hot food.
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:30 AM   #6
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I've wondered about this myself. I recently happened upon a site that claims Cayenne pepper is a "miracle" herb:
This site even recommends pouring it into open wounds to stop bleeding, (Thanks but I'll stick to good ol' butterfly bandages for that).
I just know I like cayenne on just about everything; eggs, poultry, game, fish, veggies, salads...
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Old 11-09-2005, 09:40 AM   #7
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There are some interesting properties of Capsicum of which hot pepers and papricka belong. Consumption can down regulate the hypothalmus effectively decreasing body temperature (perhaps not surprising that these foods are popular in hot areas).

The active ingredients do have some antioxidant properties but they are perceived as "hot" by acting directly on the nerves. A large dose can damage and or kill nerves (check the toxicology sites to know what a "large" dose is). foods...yummy,potentially gut cramping but not likely to be potent anti-cancer agents.

Nikki-Careful with the toxin stuff...if Brad sees that he will have a fit!
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:13 PM   #8
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here: people in turkey don't live as long as in North America/Europe which explains the lower cancer rates.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:20 AM   #9
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No more fits.. bad for my blood pressure. :-)
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:32 AM   #10
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mmm...turkey is tasty!
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