Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If hot dogs do cause butt cancer…what’s next? Mom’s Apple Pie?

    Good Day Humboldt County!

In our walk through life we often get warnings of danger. Some are credible, some are not.

When it comes to the medical world I have my doubts at times. For example, I know two doctors with opposite views on the benefits of taking massive does of Vitamin D.

  One swears by it, the other says it doesn’t have any value at all. Which one should I believe? It’s time like this we have to take the bull by the horns and go with our gut feelings on how safe things are. That includes food. Like hot dogs for example. I’ve been eating them most of my life and I don’t have “butt cancer” (thank God!). Yet, there are legitimate concerns about those favorite baseball park “foot longs” associated with America’s pastime.  

The billboard above is one of a series of ads being put up in major cities by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), urging people to stop eating hot dogs, which it says is a leading cause of colon and other cancers. Needless to say, the hot dog industry is burned about the bad publicity.

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council - — reacted immediately to this billboard, which went up recently on the Eisenhower Expressway. Calling the ad "outrageous" and "inflammatory," the trade group dismissed the PCRM as a "pseudo-medical animal rights group" bent on turning all Americans into vegans.

Frankly (pun intended) I don’t know who to believe in this great hot dog debate! Meanwhile, I’ll still have one on occasion and take my chances. As for you dear reader, eat them at your own risk.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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