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Whisky 'helps fight cancer'
The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 9, 2005 | Auslan Cramb

Posted on 05/08/2005 11:20:55 PM PDT by MadIvan

Drinking malt whisky may help prevent cancer, a scientific conference has been told.

The medicinal properties of antioxidants in red wine are well known, but delegates at a biochemistry conference were told that whisky offered "even greater health benefits".

Dr Jim Swan, a consultant to the drinks industry, said: "There has been much in the news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine. By contrast, very little has been said about malt whisky distillery science.

"However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt whiskies. Why? Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine."

Speaking at the EuroMedLab conference in Glasgow, he said ellagic acid absorbed rogue cells in the body. "So, whether you indulge in the odd tipple, or you are a serious connoisseur, whisky can protect you from cancer and science proves it," he said.

However, Dr Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK, pointed out that the same acid was found in fruit, and said she was "very concerned" that whisky was being promoted as a cancer prevention agent without data to support the claim.

"On the contrary, there is considerable data documenting the link between drinking excess alcohol and the increased risk of a number of cancers, particularly in smokers," she said.

"Ellagic acid is a powerful antioxidant but that does not mean it is necessary to hit the bottle.

"There is an abundance of this acid in soft fruits and the charity suggests this as a much healthier way of increasing antioxidant intake."


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KEYWORDS: alcohol; cancer; health; medicine; whisky
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Well it beats eating muesli, I suppose.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 05/08/2005 11:20:55 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; pax_et_bonum; Alkhin; agrace; EggsAckley; dinasour; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 05/08/2005 11:21:12 PM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: MadIvan

Truthfully, whiskey drinkers do seem to live out live their sober relatives (assuming they survive other unhealthy habits like smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise).


3 posted on 05/08/2005 11:23:17 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: MadIvan
YAY! I'm NEVER GONNA GET CANCER!

Oh-all that cheering gave me heart flutters...

Better have more whiskey! I bet they'll figure out it's good for hearts too next!
4 posted on 05/08/2005 11:27:39 PM PDT by Mongeaux
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To: MadIvan
"Ellagic acid is a powerful antioxidant but that does not mean it is necessary to hit the bottle.

"There is an abundance of this acid in soft fruits and the charity suggests this as a much healthier way of increasing antioxidant intake."

I'd rather hit the soft fruit and drink the ellagic acid.

5 posted on 05/08/2005 11:28:07 PM PDT by xJones
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To: coconutt2000
This article made me think of this Monty Python sketch:

Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 05/08/2005 11:28:29 PM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: MadIvan

A little American trivia. The town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, where Jack Daniels is produced, is located in a "dry county", that is, it is illegal to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.


7 posted on 05/08/2005 11:34:08 PM PDT by Clemenza (I am NOT A NUMBER, I am a FREE MAN!!!)
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To: Clemenza

Yes, that was actually part of Jack Daniels' advertising campaign in Britain. I have no idea why.

One downside to whisky being good for you - that means Maureen Dowd is likely to live to be 100.

Regards, Ivan


8 posted on 05/08/2005 11:35:24 PM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: MadIvan
http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com
You Don't Know Jack As most savvy drinkers are by now aware, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 is no longer with us. It has been knifed in the back by the greedy corporate clowns at Brown-Forman, the conglomerate that bought the Jack Daniel distillery in 1956. Mr. Daniel’s once excellent whiskey began life as a 90 proof liquor, but about 17 years ago the proof was lowered to 86. Now it has been lowered again, to a timid 80 proof. America’s best bourbon is now a ghost. The decision makers at Brown-Forman have not only rendered Jack’s whiskey less palatable, they have also managed to defile an important part of our national heritage.

Horrible, isn't it?
9 posted on 05/08/2005 11:41:10 PM PDT by Mongeaux
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To: MadIvan

Sounds good.

We already know alcohol prevents stroke and heart disease, makes more braincells, it even fights cancer.

Cheers!


This is an earlier article I posted, also from a British source, BBC:

'Alcohol makes your brain grow' (new brain cells)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1395013/posts


I think, that drank in moderation, alcohol is indeed good for you. Anything in overly large quantities is harmful.


10 posted on 05/08/2005 11:42:30 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: MadIvan
Uh ohhhh...I better not let my liver know about this...
11 posted on 05/09/2005 12:18:21 AM PDT by Khurkris (This tag-line is available on CD ROM. NRA.)
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To: Mongeaux; MadIvan

Bourbon is not Bourbon uless it is made in Kentucky. It is merely whiskey...nothing more.

Kentucky Bourbon.


12 posted on 05/09/2005 12:23:34 AM PDT by Khurkris (This tag-line is available on CD ROM. NRA.)
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To: MadIvan

Is this true for whiskey also or just the Scottish drink?


13 posted on 05/09/2005 12:24:22 AM PDT by rudyudy
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To: MadIvan
Modern Drunkard Magazine Online

14 posted on 05/09/2005 1:27:00 AM PDT by wolficatZ ( + ><))))*> + "..gone fishing...")
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To: MadIvan

I just knew it.


15 posted on 05/09/2005 1:29:40 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Mongeaux

LoL. I don't know how I missed your post, a friend sent me a link to that site a few months ago and I've been enjoying it ever since!


16 posted on 05/09/2005 1:29:58 AM PDT by wolficatZ ( + ><))))*> + "..gone fishing...")
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To: MadIvan

My mother was raised up in a dry county, near Lexington, Kentucky. They still made whiskey. We still bought it. The closest town was called Beaver Dam. I still get scared thinking about the narrow mountain roads we drove to my grandmother's house.


17 posted on 05/09/2005 1:33:39 AM PDT by Daaave (Use only as directed.)
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To: MadIvan

self-ping


18 posted on 05/09/2005 2:21:48 AM PDT by Free Vulcan
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To: MadIvan

19 posted on 05/09/2005 2:40:02 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod ( I'm going to open Cobra Kai dojos all over this valley!)
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To: rudyudy
Is this true for whiskey also or just the Scottish drink?

On the basis of better safe than sorry, we should all stick to Scotch whisky - thankfully it is the best anyway.
20 posted on 05/09/2005 3:40:36 AM PDT by tjwmason (Viva il Papa!)
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To: MadIvan
One downside to whisky being good for you - that means Maureen Dowd is likely to live to be 100.

Not forgetting 'Chat-show Charlie' Kennedy.
21 posted on 05/09/2005 3:41:59 AM PDT by tjwmason (Viva il Papa!)
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To: MadIvan

"On the contrary, there is considerable data documenting the link between drinking excess alcohol and the increased risk of a number of cancers, particularly in smokers," she said.

True. First thing I was asked when diagnosed with cancer was "do you drink", since it and cancer get along well. Steroids, also. Both help cancer to spread.

Did drink long ago but gave it up, and thank God I did.



22 posted on 05/09/2005 4:17:32 AM PDT by KeyWest
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To: MadIvan; TheBigB

ping!


23 posted on 05/09/2005 4:23:04 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: KeyWest

Doesn't alcohol raise estrogen levels, al least in women?


24 posted on 05/09/2005 4:23:39 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Mongeaux
America’s best bourbon is now a ghost.

Wild Turkey? Jack Daniels isn't Bourbon, thank Heaven. Bourbon is a different distilling process and has to come from Bourbon County, Kentucky.

25 posted on 05/09/2005 4:40:37 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: MadIvan

Tonight after tea, as every other night, I will pour myself a good stiff whisky or three, sans any water or ice.

I do not have cancer nor do I expect to.

Such is my vice. That and a little Jack Russel by the name of Roxie Ru. Life has its compensations.


26 posted on 05/09/2005 4:41:02 AM PDT by .44 Special (Death to Traitors!)
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To: MadIvan

Is this for whisky or whiskey? I'm afraid some of us are sold on Jameson's.


27 posted on 05/09/2005 4:42:50 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: FairOpinion
We already know alcohol prevents stroke and heart disease, makes more braincells, it even fights cancer.

Or.......the more you drink, the less you care, anyway... eh? lol

28 posted on 05/09/2005 4:48:55 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas .....wimmen!)
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To: Mongeaux

"America’s best bourbon is now a ghost."

Tennessee whisky, not bourbon IIRC. I thought all REAL bourbon had to be from Bourbon county, KY


29 posted on 05/09/2005 5:00:13 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Mongeaux

My brother drank whiskey and he died for cancer at age 45.


30 posted on 05/09/2005 5:07:33 AM PDT by daddyOwe ("a man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to leave alone")
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Good morning.

"However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt whiskies. Why? Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine."

31 posted on 05/09/2005 5:17:10 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Mongeaux

Jack Daniels still makes Black Jack, don't they? Black Jack is 100 proof. I guess there was no need for Green Jack (#7)to be so similar proofwise, so they lowered the proof of it. If you want a stronger drink, order Black Jack.


32 posted on 05/09/2005 5:21:59 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: MadIvan

Thank God. I've been drinking bourbon for as long as I've been smoking. Maybe it will all work out just fine.


33 posted on 05/09/2005 5:30:05 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: MadIvan
The only problem I see with this is that they specified that it was single malt whiskey (although they were unclear as to highland or lowland). I only wish I could afford to drink single malt. My budget at this time limits me to blended malts, with an occasional "treat" of a single malt.

Maybe if I just double up on consumption....? ;-)

34 posted on 05/09/2005 5:30:09 AM PDT by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: MadIvan

I DO enjoy sipping the occasional finger or two of The Glenlivet.


35 posted on 05/09/2005 5:40:15 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Constitution Day

Good, I can skip my workout today and drink.


36 posted on 05/09/2005 5:40:41 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Holding out for a Slim-centric Universe.)
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To: daddyOwe
My brother drank whiskey and he died for cancer at age 45.

There is also a genetic factor.
My late wife died of a cancer, as did her father, mother and an aunt. The aunt never smoked or drank and worked in a non-smoking environment. I am not aware of any cancer deaths in my family – although there are a few heavy drinkers/smokers.
37 posted on 05/09/2005 5:56:31 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: need_a_screen_name

I am looking at my current bottle of Jack as I type this. It is Black Label, Old #7 brand and is 80 proof.


38 posted on 05/09/2005 5:59:26 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Khurkris
"Bourbon is not Bourbon uless it is made in Kentucky. It is merely whiskey...nothing more."

More specifically, doesn't it have to be distilled in Bourbon County Kentucky to be considered bourbon?

39 posted on 05/09/2005 6:03:06 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: R. Scott; Mongeaux

"I am looking at my current bottle of Jack as I type this. It is Black Label, Old #7 brand and is 80 proof."


Thanks. Boy was I behind the curve on this one. The black labeled bottles ARE 80 proof these days. It is only a matter of the "finer" whiskey being selected for the black label, with the rest getting a green. Follow this link to get the whole story:


http://www.answers.com/topic/jack-daniel-s


Hopefully white lable Wild Turkey 101 is still 101 proof!


40 posted on 05/09/2005 6:28:43 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: joebuck; Khurkris

"More specifically, doesn't it have to be distilled in Bourbon County Kentucky to be considered bourbon?"



Not any more:


http://cocktails.about.com/library/weekly/aa050299.htm


"Bourbon does not have to be made in Kentucky unless it is labeled "Kentucky Bourbon". Bourbon must be distilled from a mash containing at least 51 percent corn, and aged a minimum of two years by a law enacted in 1964. The remainder of the mash is corn, rye, wheat, or malted barley. It must be aged in new charred oak barrels which are sold after use to Canada and Scotland."


Another thing I learned about bourbon today!


41 posted on 05/09/2005 6:36:26 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: need_a_screen_name

When I am feeling rich I’ll pick up a bottle of Gentleman Jack – but when I feel obscenely rich I buy the Single Barrel Jack. Single Barrel is by far the best whiskey I have ever sipped. ??? gulped.


42 posted on 05/09/2005 6:49:50 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: need_a_screen_name
Hopefully white lable Wild Turkey 101 is still 101 proof!

Better

Best!

43 posted on 05/09/2005 6:52:13 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: MadIvan
One downside to whisky being good for you - that means Maureen Dowd is likely to live to be 100.

ROTFLMAO!

44 posted on 05/09/2005 7:04:18 AM PDT by RushCrush (Next thing you know Bill Clinton will be advocating celibacy!)
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To: Mongeaux
America’s best bourbon

Huh? Jack Daniel's isn't bourbon. Is it?

45 posted on 05/09/2005 7:38:19 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: R. Scott

"When I am feeling rich I’ll pick up a bottle of Gentleman Jack – but when I feel obscenely rich I buy the Single Barrel Jack. Single Barrel is by far the best whiskey I have ever sipped. ??? gulped."


Thanks for the tips. I've been reading about and have heard a lot about Makers Mark. It is supposed to be gooood stuff, but it probably wouldn't appeal to me, since it is said to be on the sweet side. Never did like Southern Comfort for the same reason. Right now I'm a fan of plain old regular Jim Beam. In New Orleans, when you ask for a bourbon and coke (or whatever), they serve Jim Beam. Not bad at all for for a house bourbon. You gotta love that place.


46 posted on 05/09/2005 7:43:32 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: mc5cents

"Best!"

Hooya! That ought to do the trick!


47 posted on 05/09/2005 7:44:54 AM PDT by need_a_screen_name
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To: MadIvan

It's not PC anymore, but when I was a kid you could still find a shot glass on the kitchen windowsill of older people. It was common for an old man to have a shot a day. Relaxing, eased body aches, and brightened their outlook. My old grandmother used to drink tablespoons of Geritol about three times a day. It was about 12% alcohol.


48 posted on 05/09/2005 7:45:34 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: MadIvan

Who needs Chemo? Just drink a bottle of Jack Daniels a day. The cancer will be gone, and so will be your liver.


49 posted on 05/09/2005 7:47:35 AM PDT by dfwgator (Minutemen: Just doing the jobs that American politicians won't do.)
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To: MadIvan

If this is true, I should be in good shape. Hope the whiskey counteracts the cigarettes.


50 posted on 05/09/2005 7:49:42 AM PDT by mysterio
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