Now it’s tea…

Cigarettes, alcohol, fatty food, tea, all will kill you if you don’t cut back. Yes, drink over 7 cups of tea a day and you increase your chances of prostate cancer by 50%.


Men who drink lots of tea are far more likely to develop prostate cancer, researchers have warned.
They found that those who drank seven or more cups a day had a 50 per cent higher risk of contracting the disease than men who had three or fewer.
The warning comes after scientists at the University of Glasgow tracked the health of more than 6,000 men for four decades.

This comes on top of Cholesterol damages your brain (BBC) Lack of sleep giving you a stroke (Express) and marathon running can scar your heart (Telegraph)

It doesn’t seem to matter what you do, how you live your life there’s something out there is going to get you. What’s worse is that the health fanatics out there are determined to force us into living life on their terms, not ours.

What should be a matter of lifestyle choice is now fraught with authoritarianism. Smoke or drink too much or even overweight and there’s a chance that medical staff will turn around and throw you off the waiting list for an operation. Doesn’t matter if you’re otherwise healthy, work and pay into the system, if you’re doing something they don’t like, then there’s a chance they’ll prevent you from getting treatment unless you stop eating/drinking/smoking.

How did we ever let these people get into positions of power over us? The sheer inhumanity of their decisions at times is staggering. It really is none of their business how we live our lives, so long as we aren’t breaking any laws, rather than their petty rules.

Yes I know it’s supposed to be about saving the NHS money, but I could do that quite easily by simply removing whole swathes of middle management and letting doctors and nurses sort things out for themselves. Not sure how well that would work, but getting rid of the policy makers who try to prevent people getting help certainly couldn’t hurt.

I really think there needs to be a comprehensive look at just how we do ‘health’ in the UK, both in financing and delivery. To far too many people the NHS is a sacred cow, yet it’s obvious that there are better ways to deliver health. We just need to pick the way that works best for us, not necessarily the most efficient, simply the best.


11 comments for “Now it’s tea…

  1. June 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Yes I know it’s supposed to be about saving the NHS money…

    An unintended consequence of universal healthcare.

  2. June 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Tea? FFS, what the hell did they think I’d start drinking when I gave up booze?

  3. June 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    You get about five cups a day in hospital, or at least I did and there was always more available.

    • john
      June 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Yeah, and hospital food is the bastion of healthy eating.

  4. microdave
    June 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I mentioned this to my doctor this morning after she had examined me, and said I don’t have lung cancer because I have been coughing for more than 3 weeks.

    Another “helpful” NHS campaign which just causes more anguish…

    • June 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      This is why I tend to ignore them. If I have symptoms that cause me concern, then I’ll see the GP, but I take no notice of propaganda campaigns.

  5. Pissed-off
    June 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    NHS? At nearly 70 years old I intend to die at home, where I can crawl to a tap for a drink of water rather than wait for one of those people chatting by the work station to minister to me.

  6. June 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m extreeeeemly worried about this as it appears I’ll have to evolve a prostate gland first.

  7. Mudplugger
    June 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    But, perversely, the drinking of tea was one of the silent elements which enabled Britain to develop and sustain large and productive cities in the Industrial Revolution.

    Because tea has some antiseptic properties, some infections were stopped in their tracks before they could become epidemics (which inhibited growth of cities in other countries) and this, coupled with the tea-brewing’s necessity of boiling their fetid water first, eliminated yet more potentially communicable infections.

    We must assume that those hard-working Victorians would have accepted the marginally greater risk of dying from prostate cancer as preferable to an earlier demise from any of the popularly circulating infections. (‘Tis true, of course, that those Victorians didn’t know that any of this was happening in their teapots – they were just lucky)

  8. June 20, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I don’t drink any tea at all eo, YAY! I’m going to live twice as long as….er?

  9. Greg Tingey
    June 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Given the sort of cancer they are talking about, do you think an appropriate response is, erm …

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