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Is the subject of this story going to kill you or cure you?

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There’s now a website that actually tracks The Daily Mail of London to categorize its stories as either “kill or cure” stories. The site quotes British physician-author Ben Goldacre: “The Daily Mail, as you know, is engaged in a philosophical project of mythic proportions: for many years now it has diligently been sifting through all the inanimate objects in the world, soberly dividing them into the ones which either cause – or cure – cancer.”

Visitors to the site can vote on the stories.

Screen shot 2010-02-26 at 9.20.52 AM.png So far, the following things cause cancer: age, air pollution, air travel, aluminum, artificial flavors, artificial light…. You get the picture. That’s only in the A alphabetical listing.

So far, the following things prevent cancer: bananas, Brazil nuts, breakfast, etc. Beer, it should be noted, both causes and prevents cancer!

Hmmm. I may have just received inspiration for a new health news review project in this country!

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