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Old 03-28-2009, 12:32 PM
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Just a heads up -- a medical study conducted in Iran has confirmed the long held suspicion that drinking how beverages is a cause of cancer that starts in the esophagus, esophageal cancer.


TEHRAN, Iran, March 26 -- People who like their tea really, really hot may be increasing their risk of developing esophageal cancer, researchers here said.

Habitually drinking tea at a temperature of 65 to 70° C (149 to 158° F) was associated with double the risk of esophageal cancer compared with individuals who preferred their tea at less than 65° C, a study published online in BMJ showed.

Moreover, people who drank tea regularly "very hot" -- more than 70° C -- saw their risk for esophageal cancer increase more than eight-fold, said Reza Malekzadeh, M.D., of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, and colleagues.


http://www.medpagetoday.com/Hematolo...rCancers/13453


Fwiw - in western countries the leading causes of esophageal cancer is thought to be smoking and alcohol consumption. Any additional cause related to consuming hot beverages was virtually impossible to determine because everyone studied either smokes and/or drinks booze in addition to drinking hot beverages.

Read the link, it's got good info in it.

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Good article, but what doesn't cause cancer these days?
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Good article, but what doesn't cause cancer these days?
This guy gets the prize for making the most useful posts of anyone on this site (not just the above post).
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Esophageal cancer is on the rise - and they say that there are many different things that can cause it -drinking and smoking are one - hot beverages are another. If you think about it - all of the above makes sense. drinking, smoking and hot beverages all will irritate the esophagus. Continued irritation can lead to problems.

There was a segment on Good Morning America on Wednesday about Esophageal Cancer - and a new - very easy diagnostic test - it is a "scope" tha goes in through the nose and looks at the esophagus - all the way to the stomach. Sounds like it would be uncomfortable, but they did it to a guy on live TV and it seemed very tolerable, easy and fast.

They should what th Dr. would be looking for - a condition called Barrett's (spelling?) Esophagus. It is the "pre-cancerous" condition that is said to make you a high risk.

Unfortunately, I have learned a great deal about espohageal cancer as of late. My Dad was diagnosed with it in December. He is currently undergoing chemo and they are looking to operate in May. So far he seems to be responding well and they are hopeful that it has not spread, but the surgery is going to be a cast iron bitch! There is a difference of opinion from the surgeons as to whether it should be open or laproscopic, but t involves removing all - or most of the esophagus - have to relearn how to swallow - and you lose the ability to prevent reflux - he will not be allowed to eat for hours before sleeping. This whole thing is out of left field - he is going to be 70 in April and is still as active as he was when he was 20. I can't remember him being sick (other than a cold or two) at all in my entire life
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Eyeball I am sure you have seen this firsthand, but I don't know how the Asians do it. They drink their soups at almost a boiling temp. When I have eaten at noodle shops I am usually still sitting there blowing on the darn bowl when everyone else is done eating. At least the piping hot tea cools quick enough but those darn noodles are murder.
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Eyeball I am sure you have seen this firsthand, but I don't know how the Asians do it. They drink their soups at almost a boiling temp. When I have eaten at noodle shops I am usually still sitting there blowing on the darn bowl when everyone else is done eating. At least the piping hot tea cools quick enough but those darn noodles are murder.



It's a technique they invented a billion years ago. Westerners think slurping is sign if being polite. It is not. It is the only way to eat those murder noodles. Pick up the noodles with your chop sticks, blow on the tip to cool and put in your mouth with out touching your lips -- and suck like that girls in your dreams last night. Do it all in one motion, the noodles never touch your lips, they get caught up in a huge in-rush of cooling air such that they are only warm when they into your mouth without touching or burning anything on the way in. Done correctly, it will make a loud slurping noise. Done incorrectly, you will lose skin.

I watched a guy throw down a bowl noodles that was so hot the cook tossed a second order of noodles into his bowl of hot soup, and they cooked right in that same bowl.

Young children can't do it, are only given cooled soup/noodles.

It took me several tries to get the technique down. I can slurp noodles with the best of them. Good news for anyone in the learning curve: lip skin grows back fast.


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Yep, I have tried the whole slurping thing but still almost kill myself. I do understand the slurping doesn't have to do with being impolite. However, I haven't figured out the Chinese habits of picking their nose and spitting on the floor. I can get past the belching out loud but not the nose picking and spitting.
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All the more reason to drink a nice cold beer

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I haven't been in Iran in almost 40 years, so I don't remember how they take their tea. But, studies show that countries that were once part of the British Empire, who take milk in their tea, also have a lower incidence of esophageal cancer. I always thought it had something to do with ph, but maybe the milk also knocks 10-20 degrees off the temp.
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Western culture puts handles on tea cups. Eastern cultures know that if the cup is too hot to hold, it is too hot to drink.
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Originally Posted by pbr streetgang View Post
All the more reason to drink a nice cold beer

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I couldn't agree more! I don't drink anything hot anyway.

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