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The 5.78703704 × 10-5 hertz Fallacy

'Five-a-day' fruit and veg might only have a small anti-cancer benefit

This well-conducted study collected data from a large population across 10 different countries and specifically assessed the effect of fruit and vegetable intake on overall risk of cancer. The authors say that the relationship between diet and incidence of total cancers is less frequently studied than that between diet and individual cancers, and that results in this area have been inconsistent. This particular study found only a borderline reduction in risk of cancer with increased consumption of fruit, vegetables and total fruit and vegetables.

A commendable article from the NHS on the survey, you can almost hear their teeth gnashing as they admit that the five-a-day bossy campaign is almost a waste of time, and they point out there may be other benefits and problems with the survey. But the big point is that this was claimed to be a certainty, and it ain't

Google Search - five a day
= 5.78703704 × 10-5 hertz is the top result - geeks rule!

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As ever, it was more about control than health. If they can make you eat what they tell you, you're one step closer to becoming their slave in other areas of your life. No smoking in your own home is a likely next step, or possibly no drinking. The list of commands they wish to issue is endless,

Where's the party that will take an axe to the whole nanny state/H&S/PC interfering/little Hitler lot of them? Get government off my back and reduce it to what is essential not what the feather bedded, empire building, seat warmers want.

Think of the savings as well!!

As ever, it was more about control than health. If they can make you eat what they tell you, you're one step closer to becoming their slave in other areas of your life. No smoking in your own home is a likely next step, or possibly no drinking. The list of commands they wish to issue is endless,

Where's the party that will take an axe to the whole nanny state/H&S/PC interfering/little Hitler lot of them? Get government off my back and reduce it to what is essential not what the feather bedded, empire building, seat warmers want.

Think of the savings as well!!

That's brilliant news. Look at the savings we can now make on getting rid of "five fruit and veg a day" officers in local government.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2003/pr84/en/
11 November 2003 | GENEVA -- World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today a unified approach to promote greater consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Low fruit and vegetable intake is estimated to cause some 2.7 million deaths each year, and was among the top 10 risk factors contributing to mortality, according to the World Health Report 2002. The announcement was made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the annual meeting of the WHO Global Forum on Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control.

The joint fruit and vegetable promotion effort is being developed within the framework of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. This effort is being developed in collaboration with other global partners, including national “5-a-day” type multi-stakeholder organizations, which promote fruit and vegetable consumption.

http://www.sustainweb.org/pdf/g5_eval.pdf
With the help of Sustain’s Grab 5! project officers, many schools had also engaged with outside organisations such as the Health Action Zone, the local Healthy Schools Programme, the local authority, caterers, local businesses and health professionals. In each of the areas, Lambeth, Leeds and Plymouth, these organisations formed effective multi-agency groups capable of maintaining the project in the long term. At the end of the evaluation, people in all three areas were working on strategies to maintain the Grab 5! initiative. As a member of a local Grab 5! steering group commented: "The process of Grab 5! shouldn’t be allowed to disappear. It has been phenomally successful and it’s gaining momentum as the year is drawing to a close"

Shouldn't the science have been settled *before* pernicious programmes such as 'five a day' were implemented?

How many more Government initiatives are based on opinion rather than fact?

Garther you asked "How many more Government initiatives are based on opinion rather than fact?"

Actually, most of them, but I think they're based on spite, bias, bigotry and arrogance rather than opinion.

The 'five a day' result is just Google's built-in units conversion calculator. 5/86400 = 0.0000578704

A furlong a fortnight is ~0.17 mm per second. for example

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