Bad News – Good News

In my email today I found the following message:
Subject: Bad News

Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Government

It’s true. As our 401k’s shrink and threats of tax increases grow, many of us do wonder if there’s any light shining at the end of the tunnel. Only time will tell but in the interim I’m finding a bit of good news in the wine cellar… Yes, wine remains a small pleasure we can all still afford and it is actually good for us.

In fact, a recently published research study* conducted by Kaiser Permanente scientists has found that red wine consumption can significantly reduce the risk of one of the deadliest cancers — lung cancer.

Surveying over 80,000 men, study scientist Chun Chao says, “We observed those men who drank one to two glasses of red wine per day had a lower risk of lung cancer compared to those who did not drink red wine.”

In fact, the red wine drinkers’ risk of lung cancer was reduced by an amazing 60 percent! The study showed that for every glass of red wine a man drank in a month, the risk of cancer dropped by 2 percent.

The way I see it, even if we can’t do anything about the bad news these days, we can all do something about our own health. Drink red wine! Tell your friends. Just think, if we all drink wine regularly enough, we may even live to see the government rehabilitated and the proverbial Light at the End of the Tunnel shine again.  That would be something to toast.

*Published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention by the American Association for Cancer Research.

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