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Texas Woman, 105, Reveals Sizzling Longevity Secret

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN SABA COUNTY, Texas) -- At 105, Pearl Cantrell has one “healthy” habit she swears by: a daily dose of bacon.

Cantrell’s son Billy Allen, 81, said that along with a morning cup of “coffee pudding,” or coffee with lots of milk, sugar and a biscuit, the Texas centenarian starts each day with a few pieces of bacon.

“Every day she gets up and [today she] said Bill ‘I’m ready for my bacon,’” Allen told “[She] eats two pieces nearly every morning.”

But bacon isn’t the centenarian’s only ‘healthy’ habit, Allen said his mother was active his whole life. She spent her days in the fields of the family farm in San Saba County, Texas,  after Allen’s father died in the 1940s. After her husband’s death she raised her seven children on her own.

Allen said not only was his mother active by picking cotton in the fields during the day, but that she always loved to dance and even waltzed at her 105th birthday for a few dances.

However, it was Cantrell’s daily routine of eating bacon that grabbed attention of the Oscar Meyer company. The company famous for their meat and cold cut products sent free packages of bacon and hot dogs to Cantrell in honor of the great-grandmother’s birthday and even let the great-grandmother ride in the famous Wienermobile through town.

“She really enjoyed it. She went all through town and up by the school house,” said Allen.

In spite of her longevity, Cantrell’s habits are not recommended by the medical community for those looking to survive to 105. A study released last year by the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate a daily serving of processed meat, equal to two strips of bacon or a hot dog, had a 20 percent increased risk of death.

“It’s not really surprising because red meat consumption has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer,” said Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of the study, told last year. “What is surprising is the magnitude of risk associated with very moderate red meat consumption.”

However, Cantrell doesn’t have plans to change her habits. “She’s [slowed] down a bit,” said Allen, who along with his four surviving siblings takes care of his mother. “[But] she’s getting to be a handful.”

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Bacon to Cure Your Nosebleed?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Who doesn’t love the smell of bacon in the morning? Let’s hope that people with chronic nosebleeds really love it, because doctors have found new evidence that strips of bacon inserted up the nose can stop nosebleeds.

A report published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Larynology found that strips of “cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults” successfully stopped a 4-year-old girl’s nosebleeds.

The doctors who treated the girl at the Detroit Medical Center speculated that the meat may have certain tissue factors that help the body stop bleeding.

The authors noted that this was the “first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia,” a rare genetic disorder that causes chronic nosebleeds.

Doctors of yesteryear apparently knew much about the curative powers of cured pork. According to a report in the Guardian, doctors in the 1940s and 1950s reported the benefits of salt pork in stopping the occasional nosebleed. Eventually, doctors may have turned up their noses at the practice because of “bacterial and parasitic complications,” as well as improved medical techniques, the authors of the current study speculate.

But eating bacon is another story. A recent study in the British Journal of Cancer found that eating a single daily serving of bacon, sausage or other processed meat may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. And that should be enough to curb anyone’s enthusiasm for a while.

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Link Between Sausage and Cancer?

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eating a single serving of processed meat per day might increase your risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. Experts say the cancer risk is still small, but reducing the amount of processed meat in your diet is a healthy move.

Based on a review of seven previously published studies, Swedish researchers found the risk of pancreatic cancer was 19 percent higher among men and women who ate roughly four ounces of processed meat per day. That’s about one link of sausage or four pieces of bacon.

“Right now, your lifetime risk of getting pancreatic cancer is 1.4 percent,” said ABC News senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. “If you have a serving of processed meat per day, your risk would go up to 1.7 percent; still very small.”

Pancreatic cancer affects roughly one in 65 men and women, according to the National Cancer Institute. But because it’s usually advanced by the time it’s detected, the five-year survival rate is only 5.5 percent.

Although the cancer’s cause is unknown, it’s more common among people who smoke, have diabetes or are obese, confounding variables that make it hard to tease out the role of processed meats alone. “When you’re combining a lot of different studies, it’s sometimes hard to take all of that into account,” Besser said.

Processed meats have also been linked to colon and bladder cancer. And because they’re high in salt and fat, they can raise the risk of other health problems, too. “We’ve always said don’t eat a lot of processed meats,” Besser said.

As for the cancer link, the study authors suspect it might stem from nitrites, chemical preservatives broken down in the stomach and carried to the pancreas through the bloodstream.

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