UN: Eating Meat Will Kill You

By now I am sure that you have heard how the UN has condemned meat, red meat, but processed meat in particular, as a carcinogenic worse that tobacco.

PARIS (AP) — The World Health Organization’s cancer agency says that processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon and other cancers, and red meat is probably cancer-causing as well.”

“Researchers from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, released an evaluation of more than 800 studies from several continents about meat and cancer. Based on that evaluation, they classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” — in the same category as cigarettes — and red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

I decided to run the number, using colon cancer to see what the added risk of eating meat actually is: “Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20.  The death rate from colorectal cancer has been going down for more than 20 years. Last Medical Review: 10/15/2014″

I was unable to find a report citing the increase in risk for those who eat meat as compared to one who does not, but I did hear a Fox News’ doctor say that it was an 18% increase, so the question then becomes what is 18% of 1/20 (or .05%) and how much does that add to the general population’s risk. To get that I multiplied 1.18 times .05 getting getting .059%.

So the additional risk you incur eating your sausages, hot dogs, etc., is 0.009%. I would remind you that the UN has been pushing for a meat free diet for a very long time. Using the search phrase, “the United Nations says don’t eat meat” you get this (I use Yahoo instead of Google):

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Update: 13:59, 10/27/2015:

Here is an extract post by James Delingpole:

Here’s what their Vice President of Scientific Affairs Betsy Booren had to say in a statement:

“They tortured the data to ensure a specific outcome.”

“Red and processed meat are among 940 agents reviewed by IARC and found to pose some level of theoretical ‘hazard.’ Only one substance, a chemical in yoga pants, has been declared by IARC not to cause cancer.”

I still can’t work out whether the yoga pants thing is a joke or not but I like this woman’s style.

She’s quite right though. If we paid any heed to all the things researchers tell us can give us cancer, then we’d probably have to give up eating and drinking altogether.

This study from 2013Is everything we eat associated with cancer? A systematic cookbook review – illustrates the problem well.

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  1. Exactly what are the most popular blogs in the Philippines where I can send my sites for others to read?

  2. I am a retired service electronic engineer who installed and maintained Medical Imaging devices, including Cat (CT), MR, Nuclear Cameras, and R/F Rooms, and in the course of my career had many disusions, with radiologists, saw many, many images of the body and head, seeing an image of cancer give no insight as to what the risk of an individual is of subcuming to cancer, not what caused the cancer in the first place.

    While I agree with most of what you just said, it does not change the fact that eating meat only increases your chances of getting colon cancer by 0.09%.

  3. They aren’t forbidding anyone from eating stuff that’s bad for them, just providing facts. It’s not exactly news that processed foods are not as good for you as fresh food, and we’ve known that too much salt, refined sugar and preservatives are harmful for decades. it’s not just the WHO. Every doctor on Earth already knows it. But humans still have their prehistoric genetic programming (eat all you can of whatever you can because you never know when you’ll get food again), so we have increases in obesity, diabetes, hypertension and all related health problems. It’s hard to trump bio-urges with information, maybe impossible.

    • Here’s what their Vice President of Scientific Affairs Betsy Booren had to say in a statement:

      “They tortured the data to ensure a specific outcome.”

      “Red and processed meat are among 940 agents reviewed by IARC and found to pose some level of theoretical ‘hazard.’ Only one substance, a chemical in yoga pants, has been declared by IARC not to cause cancer.”

      I still can’t work out whether the yoga pants thing is a joke or not but I like this woman’s style.

      She’s quite right though. If we paid any heed to all the things researchers tell us can give us cancer, then we’d probably have to give up eating and drinking altogether.

      This study from 2013 – Is everything we eat associated with cancer? A systematic cookbook review – illustrates the problem well.

      • Let me try explaining health risks from diet in a different way. Our bodies are engines, adapted to burn a variety of fuel types. Despite that fact, some fuels are still better than others. If you burn the optimal fuel, the engine works better and there’s less damage to the cylinders etc. over time. You can still run the engine using fuel that isn’t as clean, but over time you’ll risk problems and shorten the life of the vehicle.

        There are lots of things that CAN give you cancer. That’s fact. It doesn’t mean they WILL. But some people WILL get it from dietary sources, others from environmental poisons, others from substance abuse, others from genetic defects (design flaws), others from mutations caused by radiation sources, and others from the aging process itself (yes, getting old CAN give you cancer).

        You’re right that it’s impractical to avoid all sources of cancer risk all the time. But knowing more about whatever contributes to risk allows you more freedom of choice in which risks to avoid, and which to mitigate. If you don’t know, you rely on luck and accidents.

        (I’m a medical imaging technologist. I’ve seen and imaged a lot of different kinds of cancers.)


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