Does Meat Cause Cancer?
After spending the last few days reviewing NutritionFacts’ research on the benefits of dried plant foods, curiosity led me to the site’s earliest videos. They were about cancer.
Towards the end of his life, A friend of mine told everyone who would listen that the carcinogenic fertilizer he sprayed on his farm caused his disease. I understand that many other cancer patients believe a specific environmental factor caused their conditions.
That said, exclusively blaming toxins, pollution, diet, drugs, stress or infections seems as irresponsible to me as an over-emphasis on genetics. Cancer usually claims lives without being tied to a single specific cause.
But when legitimate studies expose a strong connection between eating meat and dairy foods and developing cancer, should we let them influence our behavior?
I certainly think so!
The very first video on NutritionFacts, dated August 19, 2007, is Industrial Carcinogens in Animal Fat. It examines the Harvard Nurses Study. Here are its summaries of the crucial findings (bolding mine):
“After studying more than 100,000 people, they found that bacon and chicken consumption may double our risk of bladder cancer. Same with pancreatic cancer, a horrific disease. Long Island women who ate lots of barbeque have up to 47% greater odds of getting breast cancer.”
“Or, feed our kids lots of dairy, and triple their risk of colorectal cancer 65 years later. More dairy, more prostate cancer. More testicular cancer.”
The site’s second video is Slowing the Growth of Cancer. At minute 5:27, it shows the results of a UCLA study in which women had their blood dripped onto cancer cells before and after changing to an exclusively plant-based diet.
The blood from the plant-based diet is pictured as dramatically diminishing the cancer cells! The video goes on to reveal that many of us already have cancer tumors growing inside. And, according these scientific studies, we have two options.
We can choose to feed these cancer cells food they’ll use to grow, or we can choose to feed them food that shrinks them.
If only all our choices were so clear!