Do people need protein? Definitely. But is it a case of “the more protein, the better?”Definitely not, according to this video presentation from Dr. Milton Mills.
Eating excessive protein has no advantage — and in Dr. Mill’s words, “there is [sic] some distinct disadvantages.” In Protein: Chemistry for Understanding Nutrition, he expands on a major one, the connection between excess protein consumption and tumor growth, including cancerous tumors.
Mentioning a trait common to both humans and herbivorous mammals, he observes:
“Adult bodies DO NOT need large amounts of protein! Once an animal is mature, it only needs enough protein to maintain homeostasis.”
He answers an audience member’s question about bodybuilders who regularly load up on protein with characteristic humor:
“They’re making very expensive pee and manure! Are they doing harm to themselves? Yes, they are.”
Where does that harm lie?
Like all natural herbivores, human infants rely on theirmothers’ protein-rich milk to fuel rapid growth. But foradults, he says, animal protein isn’t just unnecessary; it’s potentially carcinogenic.
“If herbivores are exposed to animal protein during adulthood,” he warns, “it activates oncogenes or cancer genes that can stimulate abnormal growth and can lead to tumor development and cancers.”
Dr. Mills isn’t the only one concerned about this issue. The World Health Organization lists processed meats asGroup 1 carcinogens, alongside asbestos and smoking! And red meat is listed next inGroup 2a.
With this video, Dr. Mills has again sounded the alarm that eating meat endangers our health. Protein: Chemistry for Understanding Nutritionoffers the best explanation I’ve yet seen of the link between animal protein consumption and cancer.