The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. ... In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Does red meat give you bowel cancer or hacked email disease?

It's an enigma - nobody knows the truth 
Professor Tim Key
Oxford University


BBC Health -Does red meat give you bowel cancer?
 
Why do I get the same kind of feeling reading about the supposed perils of meat as when reading about the recent "Global Warming" flap.   Omitting non-conforming evidence?  What's the problem since "we know that we are right anyway...".

Quotes:

The WCRF says the evidence that red and processed meats increase the risk of colorectal cancer is "convincing",...

...The WCRF has published a list of  "minor errors"  with the report - some relating to the findings on red meat and bowel cancer - but says it has no intention of altering the conclusions based on an expert panel's review of the scientific literature.

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But there have already been clashes within the pages of the leading scientific journal on diet and disease.
In a letter last year to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Professor Stewart Truswell of the University of Sydney questioned why  several large studies which found no link had been discarded by the panel , and also pinpointed errors in the reporting of data. 

 Pass that steak then, bring veggies?  Well not quite yet:

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Oxford (EPIC-Oxford), which followed 65,000 people during the 1990s, found that far from being protected from bowel cancer as anticipated, vegetarians in fact displayed a slightly higher incidence of this form of the disease.


 Enjoy your food    8-:)
 Heretic

3 comments :

Beth@WeightMaven said...

Stan, just wanted to pop in and say I loved your comment over on Heart Scan Blog about morbid obesity as a protection against diabetes. I've been thinking the same thing; just haven't ever seen it expressed so well! Seems a bit like a "well, duh" when you think about it, but not a lot of folks really do, do they?

Stan (Heretic) said...

Thanks! Often, the most obvious ideas such as body fat being protective rather than being the cause of the problem, do not get seriously considered - probably because they are obvious.

On the other hand, other seemingly obvious ideas such as lipids-CHD hypothesis do not get critically reexamined even though they should - precisely because they are too obvious!

I am glad that Dr. Davis is willing to question the established medical dogma and not afraid of speaking out. It doesn't mean that he has to be always right (neither am I) but that is the way of the true scientist.

Stan

JC said...

http://exchanges.webmd.com/diet-debate

I hope some of you can join us to debate what makes up a healthy diet. JC