This Stuff Causes More Cancer Than Tobacco!

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

There is a food which has been proven time and time again to cause cancer of the breast, cancer of the prostate, cancer of the bowel, many other types of cancer and numerous other disorders including asthma, heart disease, constipation, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It is a food which most people eat at least once every day. And it is a food which governments know is potentially lethal but which they support (with subsidies) and actively promote.

The truth about this deadly food is suppressed for purely commercial reasons. Governments (and the medical profession) say nothing because the people selling the food have too much power and too much money.

The name of the food is meat.

Now that many people have given up smoking, meat causes more cancer than tobacco.

It is, I believe, the fat in meat which is the most significant cause of cancer. The fat in meat isnít just the white stuff that is easy to cut off. The fat is spread throughout the meat and is invisible to the naked eye.

The fat in meat is particularly likely to cause cancer because the carcinogenic chemicals fed to animals accumulate in the animalís fatty tissues. When the fatty meat is eaten the carcinogenic chemicals easily accumulate in the parts of the human body with the most fat. Breast cancer is a particular risk because breast tissue contains a considerable amount of fatty tissue. The incidence of breast cancer is rocketing (as are so many other cancers) because of chemical toxins in the fatty meat we eat. Clear scientific evidence shows that women who eat lots of fat, and/or eat lots of meat, are more likely to get breast cancer. It really is that simple. The incidence of breast cancer among Japanese women was low when they ate a traditional Japanese diet (which contains very little meat). When Japanese women started eating fatty hamburgers (food which I long ago christened harmburgers) the incidence of breast cancer rocketed.

There is plenty of evidence proving that meat causes cancer (there are summaries of 26 scientific papers relating meat to cancer in my book Food for Thought) but, despite this, there are many doctors, dieticians and nutritionists around who still donít seem to understand the importance of this link. Despite the firm evidence showing that meat causes cancer, the majority of hospitals still serve their patients (and staff) meals which are built around meat. We think it strange that just a relatively few years ago patients and staff in hospitals were allowed to smoke on the wards but in a few yearsí time our descendants will surely regard it as just as odd that hospitals should have served meat to people entrusted to their care. In my view, any nutritionist, dietician, cookery writer or chef who advocates eating meat should be doing something else for a living. I believe it is as absurd and as indefensible for a chef, nutritionist or dietician to recommend eating meat as part of a healthy diet as it would be for a doctor to recommend smoking as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The list of diseases known to be associated with meat, or commoner among meat eaters, looks like the index of a medical textbook. Anaemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostate, constipation, diabetes, gall stones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins are just some of the well-known disorders which are more likely to affect meat eaters than vegetarians.

There is too, the problem of the adrenalin in meat. When animals are killed they are inevitably terrified. They have a good deal of adrenalin running through their veins. When the animal is eaten, the person who eats the animal consumes that adrenalin. What are the consequences of this? No one knows.

To all these hazards must be added the fact that if you eat meat you will be consuming any hormones, drugs and other chemicals which may have been fed to the animals before they were killed.

No one knows precisely what effect eating the hormones in meat is likely to have on your health. But the risk is there and I think itís a big one.

And there are other hazards. Some farmers use tranquillisers to keep animals calm. Others routinely use antibiotics so that their animals do not develop infections ó and to boost the rate at which they put on weight. In America, over half of all antibiotics are fed to animals, and I donít think it is any coincidence that the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin has risen dramatically since farmers started doing this. Animals which are lucky enough to spend some of their time out of doors eating grass, will often eat grass which has been sprayed with all sorts of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

If you care one jot about your health then the very best thing you can do is to give up eating meat. Giving up meat and eating a vegetarian diet will now have as dramatic an effect on your health as not smoking.

Taken from 101 Things I Have Learned by Vernon Coleman, available as an ebook on Amazon.

Copyright Vernon Coleman

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