Meat Causes Cancer

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc

There is a single food that causes most illness (and which causes as many deaths and as much illness as tobacco). It 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 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.

The United States Surgeon General’s Report called ‘Nutrition and Health’ said: ‘In one international correlational study...a positive association was observed between total protein and animal protein and breast, colon, prostate, renal and endometrial cancers.’

It is, I believe, the fat in meat which is the most significant cause of cancer. The fat in meat isn’t 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 chemicals with which animals are fed accumulate in the fat. Breast cancer is a particular risk because breast tissue contains a considerable amount of fatty tissue. The carcinogenic chemicals fed to animals accumulate in the animal’s fatty tissues. When the fatty meat is eaten the carcinogenic chemicals easily accumulate in the parts of the human body with the most fat.

There is plenty of evidence proving that meat causes cancer (there are summaries of 26 scientific papers relating meat to cancer in my book `Meat Causes Cancer and other Food for Thought’ )but despite the existence of the evidence there are many doctors, dieticians and nutritionists around who still don’t seem to understand the importance of this link.

The last time I looked at Wikipedia it stated, among the various State sponsored lies about me, that I had been banned by the ASA for reporting that meat causes cancer. The ASA is a private organisation which can’t ban anyone but the truth is that the meat trade objected to my telling the truth and the ASA duly published a critical report. I submitted 26 scientific references in support of my statement about meat but the ASA refused to look at the references. Some justice, eh? (Oddly, many years ago a British magazine called `Private Eye’ refused to carry advertisements for the book – fearing that their readers might be upset.)

Meat dishes in restaurants should carry exactly the same sort of Government health warning as packets of cigarettes. Meat on sale in butchers’ shops should carry the same warning.

If one makes a judgement objectively, based purely on the available scientific evidence, chefs who promote meat eating should be arrested and charged with manslaughter and parents who give their children meat to eat should be charged with negligence. (Children are still developing until the age of about 12 and young immune systems and livers are less able to get rid of contaminants.)

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.Some farmers use tranquillisers to keep animals calm. Others routinely use antibiotics so that their animals do not develop infections — and to boost the rate at which they put on weight. In America over half of all antibiotics are fed to animals and I don’t think it is any coincidence that the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin went up from 13% in 1960 to 91 % in 1988. 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.

The healthiness of a vegetarian diet is perhaps shown most dramatically by the fact that lifelong vegetarians visit hospitals 22% less often than meat eaters — and for shorter stays.

Vegetarians tend to be fitter than meat eaters — as well as healthier — and many of the world’s most successful athletes (particularly those who specialise in endurance events) follow a strictly vegetarian diet.

I’ve been promoting vegetarianism for decades but it is now politically fashionable to criticise meat eating so maybe the message won’t be quite so difficult to promote in the future.

Who knows, maybe the ASA will publish a long overdue apology!

Copyright Vernon Coleman October 2021

Vernon Coleman is the author of `Meat Causes Cancer and more Food for Thought’ which is available as a paperback and an eBook.