Fight Cancer – Eat Vegan

american institute for cancer researchThe American Institute for Cancer Research states:

Scientists estimate that if everyone ate a healthy diet, was physically active every day and maintained a healthy weight, the number of cancer cases would be reduced by about one-third.

Their recommendations for the prevention of cancer include the following:

Recently the National Cancer Institute published a study in the Public Library of Science showing a link between eating red meat and a statistically higher risk of certain cancers at multiple sites including: lung, liver, esophogus. The researchers in the study stated "Statistically significant elevated risks (ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent) were evident for esophageal, colorectal, liver, and lung cancer, comparing individuals in the highest with those in the lowest quintile of red meat intake."  (See Public Library of Science - Study of Meat Intake in Relation to Cancer Risk)

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  1. Also a recent reuters article reports on a study that seems to imply healthy eating combined with exercise can have an affect at the genetic level, switching on disease fighting genes. More food for thought.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1628897920080618?rpc=60

  2. I find it interesting that health experts continue to suggest “limiting” red meat instead of eliminating it entirely. What does “limiting” mean? One burger a day? A month? A year? I’m all for the “live and let live” philosophy when it comes to diet (and any other lifestyle choice, for that matter), but it is hard for people to truly make an informed decision when vague terms are thrown around in an effort to placate the meat industry (which is what I assume is happening).

  3. I stand corrected (somewhat). I clicked on the “limit red meat” link in your post and found a recommended maximum amount. However, many experts still recommend a vegetarian/vegan diet, but their opinions aren’t promoted as widely as “limited” meat consumption.

  4. Hi Paul,
    Healthy eating and exercise are the key to preventing ALL lifestyle diseases (cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes). I’m watching a program on Alzheimer’s and even that can be delayed a bit by exercise.

    Hi Becky,
    I’m a little cynical, and so when I read “limited” meat consumption, I always think to myself (as it appears you do too) that the companies writing these articles are looking to avoid lawsuits. Oprah won’t come out against eating meat since she got into a huge lawsuit with the beef industry in the 80. (something about mad cow disease).
    My bigger gripe is that most of the eco-friendy suggestions shy away from suggesting a vegetarian diet. You can’t be green if your plate isn’t!

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