Thursday, November 12, 2015

More "Bull" from the Media


About two weeks ago the media reported that the World Health Organization (the public health arm of the United Nations) stated that “red meat probably causes cancer.”

The media, as has become the norm lately, blew the results out of all proportion. Red meat is classified as Group 2A.  The World Health Organization’s definition of Group 2A is as follows.

Group 2A: The agent is probably carcinogenic to humans. This category is used when there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. Limited evidence means that a positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer but that other explanations for the observations (technically termed chance, bias, or confounding) could not be ruled out

Some of the other items that fall into Group 2A include:

·        Working as a hairdresser or barber
·        Doing  shift work (your circadian rhythms are disrupted)
·        Having a wood burning fireplace

I’m not telling you to eat red meat or not eat red meat.  I don’t care if your eat beef, lamb, goat or horse meat vs chicken, turkey or sea food.

What I’m telling you is don’t fall for misleading information. It doesn’t matter whether it comes for the scam artist or the mainstream media. It’s still snake oil.

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