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August 14, 2007

'Western' Diet Linked To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancer Recurrence

Topics: Medicine

Cancer-cell1.jpgSurely, this shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone that's been keeping up with the reported relationships between red meat and cancer: Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that colon cancer patients who eat a diet high in red meat, fatty products, refined grains, and desserts -- a so-called "Western diet" -- may be increasing their chance of disease relapse and early death.]

And the links between red meat and cancer has been suspected for a very long time.

Posted by Richard at August 14, 2007 8:31 PM

The thing that troubles me about how the results of this study are reported is the "Western Diet" in question is not only high in red meat, but also processed meat, french fries, sugar, and highly refined foods of all types. Commercial meat is certainly an issue and loaded with hormones, antibiotics, feed containing transfats from bakery waste, herbicides & pesticides used in feed production, etc. This along with other foods devoid of nutrients is indeed a major factor in toxicity and cellular disfunction leading to a host of diseases including cancers. The sound bite becomes "meat causes cancer" rather than the more accurate "commercial & fake foods cause cancer".

Posted by: Julie at August 15, 2007 1:59 PM

"Sound bites" aside, there is ample research that "suggests" a red meat relationship, likely mutagen-related, with cancer.

Take for example, here ...

Does this mean that I, a two time cancer survivor have given up red meat? Nope. I just eat red meat no more than once or twice a weak, sometimes skipping a week, and I'm a bit selective about how it's prepared.

Posted by: Richard at August 15, 2007 6:12 PM

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