October 28, 2015
"The church says the earth is flat; but I have
seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more
confidence even in a shadow than in the church."
― Ferdinand Magellan
"A Nobel Prize winner was asked how he became a
scientist. He said that every day after school,
his mother would ask him not what he learned but
whether he asked a good question today. That, he
said, was how he became a scientist."
― Thomas L. Friedman, The World Is Flat
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World News: Monday, October 26, 2015
PARIS (AP) -- The World Health Organization's cancer agency says
that processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon and
other cancers, and red meat is probably cancer-causing as well.
Researchers from the WHO's International Agency for Research on
Cancer in Lyon, France, released an evaluation of more than 800
studies from several continents about meat and cancer. Based on
that evaluation, they classified processed meat as "carcinogenic
to humans" -- in the same category as cigarettes -- and red meat as
"probably" carcinogenic to humans.
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How would you react to this news if you sold meat for a living?
Poised precariously on the Texas longhorns of a dilemma, you would
probably do so in a manner similar to the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association, located near the appropriately-named city of Wacko, Texas.
In their attempt to lend credibility to insanity, the Cattlemen expressed their
beef with the World Health Organization by hiring cowboys and cowgirls
to counter the opinions of 22 scientists who evaluated 800 peer-reviewed
scientific studies. The title of their maniacal P.R. Newswire press release:
"Science Does Not Support International Agency Opinion on Red Meat
and Cancer Evidence Inadequate to Reach Consensus on Cancer Risk"
They then offered interviews with a list of their experts. Notmilk
contacted each expert to discuss the science. Not one of our calls or
Emails was returned because the experts never intended to speak with
any member of the media. The Press Release is a sham. They were there
on paper only and in print only for the show.
The leadoff batter for the Cattlemen swung for the fences, but struck
out swinging. Dietician Shalene McNeill declared:
"Billions of dollars have been spent on studies all over the world
and no single food has ever been proven to cause or cure cancer.
As a registered dietitian and mother, my advice hasn't changed;
please don't smoke."
Such an opinion is in good company when you consider similar
wisdom is offered by paid employees of the top three cigarette
companies in the world; China National ($16 billion profit in 2015),
Phillip Morris (8 billion profit in 2015), and British-American
Tobacco ($4 billion in 2015). Fact is, no scientific study has ever
provided "real science" demonstrating beyond a shadow on an x-ray screen
of a doubt the missing link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer
and will not do so until mankind gives human vivisectionists the thumbs up
to conduct similar Nazi-like experiments on a control group of live humans
as we do with laboratory cats and rats and unicorns.
In lieu of conclusive physiological research, epidemiologists are in virtually
unanimous agreement regarding the etiology of that meat/cancer link, just
as they are regarding the cigarette smoking/lung cancer connection.
Steak and hamburgers are delicious. Don't accept Julia Child's or Bobby
Flay's TV cooking shows as conclusive evidence that they are wonderful.