"The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study concluded that red meat consumption was associated with living a significantly shorter life—increased cancer mortality, increased heart disease mortality, and increased overall mortality."
1907 New York Times Article Shows that Meat Causes Cancer. A Century Later, Many People Still Haven’t Heard the News
While everyone understands the link between cancer and cigarettes, the link with meat has somehow escaped notice.
In two enormous studies - the 2009 NIH-AARP study, with half a million participants, and a 2012 Harvard study with 120,000 participants - meat-eaters were at higher risk of a cancer death, and many more studies have shown the same thing.
Why Parents Should Keep Children Meat and Dairy Free
"Ever since I wrote my first edition of Baby and Child Care in 1946, I have always put the emphasis on the need for eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain cereals. But due to the fact that dairy products and meats have been considered ideal foods for so long, I was hesitant to talk about their hidden disadvantages. What changed my mind was an episode in my own medical history." - Benjamin Spock, MD
"Studies show that heavy consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular problems. On the flip side, consuming plant-based foodssuch as beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is associated with a sharply reduced risk. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that compared with meat-eaters, vegetarians have a 32 percent lower risk of heart disease."
"United Nations scientists, in their 408-page indictment of the meat industry, sum up these statistics, pointing out that the meat industry is “one of the … most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global,” including “problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.”
Cutting Down on Meat for Health: More People Are Trying It
"Health is one of the primary reasons people chose a vegan diet. But it’s easy to see how that can go awry. Corn chips are vegan. And most French fries. Plenty of candy and white bread. The list goes on. I decided to try a plant-heavy vegan diet for the month of January and write about my progress."
Five Major Poisons Inherently Found in Animal Foods
"Protein, fat, cholesterol, methionine (a sulfur-containing amino acid), and dietary acids, which are all superabundant in animal foods, are poisoning nearly everyone following the standard Western diet. Most people cannot fathom this, because it takes four or more decades of consumption before disability, disfigurement, and death become common from these endogenous toxins."
Association Between Protein Intake and Blood Pressure
"Vegetable protein intake was inversely related to blood pressure. This finding is consistent with recommendations that a diet high in vegetable products be part of healthy lifestyle for prevention of high blood pressure and related diseases."
"So-called organic meats are sold as a means for people to reduce their exposure to hormones and chemical toxins. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that animals raised on an organic operation must be fed organic feed and given access to the outdoors. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides and using no petroleum-based or sewage-sludge-based fertilizers.
However, while concentrations of some contaminants may be decreased, switching to organic meat does nothing to decrease the risk for the diseases that remain the biggest killers of Americans. Cholesterol, fat (especially saturated fat), and animal protein are the major culprits in meat that are associated with higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. They are also associated with the development of the many risk factors that lead to these diseases, including obesity and hypertension.
Animal products, however they are produced, increase the risk of many diseases."
Animal Protein Consumption Triggers the Release of the Cancer-Promoting Growth Hormone IGF-1
"Luteolin is a common flavonoid found in celery, broccoli, and many spices that may have the ability to suppress the insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) hormone associated with prostate cancer growth (http://1.usa.gov/1FfAiLU). This might explain why plants have the ability to alter IGF-I production."
Estrogen in Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
"The sex steroids found naturally in animal products likely exceed the hormonal impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemical pollutants."
Meat Intake and Mortality: A Prospective Study Of Over Half A Million People
Red or Processed Meat Increases Risk of Mortality - A Study of Over Half a Million People Shows
The Telegraph - Red Meat is Blamed for One in 10 Early Deaths
The Department of Health was last night urged to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.
Health Advice: Eat Less Red Meat to Reduce Cancer Risk
"People should cut back on red and processed meat to reduce their risk of getting cancer, the government says...Eating 100 to 120g of red and processed meat a day - things like salami, ham and sausages - increases the risk of developing the condition by 20 to 30%, according to studies."
A diet high in fiber and carbohydrates and low in fat, protein, and dairy products may prevent prostate cancer, according to research presented this week at the American Urological Association annual meeting.
Meat Dementia: The Animal Protein and Mental Health Connection
"Leading British psychotherapist, Peter Field has advised people to abstain from eating meat and animal protein if they value their mental health. According to Field, there is a direct link between the consumption of animal protein and cognitive dysfunction, which may result in Alzheimer’s and senile dementia."
"The Boston Globe Magazine featured a profile of Harvard professor Walter Willett, calling him the “world’s most influential nutritionist... According to the study, conducted by Willett and his colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health, participants who ate at least a half serving more red meat over a four-year period were 48 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in the following four years. Conversely, those who lowered their meat consumption by more than half a serving per day decreased their diabetes risk. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
"GRILLED meat can significantly increase the chance of developing diabetes... Scientists have discovered that regularly eating grilled bacon, a sausage sandwich or a cooked breakfast can send obesity and diabetes rates soaring."
"Doctors from India’s Government General Hospital recently announced that meat or fish that has been smoked, or cooked directly over fire, is more harmful to human health than alcohol consumption or even cigarettes."
Red, Processed Meat Directly Linked to Bowel Cancer
"Red and processed meat increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to the most extensive report yet on the risk factors for the disease, which also pointed to the preventative quality of foods containing fibre"
"The effect of animal protein on loss of bone calcium and its consequences for osteoporosis has been extensively shown for more than 2 decades. Animal protein intake as strongly associated with bone fracture rate for different countries" - T. Colin Campbell, PhD. Center of Nutrition Studies.
Low Carbohydrate-High Protein Diet and Incidence of Cardiovascular Diseases in Swedish Women: Prospective Cohort Study
Low carbohydrate-high protein diets, used on a regular basis and without consideration of the nature of carbohydrates or the source of proteins, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Low Carb Diets Can Adversely Affect Coronary Blood Flow
Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: Two Cohort Studies
A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.
The Smoke and Mirrors behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain
“The truth is that the rich Western diet makes people fat and sick. Steering people away from the few healthy components of our diet (grains and other starchy vegetables) and toward the unhealthy foods (meat, dairy, fish, and eggs) makes matters worse. People are desperate for a solution to their weight and health problems, and many of them are easily deceived. Especially when told that prime rib and cheddar cheese are good for them—people love to hear good news about their bad habits.” - John A. McDougall, M.D.
A plant based whole food diet is subscribed in many clinics and has been shown to reverse many illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. There has been no science that eating a diet high in animal products reverses or prevents any disease.
"phosphorus isn’t good for anyone, even those with healthy kidneys. Having high levels in our blood has been found to be an independent predictor of heart attacks and mortality in the general population, increasing the risk not only of kidney failure, but also of heart failure, heart attacks, coronary death, and overall death...It’s thought to cause damage to blood vessels, to accelerate the aging process, and even, potentially, to hurt our bones by contributing to osteoporosis via a disruption of hormonal regulation."
Associations Between Red Meat Intake and Biomarkers of Inflammation and Glucose Metabolism in Women
Greater red meat intake is associated with an increased type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk. Greater red meat intake is also associated with unfavorable plasma concentrations of inflammatory and glucose metabolic biomarkers in diabetes-free women.
Consumption of Red Meat and Whole-Grain Bread in relation to Biomarkers of Obesity, Inflammation, Glucose Metabolism and Oxidative Stress
The purpose of the study was to examine the association of red meat and whole-grain bread consumption with plasma levels of biomarkers related to glucose metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation and obesity. The results of this study suggest that high consumption of whole-grain bread is related to lower levels of GGT, ALT and hs-CRP, whereas high consumption of red meat is associated with higher circulating levels of GGT and hs-CRP.
"Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats... The evidence from the expert report that red meat is a cause of colorectal cancer is convincing."
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The Spread of an Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug'
"A week after grilling hamburgers in his backyard in November 2011, business consultant Kenneth Koehler became violently ill. He suffered stomach pains, diarrhea and nausea – and rushed to the hospital emergency room in Biddeford, Maine.
Days later, his doctors told him that his burger was contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium, a strain commonly found in ground beef.
But Koehler’s salmonella was more dangerous than he realized. Records provided to Reuters by Koehler showed that the salmonella strain in the ground beef was resistant to nine types of antibiotics."
"In one of the largest nutrition studies ever, total meat consumption was significantly associated with weight gain in men and women, and the link remained even after controlling for calories."
Vegan Options Invade Fast Food Counter: American Beef Consumption Plummets
The American hunger for meat, especially beef, is abating for the first time in living memory. Now vegetables are claiming more space in an unexpected place: the fast food counter, with White Castle and Chipotle heavily promoting new vegan entrees.
7 Giant Lies About Red Meat Promoted by the Meat Industry
"An advisory committee developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are revamped every five years, said Americans should eat less red meat and processed meat in favor of a “diet higher in plant-based foods.” Committee members wrote that a red meat-based diet “has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, and energy use,” compared to plant-based and Mediterranean-style diets.
This further inflamed the meat industry, yet the industry is not giving up. Here are the lies Big Meat spreads to try to subvert healthy diet advice and retain its profits."