Unfortunately, very few health organizations or charities (even ones that acknowledge the negative health effects), will say that meat, and specifically red meat, should be off the menu - 'cause that would just be too drastic, wouldn't it?
Instead, they'll pussyfoot around the issue, and say that it's acceptable as part of a 'balanced diet', which, I suppose, is a euphemism for, "A little of what you fancy won't do you any harm".
But, of course, a little of what you fancy can indeed do immense harm.
For instance, no medical professional worth his or her salt would say, "Well, smoking is OK, now and then, as long as you're being sensible about it and keeping otherwise healthy."
So, why are people so reluctant to talk openly about the foods that have the potential to kill us? Because there's no hyperbole to that sentence, there are good reasons that cancers and heart disease are becoming more and more prevalent, and in turn putting a strain on the health service.
Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the shift in our diet; the heavily processed meats; the antibiotic and hormone-filled animals that people are chowing down, could it?
Thankfully, though, there are people who are willing to go out on a limb and speak the 'unspeakable'.
Hi, Dustytoes. Thanks for popping by. If I could recommend just one of the books above (they're all fascinating and very persuasive), I'd suggest reading The China Study. The evidence provided is, to my mind, inarguable.
It's about so much more than food as medicine, it's about avoiding the foods that are, quite literally, killing us. Almost all Western diseases (those epidemics we're told are going to destroy the health service), can be traced to what we put in our mouths. Avoiding foods that humans clearly aren't meant to be eating in the first place is the key to keeping healthy.
Modern medicine may have mastered this living longer business, but we're living longer SICKER. Who wants that?!
I think you are right in saying that someone didn't think out this fund raiser very well! Some of those book links look very interesting and I plan to check them out. I definitely believe in the Food over Medicine approach to living.
Hi, Rupert. Thanks so much for sharing that report; pretty damning stuff. And it's this kind of thing that makes some people reluctant to give to ANY charity. The question is always going to be, is your money really going where it's needed? In some cases, the answer is a resounding 'no'!
Thanks, ologsinquito. You're so right, the pink ribbon on junk food is a similar scenario. At best, cancer charities that participate in this kind of thing are unscrupulous in the organizations they align themselves with and accept money from. At worst, they're verging on evil by profiting from diseases that they're inadvertently (I hope it's inadvertent anyway) helping to thrive.
I sincerely hope that, just as the dangers of smoking were suppressed until the evidence became too loud to ignore, the truth about food and the IMMENSE impact it has on our health is slowly beginning to be heard.
I'm concerned also about various cancer charities in the US, and where the money goes. One of my pet peeves is the pink ribbon logo emblazoned on junk food items. Great article.
My concern is the way in which cancer charities are run. CEOs take home massive salaries and the charities spend more on fundraising than on research. Here's a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp:
"CBC's Marketplace analyzed the Canadian Cancer Society’s financial reports dating back a dozen years. It discovered that each year, as the society raised more dollars, the proportion of money it spent on research dropped dramatically — from 40.3 per cent in 2000 to under 22 per cent in 2011."
I'm sure it's no different in other countries. Here's a link to the full report