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World Health Organisation, meat & cancer

Today, 26th October 2015, the World Health Organisation declared the consumption of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans, based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans” and declared processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption

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Red meat, iron and Alzheimer’s

On 23 August 2013 news headlines were “Red meat could raise Alzheimer’s risk.” “Iron in red meat could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s” said the Daily Mail actual newspaper. On line we had a fuller headline: “Eating too much red meat could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s: Scientists warn build-up

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Meat consumption and mortality

An article entitled “Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer [EPIC] and Nutrition” was published on 7 March 2013 in the BMC Medicine Journal. The full PDF is available here. The article led to the usual sensational headlines across the world – the BBC;

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Horsemeat Scandal – What’s all the fuss about?

The UK is in the midst of a horsemeat scandal. The jokes are set to run and run (ha ha) but, in reality, this is no laughing matter. The story first broke in the middle of January 2013 with horse meat having been found in Tesco burgers. Other supermarket burgers

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Why hasn’t my healthy diet cut my cholesterol?

Tuesday’s Daily Mail has a section called “Good Health” and the resident GP answering questions is Dr Martin Scurr. On Tuesday 26th June 2012, Susan Bence emailed in to say: “Twelve months ago, I had a cholesterol test that indicated a higher than acceptable cholesterol level of 5.5. I took

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An apple a day does (not) keep the doctor away – more bad science

I love the Mail! I would have a fraction of the diet and obesity stories to comment on that I do without it. This blog post comes from today’s Mail on Sunday – from the health section in Review (29/4/2012). Described as “Why should we eat five a day? And

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Red meat & mortality & the usual bad science – Part 2

I blogged on March 12 2012 about this press release about an article in the  Articles of Internal Medicine published on the same day. The article now appears to be unavailable on free view. On March 20, I emailed the author listed for personal correspondence ([email protected]) with the following query:

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Red meat & mortality & the usual bad science

The media lit up on the evening of Monday March 12th as a press release was issued about an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine published that day. The BBC were among the first to pick up the story and the story was featured extensively on BBC Breakfast TV

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Red meat & diabetes?

There is an article widely reported in the media today (11 August 2011). The original research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. You can see the abstract for free and the article then costs $12. I bought the article, so that I can comment on the full

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The Vegetarian Myth – Lierre Keith

This could well be the most controversial blog post yet – where do each of us draw the line on eating and/or wearing animals and/or their products. Or, as Lierre Keith suggests, should we be drawing a circle and not a line? This is a review of  The Vegetarian Myth

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