Dr. Neal Barnard, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, advises against treating this “cancer” cry as a silly correlation that can’t be proved: “People might think, ‘Oh, well it doesn’t really matter.’ It matters hugely, because about one in every three Americans get some form of cancer. And when we rule out the tobacco-related cancers, the bulk of the remainder is food related.”
We’ve been eating our way to cancer this whole time, without even knowing it? Surely there must be some tallying error. Maybe the World Health Organization forgot to carry the one?
Unfortunately, there’s no denying it; the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the WHO) waded through more than 800 studies so you don’t have to, and said, yeah, sucks, but bacon causes cancer. Dr. Barnard agrees, and argues that there isn’t much room here for a reasonable, scientifically minded person to doubt. “What the World Health Organization said is, ‘Stop the debate. It’s not a question, it’s not a debate, it’s not a controversy, it’s simply a fact that processed meats are carcinogens.’”