The latest news developments from Google Alerts for Breast Cancer and Cancer, for the week ending 20 June 2014.
This week opens with the can of worms which is Diet and Cancer.
Everyone who is anyone has a view on what a cancer patient should eat: The NO diet – no sugar … no dairy … fruit … no fruit … low-carb … no-carbs … no meat; or the EXTREME diets: restricted calorie … high-fat … vegan … juicing … raw food … macrobiotics … Budwig … Gerson … alkaline … ketogenic diet. It’s sad that with cancer diets, whole groups of foods are viewed as poisons and every cancer diet is restrictive and ends up taking on the semblance of a fundamentalist religion.
Now another study comes along that purports to prove that red meat increases the risk for breast cancer.
Before you stop going to BBQs, consider the fact that the study was based on what women could recall from their diets years back and that memory is notoriously inaccurate.
I’ve had friends who were vegetarians since childhood, who still developed breast cancer. Of course, they may be the exception to the belief that vegetarians get less cancer.
Please don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Free-range grass-fed beef is a good source of conjugated linoleic acid for one. Please see a list of research here. Everything in moderation!