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RESEARCH NEWS: Eating processed meat is as dangerous as smoking

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Takeaway: If you want to cut cancer risk, Cut or eliminate the intake of meats. Especially for children whose systems are still developing.

Based on a meta study of 800 studies, the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO confirmed today that

Eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease.

Now processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in group 1 list, that includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is "sufficient evidence" of cancer links.

Red meat, (beef, lamb and pork), was classified as a "probable" carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.

The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

If the cancer link with red meat were confirmed, diets rich in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Project.

Read more: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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