BREAKING: Dr. Greger Slams Dietary Guidelines At Advisory Committee

August 30, 2019 0 By William Morgan

– My name is Dr. Michael
Greger with
This month, a paper was published in the
Journal of the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics
and found since there’s been no change
in processed meat consumption
over the last 20 years or so,
which represents just an
abject failure of all of us
and the public health
community to warn people
about the very real
risks of processed meat:
bacon, ham, hotdogs, lunch meat, sausage
These are known human carcinogens.
The official 2018 IARC report
couldn’t have been clearer,
quote, “Consumption of
processed meat causes cancer
of the colorectal.”
So that’s our second leading cancer killer
of men and women, combined.
We know these foods cause cancer.
I mean, we try not to
smoke around our kids.
Why would we send them to
school with a bologna sandwich?
That’s not hyperbole.
According to the Surgeon General,
living with a smoker increases the risk
of lung cancer 15%, so the cancer risk
of second-hand smoke is comparable
to the 16 or 18% increase
risk of colorectal cancer.
Even the equivalent of a
single sausage link a day.
The 2015 dietary
guidelines really appeared
to drop the ball on this issue
saying processed meat
could be accommodated
as long as sodium and
saturated fat limits were
within limits, but that’s
ignoring the cancer risk,
which we’ve known at
least back since 2007,
when the first comprehensive
analysis was published
by the American Institute
for cancer research.
In fact, one of their
top 10 recommendations
for cancer prevention: avoid
processed meat, full stop.
American Cancer Society
also encouraged people
to minimize intake of processed meat.
We cannot allow the
billion-dollar meat industry
to continue to subvert the science
when so many million lives are at stake.
The Global Burden of
Disease study, largest study
of disease risk factors in history,
funded by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation,
found that the number one cause of death
in these United States
is the American diet.
Since bumping tobacco to number two,
this committee now has control
over our number one killer.
You know, 1964 was the
peak year of smoking
in the US before declining
basically every year since.
What happened in 1964?
The science hadn’t changed.
We have studies going back to the 30s
linking lung cancer to smoking.
What changed is the
Surgeon General’s report.
Just this public acknowledgement
by the power that be
of this link between smoking and cancer.
You now have this mantel
to make a difference
by just informing the
American public about the risk
of cancer with processed meat.