The reader, noting that from time to time I criticize or ridicule topics covered in the medical literature, might think that I am a wizard who does not trust medical research. Not at all: without it the medicine would have stopped at the Stone Age. Medical research is essential but should be supported by individuals and governments, free from conflicts of interest. Having said that, I’m suspicious of studies supported by pharmaceutical companies, and I deplore those farfetched publications based on personal likes and dislikes or, for that matter, funded on hearsay evidences.

The conversation that follows may be helpful to those who love to gather homefolks and friends around a barbecue and, among them, comes out a party-pooper that warns against the danger of eating grilled meat.

On November 2001, the American Chemical Society, supposedly the world’s largest scientific society, reported a study according to which increased exposure to PhIP, a chemical associated with grilled meats, may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in women. That study also referred to <a number of epidemiological studies (that) have shown an increased risk of breast cancer among women who eat a lot of meat>. It also stated: <Some studies have suggested that increased exposure to PhIP may be linked to an increased risk of colon and prostate cancer in men>.

On June 2007, another study took up again the subject confirming that a longtime diet of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat puts older women at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

A few months ago, BANG!… A new study reveals that’s all boloney:
Eating grilled meat does not increase women’s risk for breast cancer. To be precise, the study, published in the May 15, 2009 issue of the International Journal of Cancer, found that <Eating meat or meat cooked at high temperatures, such as when it’s grilled or broiled, didn’t increase the risk of breast cancer among obese women, smokers, drinkers, those without children, users of menopausal hormone therapy, women with low levels of physical activity and those who ate few fruits or vegetables>.
I would not be surprised to read, one of these days, that the PhIP has nothing to do not even with colon and prostate cancer. And, who knows? some day there will be other studies that will unfold the fallacy of the innumerable diseases caused by the passive smoke, and so revaluing the study of James E. Enstrom and Geoffrey C. Kabat.



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