If you still believe that it is scientifically demonstrated that smoking ‘causes’ lung cancer, just follow the trail of clueless epidemiological studies of trash for cash.

The latest lung cancer culprit is red meat. “People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported.”

" ’A decrease in the consumption of red and processed meat could reduce the incidence of cancer at multiple sites,’ Dr. Amanda Cross and colleagues at the U.S. National Cancer Institute wrote in their report, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.”

Sure. How did the reach the conclusions? “The researchers studied 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who took part in a diet and health study done in conjunction with the AARP, formerly the American Association for Retired Persons. After eight years, 53,396 cases of cancer were diagnosed. Statistically significant elevated risks (ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent) were evident for esophageal, colorectal, liver, and lung cancer, comparing individuals in the highest with those in the lowest quintile of red meat intake”

Impressive numbers? To the uninitiated perhaps. All this means is that the people with cancer remembered to have eaten more meat than the people without cancer. It also means that the risk increase is as ridiculously small as the figure often bandied about passiveat smoking of around 20%. In times of ethical integrity such risks were simply discarded as some sort of “statistical noise” since – even if the data gathering method were reliable, which it is not – the tiny risk elevation could have been caused by any combination of hundreds of know and unknown co-factors that have not been controlled for.

Finally, it means that institutions are either so incompetent or so corrupt, they have adopted insignificantly tiny risk elevations as excuses to push panic buttons and get more public money shovelled their way while misleading the public.

So, keep on eating red meat and don’t worry about mutating your cells, as this trash study infers. Top the read meat with some good red wine, and crown the dinner with a delicious cigarette. Use research papers like this as kindling to light a cozy fire. Enjoy the aroma, enjoy a free life, and if you do, help us rid the world of frantic fascists.



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