Est. May 2008

08 July, 2014

Lies, Damned Lies, And Government-funded Studies

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A study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has found that eating too much red meat can cause breast cancer in women.

Maybe.  Or there might be other factors involved.  But … just don’t eat red meat.

Or something.

Anyway, they discovered that the more red meat women ate, the higher their chance of contracting breast cancer.  How much meat?
In the new study, researchers at Harvard University analyzed data from more than 88,000 women aged 26 to 45 who had filled in surveys in 1991. Their red meat intake varied from never or less than once a month, to six or more servings a day (emphasis mine).
Six red-meat meals per day, folks.

Look, I’m 6’ 2”, about 250 pounds, and I can’t even eat six red-meat meals per day; I don’t eat six meat meals a day; I don’t even eat six meals a day, for cryin’ out loud.  Who are these six-red-meat-meal-a-day-eatin’ women?

(Insert joke about the East German Women’s Weightlifting Team here)

Oh, and for those women who managed to choke down those six red-meat meals per day, the risk of breast cancer increases by…ready for this?

Using a statistical model, scientists estimated that in women who ate the most amount of red meat (that would be that six-red-meat-meals per day – Ed.), there were an extra 6.8 cases of breast cancer for every 1,000 women over 20 years of follow-up.


This is why you really need to read past the headline and first paragraph or three of any article.

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