“Unfit for Human Consumption”: Processed Meat Science vs. Spin

meat delicaciesWell, it sure got people’s attention, we’ll say that for sure. But is it accurate?

Last week a blog post from an organization called the Institute for Natural Healing picked up on one of the 10 AICR/WCRF Recommendations for the Prevention of Cancer first published back in 2007. That blog post has since gone viral (it’s been shared tens of thousands of times across many different social media platforms), and has attracted the attention of the news media, who have now approached us for comment.

Neither AICR nor our international partners, the World Cancer Research Fund, have any connection to the Institute for Natural Healing, whose website sells “natural” dietary supplements to treat conditions ranging from cancer to heart disease to male potency. (AICR/WCRF’s report and continuous updates have found that when it comes to cancer, it’s better to rely on whole diets, not dietary supplements, to reduce your risk.)

Last week’s INH blog post specifically spotlighted the AICR/WCRF recommendation to avoid processed meat (a category which includes hot dogs, sausage, bacon and cold cuts — for more information, see the AICR Blog post “What is Processed Meat, Anyway?”). That recommendation, at least, is real. It is the conclusion of an independent panel of leading scientists convened by AICR/WCRF who, following the largest, most comprehensive review of international research ever undertaken, judged the evidence that processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer to be convincing. This review was published in 2007 and was subsequently confirmed in 2011. Continue reading


Hear AICR’s Registered Dietitian Discuss Major Advances in Diet-Cancer Research

Our article on 9 Findings That Have Rocked Cancer Prevention Research in this month’s issue of Cancer Research Update inspired the website Wellness Times to interview AICR’s Alice Bender, MS, RD on the subject.

Listen to Alice discuss the major scientific advances that have transformed our understanding of how everyday choices influence our cancer risk.

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AICR Research Conference Making Headlines

We’ve had a busy last few days, as news from our press event coinciding with AICR’s Annual Research Conference got some high-profile coverage.

CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen did a great in-depth piece about the new findings on activity, sedentary behavior and cancer.  Watch the story here.

The NBC Nightly News didn’t mention AICR by name, but they did interview Dr. Christine Friedenreich (Note: That’s CHRISTINE Friedenreich, not “Susan,” NBC caption-makers.)  Watch the NBC coverage.

Really nice Canadian piece on CTV.

Here’s the USA TODAY article.

ABC News

CBS News

The Washington Post

WebMD

Scientific American

Got some interesting blog coverage, too:

Gawker

Gizmodo

Technorati

AICR’s Alice Bender, MS, RD was interviewed on DC’s local FOX affiliate.

The story’s been picked up by over a hundred other news and print outlets in the last few days, and is still going strong.

Have you seen the story popping up in any strange/surprising places? Let us know in the comments.