Is There Something Called “Fork Cancer?”

There isn’t an actual disease called “fork cancer,” but the food on your fork can give you cancer. It turns out to be a good reason to lose weight quickly.

That’s true even though many doctors –even many oncologists (cancer doctors)– don’t know it. Dr. Ruth Heidrich’s oncologists told her flat out that there was no link between her breast cancer and her diet. When she stopped eating meat and her cancer went away, they couldn’t explain it.

 

more meat equals more cancer.pngDr. Heidrich went on to become the first cancer patient to run an Iron Man Triathalon, and was fueled by a raw vegan diet. You can read her amazing story in her book, A Race for Life (Amazon affiliate link).

I was just looking over some research that compares cancer rates in the 10 countries whose people eat the most meat (the US is number 2 and Australia, New Zealand and Canada are No.s 6, 7 and 8) with the rates in the 10 countries whose people eat the least meat.

This is an emotional exercise for me because my father had prostate cancer and died of pancreatic cancer. I have often wondered how long he would have lived had he not eaten so many animal products. Did he die of meat?

Rather than force you to look at a chart with 40 pieces of data on it, I narrowed it down to just two countries and four pieces of data. If you want to see the full data, I’ve put the table in below.

The red bars show the amount of meat each person eats on average in the US and Bangladesh — which is the country with the lowest meat consumption and cancer rates.

The black circles show the cancer rate, again in the US and Bangladesh. Both meat consumption and cancer rates are very high in the US, and low in Balgladesh.

There are other causes of cancer than meat, of course. Three bigs one are tobacco, obesity and not eating enough fruit and veggies. Giving up meat and tobacco, losing weight, eating your fruits and veggies and other good habits could prevent more than 40% of cancers that occur every year.

Is that inspiration enough for you to lose weight quickly?

 

The Data in Detail

Country

Meat Consumption
Per Capita (kg)

Cancer Rate
(Per 100,000/year)

Uruguay

126.5

400.9

USA

124

428.8

Cyprus

117.6

252.2

Spain

113.1

342.5

Denmark

112.4

464.6

New Zealand

109.9

442.5

Australia

108.9

448.5

Canada

101.1

423.7

France

99.9

429.0

Ireland

99.4

452.8

Sierra Leone

5.4

147.2

Congo

5.2

127.7

Mozambique

5.2

173.7

Sri Lanka

4.8

154.2

Rwanda

4.8

178.9

India

4.6

139.2

Malawi

4.5

208.1

Guinea

4.2

127.4

Burundi

3.9

175.7

Bangladesh

3.2

176.5

Visit healthhubs for more information on the data behind the chart. 


What You Can Do Today

You can lose weight quickly and cut your risk of cancer by dropping meat from your diet entirely — or partly. Here are three great resources to help:

The Vegetarian/Vegan Stater Kit from PETA

21 Day Vegan Kickstart

Graham Hill explains why he is a weekday vegetarian (TED Video)




Free Resources:

Free Worksheet: Calculate Your Body Mass Index
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