Monday, 2 November 2015
Oh, yeah - Meat Thursday has a website. Also, we're all getting bum cancer.
Sorry about the brief three year delay with updates here. We're getting back on the horse - and we will be keeping you up to date.
Last week the WHO made a big splash by putting meat in the same category as asbestos and tobacco among carcinogens. The report was the result of a systematic review. This is a process where the authors compile data from several studies to see a "big picture". Generally this process works to eliminate the weird results and highlight common results across studies.
The media jumped all over this - and didn't really bother to read the details. Lots of grossly irresponsible reporting - which is sadly becoming the norm these days as content is more valued for its "clicks and views" than its quality.
The WHO was careful to point out that while processed meat and asbestos share a cancer risk classification, it does NOT mean that they are all equally dangerous. These categories are about the strength of the evidence linking a risk factor to cancer - they don't relate to risk severity.
I encourage you to read the WHO's answers to frequently asked questions about their recent findings. They've actually done a nice job at communications here - it's a shame so many people in the mainstream media didn't take advantage of the information they made available.