Yes, iron. The stuff that is central to haemoglobin, that is necessary for red blood cells to transport oxygen around your body so you don’t die. That nutrient which will cause anaemia if you are short of it. An absolutely essential element of your diet now gives you cancer.
Who says? Well, the CRUK scientists, who else?
Red meat contains large amounts of iron and is also known to increase the likelihood of bowel cancer.
1. It has iron in it.
2. It has been linked to (not proven to be) an increased risk of bowel cancer.
Therefore, iron causes cancer. If you donate money to CRUK, THAT is the kind of primary school logic your money is paying for.
The truth is, of course, that red meat has been on The List for a long, long time. They’ve worked through smoking, drinking, fast foods, salt, and have now come up with something utterly stupid to justify meat controls.
There was a perfectly good and reasonable argument concerning the formation of acrylamides in the surface of a meat product, where the surface is cooked until black and crispy. That was even actually true! Too much of the crispy bits and you had more acrylamides and therefore, by a process that was genuinely logical, a higher risk of setting off a cancer.
Oh, but that’s not good enough, oh no. Now it has to be the iron that does it.
Watch all those anaemics and elderly throwing out their iron supplements because they now think iron is a carcinogen. Watch the Pharmers try to recover from this by claiming the pills contain ‘good’ iron while meat has ‘bad’ iron. It’s an element. It’s like saying there is good arsenic and bad arsenic, or good oxygen and bad oxygen.
Ah, but all that chemistry teaching has long since been closed down, so who is to gainsay The Experts?
Wait a minute, there’s a real gobsmacker in the comments -
Quote: we sholdn’t eat our greens either ‘ause we’re told they are full of iron? Answer: Meat iron , heme iron , that iron found in meat is not controlled but the iron from plants , is. The iron from meat has also been shown to CAUSE other iron ingested to be absorbed NOW too because of the inclusion of meat iron. In effect you can eat spinach , till the cows come home , and it won’t build to toxic levels , but including meat WILL raise the iron levels to high levels. This iron is why bloodletting used to work for everything , and why NOW bloodletting is coming back ‘in vogue’. – Tom Hennessy, calgary , canada, 10/8/2012
The good iron – bad iron stage is set, and medicine is returning to… bloodletting, because it works for everything.
So that’s okay. We can replace the entire NHS administration and all of CRUK with a jar of leeches.
Nobody will notice.