Dr. Neal Barnard

The Physicians Committee
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Dr. Neal Barnard

Enough Pink, Now Let’s Get Serious

On Oct. 26, the World Health Organization gave women, men, and children a beautiful gift by letting us all know that avoiding processed meats will cut our cancer risk. The link between bacon, sausage, ham, etc., and several forms of cancer had been known for years in scientific circles, but the WHO announcement made it official. The debate was over. This really, really works. Get them out of your life, and your risk drops.

VIDEO: Drop the Hot Dogs to Protect Kids from Cancer Risk

No parent or educator would knowingly send a student into a school where they are exposed to asbestos. But in most schools, students are endangered by something just as dangerous: processed meats. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni pizza, hot dogs, and other processed meat products have joined the World Health Organization’s list of cancer-causing products, along with asbestos, arsenic, and cigarettes.

‘Oprah Effect’ Should Promote Plant-Based Diet

The “Oprah effect” has raised the profile of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite products, books, and people. And it may now lead millions of her fans to Weight Watchers—which she has recently bought a stake in. I hope that Ms. Winfrey, who knows the benefits of a vegan diet, will use her new partnership to create a program—like our 21-Day Vegan Kickstart—geared toward plant-based nutrition.

Dietary Guidelines: Scientific Evidence for Nina Teicholz

Take note, Nina Teicholz: A new Harvard School of Public Health study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology again confirms that saturated fat—found mostly in meat and dairy products—increases heart disease risk. But the study finds that replacing saturated fat with vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and whole grains reduces the risk of heart disease.

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