From the Harvard University School of Public Health comes yet another indictment of red meat, this time as the cause of breast cancer. Only one problem: The researchers are wrong.
Yet another study involving red meat is getting the major media treatment, which is to say, unquestioning reprinting of the researchers’ observations: Eating a lot of red meat in early adult life may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Before discussing the merits and the implications of this latest research, there are two problems, both of which seem to be chronic conditions connected with such studies, in that they recur again and again and again.
It gets tiring.
First of all, the study comes from our friends at the Harvard University School of Public Health, an organization that is shameless in its promotion of the vegetarian agenda. They hide behind the veneer of “objective scientific research,” and constantly tout the Harvard brand, as if that alone shields them from criticism that the HSPH principals may on occasion be promoting a political, rather than a scientific agenda.
Second, as is true of all studies that try to connect consumption of a certain food with the incidence of a complex disease that every scientists acknowledges has multi-faceted causation, the best they can do is quantify various levels of association: One behavior is associated with another outcome, but that’s as far as it goes.
Association is not causation, nor should it be reported as such.
But tell that to the media.
Revealing the real agenda
For example: The Associated Press reported that, “Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.”
I’ll give the editor who wrote that caption some credit for adding the phrase “slightly higher,” but the idea that choosing to include red meat in one’s diet amounts to “indulging their cravings” implies that beef and pork are secret vices against which we must struggle to resist.
In the body of the AP story, we learn right up front that the Harvard researchers recommended “replacing red meat with a combination of beans, peas and lentils, poultry, nuts, and fish” to reduce the risk of breast cancer in younger women.
Notice: Replace, not reduce. The advocates at the HSPH couldn’t be more transparent about their vegetarian agenda if they showed up for their media availability wearing Saran wrap togas.