REVEALED: The REAL cause of colon cancer (and it’s NOT what you think)

I recently read an insightful analysis on the colon cancer epidemic penned by a trio of Chinese doctors. The doctors reviewed 30 recent studies on the fourth leading cause of cancer in the U.S.

But unlike mainstream medicine, they didn’t blame alcohol, genetics, inactivity, obesity, red meat, smoking—or any other politically correct target. Nor did they throw up their hands and just urge people to get an annual colonoscopy. (As I’ve exposed many times, colonoscopies are by far the worst of a really bad lot when it comes to the mainstream’s cancer screenings.)

Instead, they came to the very same conclusion I did decades ago…

A “Western dietary pattern”—high in ultra-processed foods—raises colon cancer risk. And the “Mediterranean dietary pattern”—which features full-fat dairy (like cheese and yogurt), meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and wine—lowers colon cancer risk.

First of all, I liked how the analysis concentrated on dietary patterns, rather than trying to single out specific, individual “good” or “bad” foods. Remember, the Mediterranean diet is a balanced diet that doesn’t eliminate any category of foods. And it features a healthy balance of many different kinds of foods and food categories.

Second, it should come as no surprise that following a dietary pattern high in ultra-processed foods raises your risk of developing colon cancer.

Nor should it come as a surprise that following a Mediterranean dietary pattern significantly reduces your risk of colon cancer, as these foods slash inflammation, which science links to all major chronic diseases.

So, let’s talk about a few key features of the Mediterranean diet…

Benefits of eating like you live on the Mediterranean

First, there’s full-fat dairy—including delicious cheeses made with cow, goat, and sheep’s milk.

It’s interesting—people who live near the Mediterranean eat cheese with every meal. Yet, somehow, the experts who talk about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet never seem to talk about full-fat dairy and cheeses as a major part of the diet. Perhaps because it doesn’t fit their politically correct narrative…

You can also enjoy eggs as part of the Mediterranean diet—in omelets, in delicious soups (like the famous Greek avgolemono), and as a common ingredient in other dishes.

The idea that eggs aren’t healthy, because they contain cholesterol, is absolute nonsense. And it was never taken seriously in the Mediterranean.

Indeed, eggs are one of Nature’s perfect foods. Plus, they’re a “renewable resource” that doesn’t require killing the chicken. Which brings me to my next point about meat…

Several recent analyses have shown that lamb, which is most popular in the Mediterranean, is—by far—the healthiest meat in terms of nutrient composition. Chicken actually comes out at the bottom of the list.

Which makes me wonder…

Where did chicken’s reputation for being the healthy “white meat” come from? It’s nowhere near better than red meat, according to the science.

Nonetheless, disregard the ridiculous recommendations to avoid meat and fill your plate with moderate amounts to get plenty of complete proteins.

NCI desk jockeys don’t grasp the real science on diet and cancer

As I’ve said many times, mainstream research on diet and cancer has maintained ignorance for decades. Largely because the desk jockeys who run the show at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) don’t know medicine, human biology, or nutritional science. And they don’t even recognize it when they see it.

Instead, they’re threatened by anyone who does.

In fact, most NCI desk jockeys couldn’t find their way into an actual science laboratory—let alone out into the field—to conduct real experiments like anthropologists and human biologists do.

It would be better to put chefs, who understand the nutritional content of foods, in charge of NCI’s multi-billion-dollar research budgets—instead of the bureaucratic clowns who make cushy, taxpayer-subsidized careers out of manipulating numbers and misrepresenting real findings from their desks.

Of course, as I mentioned, three Chinese scientists—and not anyone from the U.S.— conducted the new colon cancer analysis.

So, what’s the point of the NCI anyway? Is it just a highly paid jobs program for Washington beltway bureaucrats to help big government stay in office?

Perhaps the NCI “experts” should stop wasting time and money on doing ignorant diet and cancer research and just go find some honest work. (During the last two years, the job market has been better than ever.)

No magic to preventing colon cancer

Well—what do these findings mean for you? It’s actually pretty simple. And it should all sound familiar:

  • Eat 6 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Keep meat, eggs, nuts, and seeds on the menu
  • Enjoy full-fat dairy at every meal, including cheese and yogurt, to support your microbiome
  • Cut out sugar and ultra-processed grains and carbs
  • Enjoy alcohol in moderation

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“Diet and colon: What matters?” Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, 2019; 35(2): 101-106. https://doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000501