For many years people have contributed the occurrence of Cancer to lifestyle and genetics. However many people have misconceptions about what a healthy lifestyle is and I have found reading into this topic very interesting. I am a Vegetarian for several different reasons and I don’t eat meat although I do consume eggs and dairy produce. Research into the occurrence of Cancer, heart disease and diabetes and how the occurrence of these diseases relates to our food consumption has shown that eating eggs and dairy produce as well as animal protein can severely increase our risk of developing these illnesses. As someone who wants to go into the health care profession and someone who values their own physical well being I found this research which is all validated to be quite surprising.
In Harvard’s Physicians Health Study, which used over 20 000 male volunteers, those who consumed more than two dairy servings daily had a 34% higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who consumed little or no dairy products. Researchers came up with several reasons to explain these results. Cancers such as prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer are very sensitive to the level of hormones in the blood stream and slight discrepancies from the norm, can result in the growth of such tumours. Drinking milk and consuming dairy produce increases the level of IFG-1 in the blood which can stimulate cancer development. Often people suggest that with out Dairy Consumption it would be impossible to consume our Calcium requirements however high levels of Calcium have been associated with lower levels of activated vitamin D in the blood stream. Vitamin D provides protection from prostate Cancer so a reduced amount of it could result in tumour development. Cancers of the ovaries are also stimulated by the presence of galactose which is a monosaccharide absorbed when Lactose which is present in milk is hydrolysed in the small intestine. Researchers suggested that consuming as little 10 grams of lactose increased the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 13 per cent. 10 grams of lactose is the equivalent to a glass of milk to provide some prospective.
Eggs are also a large risk factor for Cancer. Eggs severally lack in Cancer antioxidants, have extremely low levels of dietary fibre and contain massive amounts of cholesterol. Cholesterol collects in your arteries which increase the risk of Coronary Heart Disease, thrombosis and aneurysms. It also reduces insulin sensitivity which can lead to an individual becoming hyperglycaemic which increases risks of diabetes, can lead to lethargic behaviour and someone tiring very easily.
Researchers at the department of Epidemiology ad biostatistics of Loma Linda University conducted tests using thousands of volunteers relating their dietary plan to their risk of Cancer. Vegan diets showed significantly greater protection to Cancer especially as well as other illnesses. Avian sarcoma leucosis is a virus which effects chickens and increases a chickens rate of Cancer. When chickens are consumed by humans, the virus can cause similar problems. Eating meat especially red meat increases risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes and animal protein is one of the strongest carcinogens we know of.
I’m not trying to impose my views onto others but think everyone should research this and have a batter understanding of what it is they are actually putting into their body. Most of the research I used was verified but there are examples of carnivorous, vegetarian and vegan cultures all being successful and all thriving. Appeal to nature fallacies such as we have canines so we should eat meat are quite silly when you compare the canines we have to the canines of dogs and other predators. The argument which suggests that plant proteins do not contain all the amino acids needed for muscle development and human growth are also invalid because I and other vegetarians and vegans are all evidence that plants do contain the amino acids we need to survive otherwise we would be dead…