Thoughts on Red & Processed Meat from a Cancer Survivor

red meat

A lot of people have been asking my thoughts on the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines linking red and processed meat to an increased risk of cancer, specifically colorectal cancer (by the way, that’s what I have!).  If you google this topic, it seems that everyone has their own take.  Of course the dairy farmers are all up in arms that it will hurt their business.  You have the medical community taking the hard line, then you have the NY Times that’s like, “Eh, what’s a little red meat?!  The risk is small.”  (by the way, isn’t being at risk like pregnancy? Either you are or you aren’t).

Thoughts on Red & Processed Meat from a Cancer Survivor

So, my thoughts are these:  there are A LOT of things that we all know aren’t good for us; cigarette smoking, overeating, eating too much sugar, drinking excess alcohol, eating a diet high in fat and sodium, not exercising, etc – but yet, for some odd reason, we do them anyhow.  I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that certain habits and behaviors simply “aren’t good for us.”  A diet consisting of too much red meat and processed meat is really no different.  Anything that is bad for us to begin with really shouldn’t be done at all.  But if you insist on doing it, do it in moderation.  I mean, I could sit here and preach to you, but will anyone really listen to me?  I personally hate bacon (I’m told I am in the minority).  AND I have colorectal cancer.  SO, it would stand to reason that I give these things up completely.  And YES, that’s what I’ve done.  I would say that if you are a person who is “at risk”, either through a history of GI cancer especially in your family and/or GI ailments, you should probably do the same.  The rest of you are on your own to make an informed decision.

Today’s takeaway is: don’t you owe it to yourself to give your health the best chance possible to succeed?  You have ONE life (here that we know of…) and ONE body – do it some justice.  If you are smoking, stop.  If you aren’t exercising, start.  If you are overeating, stop.  Your body and your loved ones will thank you.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing these things.  And stop making excuses!  Get your shit together and DO IT!  Focus your mind and abilities towards these goals and START RIGHT NOW!  I’m not saying buy a professional juicer or purchase one of those high profile exercise programs.  Just do better than you did yesterday in one of these 3 areas.  You’ll be very proud of yourself.  And I’ll be proud of you too.

Peace in your world tonight,

Stacy

RECENT POSTS

INSTAGRAM

TWITTER

Real estate peeps: If you’re going to continue to build upside down beach houses, please make an elevator standard in them. And don’t charge a million dollars to rent it. We shouldn’t be disadvantaged because we can’t walk ♿️👨‍🦽Love, Emmett❤️ #disability #caregiver #patients #IDD

@SparklyPinchy @dkyne @SimoneElviss @pfizer @annalisec @3MonkeysZeno @saysaman Great read. Thanks @Provoke_News. Honored to join these #health communicators in discussing how to improve #PatientCare! Beyond #COVID19 and #vaccinations, we have numerous - solvable - #publichealth challenges we must engage. #Collaboration #makeadifference

I think it takes a big person to admit you’re sending everyone a canned (rather than personal) response 😂 #COVID19 #CovidVaccine #patients

FACEBOOK

Great to speak to the Red Hat sales team today about humanizing healthcare, the power of open source solutions, connecting to end users (patients) and democratizing data through examples from my personal & professional experience. Proud to represent the patient/caregiver voice in healthcare development. lnkd.in/e7eWhJX#digitalhealth #TelemedNow #technology #healthcare #patients #patientexperience #interoperability ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Like you, I watched the events of this week with a combination of disgust, fear, and sadness. What has happened to our country and why? We need to make a better effort to communicate with each other and understand one another. Also to lead our interactions with gratitude and empathy. I made a video to say why I voted the way I did and what was important to me. I would hope that each of you could articulate the same, intelligently and civilly. If things like white supremacy, force, extremism, homophobia, and the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer are among those, then my page isn’t for you. This past year I saw way too much “me for me” instead of “me for we.” Let’s each commit to waking up every morning and thinking “Who can I help today?” Might be a solid yet simple start to beginning to heal. Or at least I hope so. 🙏🤞 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook