Curing cancer is easy, and cruelty-free.

By 2020, 47% of Brits will develop a form of cancer in their lifetime, according to this article from last year, based on research by Macmillan Cancer Support. That’s shocking. Shocking stat, yes, but just as shocking is the fact that the majority of those cancers might never occur at all, if people stopped eating the products of intensive factory farming. We could stop wasting millions on pointless and ineffective cancer research, too. There is a very simple preventative medicine that works really well to help you avoid cancer completely – it’s called veganism. It’s easy, and healthy, and great for the planet. It’s cheap to live on, and it saves over 100 animal lives per year per vegan. No brainer? You’d think.

The evidence is there in ever-increasing abundance that eating a diet of meat and dairy causes cancer. Research shows it, time and again. Articles then try to pass on the wisdom of said research to the reader, e.g. ‘Diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking’; ‘UN urges global move towards meat and dairy-free diet’. But I’m not sure people are paying enough attention. Instead, we wait to be sold a product that is still dairy but has had the supposedly harmful bits taken out of it, or meat from animals that have been raised ‘organically’ and ‘grass fed’ and have had all the fat bits cut off after they were slaughtered. Seriously? Are we this stupid?

Bowel cancer seems a particularly relevant and preventable case in point. I notice in the news today, George Alagiah has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. In 2010, in the UK alone over 40,000 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer. What is one of the main suggested reasons for such high incidence of bowel cancer? A diet high in processed and red meat.

The article about poor George Alagaih (who I have always respected and who I hope makes a full recovery) led me on to reading an article about the famous French chef Michel Roux  – renowned for his classic French cooking, which usually involves inclusion of at least one kind of animal’s flesh in his recipes – and how he’d developed bowel cancer some years previously. Now I’m sorry, but when I read about such people falling ill or dying with cancers, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, etc. – people who have spent years extolling the wonders of cooking up every kind of animal part, bathing it in dairy produce, then smothering it with more animal parts/dairy produce (Clarissa Dickson Wright springs to mind) – I find myself wondering why everyone is so shocked at their demise. One part of the article about Michel Roux stood out, as it should. Describing his treatment and recovery, it says: “After that, he resumed eating carefully, moderately, cutting down on meat, gluten, alcohol and dairy products, especially cow’s cheese…” Funny, that. And eating that way to begin with would have probably prevented his cancer in the first place.

I get really angry about the apparent inability of the ordinary public to reject the constant brainwashing of mega food companies pushing their meat and dairy products at us 24/7, and instead act on research (and compassion), and behave logically. It’s not difficult to cut meat out, or drop it entirely. It’s not difficult to switch from butter to dairy-free soya or sunflower spread, and I speak as a one-time butter addict. I’m pleasantly surprised at how good these spreads are and I’m never going back to butter. It’s not even that difficult to cut out cheese (ok, it’s a bit difficult, mainly because of the trace amounts of morphine in cheese – yes, really) once you’ve got over the bizarre fortnight of cheese-cravings and midnight urges for cheese. I don’t miss cheese now, not even a tiny bit, and I know my bod is grateful for the huge reduction in cruelty-laden fat in my diet. AND I BLOODY LOVE ALMOND MILK. See, it’s possible. Entirely possible for any mere mortal to quit meat and dairy forever, and not only will you live without falling over and breaking fragile bones every time you walk down the street, you’ll actually thrive.

Look at this dude if you don’t believe me – Patrik Baboumian, Vegan Strongman. There are countless more like him.

The protein argument is a long-standing myth, borne of ignorance, misinformation, and brainwashing by those good old meat and dairy industry people. Plant proteins are simply better than meat proteins. There, I said it. After all, where do you think all the animals whose meat you eat get their protein? Plants, obviously. Humans are grazers (look at your teeth – those aren’t carnivore teeth, they’re grazer’s flattened and widened teeth); we are not designed to eat meat in the quantities that we do today.

Too many cancers are entirely preventable. To prevent them is to save countless lives, and not just the human ones. I can’t help think that those who fall ill due to high meat and dairy consumption are suffering the fallout for the hundreds of lives they took (yes, you took those lives – supply and demand, baby). Animals are begging to live right at this very minute as they are led ever-closer to death in a slaughterhouse somewhere in the world, often beaten, stabbed and abused for a laugh, while pushed to their deaths. More than 150 billion animals are slaughtered every year for human consumption alone. It’s unsustainable. It’s utterly inhumane. It’s sanctioned murder, in all its various abusive and horrific forms. If we humans suffer the painful results of increased rates of cancers, heart disease, diabetes and strokes as a result of all of that tragic and unnecessary killing, should we be surprised, or should we stop and radically re-think?


About Obscure Thing

Londoner. RHS trained Horticulturist. Vegan. BSc (Hons) Zoology with Film Studies.

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