Thursday, October 21, 2010

Behind the Pink Ribbons

(reposted from facebook from 10/4/10)

When October arrives, many women and some men find themselves inclined to learn more about Breast Cancer and methods of early detection. However, what unfortunately gets lost in all the mammogram talk is what is even more important than early detection, and that is prevention. But of course, where is the money in prevention? So, as the media jumps on board and begins coverage of this months hot topic, rarely is there a breaking news story regarding the power that a vegan diet combined with regular exercise can have on cancer prevention as well as survival.

I urge everyone to do some research before pinning on their pink ribbons. For instance, I have recently learned that all the October hoop-la began by AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company. Further investigation has shown that this company has in its inventory a very dangerous herbicide that has been shown to be cancer causing. Interesting, to say the least.

In addition, we have seen a popular yogurt company jump on board with a campaign which is nothing more than a cleverly named act of "pinkwashing." Yogurt, a dairy product, is not recommended for consumption if cancer prevention and survival is of utmost concern, as dairy products contain potentially dangerous cancer causing hormones.

I also came across an article by John Robbins in the Huffington Post exposing the partnering of Susan G. Komen for the Cure with Kentucky Fried Chicken! According to the National Cancer Institute's website, "an increased risk of developing colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancer is associated with high intakes of well-done, fried or barbecued meats?" How buying fried chicken helps with cancer prevention is lost on me, but if anyone can explain it I'm all ears. Let this serve as a catalyst to investigate the organizations in which we put our trust and money.

This post is nothing more than a plea to be careful when consuming what October is trying to sell you. There is always an ulterior motive. Let this month provide an awareness of the benefits of a plant based diet in the prevention of all types of cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes.

Happy October