Dr. Donald Abrams is convinced that in order to avoid cancer, we should also be avoiding red meat, dairy and sugar. The diets of most cattle contain excessive omega-6 fatty acids, which will cause us greater inflammation. And cattle are fed hormones which are not good for our health.
Dairy commonly causes lactose intolerance which Dr. Abrams says indicates that for most of us dairy is an unhealthy food choice. Sugar's ills are widely known.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Personally, I ask people with cancer, and my friends who don’t have cancer, to avoid three things--red meat, dairy and sugar. Red meat, I think, has bad fats and we tend to overcook it or grill it, which changes the proteins to heterocyclic amines, which are carcinogenic. So I think, red meat also because we feed it corn, when cows are not meant to eat corn, they make the fat into fat that’s rich in omega-6 fatty acids and our diet has become so excessively omega-6 that that pushes it into a pro-inflammatory as opposed to an anti-inflammatory state.
Also oftentimes these animals are injected with hormones, bovine growth hormone, sometimes estrogens, and particularly women with breast cancer don’t need the effects of those hormones, which may not be the hormones themselves coming into their bloodstream, but insulin-like growth factor which is increased when those hormones are used. So, so, red meat I think is a no.
Dairy--there is no other animal species that drinks another species’ milk and no other species drinks milk after it’s been weaned. We talk about lactose intolerance as if it’s a disorder or a disease when in fact it’s neither. It’s the norm. The ability to digest the sugar and protein in dairy is a genetic mutation on the second chromosome. It’s found mainly in northern Europeans, usually those of Scandinavian extraction, who needed to be able to drink reindeer milk in times of frost.