Rather than the post I had planned for this morning of last night’s stupendous meal, I have something else to put up. The meal was grilled filets and instead of the typical red wine reduction I do, I toasted garlic in butter, strained, then browned the butter and finished it off with fresh lime juice. For the veggies, I tossed chopped asparagus and yellow squash in a wok with butter, then roasted it on a cookie sheet in the oven. But then when I went to download the photos I found that my SD card wasn’t in the camera and I hadn’t noticed it. Damn. Well, I guess I’ll just have to repeat it, soon. Since filets are relatively lean the browned butter really goes wonderfully.
…The last few days have seen the vegan menace invade Dr. Mike Eades’ place. The comments begin on September 28 on this post, a review of The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith. It’s your typical dreg. "Dozens of studies proving meat causes cancer," without citing a single one. Then when it’s pointed out that associations prove nothing and that there are plenty of observational studies showing the exact opposite, then the objection is that you can’t do controlled studies on humans, and so on, countering each objection with what amounts to shifting the burden of proof and demanding someone attempt the impossible, that meat doesn’t cause cancer, i.e., proving a negative. It’s all very reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s Fire-Breathing Garage Dragon.
It’s so funny, the ferocity with which the vegans drop all evolutionary context to implicate a food we’ve been eating — had to eat to evolve big brains combined with small guts (see Kleiber’s Law) — for eons and never mention a relatively new food and its possible role in cancer. By new, I’m talking refined, processed, concentrated.
So here’s the comment I just dropped at Mike’s place.
I wonder when I’m going to begin seeing vegetarians and vegans — especially the junk food eating kind — start blasting sugar’s association with cancer cell growth with even a fraction of the intensity they shower on meat.
"During the last 10 years I have worked with more than 500 cancer patients as director of nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Okla. It puzzles me why the simple concept "sugar feeds cancer" can be so dramatically overlooked as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan."
Uh, no sugar in meat or animal fats…
In other news, it was Campbell himself, way back when who showed in controlled studies that "protein deficiency" (HIS term, at the time) causes all sorts of problems (he was using casein, an animal source) and most of all, that:
"The China Study’s Best-Kept Secret — Protein Protects Against Cancer Initiation"
I’m not going to hold my breath.