Absolute risk, relative risk – and red meat

“Red Meat Consumption Increases Risk of Early Death”  Scientific American

The Deadly Dangers of Eating Red Meat” TIME magazine

“All Red Meat is Risky, a Study Finds”  Los Angeles Times


I preface what follows next by this full disclosure: I’m not a scientist, although, because I spent 20 years of my life with one, I’ve endured countless scintillating conversations about things like zinc and copper sediment in the Fraser River estuary. Does that count at all?

As a heart attack survivor, I rarely if ever eat red meat anymore – with the very occasional exception of bacon, of course (referred to by some as the “gateway drug” that lures vegetarians like me back to the dark meat-eating side).   Continue reading