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The United Nations World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that processed meat, like sausage, is a Group 1 carcinogen - it is going to kill you - and that any red meat is Group 2A, "probably carcinogenic to humans."

For comparison, that means sausage is as bad for your health as asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.

Should you be worried? Not necessarily. IARC is in the business of linking things to cancer and the data show red meat was correlated to just 3 extra cases of bowel cancer per...

How do you know your science criticisms have gotten noticed? When a world body tries to bully you into silence.

This morning I got an email from the United Nations World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) © ® which, as you can guess by the name, does meta-analyses to find ways to call things cancer-causing agents:

It has come to our attention that our logo is being displayed on your website (http://acsh.org/news/2016/04/18/whats-ailing-iarc-another-round-of-criticism-ensues/) and that you are using it without having obtained prior permission from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the copyright holder...

coffee cancerIf you were laughing at the notion that sausage is just as carcinogenic as cigarettes, you are not alone the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is scrambling to repair the damage to what's left of the credibility of its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) after its latest paper about processed meat. But that report is...

iarc-logoThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the epidemiological arm of the United Nations, has been in existence since the 1960s but it only recently got a skeptical look from journalists and the general public -- because officials declared that sausage is the same risk as cigarette smoking, plutonium, mustard gas and asbestos.

That doesn't pass the smell test. Obviously those things are riskier than an Oscar Mayer bologna sandwich.

The agency had long been criticized by neutral members of the science community, who knew IARC committees recently were hand-picked based on bizarre criteria; they don't want you...

It seems like a hundred years ago that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was considered a neutral force for public good - but it was only 51.

In 1965, when the Agency was created by the United Nations, there was a lot of optimism about science and the future and IARC was created to instill confidence in the public about the difference between real harm and scaremongering.

The optimism was warranted. By the early 1960s, we had the DNA helix, we had the polio vaccine, we had found Coenzyme Q in humans, we had survived our first big environmental scare, the Cranberry fiasco of 1959, with both Presidential candidates (Kennedy and Nixon) wolfing...

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says it doesn't know if coffee causes cancer or not, a switch from 1991 when the agency said it did.

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That is bad for people who want to trust IARC's recommendations -- because its reasons to reverse course on coffee ...

burnt toast_111441884Fresh off the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) group instilling a healthy skepticism of both meta-analyses and flawed statistics by claiming that bacon is just as dangerous as cigarettes, the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency (FSA) says toast could also be killing you - because it has acrylamide, which IARC also calls a...

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was founded with a noble goal - to put an end to environmental claims based on weak observational anecdotes, like Rachel Carson claiming that she knew people who sprayed DDT in their basement and died (1) or that cranberries were going to poison everyone.

Yet in recent years they have become complicit in just that. Their mission is to identify the causes of cancer, known as hazard identification, and not make suggestions about the degree to which each carcinogen presents a risk to public health, yet they have begun to do that all of the time. When they bizarrely claimed that...

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an activist group known for nuisance lawsuits related to health issues and scaremongering just about every food in the modern world (1)is demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture put warning labels on...bacon.

That's right, though every reputable health body has debunked the weirdly pseudoscientific claim by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that sausage and other processed meats will cause more cancer, CSPI, a self-appointed corporate "...

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Will the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) be calling vegetarian diets carcinogens soon?

A new study finds that a vegetarian diet likely led to a mutation that may make people more likely to get heart disease and colon cancer. Well, it's more complex than that. Using reference data from the 1000 Genomes Project, the team discovered that a mutation called rs66698963 in the FADS2 gene used for making long...