[ RadSafe ] LNT and the WHO guidance on red meat

Dixon, John E. (CDC/ONDIEH/NCEH) gyf7 at cdc.gov
Wed Oct 28 11:15:02 CDT 2015

In the spirit of the Chick-Filet cow: EAT MORE BACON!!! 

Ignore the paranoia...


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Subject: [ RadSafe ] LNT and the WHO guidance on red meat


Given the recent RadSafe posts on LNT for radiation, I have a question.  The recent WHO caution on consumption of processed or red meat has resulted in projections of cancer deaths caused by bacon.  One site asserts that eating 9 slices of bacon is equivalent to the cancer risk of smoking one cigarette.  Does this calculation rest on an assumption of linearity and no threshold as well?  Are the objections raised against LNT for radiation applicable to this form of carcinogen?

see: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3013/whats-worse-for-your-health-bacon-or-cigarettes

Joe Shonka

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