Cancer Chicken, Scam?

Last Thursday, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) sued several large fast food companies, contending the chicken they choked was chock full of dangerous carcinogens.

Questions since arose over the group’s legitimacy, alleging that PCRM is merely a PETA front. The self-described “association of doctors and laypersons” came under fire in the past for misrepresenting medical studies in order to promote a vegetarian diet.

Leaves one wondering which is the more cancerous threat to society, a little carbonized chicken or activists in lab coats issuing press releases.

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  1. WindowSeat says:

    Notice they went after grilled meats instead of the fries which contain acrylamines. Life is a terminal condition, get used to it.

  2. WindowSeat says:

    ooops acrylamides, not acrylamines.

  3. amazon says:

    Do grilled veggies have the baddies too? I’ll stay away from those for sure.

    And I think that with all of the other things around me that give me cancer, a little grilled meat is the least of my worries. ;)

  4. jgkelley says:

    Regardless of whether this is a scam, raising meat’s links to cancer is always a good idea. It’s not even that meat contains carcinogens. That’s not the real issue.

    http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.ph

    I know I’ll sound like a total tool, but you should all read The China Study.

  5. Triteon says:

    This is all part of a vast, wing conspiracy.

  6. jgkelley says:

    The World Health Organization has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries.

    It’s a shame that faux-professional organizations have to doll up claims to get their points across.
    The problem is not that meat contains carcinogens; that’s not even the real issue.

    http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.ph

    Though i’ll sound like a total tool for saying it, you should all read The China Study before making inane comments about “everything causing cancer.”
    It’s pretty likely that even a diet of liquor and cigarettes won’t get you as much cancer as a diet of bloody steak and sodey-pop.

  7. jgkelley says:


    The World Health Organization has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.

    The problem isn’t that meat contains carcinogens; that’s not even a real issue. I know i’ll sound like a tool, but everyone should read The China Study before making inane comments about “everything causes cancer”. The guy who wrote it has more experience with tumors than the f’in cancer man on the x-files, and most of the studies were done by oxford and cornell, not wackos. It basically says you’re less likely to get cancer from a straight diet of liquor and cigarettes than from steak and sodey-pop.

  8. The Bans says:

    What happened to all those people quick to jump on the anti fast food bandwagon. Oh I understand, when your ankles feel better come over on this end..

  9. Elsewhere says:

    A vast wing and thigh conspiracy, actually.

  10. Paul D says:

    Triteon wins.

    Somebody get me a paper towel.

  11. aromatase says:

    All grilled or blackened food contains pyrolysis products from the burning of naturally ocurring organic compounds in the food. Some of these, benzyl-a-pyrene and PAH’s(polyaromatic hydrocarbons), are carcinogens. This has been known for decades. I guess the next step is to demand we boil or microwave everything.