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Originally published March 8 2009

The Dumbest Fundraising Event Ever? American Cancer Society Joins BBQ Meat "Cook Off" to Raise Money for Cancer Research

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) Texans living in Navarro County are about to win a collective award for being the dumbest people in the world when it comes to diet and nutrition: They are hosting a BBQ meat cook-off to raise money for -- get this -- cancer research! Somebody should stop by the festivities and tell these people something they apparently have no knowledge of: BBQ'd meats cause cancer!

Thus, these participants raising money for so-called "cancer research" are engaging in the very activity that causes cancer in the first place. I wonder what's next? A hard liquor buffet for Alcoholics Anonymous? A cheeseburger eating contest for heart patients? Or how about a diet soda festival to raise money for researching brain tumors?

And wouldn't you know it: A local chapter of the American Cancer Society will reportedly be joining the event, too! (Why doesn't this surprise me?) You can bet your horseshoes that the ACS won't be telling anybody the truth about the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) found in charred meat, nor the fact that excess meat consumption all by itself is strongly correlated with numerous cancers. (See authors' quotes below.)

Cooking For A Cure!

According to the Corsicana Daily Sun (, the event is "sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society" and will stage contests using three different meats: Chicken, Pork and (beef) Brisket.

This is all being called -- hilariously -- "Cooking For A Cure!"

So there you have it, folks: The truth about the "X for a Cure" fundraising scams sponsored by the cancer industry. Whether it's "Running for a Cure" or "Buying pink stuff for a cure" or "Wearing pink ribbons for a cure," the truth is that none of it cures anything. All it does is keep people distracted and ignorant about the true causes of cancer while actually giving them more cancer from all the junk they're buying and consuming. I've actually seen pink-ribbon products sold that contain cancer-causing chemicals!

Right here, I'm offering $300 to the first person who will go film this event and let us use the footage on NaturalNews. Just take a hand-held video camera (HD is best) and go film these people eating BBQ meat as a cancer fundraiser. Contact us through our feedback form ( if you're interested in actually doing this. This event is so outrageously stupid that it's just gotta be shared on YouTube... If you do this, you have to TALK to the people and ask them questions to solicit their responses, too.

Smoking For A Cure!

I suppose if they can BBQ red meat and call it "Cooking For A Cure," then we can call anything an activity for a cure, right? So I've come up with some new events that we'll be hosting in 2009, just to raise yet more money for cancer research. Please join us at one or more of these events:

Smoking For A Cure - In this event, we'll sell pink-ribbon cigarettes sold in little pink boxes, with all proceeds to go towards searching for a cure for lung cancer. The American Cancer Society will, of course, be invited to attend and participate.

Chemicals For A Cure - This event features an impressive lineup of toxic personal care products and cosmetics that will be raffled away in a massive fundraiser designed to raise money to be spent on irradiation women's breasts with poorly-calibrated mammography machines.

Kill Yourself For A Cure - Here's my favorite: Top cancer industry doctors, oncologists and non-profit directors will be invited to publicly kill themselves by swallowing fatal doses of chemotherapy drugs that are routinely prescribed to cancer patients. Proceeds from the event will be used to research yet more toxic chemotherapy drugs that are right now killing patients everywhere!

Hot dogs and diet soda will be served at all events, and free sunscreen will be handed out to make sure everybody remains vitamin D deficient (which is, of course, crucial for growing more cancer tumors). Vitamin C is banned at the event, as are all natural substances such as green tea, rainforest herbs and broccoli.

We are hoping to hold these events in Navarro County, Texas, where participation will likely be the highest. Unless, of course, the people have already keeled over from colon cancer following the BBQ fundraising event...

I hope you'll join us at one of these events as we support the cancer industry by keeping everybody sick and diseased.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is satire, but the "Cooking For A Cure" event is real! The rest of this story, however, is satirical commentary designed to make a point: That people in the conventional cancer industry are stupid beyond belief and will apparently engage in anything (including cancer-causing activities) as an excuse to raise more money for their pointless cancer "research."

You want cures for cancer? Eat plants, not meats. Get sunlight, superfoods, exercise and laughter. Avoid all processed foods and man-made, synthetic chemicals in EVERYTHING (food, medicine, personal care products, cleaning products, etc.). That's the answer right there. The cancer industry will never find it, either, because they're not looking for real answers.

You might also want to avoid Navarro County, Texas, just to be safe.

Authors' Quotes on Cancer and Bbq

Below, you'll find selected quotes from noted authors on the subject of Cancer and BBQ'd meat. Feel free to quote these in your own work provided you give proper credit to both the original author quoted here and this NaturalNews page.

Grilling and excessive cooking of meats produces cancer-causing compounds, and frequent eating of grilled or barbecued meats may increase the chances of getting cancer of the stomach or esophagus. Safer cooking methods include baking, roasting, and broiling.
- The Natural Pharmacist: Your Complete Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk by Richard Harkness
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A recent Swedish study found colon cancer more prevalent in people who eat meat grilled or fried. Here is Dr. Adamson's anticancer advice for cooking meat: Stew, boil and poach meats more often. Eat beef medium rather than well done. (Longer cooking produces more HAAs.) - Food Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper
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Studies from Japan have shown that in areas where green tea is drunk with regularity, the incidence of cancer in general -- and of stomach, esophageal, and liver cancer in particular -- is considerably lower than in areas where people drink no green tea. Eating grilled, charcoal-broiled, and fried foods may contribute to colon cancer. Either eliminate these foods from your diet or reduce the amount of them you eat. When you do eat such foods, pick lower fat meats and trim any excess fat from the meat before cooking. Never eat meat that is charred.
- Smart Medicine for Healthier Living : Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults by Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Allan N. Spreed, MD, CNC, James B. LaValle, RPh, ND
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Pancreatic cancer is greatest among populations that consume the most fat. But that may be due more to meat itself than to the fat. Numerous studies show that too much fried or grilled meat, as well as smoked and cured pork products, boost chances of pancreatic cancer. As noted previously, in the Louisiana study of Cajun populations, cured bacon, ham, sausage, cold cuts and unprocessed fresh pork dramatically elevated the odds of pancreatic cancer. In Japan, eating meat at least once a day boosted the pancreatic cancer risk by 50 percent.
- Food Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper
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Surgeon General called for the reduction of dietary fat as a top priority for the prevention of chronic diseases, including cancer. Prevention is the most important and most reliable cancer-fighting tool that exists today, and there is much that an individual can do to prevent cancer. A diet which consists largely of organically grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with little or no fat or meat (particularly grilled, charred, smoked, or cured meats), is highly recommended, especially for women who wish to decrease their risk of breast cancer.
- Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Larry Trivieri, Jr.
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This effect can be very useful in preventing certain types of cancer. Curcumin has been found to inhibit carcinogens, such as benzopyrene (the carcinogen found in charcoal-broiled meat), from inducing cancer in several animal models. It appears that the curcumin exerts its anti-carcinogenic activity by lowering the activation of carcinogens while increasing the detoxification of those that are activated. Curcumin has also been shown to directly inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 1 by Michael T. Murray, ND
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Charcoal broiling, grilling, oven cooking, and pan frying: In the 1700s, soot containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was linked to scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps. Today, grilled meat is the major source of PAHs in food. Heavy charring of meat produces high concentrations of carcinogenic PAHs such as benzopyrene.
Some eighteen different PAHs have thus far been found in food. Although the data are not entirely conclusive, researchers believe that at least five and perhaps as many as twelve of these eighteen PAHs cause cancer.
- The Politics of Cancer Revisited by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
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There are several types of HCAs, but they all have one thing in common -- they predispose the body to cancer; in most cases, cancer of the colon, liver, and breast.
Grilled and fried foods are more detrimental than broiled foods in this regard. Also, longer cooking produces larger numbers of HCAs, as a University of Minnesota study clearly demonstrated when it reported that women who ate well-done hamburgers were at greater risk for breast cancer than women who ate their burgers less well done.
- Gary Null's Power Aging by Gary Null
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Women with midabdominal girth expansion and obesity produce more estrogen and place themselves at risk for developing breast cancer. Alcohol consumption increases estrogen levels and the incidence of breast cancer in women. Other dietary influences are the eating of grilled and fried meat. Grilling and frying produce some of the same cancer-causing substances that are found in cigarette smoke.
- Intelligent Medicine: A Guide to Optimizing Health and Preventing Illness for the Baby-Boomer Generation by Ronald L. Hoffman, M.D.
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The following factors contribute to the development of cancer: Pro-carcinogens: initially harmless substances that may be altered in the body to induce cancer.
Examples: The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that are present in condensed smoke from cigarettes, automobile emissions, grilled foods, fireplace residues, and the like are examples. Largely inert by themselves, liver enzymes can attack these substances with reactive oxygen species to produce carcinogens that react with DNA unless intercepted and deactivated.
- The Green Tea Book by Lester A. Mitscher and Victoria Toews
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A recent study of 47,909 men found that eating broccoli and cabbage on a regular basis (five or more servings per week) significantly reduces the risk of bladder cancer. Reduce your consumption of charcoal-grilled meats and fish. These foods contain heterocyclic amines (HCA), which are linked to bladder cancer. HCAs are formed from creatine, a protein that is destroyed by microwave cooking. Therefore, if you must eat charcoal-grilled meats or fish, microwave the meat for one minute before grilling.
- Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
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