German scientist and Nobel Laureate winner in the field of physiology Harald Zur Hausen warns: poorly studied virus in cows can cause cancer in humans
Hausen also shows that the level of colorectal cancer has increased since the Second World War. He is convinced that this is most relevant to the fact that beef-eating is popular in these countries.
“I think domestic animals can be direct causes of colorectal cancer in humans, and we have experimental data to support this hypothesis, but that still needs to be confirmed,” Hausen said.
Other scientists earlier warned that the use of red meat (beef, veal, horse and pork) increases the risk of getting colon cancer. But Hausen argues that the danger comes from beef, and also from cow’s milk.
“The traditional explanation is related to the preparation of grilled meats, and hence the claims that this leads to the formation of cancer, this thesis conceals that such carcinogenic ingredients are also found in the frying of fish and chicken, but no one thinks that the use of chicken and eat fish increases the risk of colon cancer, “said the scientist.
He reveals that colon cancer is a real rarity in India, where beef is not eaten for religious reasons.
He suggests that cancer of the colon has increased sharply since the Second World War. He is convinced that this is most relevant to the fact that beef-eating is popular in these countries.
The German scientist adds that in Asian countries, breast cancer is much less common, because cow’s milk and other dairy products are minimally used in the diet.
In the latest issue of the international journal International Journal of Cancer, he studied blood and cow’s milk samples and found DNA elements that may belong to an unknown virus that can cause cancer in humans.