Happy Pear twins Stephen and David Flynn have faced backlash after posting a video online suggesting ways to reduce breast cancer risk through diet.
The video, which has been deleted from her Instagram account, claims breast cancer rates among women in the UK and other high-income countries, and highlights ways people can reduce their risk of breast cancer.
The video was released today by Dr Scientist. Labeled ‘factually incorrect’ David Robert Grimes, whose work includes cancer and tumor research, says diet is only a small factor in disease.
The vegan brothers run a successful cafe and store in Greystones, Co. Wicklow and are known for their recipes and classes and their commitment to healthy living.
However, a short video posted to Instagram of the couple promoting their latest podcast episode has caused backlash online, with many commenters urging them to remove the video.
In the video clip, a voiceover says: “One in seven women in the UK and other high-income countries will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, while in Hong Kong and China , one in a thousand will be diagnosed with breast cancer. . 1 in 1,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. .
“Some possible factors are high consumption of saturated fat, high consumption of dairy products and high consumption of animal products.
“Here are five things to reduce your risk; strive for a healthy weight and eat healthier plant-based foods. Aim to eat 8-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; reduce your alcohol consumption, avoid smoking and exercise regularly; eat mushrooms — — To reduce the risk of breast cancer, eat soy products two to three times a day.
Dr Grimes, however, told Independent.ie that even if someone did everything “right”, the modifiable risk – a person’s ability to measure their likelihood of developing the disease – was only 30% . The WHO reiterated this, saying “up to 30%”.
“There’s a line where patients and people with cancer blame and shame themselves,” he said.
“I’m sure that wasn’t the intention, but that’s the reality of this stuff. It is also false. If that’s true, that’s one thing, but it’s not.
“The modifiable risk level for breast cancer is only about 30%. Even if you do everything “right” – I hate to use that word – but if you have the healthiest lifestyle in the world…cancer is still just cancer. It’s not a moral failing, it’s a disease,” the writer and host said.
He said there was no clear evidence to support the claim that reducing dairy products affects a person’s cancer risk.
“Most cancer research groups, charities and institutes around the world will tell you that the evidence just doesn’t support this,” he said.
“For some types of cancer, like colon cancer, it can reduce the risk.
“In the video, they’re also trying to extrapolate the population of parts of Asia versus the population of Europe, and there’s a huge difference in a lot of things.
You can’t just attribute this to a diet – it’s hard to figure out exactly what a diet does – but the truth is, it probably doesn’t do much. “
Dr Grimes added: “Ideally you should avoid obesity as it has a 100% cancer risk, but everything else is too vague to draw firm conclusions.”
The Dublin authors of The Irrational Ape say cancer is largely age-related, ‘often random’ and ‘without fairness’.
“I lost someone I loved to cancer in my twenties and they did everything ‘right’,” he said.
Dr. Grimes said people often turn to the so-called “just world theory” to try to explain the outcomes we experience in our lives. The theory states that everything has a reason.
“It reassures people because they can say, ‘I wouldn’t do x because then y wouldn’t have happened to me, but it would have happened in scary, dark places,'” he said.
“People who really want to do it really want to believe in it, because they think it’s going to save them from cancer.
“The reality is that there is a small but not that big modifiable risk, and the diet doesn’t work the way some would have us believe.”
He said that while he understands why people confuse medicine with food, he said they should never be confused as the same thing and are “actually completely different things”.
“Food is very important and people are passionate about it, but sometimes the problem is that passion turns into emotional judgments for different types of food,” he said.
“Diet is not a panacea. Healthy eating is important for life, but it is not the end result of cancer and, in fact, plays a much smaller role in modifiable risk than most. people don’t think so.
“One of the scariest things about a patient after they’ve been diagnosed with cancer is when people give them nutritional advice with the best of intentions that could seriously harm the patient.