Cancer and the Vegetarian Diet - B. Intestinal Cancer
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From William Harris, M.D.
December 21, 1999

B. Intestinal Cancer


Intestinal cancer also correlates with animal food consumption (R=.83, p<.001) (18). Suggested explanations here are that meat increases the rate of carcinogenic bile acid formation (19), lack of fiber has an adverse effect on colonic bacteria (20), and additionally lengthens the intestinal transit time so that both dietary carcinogens in meat (21), and endogenous ones (the bile acids), are in contact with the intestinal mucosa for a longer period.

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