Low carb and colon cancer?

In one of the sillier studies I’ve come across, this one was a published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was suggesting that a low carb diet could cause colon disease.

The problem with this study is that it was based on 17 subjects.  For 4 weeks?  And divided into 3 groups?  17 into 3 groups is 5.67 people per group.  5 people?

Please tell me that you’re not going to come up with ‘scientific’ data over 17 subjects and then generalize that it can cause colon cancer?  Wtf?  You can’t be serious?

But this is the problem with scientific studies and jumping to conclusions and then cyring ‘fire!’ without substantial evidence.  Simply because the headlines get attention.  And the majority of people probably don’t bother to read the details of the study.

This particular study would be even imply that they know without a shadow of a doubt what causes colon cancer.  That’d certainly be news to me.

The ironic part is even suggesting that an increase in hazardous metabolites in fecal material is somehow bad?  Perhaps the body is simply doing it’s job better, after all in this study they are analyzing what the body has effectively eliminated.

Personally, I think it’s totally irresponsible in the name of ‘clinical science’ to generalize and jump to conclusions about the harmful effects of eating a certain diet on such a small sample size and then distort the results.  It’s really fear mongering.

I think at best suggesting that increasing fiber might be a safer suggestion.  But that probably doesn’t sell as well though.

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