The German scientist and Nobel Prize winner in the field of physiology, Harald Zur Hausen, warned that a poorly studied virus found in cows could cause cancer in humans.
“I consider that domestic animals can be direct causes of colon cancer in humans. We have experimental data that support this hypothesis, but this has yet to be confirmed,” said Hausen.
And other scientists have previously warned that the use of red meat – beef, veal, horse, sheep and pork – increases the risk of colorectal cancer. But Hausen argues that the danger comes only from beef, but, as it sounds incredibly, from cow’s milk.
“The traditional explanation is related to the preparation of meat for grilling meals, and from there the claims are made that it leads to cancer. The same carcinogens are formed by cooking fish and chicken, and no one thinks that using the such meat increases the risk of colon cancer, “the scientist said.
He also reveals that in his research he paid special attention to the fact that there is a lot of red meat in Mongolia, and that colon cancer is very rare, as in India, where bovine is not eaten for religious reasons. Hausen also says that the level of colorectal cancer has risen sharply after the Second World War.
He is convinced that this is most directly related to the popularity of imported beef in those countries. The German scientist adds that in the Asian countries mentioned above, there is very rare occurrence of the cancer of the mammary glands, because there is minimal use of cow’s milk and dairy products in the diet.
Hausen in the scientific journal International Journal of Cancer reported that he studied samples of blood and milk from a cow and discovered in them the elements of DNA that could belong to an unknown virus that could cause cancer.