GP Letters, calls & emails: GPs should not promote eating meat

Dear Editor

According to press reports, Dr John Cannon of the Ixworth Surgery near Bury St Edmunds, is alleged to be 'prescribing rump steak and pork chops' for his patients to 'keep them healthy'.

I have written to the GMC to ask it to investigate Dr Cannon's alleged activities.

There is ample evidence available to show that meat causes cancer.

I can (and happily will) provide the GMC with over 20 scientific papers, published in journals the International Journal of Cancer, New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, British Journal of Cancer, Cancer and the British Medical Journal.

The US Surgeon General has also reported links between meat eating and cancer.

I told the GMC that this is a matter of significant public interest and should be attended to without delay.

From the newspaper reports I understand that Dr Cannon's alleged activities are being encouraged by the British Meat Nutrition Education Service.

Dr Vernon Coleman, Barnstable, Devon.

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