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Stick with unbiased research

To the Editor:

As reported in your Oct. 14 issue, we’re hearing once again about a study that reported it’s now safe to eat red and processed meats. And to that, I say “baloney.”

The article claiming that red and processed meats are acceptable was printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the same publication that five years ago stated we no longer had to be concerned with saturated fat. You may recall the sensationalized headlines that followed, such as “Butter is back.”

But what you may not know is that the Annals had to later issue a correction because of the major errors in that article. That same journal has now published the article that Americans no longer need to limit the amount of red and processed meat they’re consuming. And as expected, the article is filled with misleading information based on flawed study design, disputable interpretations, questionable funding and the authors opinions that Americans won’t give up their meat.

In fact, the study results actually support the opposite of what the authors are claiming. How irresponsible for this panel to cherry-pick which studies to include and mislead people into eating the very foods that are making them sick and leading to premature death.

When this article made the news recently, backlash immediately ensued by respectable organizations who pointed out the flaws in the study. There are many credible rebuttals out there I’d be happy to share.

While it’s true that people love to hear good news about their bad habits, please do not base your food choices and health decisions on rigged science or glamorized headlines. Stick with unbiased research and the preponderance of evidence. Processed meats are classified as known carcinogens, and red meat as “probably causes cancer.”

Cyd Notter

Wilmington

Bible unchanged, Catholic doctrine changed

To the Editor:

This is in response to Sarah Turk’s recent letter. The Bible has not changed, but Catholic doctrine has changed and contradicts the Bible. The New Testament was written by apostles, authenticated through use and formalized in AD 397. We have the same Bible today.

However, over time the Catholic Church through edicts of Popes and councils changed its doctrine. They call it tradition. Martin Luther and other reformers protested the changes and called the church back to the original doctrines in the Bible.

Sarah claimed Jesus called Peter the rock he was building his church on and installed Peter as the leader. This is false. The New Testament is written in Greek. The word for Peter is Petros, which means a pebble. Petra is the word for a very large rock. Peter/Petros is not the rock/Petra. Jesus is the rock.

There is no Pope in the Bible. In Mark 10:42-43, Jesus said they were not to be like the Gentiles lording it over and exercising authority over each other. Christians believe the Bible. The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians2: 8-9, says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

The Catholic Church in the Council of Trent called this idea an anathema (curse). The Catholic Church teaches salvation through faith, good works and the Catholic Church. In Galatians 1:6-9, Paul said if anyone preaches a gospel different than the one we preached, let him be eternally condemned.

God doesn’t change, the Bible hasn’t changed, but Catholic doctrine has changed.

Robert C. Lemke

Joliet

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