Well-known Irish business tycoons David and Stephen Flynn today apologized for posting a video containing ‘not qualified enough’ information about the vegan diet and its link to cancer prevention.
The Happy Pear twins released a statement of apology acknowledging that some of the video’s content may have “offended”.
In the short excerpt, the Irish company claimed that some of the major cancer risk factors included high levels of saturated fat, dairy and animal products in the diet.
He also claimed that “mushrooms reduce your risk of breast cancer” and that you should “eat soy products two to three times a day.”
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A number of medical professionals called the information in the clip “misleading and irresponsible”.
Dr David Robert Grimes, a cancer researcher, took to Twitter and said: “Diet and cancer are complicated, and the modifiable risk from diet is less than you might think.
“Not helpful when wellness ‘influencers’ like Happy Pear implicitly blame breast cancer on diet, unnecessarily shame patients.”
Dr. Liz O’Riordan, a breast surgeon specializing in breast cancer also responded by saying, “Don’t believe everything you see.
“This video from The Happy Pear says that mushrooms reduce your risk of breast cancer. It’s not true.”
After widespread backlash online, the twins issued an apology stating: “The Happy Pear acknowledges that some of the content of a recent post (on Instagram and Facebook) promoting an upcoming podcast with Dr Nitu Bajekal, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist from London in the UK, took offense as a few of the statements were not qualified appropriately.
“We sincerely apologize for any offense caused, we never intend to mislead or misinform.
“The Happy Pear partners with many highly qualified and experienced physicians and we always rely on their professional expertise and opinions.
“The Happy Pear never presents itself as a medical professional or medical expert.
“Our main goal is to highlight some of the health and lifestyle benefits of plant-based eating. We will work to ensure this never happens again.”
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