The raw data actually shows deaths rates falling with increased meat consumption up to the third or fourth quintile – and this is before all the other variables have been allowed for. This would suggest that meat consumption has a protective effect while weight, alcohol, calorie intake, lack of exercise and so on are all taking their toll.
'Nuff said. Thanks Zoe for saving me a lot of time trying to respond to this nonsense. You did it better than I EVER could.