Burkitt came late to the fibre story but built on the work of three physicians peter cleave g d campbell and hugh trowell a surgeon neil painter and a biochemist alec walker to propose that diets low in fibre increase the risk of chd obesity diabetes dental caries various vascular disorders and large bowel conditions such as cancer appendicitis and diverticulosis simply grouping these diseases together as having a common cause was groundbreaking proposing fibre as the key . Denis parsons burkitt md frcs ed frs 28 february 1911 23 march 1993 was a surgeon who made significant advances in health such as the etiology of a pediatric cancer now called burkitts lymphoma and the finding that the rates of colorectal cancer is higher in those who eat limited dietary fibre . Colonic rectal cancer fiber and other dietary factors burkitt dp the prevalence of colonic rectal cancer is generally directly related to the fat content and inversely related to the fiber content of diet in the few exceptions to this generalization tumor prevalence is more closely related to fiber than to fat hypotheses have been postulated to explain the possible ways in which dietary . Since burkitts death in 1993 his hypothesis has been verified and extended by large scale epidemiological studies which have reported that fibre deficiency increases the risk of colon liver and breast cancer and increases all cancer mortality and death from cardiovascular infectious and respiratory diseases diabetes and all non cardiovascular non cancer causes furthermore
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