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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Nutritional research is being ignored for many reasons.

Who is Dr. T. Colin Campbell?

Dr. T. Colin Campbell almost became a household name when he co-authored the national bestseller, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. He is considered one of the foremost experts on diet and health.

While at the forefront of nutritional research for more than 40 years, he has written more than 300 research papers. He is a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

The Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences is the leading institution in China in charge of policy and research. T. Colin Campbell serves on their research advisory board and was the director of the most comprehensive study on health and nutrition ever conducted. It was called, The China Project.

Raised on a dairy farm, he thought he would prove in his research that the good old American diet was good for us. What he found was just the opposite.

In the words of Dr. Campbell

Dairy products have no place in our diets.

  • There is no redeeming nutritional value in cow’s milk for humans.
  • We have examined the effects of casein, the principle protein in cow’s milk, and the effect on cancer is provocative.
  • Consuming more protein than we actually need can have some serious consequences on our health.
  • Dairy products contribute to higher cholesterol levels, atherogenesis which leads to heart disease, and other illnesses.
  • Mother’s milk is ideal for babies. Cow’s milk is ideal for calves who have 4 stomachs and will gain 200 pounds their first year.

Animal proteins are not what we once thought they were.

  • When we eat a lot of animal protein we are missing out on foods that can prevent and even cure disease.
  • The research on cow’s milk protein is well documented and respected but it remains hidden from public view.
  • In western medicine, we tend to research only one thing at a time to see the effects. That way we can identify and intercept a single mechanism at work and develop a drug to treat it.
  • Nutrition is a lot more holistic, with multiple mechanisms interacting with one another, that is spectacular. (His new book now finished will be addressing this holistic perspective).

One diet that works two ways. 

  • A whole foods, plant based diet not only prevents problems but can actually treat and reverse disease already present.  (Advocated also by Dr. Dean Ornish).
  • We have definitive research that heart disease and Type II diabetes can be treated with diet. The cancer relationship is more tenuous but I believe we will prove the same effect.
  • Doctors who treat cancer have been reluctant to favor research in nutrition because they were not schooled in it.
  • Your diet should include colorful vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, legumes, and salads.
  • Eat the food as it is prepared by nature. Avoid adding a lot of fat, sugar and oils.
  • I am not a proponent of 100% all raw diet. However, eating many foods in the raw is a great direction to go.

Get your nutrients from food not supplements.

  • There is evidence (59 studies) that omega 3’s really don’t work like we thought. They don’t reduce heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
  • Omega 3 supplements (fish oil capsules) have become such a huge money-maker that no one wants to acknowledge the research.
  • We have a 30 billion dollar supplement industry and this is how the market trumps science.
  • FOODS that contain omega 3 fats are very good for you for the most part. It really depends on the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.

The vitamin D story has been exaggerated. Vitamin B12 is still up for debate.

  • Vitamin D is being measured, technically speaking, in the storage form which can vary at any point in time. This is not what is important. The extent to which the storage form can be converted to the active metabolite is what’s important.
  • The amount we store does not really impair the conversion that goes on. We have to study its effects on pH levels and interactions with animal proteins. Animal proteins cause our bodies to be more acidic (lower pH). This, in turn, effects enzyme activities and our overall health.
  • Vitamin B12 is the only supplement I take. Most of my colleagues believe vegans and vegetarians may want to cover this base in supplement form until we know more.

My Takeaway

The domino effect in our current food culture creates the perfect storm.

Continuous research on how nutrition affects disease processes in our bodies must continue.  But even the research that IS there, is largely ignored.

How do we WAKE UP AMERICA? How do we get the message across that a Big Mac might be as dangerous as a cigarette? That feeding your kids pepperoni pizza regularly may be just as bad as not teaching them to read?

Our family has re-committed to a vegan diet. I am no longer buying supplements including fish oil capsules. I’m going to use the money saved on buying more organic fruits and vegetables. I’ve always believed in getting our nutrients from whole foods (not expensive pills)–now I’m committed to putting my money where my mouth is based on knowledge gained in the Food Revolution Summit. Whole foods in place of supplements from here on out.

A Healthier YOU begins…

…with reducing your meat consumption gradually even if you start with just one meatless night a week. Follow my we eat posts for quick and easy meatless meals.

Learn more about the work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell.  His books are available on Amazon.

Learn more about The Food Revolution and how you can purchase the entire summit in audio and .pdf formats.

The Food Revolution Network, founded by food activists, John & Ocean Robbins, conducted a series of audio interviews with twenty-four of the most well respected researchers, doctors, and authors, with a focus on how we can improve our food systems and lead healthier lives. This series will provide summaries of each of these interviews so that we may all improve our health by eating more consciously. Please read intro to series for disclaimer.

* Photo of T. Colin Campbell: G. Hodges / © 2004 Gary Hodges/Jon Reis Photo & Design 141 The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 607-272-1966

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