Meeting Dr. Campbell
T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the front of nutrition research for oven forty years. His legacy, The China Project, has been acknowledge as the most comprehensive study of health ever conducted. He is considered a leader and pioneer in the whole plant-based food movement, and disease prevention and reversal.
The idea dietary lifestyle is wholefood and plant-based, ideally with no added oil or refined sugar. It is wholefood because the nutrients contained often work differently in food than in isolation, as nutrient supplements. This has been shown for several vitamins. The foods are plant-based because they contain the very important antioxidants and complex carbohydrates (including dietary fibre), and the right amount of protein and fat. It is not necessary to consume animal-based food to get protein and the protein in plants is healthier.
There are several reasons, some of which started in the 1800s. Cancer was and still is thought to be caused by single agents (e.g nutrients) in food, perhaps as a combination of these agents. Also, it has long been through that agents used to treat cancer (e.g chemotherapy) act specific metabolic events to cause their effect. Our focus on single agents. Either to cause cancer or treat cancer is very superficial, often having no effect or an opposite effect. For example, it has been shown that among the chemotherapy agents for 22 different cancers, they increase 5-year survival (a measure of effectiveness) only by about 2%, while causing considerable very unpleasant side effects. We now know that nutrition, in contrast, acts simultaneously through an almost unlimited number of mechanisms with no side effects and far greater benefits. Unfortunately, single agents can be prescribed rather precisely and, mostly, be sold to gain revenue-an it is revenue potential that generally messages for the public.
The nutriton provided by a diet of whole plant-based foods without added oil is very broad in scope, reverses heart disease, diabetes and a variety of ohter ailments and, experimentally ( via animal-based protein) has the ability to reverse cancer. Some of this has been published but unfortunatly, many of these health benefits are known only to a growing number of people who have tried this approach with great success. Also, the effcet of nutrition is wholist which, by defintion, involves the integrated effects of countless nutrients and nutrient-like subtances on countless mechanisms of action and countless versions of disease. This effect is also rapid, with benefits routinely, observed in a matter of days to weeks. Drugs by definition are created to ‘target’ specific mechanisms of disease formation as if there are key mechanism that account for the outcomes. A good example is that concerning the use of statins, which are being used for most heart disease patients but which are widely known to offer little or no reduction of mortality, at best being only 5-10%. In contrast this diet essentially cures heart disease by at least 90% and it does so without side effects, unlike that for statins.
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