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The China Study

The China Study

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More Wisdom in Less Time
Brian Johnson’s 
“I went on to direct the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle and diseaseever done with humans in the history of biomedical research. It was a massiveundertaking jointly arranged through Cornell University, Oxford University andthe Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The
New York Times
called it the“Grand Prix of Epidemiology.” This project surveyed a vast range of diseasesand diet and lifestyle factors in rural China, and more recently, in Taiwan. Morecommonly known as the China Study, this project eventually produced more than
8,000 statistically signicant associations between various dietary factors and disease!
 What made this project especially remarkable is that, among the many associations
relevant to diet and disease, so many pointed to the same nding: people who ate
the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. Even relatively smallintakes of animal-based food were associated with adverse effects. People whoate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronicdisease. These results could not be ignored. From the initial experimental animalstudies on animal protein effects to this massive human study on dietary patterns,
the ndings proved to be consistent. The health implications of consuming either
animal or plant-based nutrients were remarkably different.”
~ T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell from
The China Study
The China Study.It’s easily the largest epidemiological study *ever* conducted. Imagine 650,000 workerscataloguing the death rates for 880 million (!!!) Chinese citizens—96% of China’s population.
That’s beyond huge. And this book thoroughly outlines the signicant ndings from that study.
It’s PACKED with goodness. My book is highlighted with “WOW!”s everywhere. If you take yourhealth seriously and value science over seductive get-skinny-quick schemes, I highly recommend you check it out.In this Note, we’ll barely scratch the surface of all the wisdom from the book, but I’m excited toshare some of my favorite Big Ideas. I hope to inspire you to take some positive steps that we
*scientically know* can add life to your years and years to your life—and to your loved ones.
So, let’s jump in!
P.S. If you only get one thing out of this Note, know this:
“people who ate the most animal-
based foods got the most chronic disease... People who ate the most plant-based foods were thehealthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.” 
In short, if you want to suffer from less chronic disease, eat less animal-based foods and more whole, plant-based foods. If, on the other hand, you like to watch your loved ones suffer, keep
The China Study 
The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted -Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
 America’s Health
Is failing.
Diseases of Afuence
vs. Diseases of poverty.
Creating Cancer
 The #1 dietary factor.
Health Wisdom
In a sentence.
100% Is Often Easier
If you had a friend who smokes...
There Is Enough Evidence
 That we should ALL know this!!
Meet Dr. Atkins
 An obese man w/heart disease.
Don’t Assume
 Your Dr. understands nutrition.
The China Study
 “He who does notknow food, how can heunderstand the diseases of man?” 
~ Hippocrates, the father of medicine(460-357 B.C.)
enjoying your bacon, chicken, burgers, milk, cheese and pizzas and stay away from the producesection! ;)
“By any number of measures, America’s health is failing. We spend far more, per capita, onhealth care than any society in the world, and yet two thirds of Americans are overweight, andover 15 million Americans have diabetes, a number that has been rising rapidly. We fall prey toheart disease as often as we did thirty years ago, and the War on Cancer, launched in the 1970s,has been a miserable failure. Half of Americans have a health problem that requires taking aprescription drug every week, and over 100 million Americans have high cholesterol.To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier intheir lives. One third of the young people in this country are overweight or at risk of becomingoverweight. Increasingly, they are falling prey to a form of diabetes that used to be seen only inadults, and these young people now take more prescription drugs than ever before.
These issues all come down to three things: breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
 We’ve got some bad news and good news. Then some more bad news and good news.
First, the bad news: Our health (not just here in the U.S. but pretty much globally) sucks. 66+%
of American adults are overweight, half take a prescription medication for an illness and our youth are becoming as unhealthy as we are. YIKES!!!
Now, the good news: We know WHY we’re so sick. As Campbell says, it comes down to threethings: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Change the way we eat and we can reverse the horric
health trends we’re facing. It’s NOT
 And, more bad news: Few people actually pay attention to the fact that the answer to our health
challenges rests in proactive lifestyle choices; they prefer to “race for the cure”—looking forreactive pharmaceutical solutions when the cure is already right in front of their eyes.The ultimate good news is that WE CAN DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE!! Little by little as weeach make more healthful changes, we can change the world.
“Here in America, we are afuent, and we die certain deaths because of it. We eat like feasting
kings and queens every day of the week, and it kills us. You probably know people who sufferfrom heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity or diabetes. There’s a good chance that you yourself suffer from one of these problems, or that one of these diseases runs in your family. As we have seen, these diseases are relatively unknown in rural China. But these ailments arrive when a traditional culture starts accumulating wealth and starts eating more and more meat,
dairy and rened plant products (like crackers, cookies and soda).”Campbell differentiates what he calls “diseases of poverty” from “diseases of afuence.”
John Robbins describes the difference in his great book 
 Healthy at 100
(see Notes):
of poverty” include infectious diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhea, respiratoryillnesses, and measles... The China Study made clear that the underlying causes of “diseasesof poverty” are actually nutritional inadequacy and poor sanitation. In fact, since it is not  poverty itself that causes these diseases, but the lack of clean water and adequate food, it would be more precise to call them “diseases of nutritional inadequacy and poor sanitation. Similarly, the China Study demonstrated that the underlying cause of most “diseases of afuence”—including diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, and many forms of cancer—innot afuence itself, but rather the nutritional excess that typically accompanies this afuence.
The China Study
 “This is the story ohow food can changeour lives. I have spentmy career in research and teaching unraveling thecomplex mystery of why health eludes some and embraces others, and I nowknow that food primarily determines the outcome.” 
~ T. Colin Campbell
 “The same diet that is  good for the prevention of cancer is also good forthe prevention of heartdisease, as well as obesity,diabetes, cataracts, maculardegeneration, Alzheimer’s,cognitive dysfunction,multiple sclerosis,osteoporosis and otherdiseases.” 
~ T. Colin Campbell
 In fact, so tightly are “diseases of afuence” linked in the China Study data that Dr. T. ColinCampbell, the project’s director, has said that it would be more accurate to cease referring to“diseases of afuence” and instead adopt the term “diseases of nutritional extravagance.”” 
So, we have “diseases of nutritional inadequacy and poor sanitation” on one hand and we have“diseases of nutritional extravagance” on the other. Got it.Campbell’s comments that we “eat like feasting kings and queens every day” reminds me of some wisdom from Dr. John McDougall who tells us that modern Americans look like old-school kings
and queens: fat and unhealthy.
It’s because we celebrate Easter for breakfast, Thanksgiving for lunch, Christmas for dinner andour birthday for dessert.EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
“But just likes seeds in the soil, the initial cancer cells will not grow and multiply unless the rightconditions are met. The seeds in the soil, for example, need a healthy amount of water, sunlightand other nutrients before they make a full lawn. If any of these factors are denied or aremissing, the seeds will not grow. If any of these factors are missing after the growth starts, thenew seedlings will become dormant, while awaiting further supply of the missing factors. This isone of the most profound features of promotion.
 Promotion is reversible, depending on whetherthe early cancer growth is given the right conditions in which to grow.
This is where certaindietary factors become so important. These dietary factors, called anti-promoters, slow cancer
growth. Cancer growth ourishes when there are more promoters than anti-promoters; when
anti-promoters prevail cancer growth slows or stops. It is a push-pull process. The profoundimportance of this reversibility cannot be overemphasized.”In a chapter called “Turning Cancer Off,” Campbell describes the process through which cancer
develops: initiation, promotion and progression.Referencing extensive scientic research done on the subject, he tells us that THE #1 variable inturning cancer on or off is protein consumption. In fact, he says:
“dietary protein proved to beso powerful in its effect that we could turn on and turn off cancer growth simply by changingthe level consumed.” 
But, for the record,
“plant protein did not promote cancer growth, even at the higher levels of intake.” 
 What did? The animal protein.
“One of the most fortunate ndings from the mountain of nutritional research I’ve encountered
is that good food and good health is simple. The biology of the relationship of food and healthis exceptionally complex, but the message is still simple. The recommendations coming from
the published literature are so simple that I can share them in one sentence: eat a whole foods,plant-based diet, while minimizing the consumption of rened foods, added salt and added fats.”Let’s repeat that:
“The recommendations coming from the published literature are so simplethat I can share them in one sentence: eat a whole foods, plant-based diet, while minimizingthe consumption of rened foods, added salt and added fats.” 
 And, one more time:
“The recommendations coming from the published literature are so simplethat I can share them in one sentence: eat a whole foods, plant-based diet, while minimizingthe consumption of rened foods, added salt and added fats.” 
The China Study
 “In fact, dietary protein  proved to be so powerfuin its effect that we could turn on and turn off cancer growth simply by changingthe level consumed.” 
~ T. Colin Campbell
 “Quite simply, you can maximize health fordiseases across the board with one simple diet.” 
~ T. Colin Campbell

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