enjoying your bacon, chicken, burgers, milk, cheese and pizzas and stay away from the producesection! ;)
AMERICA’S HEALTH IS FAILING
“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 horric
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.
DISEASES OF AFFLUENCE
“Here in America, we are afuent, 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 rened plant products (like crackers, cookies and soda).”Campbell differentiates what he calls “diseases of poverty” from “diseases of afuence.”
John Robbins describes the difference in his great book
Healthy at 100
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 afuence”—including diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, and many forms of cancer—innot afuence itself, but rather the nutritional excess that typically accompanies this afuence.
The China Study
“This is the story of how 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