Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I am reading the above book, "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.   As the banner above the title says, it is "the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted".  Dean Ornish, M.D. says, "Everyone in the field of nutrition science stands on the shoulders of Dr. Campbell, who is one of the giants in the field.  This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written -- reading it may save your life."

I am only 100 pages in and am astounded by what I am reading.  Everything we have been told about what to eat, and why, is wrong!  And Campbell gives you the proof.  These studies conducted with valid research methods, by M.D.s and Ph.Ds, with thousands of participants show that eating meat or dairy protein is one of the major causes of cancer (and growth/spread inducing factors once you have it), and that you can substantially reduce your risk of contracting most forms of cancer by eliminating animal proteins from your diet.

Further studies show that if you currently have cancer, you can reduce tumour size and reverse the disease's progress by eliminating meat or dairy protein from your diet now!  It cannot hurt you and it is certainly worth a try - but, of course, you need to read the rational and research evidence for yourself, to determine if it is right for you.  Here are some comments by Dr. Campbell from his website:

"Although it was “heretical to say that protein wasn’t healthy,” he started an in-depth study into the role of nutrition, especially protein, in the cause of cancer.

"The research project culminated in a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, “this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.”

"The findings? “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.

"In The China Study, Dr. Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and also its ability to reduce or reverse the risk or effects of these deadly illnesses. The China Study also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and irresponsible scientists.

"The China Study is not a diet book. Consumers are bombarded with conflicting messages regarding health and nutrition; the market is flooded with popular titles like The Atkins Diet and The South Beach Diet. The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging. Additionally, he challenges the validity of these low-carb fad diets and issues a startling warning to their followers."

My children were over for the day on Sunday and my daughter saw the book on my coffee table and after reading for just a few minutes was very excited about its content.  She asked if she could borrow it, and I refused (terrible mother) saying I was not finished with it yet.  As she pulled out of the driveway, she yelled out the window that she would be stopping at the bookstore on the way home to purchase her own copy of The China Study.  She emailed me the next day, saying what important and encouraging information it contained.  I sincerely encourage you to read this book -- now.

The following picture was taken about an hour ago from our front porch.  A peaceful evening to you and yours from the moon, the mountain, and me.


  1. I have a discount coupon for one book at Borders, so I'll see if they have it. Today, Kathryn Magendie's new novel (Tender Graces) arrived. Kathryn's one of my followers and I'm so excited to read her novel, which is getting great reviews.

  2. Hi Bonnie

    fortunately we eat no red meat and only a little chicken, but lately I have upped the cheese and yogurt to help replenish bone density...

    Bring on the fish...

    I will have to read this study...

    Happy days

  3. Hi Delwyn:

    Although I am not yet at that point in the book, I see that he does address bone density and osteoporosis about 2/3 of the way through. I believe the study also showed a link between too much calcium in the blood and certain diseases.

    Yes, certain fish, in certain amounts.

  4. Hi, Bonnie. I had heard of this book through another blog I read from time to time. It'll go in my shopping bag next time I go to the local bookstore. Thanks.

  5. I'll pass this along to my daughter who is studying holistic nutrition. Thanks.

    One daughter is vegan and one is mostly veggie - now if I could just get my husband on board.

  6. Thank you Bonnie for this post. YES, I have lived Cancer free for the past 26 years - a complete change in how, when and what I eat, no red meat, no dairy, no mixing of particular foods at one meal, etc... These perspectives were made known to me when I was enrolled at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science. I enjoy excellent health, stamina, energy and a creative life style - no medications of any kind. SO GO FOR IT! Bonnie feel my Hug and gratitude for all you do and all you share! Love the photo as well! Beautiful moment captured.

    PS Always open to learn and do more - so off to Barnes and Noble...

  7. I think our diets play a huge role in many illnesses, and one has to wonder about the effects of all the hormones and antibiotics given to livestock and what those do in OUR bodies. I'll have to check this book out for sure. Thanks for the tip Bonnie.

  8. I see I have another book to add to my list next time I'm in Chapters.

    I have cut out all meat from my diet about 5 months ago, but have been re-adding it to my diet over the past few weeks on the recommendation of my oncologist who wants me to regain as much weight as possible before surgery when I will be put on a feeding tube for 2-3 weeks. and the will be spending a month learning to eat again.

  9. Wow, i need this book! I've been vegetarian for a little while now, and LOVE to eat vegan as often as I can, as dairy makes me feel bloated and heavy. When i first became a vegetarian I was amazed at how light I felt, not sluggish after every meal like when I was eating meat.
    I've not heard of this study before now- (i'm slow!) so this is quite exciting for me. Thanks for letting us know!

  10. I will certainly get and devour this book...but not literally...gave up red meat years ago already...Thanks Bonnie!

  11. I sometimes wonder why our traditional doctors aren't imploring young mothers to start with small children and formulate a guide that teaches this from a young age? Its one thing to switch to this as an adult... but we could come a long ways in reversing the trend if started from day one with our children! I will put this on my list as well although intuitively this makes sense to me. Thanks for the enlightenment :)

  12. Vicky:

    Well, you are very much in sync with Dr. Campbell. He addresses the way we feed our children and how we are influenced in this regard by the huge profit-making dairy and beef industries. He talks about cancers in children benefitting from the same suggestions he has for adults.

    He also addresses the misinformation we have about the amount of protein we need - and shows how much protein is actually in natural foods.

  13. There is that old saying, "you are what you eat." I agree there is too much animal protein in the American diet. (I know I eat too much!) It not only is bad for you but bad for the planet. I'll have to pick this book up. Thanks!

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  14. As a former food industry wonk, I can only imagine what is inside this book. But I will cut to the chase: if you liked it, it goes on my list. Simple as that.

    Honors to you.


  15. Julie:

    Thank you for mentionning how changing our eating habits can help the planet! We can have more effect on our suffering planet by giving up animal protein than by changing the car we drive (not that we shouldn't do that too!).

  16. I've added the book to my list of reads. It's worth looking into. Thanks for the tip!

  17. Expat:

    Now that makes me nervous - I wouldn't want to disappoint you. :-) Flip thru it before you purchase - you may already know this stuff!

  18. We rarely eat red meat - I agree it is not good for you in great quantities.
    That moon shot is so full of peave - and that is another important aspect of illness - inner peace is so important.
    Interesting post Bonnie. Thanks

  19. Bonnie I have to admit I have been a big protein eater.

    By the way Bonnie thank you so much for your comment but if you knew Jacquie, you would know that I am the lucky one.

    Love Renee xoxo


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