Today I want to look at what is a very influential and followed piece of work, The China Study. There, however, may be problems with The China Study.
This is a book by a man named T. Colin Campbell which pushes the benefits of a vegan diet and shares info on how damaging animal protein is. According to Cambell animal protein can turn on cancer in the body while plant protein can turn it off, just like a light switch.
A similarly influential documentary called Forks Over Knives shares the findings of The China Study and the benefits of following only a vegan diet.
Is this the end of the story though? Was Campbell actually sharing all the information he found? And was the research and investigation into making these claims proper science or not the most effective means of gathering data? Well, like an infield tarp during a rain delay I’ve got you covered.
On This Episode On Problems With The China Study You Will Learn:
- Who T. Colin Campbell was and what his life was focused on originally
- The connection between aflatoxin, peanut butter and the Phillippines
- Why Campbell looked into the relationship between protein and cancer
- The focus on milk protein and why casein doesn’t tell the whole story
- Studying rats and not humans
- How big it was and how long the actual China Study took
- The issue between correlation and causation
- Why increased ice cream sales result in murder (as related to the point above)
- A LOT of statistically insignificant data
- Ignoring other diet factors and the reliance on inferior food journals
- Dismissing wheat protein and the autoimmune disease issue
- Ignoring the work and research of the past including Weston A Price
- The potential motivation behind the China Study but what should be taken away from it all
Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
- Denise Minger: The China Study fact or fiction
- Her BIG scientific data review and report (this is long and detailed but impeccable)
- Chris Masterjohns China Study Review and his follow up China Study Review
- Podcasts: Is Being Vegan The Healthiest Choice?
- Podcast: The Importance Of Fish Oil & Omega 3’s
- Podcast: The Saturated Fat Myth- BLOG or PODCAST
O.K I’m Exhausted, Time For Me To Turn In…
There’s a lot of info here about problems with the China Study/Forks Over Knives. I wanted to pass on why you need to be aware of every nutritional issue and not take things at face value. Even with this podcast, use it as a jumping off point to do your own research and dig deeper.
Nutrition is as guilty as anything of being full of contradictory information, bad science and agendas. Start to educate yourself to see what makes sense for you. It’s not that T. Colin Campbell has a bad agenda, he’s trying to improve people’s health ultimately. The problem is not giving everyone all the information and looking to draw conclusions that match their original intention even if that means glossing over all the data.
It’s a messy subject but if you listened to the whole podcast I hope you can see how there are still some great takeaways from the China Study and Forks Over Knives that everyone should be applying to their lives.
So let’s call it a day there, keep our feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. And don’t forget to:
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