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Personal Health

“A low-fat plant-based diet would not only lower the heart attack rate about 85 percent, but would lower the cancer rate 60 percent.” -William Castelli, M.D., Director, Framingham Health Study; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

“Five to ten percent of all cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations. By contrast, 70 to 80 percent have been linked to diet and other behavioral factors.” -Karen Emmons, M.D. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

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The illnesses which most affect Americans are the so called “Diseases of Affluence.” These Include Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes 2, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Auto-Immune Diseases and others. These diseases are related to over-nutrition, not under-nutrition. Research shows a high correlation between consuming animal protein and rates of these diseases. But there is good reason for hope, as an increasing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented or even reversed by consuming a plant-based diet. 

We can achieve optimal personal health and acquire all of the nutrients we need from plants without the toxic compounds found in animal based products.  According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and author of the widely acclaimed The China Study, besides the antibiotics, steroids, and hormones which we ingest when we consume the bulk of animal products on the market, “the real danger of animal products is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods.”[1]

In fact, the more animal protein we consume, the higher our rates of the diseases of affluence. In The China Study, Dr. Campbell makes a compelling case for giving up animal products. The New York Times called Campbell’s China Study the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”  

[1] Campbell, T. Colin; Campbell, Thomas M.;  The China Study The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health.