5.20.2010

The Promise of the Future

I started reading "The China Study" this week and I couldn't be happier. This book has me hooked! It's full of amazing, thorough, extensive research and it's great for anyone wanting to know more about nutrition and health--that includes those that already have a disease mentioned below, those studying nutrition and health, or those simply wanting to know how to prevent disease. Seriously I can't think of ONE PERSON who SHOULDN'T read this book!

So, to start what I'm sure will be a series of posts related to The China Study and T. Colin Campbell's research I'm sharing pg 23-24, from part 1, Chapter 1:


The Promise of the Future:
"Through all of this, I have come to see that the benefits produced by eating a plant-based diet are far more diverse and impressive than any drug or surgery used in medical practice. Heart disease, cancers, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, arthritis, cataracts, Alzheimer's disease, impotence and all sorts of other chronic diseases can be largely prevented. These diseases, which generally occur with aging and tissue degeneration, kill the majority of us before our time. 
Additionally, impressive evidence now exists to show that advanced heart disease, relatively advanced cancers of certain types, diabetes and a few other degenerative diseases can be reversed by diet. [...] The evidence can no longer be ignored. Those in science or medicine who shut their minds to such an idea are being more than stubborn, they are being irresponsible.
One of the more exciting benefits of good nutrition is the prevention of diseases that are thought to be due to genetic predisposition. We now know that we can largely avoid these "genetic" diseases even though we may harbor the gene (or genes) that is (are) responsible for the disease. [...] Solutions currently exist based in nutrition
In my own laboratory we have shown in experimental animals that cancer growth can be turned on and off by nutrition, despite very strong genetic predisposition. We have studied these effects in great detail and ahve published our findings in the very best scientific journals.  As you will see later, these findings are nothing short of spetacular and the same effects have been indicated over and over again in humans.
Eating the right way not only prevents disease but also generates health and a sense of well-being, both physically and mentally.[...]
Then there is the question of our excessive dependence on drugs and surgery to control our health. In its simplest form, eating the right way would largely obviate the enormous costs of using drugs, as well as their side effects. fewer people would need to wage lengthy, expensive battles with chronic disease in hospitals over their last years of life. Health care costs would drop and medical mistakes would wane as premature death plummeted. In essence, our health care system would finally protect and promote our health as it is meant to do. "

Next time I'll share more specifics as to which diets cause and promote disease and why...

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