T. Colin Campbell joins us on the show to discuss his bestselling book, The China Study. His work examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and disease such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and macular degeneration. Campbell, in detailing the correlation between diet and disease, along with his recommendation of a plant-based diet, has shaken up industry giants who have profited off of the traditional American fare of meat, milk and potatoes.
In this show, we get Dr. Campbell’s viewpoints on the widespread and controversial field of genetic engineering, discuss the response of the medical, meat and dairy industries, and find out what projects he has coming up next.
The core of the book is a combined study of the relationship between various mortality rates and several dietary, lifestyle and environmental characteristics which was conducted jointly by Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine over the course of twenty years. Based on the results of this work, Dr. Campbell recommends that people eat a whole food, plant-based diet while avoiding animal products and getting adequate amounts of sunshine to maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D.
The China Study, published back in 2005, has continued to spread in popularity around world. It currently sits at #103 on the bestseller list on Amazon. Bill Clinton, in a recent CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer, referenced The China Study as one of the key components to healing his heart disease and regaining his physique. Dr. Campbell is getting the message out there that food is medicine and people are listening.