A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell:
‘…Here in America, we are affluent, and we die certain deaths because of it. We eat like feasting kings and queens, and it kills us. You probably know people who suffer from heart disease, cancer stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity or diabetes. There’s a good chance that you yourself suffer from one of these problems, or it runs in your family. As we have seen these diseases are relatively unknown in traditional cultures that subsist mostly on whole plant foods. But these ailments arrive when a traditional culture starts accumulating wealth and starts eating more and more meat, dairy and refined plant products (like crackers, cookies, and soda).
Chances are that you yourself have a question about a specific disease and diet. Chances are too that this specific disease is a disease of affluence, because that’s what we die of here in America.
There is no such thing as a special diet for cancer, and a different, equally special diet for heart disease. The evidence now amassed from researchers around the world shows that the same diet that is good for the prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, as well as obesity, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, cognitive dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. Furthermore, this diet can only benefit everyone, regardless of his or her genes or personal dispositions.
All of these diseases, and others, spring forth from the same influence: an unhealthy, largely toxic diet and lifestyle that has an excess of sickness-promoting factors and a deficiency of health-promoting factors. In other words, the Western diet. Conversely, there is one diet to counteract all of these diseases: a whole foods, plant-based diet.
The following chapters are organized by disease. You will begin to see the breadth and depth of the astonishing scientific argument favoring a whole foods, plant-based diet. The consistency of evidence regarding such a disparate group of diseases has been the most convincing aspect of this argument. When this diet is demonstrably beneficial for such a wide variety of diseases, is it possible that humans were meant to consume any other diet? I say no, and I think you’ll agree.
America and most other Western nations have gotten it wrong when it comes to diet and health, and we have paid a grave price. We are sick, over weight and confused. Most unfortunately, the unsuspecting public has paid the ultimate price. As you will come to see in the following chapters, from heart disease to cancer, and from obesity to blindness, there is a better path to optimal health…’
To be continued.