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Diabetes-The Persistence of Habit Con’t

A clip from The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell:

“…“Unfortunately, misinformation and ingrained habits are wreaking havoc on our health. Our habit of eating hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries is killing us. Even Dr. James Anderson, who achieved profound results with many patients by prescribing a near-vegetarian diet, is not immune to habitual health advice. He writes, “Ideally, diets providing 70% of calories as carbohydrate and up to 70 gm fiber daily offer the greatest health benefits for individuals with diabetes. However, these diets allow only one to two ounces of meat daily and are impractical for home use for many individuals.”. Why does Professor Anderson, a very fine researcher, say that such a diet is “impractical” and thereby prejudice his listeners before they even consider the evidence?

Yes, changing your lifestyle may seem impractical. It may seem impractical to give up meat and high-fat foods, but I wonder how practical it is to be 350 pounds and have Type 2 diabetes at the age of fifteen, like the girl mentioned at the start of this chapter. I wonder how practical it is to have a lifelong condition that can’t be cured by drugs or surgery; a condition that often leads to heart disease , stroke, blindness or amputation; a condition that might require you to inject insulin into your body every day for the rest of your life.
Radically changing our diets may be “impractical,” but it might also be worth it..”

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A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell:
…..“Like most chronic diseases, diabetes shows up more often in some parts of the world than in others. This has been known for a hundred years. It has also been well documented that those populations with low rates of diabetes eat different diets than those populations with high rates of diabetes. But is that just a coincidence, or is there something else at work?

The Seventh-day Adventists population is a good example. They are an interesting group of people to study because of their dietary habits: their religion encourages them to stay away from meat, fish, eggs, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. As a result, half of them are vegetarian. But 90% of these vegetarians still consume dairy and/or egg products, thus deriving a significant amount of their calories from animal sources. It should also be noted that the meat-eating Adventists are not the meatiest of eaters. They consume about three servings of beef a week, and less than one serving a week of fish and poultry.
In dietary studies involving the Adventists, scientists compare “moderate” vegetarians to “moderate” meat eaters. This is not a big difference. Even so, the Adventist vegetarians are much healthier than their meat eating counterparts. Those Adventists that “deprived” themselves of meat also “deprived” themselves of the ravages of diabetes. Compared to the meat eaters, the vegetarians had about one-half the rate of diabetes. They also had almost half the rate of obesity.

• Researchers found that increased fat intake was associated with an increased rate of Type 2 diabetes among 1,300 people in the San Luis valley in Colorado. They said, “The findings support the hypothesis that high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are associated with the onset of non-insulin-dependent [Type 2] diabetes mellitus in humans.
• In the past twenty-five years, the rate at which children in Japan contract Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled. Researchers note that consumption of animal protein and animal fat has drastically increased in the past fifty years. Researchers say that this dietary shift, along with low exercise levels, might be to blame for this explosion of diabetes.
• In England and Wales the rate of diabetes markedly dropped from 1940 to 1950, largely during World War II when food consumption patterns changed markedly. During the war and its aftermath, fiber and grain intake went up and fat intake went down. People ate “lower” on the food chain because of national necessity. Around 1950, though, people gave up the grain-based diets and returned to eating more fat, more sugar and less fiber. Sure enough, diabetes rates started going up.
• Researchers studied 36,000 women in Iowa for six years. All were free of diabetes at the start of the study, but more than 1,100 cases of diabetes developed after six years. The women who were least likely to get diabetes were those that ate the most whole grains and fiber—those whose diets contained the most carbohydrates (the complex kind found in whole foods).

All of these findings support the idea that both across and within populations, high-fiber, whole, plant-based foods protect against diabetes, and high-fat, high-protein, animal-based foods promote diabetes.”

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A Clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

“…Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of the staggering statistics on obesity amongst Americans. Perhaps you’ve simply noticed that, compared to a few years ago, more people at the grocery store are overweight.
Perhaps you’ve been in classrooms, on playgrounds or at daycare centers and noticed how many children are already crippled with a weight problem and cannot run twenty feet without getting winded.
Our struggle with weight is hard to miss. Open a newspaper or a magazine, or turn on the radio or TV-you know that America has a weight problem. In fact, 2 out of 3 adult Americans are overweight, and one-third of the adult population are obese. Not only are these numbers high, but the rate at which they have been rising is ominous.
Perhaps the most depressing element of our super size mess is the growing number of overweight and obese children. Overweight children face a wide range of psychological and social problems. Overweight children find it more difficult to make friends and are often thought of as lazy and sloppy. They are more likely to have behavioral and learning difficulties, and the low self esteem likely to be formed during adolescence can last forever.
Young people who are overweight also are highly likely to face a host of medical problems. They often have elevated cholesterol levels, which can be a predictor for any number of deadly diseases. They are more likely to have problems with glucose intolerance, and, consequently, diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, formerly only seen in adults, is skyrocketing among adolescents. Elevated blood pressure is nine times more likely to occur among obese kids. Sleep apnea, which can cause neuro-cognitive problems, is found in 1 in 10 obese children. A wide variety of bone problems is more common in obese kids. Most importantly, an obese young person is much more likely to be an obese adult, greatly increasing the likelihood of lifelong health problems….”

To Be Continued

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Diseases Of Affluence

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.

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The Truth About Carbohydrates

A Clip From The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

‘…An unfortunate outcome of the recent popularity of diet books is that people are more confused than ever about the health value of carbohydrates.  As you will see in this book, there is a mountain of scientific evidence to show that the healthiest diet you can possibly consume is a high-carbohydrate diet.  It has been shown to reverse heart disease, reverse diabetes, prevent a plethora of chronic diseases, and yes, to cause significant weight loss.  But it’s not quite as simple as that.

At least 99% of the carbohydrates that we consume are derived from fruits, vegetables and grains. When these foods are in their unprocessed, unrefined, natural state, they are in their so-called ‘complex’ form.  This category of carbohydrates includes the many forms of dietary fiber, almost all of which remain undigested-but still provide substantial health benefits.  In addition, these complex carbohydrates from whole foods are packaged with generous amounts of vitamins, minerals and accessible energy.  Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the healthiest foods you can consume, and they are primarily made of carbohydrates.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are highly processed, highly refined carbohydrates that have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Typical simple carbs are found in foods like white bread, processed snack items including crackers and chips made with white flour, sweets including pastries and candy bars and sugar-laden soft drinks.  These highly refined carbohydrates originate from grains or sugar plants, like sugar cane or the sugar beet, broken down during digestion to the simplest form, and absorbed in the body to blood sugar, glucose.

Eating this way is a bad idea.  You will not derive the health benefits of a plant-based diet eating these foods.  The health benefits of a high-carb diet come from eating the complex carbs found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Eat an apple, a zucchini or a plate of brown rice topped with beans and other vegetables.’

To Be Continued…

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Beyond Hormone Findings

A clip from The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

‘…Diet and disease factors such as animal protein consumption or breast cancer incidence lead to changes in the concentrations of certain chemicals in our blood.  These chemicals are called biomarkers.

Blood cholesterol is a biomarker for heart disease.   We measured 6 blood biomarkers that are associated with animal protein intake.  Do they confirm the finding that animal protein intake is associated with cancer in families?  Absolutely.  Every single animal protein-related blood biomarker is significantly associated with the amount of cancer in a family.

First, the individual parts of this web were consistently correlated and in most cases were statistically significant.  Second, this effect occurred at unusually low intakes of animal-based foods.

We were able to examine in multiple ways the role of diet and cholesterol.  When each new finding pointed in the same direction, we were able to see a picture that was convincing, consistent, and biologically plausible…

To Be Continued

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Protein Type and Cancer Response


A Clip from The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

‘..We also examined whether soy protein had the same effect on cancer development as animal protein.  It did not.  It responded the same as plant protein.  We had discovered that low protein intake reduces cancer initiation and works in multiple synchronous ways.  As if that weren’t enough, we were finding that high protein intake, promotes cancer after initiation.  Like flipping a light switch on and off, we could control cancer promotion merely by changing levels of protein, regardless of initial carcinogen exposure.  But the cancer promoting factor in this case was cow’s milk protein.

Thus far we had relied on experiments where we only measured  the early indicators of tumor development.  Now it was time to do the big study, the one where we would measure complete tumor formation.  We organized this and examined tumor formation over the lifetime.

The effects of protein feeding on tumor development were nothing less than spectacular.  All rats that were administered 20% levels of casein (cow’s milk protein) were dead or near death from the tumors at 100 weeks.  All administered the same level of carcinogen but fed the low 5% protein were alive, active and thrifty.  This was a virtual 100 to 0 score, something almost never seen in research..’

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