Interview excerpt – Dr. Campbell: “The number one cause of death in North America is ignoring nutrition. In other words, if we take the most conservative estimate of the amount of heart disease, cancer, diabetes that could be prevented … if we just do the numbers, it turns out that, clearly, the number one cause of death is simply not eating the right food.”
In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have invited T. Colin Campbell, PhD, to answer questions about preventing cancer and more from his book, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. As the largest study ever done with humans in the history of biomedical research, Dr. Campbell’s work presents the undeniable link between animal-based foods and disease prevalence in North America. As a former dairy farmer who admittedly scoffed at vegetarians during his early professional career, Dr.Campbell seeks to challenge the sense of fatalism many feel when faced with “the big C” and other diseases through the knowledge that he himself had to battle hard with to accept: “After a long career in research and policy-making, I have decided to step ‘out of the system’ … You need to know the truth about food, and why eating the right way can save your life.”
Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and Project Director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project.
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