• T. Colin Campbell says he’ll reverse your cancer

     

    My husband had a heart attack over ten years ago. At that time, we decided to clean up our diet and follow a vegetarian plan to help control his blood numbers. This change came at the recommendation of his cardiologist, based on the work of a certain Dr. Dean Ornish. We worked diligently with our docs, particularly our family doctor, as his blood numbers improved, weight dropped, and he slowly, but surely regained his health.

    OK. I know. In retrospect, Ornish is a tad… er… flowery. I acknowledge that. However, his lifestyle has worked well for us. Maury and has maintained his life changes for over ten years. In fact, he just aced his latest stress tests. Turns out the whole, watch your diet, exercise, and learn how to handle stress kinda/sorta works… for now.

    Whether his current status is due to vegetarianism is debatable. The reason I bring this up is because our vegetarian lifestyle has attracted some very interesting people … particularly the “vegans.”

    People who call themselves “vegan” are those who eat zero animal products whatsoever. No dairy, no eggs, they won’t wear leather, drink many beers (not even my fruity beer!), won’t use products tested on animals, it’s an all encompassing lifestyle that once fascinated me.

    Interestingly, something new has popped up in this tight knit, yet growing community the last few years: vegans are now claiming to be immune to most, if not all, diseases. I likely wouldn’t have noticed this phenomena had it not been for my recent cancer diagnosis. However, when I saw not one, but two, vegan guru-wannabes proclaim they both had cancer and their clean vegan diet had “dissolved” their “tumors” my ears perked up. Sadly, neither will disclose any details of said cancers so I don’t know how far the alleged disease had progressed.

    Shortly thereafter, another vegan guru-wannabe, an aerobics instructor, advised her large Facebook following to eschew their doctor recommended mammograms because she had to wait an entire weekend for her results. Waiting that long gave her the sads. Plus, she implied, vegans are immune to cancer, so why get mammograms?

    What?

    Well, it turns out, these folks are basing their skewed recommendations on the work of a certain T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

    Campbell is also the author of The China Study which details:

    …the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Recognized as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease, The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by government entities, lobbies, and opportunistic scientists.

    The China Study, a national bestseller co-authored by Dr. Campbell and his son, Thomas M. Campbell, MD, has sold more than 1 million copies since it was first published in 2005. It is the foundation upon which a nationwide plant-based diet movement is based. The China Study presents a clear and concise message of hope as it dispels a multitude of health myths and misinformation.

    The science is clear. If you want to be healthy, change your diet.

    Yay! The science is clear. Crystal clear. I can expect to pick up a copy of every woman’s magazine at the grocery store and each will proclaim this clear truth… right?

    But Campbell goes even further. In an interview with Kathy Freston, article titled “A Cure For Cancer? Eating A Plant-Based Diet” on the Huffington Post (I know. Consider the source), Campbell says:

    Although the initiated cells are not considered to be reversible, the cells growing through the promotion stage are usually considered to be reversible, a very exciting concept. This is the stage that especially responds to nutritional factors. For example, the nutrients from animal based foods, especially the protein, promote the development of the cancer whereas the nutrients from plant-based foods, especially the antioxidants, reverse the promotion stage. This is a very promising observation because cancer proceeds forward or backward as a function of the balance of promoting and anti-promoting factors found in the diet, thus consuming anti-promoting plant-based foods tend to keep the cancer from going forward, perhaps even reversing the promotion. The difference between individuals is almost entirely related to their diet and lifestyle practices.

    And…

    Our work showed that casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.

    And this:

    Among other fundamental effects, it makes the body more acidic, alters the mix of hormones and modifies important enzyme activities, each of which can cause a broad array of more specific effects. One of these effects is its ability to promote cancer growth (by operating on key enzyme systems, by increasing hormone growth factors and by modifying the tissue acidity). Another is its ability to increase blood cholesterol (by modifying enzyme activities) and to enhance atherogenesis, which is the early stage of cardiovascular disease.

    And finally, although these are casein-specific effects, it should be noted that other animal-based proteins are likely to have the same effect as casein.

    I thought the alkaline diet hypothesis had been debunked. I guess some information dies hard. Anyway… tell me more about casein:

    I would first say that casein is not just “intrinsic” but IS THE MAIN PROTEIN OF COW MILK, REPRESENTING ABOUT 87% OF THE MILK PROTEIN.

    The biochemical systems which underlie the adverse effects of casein are also common to other animal-based proteins. Also, the amino acid composition of casein, which is the characteristic primarily responsible for its property, is similar to most other animal-based proteins. They all have what we call high ‘biological value’, in comparison, for example, with plant-based proteins, which is why animal protein promotes cancer growth and plant protein doesn’t.

    What if we don’t eat pure casein? Suppose we drink milk, which also contains lactose, calcium, water, and such. What if we don’t consume all that much dairy?

    I rather like the expression told by my friend, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, the Cleveland Clinic surgeon who reversed heart disease and who says, “Moderation kills!” I prefer to go the whole way, not because we have fool-proof evidence showing that 100% is better than, say, 95% for every single person for every single condition but that it is easier to avoid straying off on an excursion that too often becomes a slippery slope back to our old ways. Moreover, going the whole way allows us to adapt to new unrealized tastes and to rid ourselves of some old addictions. And finally, moderation often means very different things for different people.

    Never mind. Moderation kills, evidently.

    And here’s the money quote:

    KF: Are you saying that if one changes their diet from animal based protein to plant-based protein that the disease process of cancer can be halted and reversed?

    TCC: Yes, this is what our experimental research shows. I also have become aware of many anecdotal claims by people who have said that their switch to a plant-based diet stopped even reversed (cured?) their disease. One study on melanoma has been published in the peer-reviewed literature that shows convincing evidence that cancer progression is substantially halted with this diet.

    Well, there you have it. Cancer can not only be prevented, but reversed with a Campbell-approved plant based diet.

    More quotes:

    TCC: It is not clear because carefully designed research in humans has not been done. However, we demonstrated and published findings showing that experimental progression of disease is at least suspended, even reversed, when tumors are clearly present.
    KF: Consider a person who has been eating poorly his whole life; is there still hope that a dietary change can make a big difference? Or is everything already in motion?

    TCC: Yes, a variety of evidence shows that cancers and non-cancers alike can be stopped even after consuming a poor diet earlier in life. This effect is equivalent to treatment, a very exciting concept.

    A cure? That’s an extraordinary claim.

    KF: This is sounding like it’s a cure for cancer; is that the case?

    TCC: Yes. The problem in this area of medicine is that traditional doctors are so focused on the use of targeted therapies (chemo, surgery, radiation) that they refuse to even acknowledge the use of therapies like nutrition and are loathe to even want to do proper research in this area. So, in spite of the considerable evidence–theoretical and practical–to support a beneficial nutritional effect, every effort will be made to discredit it. It’s a self-serving motive.

    Well. I’m going to have to have a word with my oncologist about this. Why on earth wouldn’t all the major cancer centers be jumping all over this new revelation? Wait. I did talk to him. Here’s what he said about Campbell’s research, it’s a pretty short analysis because he’s busy working with patients, not trying to sell books (also, I’m paraphrasing since I don’t recall his exact words):

    Campbell claims to have (1) stopped/reversed one kind of cancer, (2) in one organ (liver), (3) in genetically modified rats by (4) adding and subtracting one kind of isolated “animal” protein.

    Problem is (1) there are many kinds of cancer, each reacting differently to various treatments. (2) Humans have many organs. A cancer in one organ will react differently to that same type of cancer in a different one. (3) Humans are not genetically modified rats. (4) Few people eat isolated casein (milk protein). Plus, to lump all forms of protein under one umbrella isn’t exactly correct.

    So, there you have it. But what do other people have to say? Turns out Harriet Hall from Science Based Medicine has a bit to say on this subject.

    Concerning Campbell’s research, Hall mentions instances of:

    • sloppy citations
    • conflicting data
    • higher Chinese stomach cancer rates
    • straw man arguments

    She concludes:

    It would be wonderful if we could prevent cancer and all those other diseases by avoiding animal protein. It would have the extra added benefit to the environment of increasing the productivity of agricultural land and reducing the greenhouse effects of gassy cows. I look forward to future well-designed studies investigating the effects of very low protein and animal-protein-free diets. Meanwhile, The China Study makes a good case, but the case isn’t quite good enough.

    Interesting, eh?

    A year later, Hall revisited the subject. Turns out a young woman by the name of Denise Minger crunched some China Study numbers and found a few interesting tidbits.

    Minger goes on to reveal gaping logical holes in Campbell’s own research on casein, a milk protein that he believes causes cancer. He showed that casein was associated with cancer when given in isolation to lab animals, but he projects those results onto humans and onto all sources of animal protein. Other animal proteins have been shown to have anti-cancer effects, and the results of a normal diet containing multiple protein sources are likely to be very different from his casein-only studies.

    I think Hall’s takeaway from this discussion is spot on:

    This is a cautionary tale. It shows how complex issues can be over-simplified into meaninglessness, how epidemiologic data can be misinterpreted and mislead us, and how a researcher can approach a problem with preconceptions that allow him to see only what he wants to see. The China Study was embraced by vegetarians because it seemed to support their beliefs with strong evidence. Minger has shown that that evidence is largely illusory. The issues raised are important and deserve further study by unbiased scientists. At any rate, one thing is clear: the China Study is not sufficient reason to recommend drastic reductions in protein intake, let alone total avoidance of meat and dairy foods.

    So, where does that leave the heart attack guy married to the cancer chick? We met with his cardiologist last week and discussed vegetarianism (not veganism), cancer, and long term health. His recommendation? Stay the path. “Nearly any diet that eliminates junk is a good thing,” he said. As long as it’s nutritionally sound, you have firm nutritional boundaries, and can stick to them long term, keep going.”

    As for cancer? His reply was the same as my oncologist: If you’re gonna get it, you’re gonna get it. You can reduce your odds with some lifestyle changes (maybe) but you’ll never eliminate them.

    Dang. Isn’t reality a bitch? I wish I could eat a particular diet and become cancer proof. I guess if it’s too good to be true…

    However, fantasy is a great way to sell books, seminars, pricy university “certificates” and give a lot of people false hope. Imagine if you were a “healthy vegan” who avoid the “Industrial Medical Complex” based on China Study data and wound up in a life threatening situation? That easily could have been me had I listened to Campbell rather than get my routine colonsocopy.

    I’ll take my family doc’s recommendation over an anonymous Internet “doctor” any day. But from what I read on my Facebook page, I’m definitely in the minority. I guess it’s time to cull the Facebook herd again, eh?

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    Article by: Beth Erickson

    I'm Beth Ann Erickson, a freelance writer, publisher, and skeptic. I live in Central Minnesota with my husband, son, and two rescue pups. Life is flippin' good. :)

    39 comments

      1. Yup. I saw that. That’s why we spoke with the cardiologist. We’re pretty careful and are continually reconsidering our options, especially after the cancer. Vegetarianism plus a short colon equals… well… it’s tough. Thanks for the link. 🙂

        1. I posted the link to this article rather than more sensational ones from UK papers, as this one assesses the study more carefully pointing out some short comings.

          1. Thanks. I’ve read a wide range of articles on this as well and appreciate the absence of drama. I’ll probably speak more about this with my oncologist during my one year cancerversary visit. Thanks again. 🙂

            1. Everything okay BethAnn? I’m going through a series of tests myself including a second Colonoscopy in one month! Of course, x-ray and ultrasound, etc. I blame the weather. I don’t know if you got it but last week we got 3 in. of heavy wet snow and that night it dipped to –17 c or 0 F. Today, it’s 70 F. Go figure. Ever had wheat beer? Great stuff and potent. And, of course, I would never drink something like that. Right! I am Canadian. Anyway, I hope you got good news from the onogologist and everything with you and your hubby [You never mentioned his heart condition] is good. There’s a history of heart disease in the male side of my family. Doesn’t matter, you live as best you can and enjoy everything to the fullest, cause tomorrow you might die. [Does that sound 60’s or what? I am child of the 60s] Take care Pete

            2. Hey Pete,

              Please forgive my incredibly late reply. Sheesh. Life gets ahead of me. I’m in the midst of the cancerversary tests. So far, so good. But the biggies are yet to come. 🙁

              I hope you’re OK. Two colonoscopies?!? My condolences. My deepest condolences. I really hope you get the results you want.

              Take care and thanks for caring,

              Beth 🙂

            3. TY. Keep me up to date on the test results, please. I hope everything is okay. Enjoying this glorious spring so far? LOL.

          1. Exactly, if you want to hear another icon talk about the benefits of a plant based eating style.. check out Dr Burkitt talking about how in 17 years in Uganda, acting as the Minister of Health for that country, he never came across 1 case of colon cancer. He had over 1,000 hospitals reporting to him. His stories of health are staggering……https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA1fkVLqhmE

            1. I enjoy Burkitt. However, from what I’ve heard (and I could be wrong), many of the hospitals he worked with didn’t exactly have the means to diagnose many ailments. Also, when he worked in Africa , many people died at home. Autopsies were rare. So the numbers (or lack thereof) can’t really be trusted.

              At least, that’s my understanding.

              That said, a plant based diet is soooo fabulous for many a myriad of reasons. The reversal of cancer? That’s probably stretching it…

    1. geesh, as someone who has a husband who really improved his health through an almost-vegan diet, one would think you would be open and more supportive of plant-based diets. That’s the trouble with vegetarians – they all tear each other apart instead of being open and supporting each other…no matter how they eat. We all know the hype each and every diet out there in the world brings to the media. But no doubt in my mind, vegetarian – no matter how you want to do it, is healthier. Too bad we have to nit-pick to death.

      1. Thanks for your comment. I think Campbell’s claims are incredibly misleading, if not downright dangerous. He’s promoting much harm when he says vegans are cancer proof. He’s not the only one. Caldwell Esselstyn claims his patients are “heart attack proof.” (http://heartattackproof.com) I’d venture to guess that promise is a bit overblown as well. If that’s nit picking, so be it.

        There are many reasons to be vegetarian. You don’t have to make up dubious health claims to make it more palatable. I’ve yet to find one of those physicians recommend you follow your family doc’s recommendations. That’s too bad. In my case the cancer would have progressed had I not gone in for my routine colonoscopy and had surgery.

        1. Hi,

          I just want to comment, that their have been dozens of studies that have been completed in the last 50 years supporting Dr. Campbell’s study. This is not rocket science and of course, it certainly is not dangerous. Eating a plant-based diet is real food, that is really nutritious and great for you. Why anyone would knock that is beyond me. Acute medicine doctors are trained in writing prescriptions and completing procedures. The industry is backed by big dollar pharma and corporations such as Monsanto. If you want to claim that Dr. Campbell is trying to sell books, then why would you not claim that Monsanto and Glaxo Smith Kline are just trying to make billions of dollars off of lying to people like you. Try the plant-based diet and see how you FEEL in 3 months. I’ll be all ears.

          1. Hey Jill,

            Thanks for your comment.

            Actually, my family and I were “McDougallers” for the ten years prior to my diagnosis. I have my certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell. I have my certification from Pam Popper’s Wellness Forum. I still love the WFPB lifestyle and would never knock it, but the health claims associated with it are totally out of control. Although I embrace the lifestyle, I have no illusions that it’ll make me disease-proof.

            So, I’m very familiar with your point of view.

            Thing is, if you read my post this quote from my oncologist is the part I find quite interesting:

            “Campbell claims to have (1) stopped/reversed one kind of cancer, (2) in one organ (liver), (3) in genetically modified rats by (4) adding and subtracting one kind of isolated “animal” protein. Problem is (1) there are many kinds of cancer, each reacting differently to various treatments. (2) Humans have many organs. A cancer in one organ will react differently to that same type of cancer in a different one. (3) Humans are not genetically modified rats. (4) Few people eat isolated casein (milk protein). Plus, to lump all forms of protein under one umbrella isn’t exactly correct.”

            If you’d like to provide citations to the many studies supporting Campbell’s POV, I’d be very happy to check them out. In the mean time, I have a very difficult time believing my oncologist, the nurses who helped me, and the medical staff who nearly dance every time my tumor markers come in good have anything but my interests at heart.

            Oh, and I’m pretty sure Glaxo Smith Kline hasn’t made all that much off my case. Thanks to early detection, I didn’t need chemo. However, had I followed McDougall’s advice and gotten my first colonoscopy at age 55, I would have already died by then.

            But that’s just my story.

            Thanks again for stopping by. — Beth 🙂

            1. Finding a little hard to take your point of view seriously I have never seen anywhere where Cancer Proof was claimed by Campbell you are taking great liberties there. If you have certification from eCornell why are you asking for citations and quoting stuff like the Minger who only based who blog rant on a condensed overview of the research that was presented in the book and not even follow up with Campbells response to Minger. How about mentioning the rubber numbers of the cancer business and your oncologist specializes in acute symptom treatment not disease prevention and has next to zero training in nutritional biochemistry.

              — Hey John,

              WordPress won’t let me hit “reply” so I thought I’d thank you for stopping by right inside your comment. 🙂

              Yes, Campbell does claim to cure cancer. Check out the Kathy Freston interview quote taken from the original post:

              KF: This is sounding like it’s a cure for cancer; is that the case?

              TCC: Yes. The problem in this area of medicine is that traditional doctors are so focused on the use of targeted therapies (chemo, surgery, radiation) that they refuse to even acknowledge the use of therapies like nutrition and are loathe to even want to do proper research in this area. So, in spite of the considerable evidence–theoretical and practical–to support a beneficial nutritional effect, every effort will be made to discredit it. It’s a self-serving motive.

              (Beth again)

              Don’t get me wrong. I love the WFPB lifestyle. I simply think the health claims are out of control.

              Thanks again for stopping by. — Beth 🙂

        2. Dr Campbell is laying his evidence open to question, and suggesting that the nutritional approach be given more serious consideration by mainstream medicine. I think the people writing here are mostly gwell meaning, but have very closed minds. Cambell doesn’t say vegan very often and alone ledges that a vegan diet can be poor too. Give it a try if you dare. I feel much better, free from asthma and fatigue and all round fitter and stronger. But that’s just an antic dote. Peace

        3. This is silliness. Your central thesis is that Campbell’s statements are “dangerous. ” Seriously?

          What’s more dangerous? Eating a about rich in fruits and veggies or the standard western diet that leads to heart disease and cancers? Obesity rates alone should tell you that you should eat more fruits and veggies. Not to mention the danger that meat eating posses to animals.

          Your only “scientific” evidence to disprove Campbell is that “rat studies don’t necessarily translate to humans. ” That is not true, in the vast majority of studies it does. That’s why we continue to study on rats. If it didn’t work, we wouldn’t do it. Not to mention the vast majority of that book isn’t about rat testing, its about a multilateral collection of dietary information across many millions of people in many areas of China. That data, which you don’t refute, concludes that in regions with less animal protein consumption there is dramatically less heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

          1. In my opinion, his recommendations are dangerous if it causes people eschew their family doc’s recommendations because they feel they’re cancer proof. That was my point.

            Eating more fruits and veges are a great idea. I’ve never had a member of my medical team claim differently.

            I’m not trying to refute the China Study. I’m warning its readers they may not be cancer proof. If they have cancer, eating a WFPB diet likely won’t reverse their tumors.

    2. Hi BethAnn, First time I’ve visited your site. I hope you are doing well. Interesting article and critique of Dr. Campbell’s work. You mention that you’re a vegetarian. Just wondering if you eat dairy and eggs as a part of your diet and if so, about how much of each? What about wheat products? I recently gave up wheat and eggs and reduced my dairy intake to the splash of cream in my morning coffee. This is a dramatic dairy and wheat decrease as I used to eat cheese and some form of wheat daily. I feel better than before, probably because of the increase in veggies and fruits, but really miss cheese. I’m left to wonder if giving it up is even beneficial.

      1. Hey Wendy,

        It’s nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

        Generally speaking, while I call myself a vegetarian, I don’t generally eat dairy or eggs. It’s a personal decision. I don’t go with the word “vegan” because it’s emotionally charged and doesn’t give me the flexibility to share some meals with friends. To me, friendships is more important than dietary restrictions.

        But yes, I feel very good when I’m able to eat this way… it’s sometimes a challenge after colon cancer.

        I hope you figure out your eating situation, it’s worth sleuthing to find what works for you.

        If you’re pondering reducing dairy, I’ve found some fabulous non-dairy cheese recipes both online and on Amazon. I make a mean cheddah cheeze. 🙂

    3. Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. recently published her research in a book titled Radical Remission. She reviewed the literature on over 1,000 individual’s whose cancer unexpectedly went into remission. She also interviewed over 100 of those people and discovered nine key factors for radical remission. One of those key factors was a diet of no meat, no sweets, no dairy, and no refined foods. I know she is trading her work (books) for money but that is the way a modern economy operates…who can survive without pay? I find her research to be very interesting and I do believe the solution to cancer will be found by exploring the anomalies. I wish you good luck.

      1. Hey David,

        Thanks for your kind comment. I’ve seen Turner’s book, haven’t read it. It would be interesting to see some specifics on these so-called spontaneous remissions.

        Sadly, there’s a lot of quackery surrounding cancer, including someone who had a similar cancer experience to mine. ChrisBeatCancer claims he “cured” his cancer without chemo and he experienced a spontaneous remission because he’s a raw food vegan (among other things). Thing is, surgery is the main treatment for colon cancer. I didn’t need chemo either. However, if I wanted to mimic Chris, I could say “Look here! I skipped chemo and in remission!” However, my odds of a relapse within five years were the same with or without chemo. Plus, I don’t claim any type of remission because I don’t know if it’ll come back within that time period. Neither does my oncologist.

        The danger of these types of books is that people skip standard, science based treatment and go off to cure themselves. I figure Turner’s (and Campbell’s) lifestyle suggestions are fine IF you work with your traditional medical team while doing so. I’ve read too many sad stories of people seeking “radical remissions” through their methods, skip their oncology appointments, and wind up listed in an obituary.

        Here is some interesting reading about the ChrisBeatCancer guy, spontaneous remissions, and half-truths… written by a cancer surgeon. Cancer is a complex subject. Thanks again for your comment. — Beth 🙂

        http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/04/12/yet-another-misleading-alt-med-cancer-te/

        1. Good advice about not skipping standard treatment. Turner states on page nine, “…I am not at all opposed to conventional cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.” Many of her interviews were with people who did both. bye now…

    4. The cancer industry may not sell books but it’s billions of dollars in business- so are the pharmaceutical companies that sell the chemo.Just remember that your oncologist makes his living off of treating cancer with chemo–did you really think he’d recommend anything else.

      1. Interesting perspective. I had stage 2A colon cancer. Chemo was optional. My oncologist recommended I not do it (for various reasons specific to my case) and was utterly thrilled the tumor was caught early enough to avoid the need for chemotherapy. So much for making his living selling chemo.

    5. Check out this video: https://youtu.be/xTIrmOdmil4

      Basically it says vegan blood is up to 70% inhospitable to cancer cells compared to 9% of the general population.

      But that still means you have 30% to get cancer.

      There are no guarantees in life. All you can do is give yourself the best odds possible.

      1. Thanks for your kind comment. I saw that Nutrition Facts video, too. Interesting stuff. That said, my oncologist disagrees saying, “blood in a petri dish doesn’t behave the same way as blood inside a human.”

        Sigh.

        Then we have this “scientifically proven” claim: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/16/ketogenic-diet-benefits.aspx

        I’m not a fan of Mercola, but this article illustrates the murky nature of these claims.

        For today, I go with my oncologist. I think Campbell’s claims can be very dangerous, making far too many people feel cancer proof.

        Thanks for stopping by! — Beth 🙂

    6. “It is not clear because carefully designed research in humans has not been done. However, we demonstrated and published findings showing that experimental progression of disease is at least suspended, even reversed, when tumors are clearly present.”

      This quotation from Campbell, done in the interview you cite, is paramount. Also, Campbell did not only do his research on rats, but he did analyse 20 different populations for 20 years and came up with what is now his mantra: “Nutrition is the key to good health.”

      He never said he found a cure — unless you take him out of context, like you did. Whenever he approached the subject, he said it in the context of his research. He always says he believes it could be a cure. And yes, it bothers medecine doctors.

      1. Hmmm… let’s see. Here’s a quote of his:

        “Diet can be used to prevent and reverse cancer just like it prevents and reverses heart disease,” he said. “A diet high in animal protein increases the amount of carcinogens going to the cells. It increases the enzyme MFO (mixed function oxidase) that causes increased carcinogenic activity.”

        Article title: Can Cancer be Prevented — and Even Cured — Through Diet? This Scientist is Convinced it Can

        http://www.alternet.org/food/can-cancer-be-prevented-and-even-cured-through-diet-scientist-convinced-it-can

        Here’s a video posted at VegSource stating “Animal proteins turn on cancer genes.” http://www.vegsource.com/news/2014/01/animal-proteins-turn-on-cancer-genes—-t-colin-campbell-phd-video.html

        Dr. Linda Carney has another video where Campbell repeats the same claim: http://www.drcarney.com/blog/entry/colin-campbell-explains-cancer-growth

        Kathy Freston, at Huffington Post, has this: A Cure for Cancer? Eating a Plant Based Diet. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/a-cure-for-cancer-eating_b_298282.html

        I doubt I’ve taken Campbell out of context, unless all these other people did, too. Also, they’re quoting Campbell directly.

    7. When I read and listen, he always starts with “Our research has shown…”

      Anyway, I stepped in as I am reading his book Whole, where he is quite aware that more research must be done on this topic. So maybe I’m biased.

      Yes, I certainly am.

      I wouldn’t hope to cure a cancer by eating a WFPB diet. I do hope that eating WFPB will help me stay away from it a bit longer. And, yeah, there are ethics to consider, too.

      Best wishes.

      1. Excellent point. I’ve also read “Whole.” He has some incredible insights into nutrition. Too bad he goes so strong on the cancer claim. It really dilutes what’s great about his work.

        Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

        1. Beth, What do you think about the Dennis Burkitt interview?….with Dr McDougall. He is another Dr who is beyond reproach,…(I put Campbell in that category) trying to help the world w/o any actions that could be considered sinister. Many of the “Studies” being done today, unfortunately, could be looked at as “advertisments” as opposed to actual studies. I wish you the best… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA1fkVLqhmE

          1. I enjoy Burkitt and will have to check out the video. I enjoy McDougall, too. Our family McDougalled hard core for the ten years prior to my diagnosis (we were even invited to submit our story to become Star McDougallers). In fact, to this day I really like his diet and use it to help maintain my weight… when my short colon will allow. That said, I have no illusions it’ll keep me cancer free. That said, the heart health benefits are strong.

            I think all the plant based are fabulous. However I worry their recommendations go beyond reality sometimes… especially when it comes to cancer and more specifically, cancer screening. McDougall seems very opposed to many of those and has often called them “disease mongering.”

    8. Thanks for your insightful article. I was diagnosed 6 years ago with cancer, did the chemo & radiation, was good for almost 5 years, now fighting again. People need to think about Steve Jobs, who tried to cure his cancer with food, or lack of it. I think he became a “fruitarian” or something, refused all conventional treatment and look at him, he’s DEAD. A brilliant man with all the money in the world he was. He had a curable form of cancer, but, he refused surgery & chemo, end of story. He is just one example, there are sooooo many like him I am sure. When you are desperate you can fall into the quackery trap, the internet. I also find it interesting (& maddening) that almost all ‘diet cures cancer’ preachers have never even had cancer! They have no idea. And lastly, if you die of cancer, it must be your own fault. You weren’t positive enough, or you ate too much cheese, or you didn’t meditate, or maybe you drank too much wine, you just didn’t BELIEVE you could cure yourself. It’s enough to drive me nuts. I’m reading the book Radical Remission, and so much of it does not make any sense to me at all. I’m fit, I exercise almost every day (always have), I eat a pretty clean organic diet, don’t eat sweets, I enjoy life, I don’t stress, I don’t smoke, I have a happy outlook, all those things you’re supposed to do & be- I have always done & been. Yet still, I was diagnosed at 45 with breast cancer.

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