Vegan Grandma

Monday, November 27, 2006

From The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II, published by Ben Bella Books, Inc. :

"At the end of the day, the strength and consistency of the majority of the evidence is enough to draw valid conclusions. Namely, whole plant based foods are beneficial, and animal-based foods are not. Few other dietary choices, if any, can offer the incredible benefits of looking good, growing tall and avoiding the vast majority of premature diseases [such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes] in our culture."-page 107

Eight Principles of Food and Health (paraphrased): (pages 226-240)

1. Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (The chemicals in foods work together, and should not be taken in isolation).

2. Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health, because they take the chemicals in isolation. (see above)

3. There are no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants. (Plant foods have more antioxidants, fiber and minerals than animal foods).

4. Genes do not determine diseases on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.

5. Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.

6. The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages (before diagnosis) can also halt or reverse disease in its later stages (after diagnosis).

7. Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.

8. Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.("Good nutrition and regular exercise combine to offer more health per person than the sum of each part alone."....physical activity has an effect on emotional and mental well being."-page 239)


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