Wednesday, May 2, 2012

DR. COLIN CAMPBELL, author of THE CHINA STUDY, Food Revolution Summit

Dr. COLIN CAMPBELL: The China Study


Dr. Campbell is a cancer researcher, a well-known authority on Nutrition and Biochemistry and the consumption of animal protein, CASEIN, milk protein, as the contributor for developing prostate and breast cancer and other health problems.
Words from the Food Revolution Summit:
The final interview today was with Dr. T. Colin Campbell.  He spent years in China leading the largest and most comprehensive study of diet and disease in world history. He serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Chinese government's leading institution responsible for nutrition research and policy, and he has more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and has authored more than 300 research papers.
When Dr. Campbell gives nutritional advice, I’m inclined to listen to what he’s got to say.
“My view of dairy products?  Don't use them!  I see no redeeming value in consuming that food from a nutritional perspective.  Dairy products are a pretty potent producer of higher cholesterol levels, cardiovascular problems, and a host of other problems. Mother’s milk is perfect food for human babies.  Cows milk is perfect food for baby calves.”
“Animal protein is not doing the job that we thought it might be doing in terms of creating health… Animal food in general, creates a sort of metabolic acidosis, which in turn can have a major influence on the activities of various enzymes… The research tells us that a whole foods plant based diet is a really smart way to go.  It is best to derive as much of our carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from plant sources as possible.”
“Protein consumed in excess of the amount that we need, and most of us do consume more than we need, actually has some pretty serious consequences. It has been documented in peer reviewed literature.“
Dr. Campbell’s bottom line recommendation?  “A whole food plant based diet with vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes.

This is a small portion of the interview:

Ocean Robbins: Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins, in welcoming our guest Dr. T. Colin Campbell. For more than 40 years, Dr. Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has more than 70 grant years of peer reviewed research funding and has offered more than 300 research papers.

Dr. Campbell presently holds Honorary Professorships at the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine and is on the Research Advisory Board of the Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences, which is the Chinese government's leading institution responsible for nutrition research and policy in China. He was the Director of a program known as The China Project which is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is co-author of the bestselling book, The China Study; Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health.        Widely considered one of the foremost experts on diet and health in the world today, Dr. Campbell has spent a lifetime finding and studying the data and he now brings us his decades of insights.

So, now Dr. Campbell my Dad and I are so grateful to have this time with you and to welcome you onto this call. And here to interview you is my dad, John Robbins.
John Robbins: Thank you Ocean. Colin, I join Ocean and all of our listeners in honoring you and appreciating your tremendously important work and bringing your voice to as many people as we possibly can for me, that’s a priority. Like you I grew up eating a lot of dairy products. Your research has found that dairy products are not exactly the blessing to our health that the industry has led most of us to believe. It seems like nature's most perfect food as they call it, really is something different than that. Can you tell us your current view of dairy products and how you've come to see things the way you do?
Dr. Campbell: Don't use them! That starts out very early in life as far as I am concerned. There are problems that have been shown to occur which are adverse through many ages. I see no redeeming value in consuming that food from a nutritional perspective. Previously or in still today, unfortunately in the minds of too many people, cow's milk products have often been assumed to be one of the best sources of high quality protein as well as calcium these days. Actually that's not really a good assessment of what this product does.
Protein consumed in excess of the amount that we need, and most of us do consume more than we need, actually has some pretty serious consequences. It has been documented in peer reviewed literature. So in my laboratory for example, many years ago and for quite a number of years actually, we examined in some considerable depth the effect of casein, which is the principle protein in cow's milk. We examined the effect of casein on cancer development as well as other biological responses, and it turns out that its effect on cancer is really provocative.
I hadn't expected to see this because, like you John, I was raised on a dairy farm, I always believed that the good old American diet was about as good as it gets. And subsequently I went off to graduate school and actually did my doctorate dissertation with the same thought of mind, the same mission but after I got into my research program with no expectation that I would find the things we did find. I really was quite surprised, but now after having looked at it for so many years and also getting involved in it too and looking at the literature of many others over the years, it's more than just about the effect of the cow's milk protein on cancer.  Some of this information is really quite old; it also is a pretty potent inducer of higher cholesterol levels, atherogenesis which is the forerunner for cardiovascular disease and a number of other sorts of illnesses.
So, you are quite right John, we are used to hearing, and I have heard that too,  it is the nation's most perfect food, but that's simply just not the case. If there really is a most perfect food, it really is mother's milk.  I want to point that out because human milk is highly desirable and has to do with the stage in one's life in part that it's valuable. There is a time and a place for everything and the natural order of things it seems to me. So that is not a problem. I just wanted to point out this distinction between human milk and cow's milk.

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