Recently, professor Colin T. Campbell was at a crossroads in his life – he needed to choose between his professional career or sharing new scientific discoveries which oppose the western diet, the recommendations by our government and the claims the medical industry. According to Dr. Campbell, the CIA showed up in his home asking questions about his discoveries, and his colleagues warned him not to continue with the controversial research. His bosses immediately threatened to fire him as well. However, Dr. Campbell chose the truth.
Colin T. Campbell is a professor of nutritional biochemistry at the Cornell University. During his latest research, he discovered that consuming animal products including fish, meat and milk is the main cause behind chronic diseases and even cancer! He found a link between casein, a protein found in milk, and breast cancer. Professor Campbell’s professional focus was cancer and diet. Although a big professional, Campbell is an impatient man who disapproves of any popular diets. He doesn’t like celebrity doctors as well and his main goal, as he says, is to provide health to everyone, including the people who can’t afford pharmaceutical drugs and treatments.
Dr. Campbell says that doctors can’t be nutritionists – they don’t have the professional training to give advice on diets. He spent more than 50 years in publicly financed labs and is adamant to share the results of his research with the world. He claims that simple diet changes can cure cancer and prevent heart disease, and that a diet rich in animal protein significantly increases the risk of cancer.
Dr. Campbell showed that consuming animal products activates cancer cells, while reducing the intake of meat can lower the risk of cancer.
A high-protein diet increases the proliferation of cancer cells and provides oxygen to free radicals that are often the cause of cancer.
According to Dr. Campbell, the cure for the disease lies in plants.
Dr. Campbell was raised in a conservative family on a farm and was convinced that milk has a great nutritional value. At the beginning of his academic career, he studied dietary protein among children in the Philippines and was shocked when he found a link between animal protein and liver cancer.
He was even more shocked when he read an Indian study which claimed the same. This went against anything he believed until then. Dr. Campbell wrote a book on diet and epidemiologic studies with his son Thomas in 2005 and expected a limited response from the public, but his book has sold over a million copies and was translated on 25 different languages. In 2013, he wrote another book that became a bestseller. After 5 decades of research, Campbell says that casein is the worst carcinogenic ever identified.
His research was not approved for human clinical trials, but smaller studies showed that plant-based diet can indeed cure heart disease. Greg Miller, president of the National Dairy Council, said that Dr. Campbell’s claims were wrong – he claims that there’s more evidence that clearly shows consuming dairy products can prevent cancer and improve a person’s health.
Dr. Campbell’s son, Thomas, said that the role of the diet in our health is one of the most important questions of the modern society, and that proper nutrition is a long-forgotten thing. He started learning about nutrition in 2001 when he was helping his father with his book, and got into medical school afterwards, where he learned nothing about it. He had no other option than to do his own research. He recalls a class where his professor asked if there’s proof that heart disease is related to the diet – he was silent then, but later discovered that 75% of the people who started a preventive diet continued to consume it later. Today, as a well-known doctor, Thomas Campbell tells his patients to avoid consuming animal products. However, he also stresses the importance of further clinical and human trials.
Edward Giovannucci, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health agrees with Dr. Campbell’s claims and says that the common diet is the source of bad health in the world. However, he says that Dr. Campbell’s research that points to a link between casein and breast cancer is reductionist. Dr. Campbell agrees, but says that his research points to the connection between the two. Giovannucci says that the worst thing about the western diet is that people eat too much, not because of the casein. However, he also says that dairy products don’t offer the same nutritional values plants have.
The public still recommends consumption of animal products, and while milk is beneficial and better than soda drinks, studies have shown that it doesn’t improve bone health in the later years. Instead, many studies have shown that milk increases the risk of osteoporosis later in your life. The Cornell Chronicle has vowed to publish Dr. Campbell’s research, but never did. Campbell claims that this is another example of the pressure of the industry on universities, and claims that Cornell is trying to discredit him. They offered help on translation, but he refused.
In his book, Dr. Campbell wrote about the efforts of some people in the American nutritional community that were trying to reject his membership. At the moment, Dr. Campbell is presenting his research among people in New York and North Carolina and offers free classes, where he speaks about how the government is ignoring science and praises corporative research.
The global economy is spreading across agriculture, crops, livestock and agrochemical corporations to medical facilities, including hospitals, drugs and pharmaceutical companies. This economy is based on certain diet recommendations that call for dairy products and meat consumption. He also claims that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the wrong approach to treating cancer, claiming that they only lead to fatal consequences.